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 Posted: Thu May 1st, 2008 07:33 pm
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I have several website references to stories about Derry Brownfield getting the boot from his daily talk show.

Rumors are that he offended Monsanto.  But, in Clyde Lear's blog, he says the following:

"Some seem to think the reason Derry is leaving is because Monsanto threatened to stop advertising if we didn’t put a gag on him. If that were the only reason Derry was asked to leave, then I can see why they think we are selling out. We've parted ways because accusations being made about not only advertisers, but individuals, corporations, government, (fill in the blank) were based on fear and lies with absolutely no truth to back them up. I abhor radio talk shows like Rush Limbaugh...and Derry Brownfield where half-truths are articulated. I won't be a part of them. And, that's MY right."

Here are some links

http://corporatecrimereporter.com/monsanto043008.htm

http://learfield.typepad.com/growlearfield/clyde/index.html



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 Posted: Sat May 3rd, 2008 08:45 am
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Saw that on Clyde's blog also.  Its too bad they have to part like this, they accomplished some great things together.  I have fond memories of patching Derry in every morning and taping his reports on KBTN.

 

 

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 Posted: Sat May 3rd, 2008 10:03 am
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Man, their HISTORY together make this a tragedy.  After all , Missouri Net, as it was then called, started in Derry's kitchen, a horrendous task for the local phone company to install all those lines across the farm...

 

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 Posted: Sat May 3rd, 2008 11:24 am
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Money speaks.  Monsanto wins.

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 Posted: Sun May 4th, 2008 05:21 pm
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Just reading the comments posted on Clyde's blog: pure venom, man, very harsh.

 

There is a point to be made about selling out to big advertising dollars, but seriously - Derry has had a pulpit like few others for the last decade or so.

 

Don't get me wrong, I believe that Brownfield belongs in the broadcasting Hall of Fame, wherever that is, but he is just too insuffrable for an operation with the size and accomplishment of Learfield to have to coddle.  Perhaps somebody else will pick him up.

 

my 2 cents

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Very interesting and I suspect that Derry Brownfield will continue on his affiliate stations as it appears his old buddy is assisting in setting up his new digs and satellite up link. 

I think that broadcasters are doing a real disservice to listeners by biased one sided rants, where they never seem to let the facts get in the way of a good rant.  I'm sure Monsanto is a typical big corp who muscles and bullies whenever possible but Mr Brownfield should not be simply on his soapbox without allowing an objective report of the issues.  I think radio has been on the low road ever since deregulation and the onset of Rush and the other talk shows that constantly only present one sided conversations.  Fair and balanced...not for a minute, in most cases.  There are industries that should require some rules and regulations and  broadcasting is certainly among them, in my opinion.

Broadcasters have always pandered to advertisers with big bucks to spend...same as politicians pander to big bucks and the greed factor is hampering our great democracy. 

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 Posted: Wed May 7th, 2008 09:17 am
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I hope many stations don't replace his show.  I cringe when I hear him come on KFAL in Fulton.   He did good things by starting the AG network, but "The Common Sense Coalition" is as bad as the crackpots that you hear on the Shortwave radio. 

I think its time for him to retire graciously - his time has passed.     

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 Posted: Thu May 8th, 2008 10:10 pm
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I've "scringed" for years at some of the things Derry says.  I think he gets his facts from some wacko websites.  Also, find his sexism and "good ole boy" comments lacking in judgement.  He says he won't fly because he can't carry his knife.  What part of 911 doesn't he understand?  He says he eats grease, bacon, lard and everything bad for him and he's fine, thank you.  He did have a longer talk show (maybe still does) that primarily was nothing but a long commercial for "kelation therapy".  We cancelled that show years ago.   We only carry the 5 minute commentary.  I agree that he is a pioneer of radio and deserves many "kudos" for some of his acccomplishments, but enough of the conspiracy theories.

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There was a time when Brownfield's talk show stayed somewhere close to the mainstream, but that kite has been floating farther and farther out there over the past decade. Anymore he's pretty much on par with Dave von Kleist and Alex Jones (two of the biggest names in militia talk.) While I personally enjoy that type of thing for comedic purposes, having Brownfield in the Learfield fold only served as a disservice to the company - and ultimately when that happens the talent has to be dismissed.

The monsanto deal is secondary stuff.

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 Posted: Thu May 15th, 2008 09:42 am
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Well, let's be real...this kind of thing happens all the time.  I know several businesses in the Ozarks who have come in and tried to silence a talk show host on some issues because they didn't agree with them.  I know a few stations that bent to the whims of their sponsors.

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From a list of his recent topics on his website, he and Art Bell should be good buddies.

 

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