Media Reform Panel at San Diego Grassroots Democratic Convention Saturday
September 24, 2009 San Diego)-- The topics of, “Why do cities like San Diego have five or six talk radio stations with conservative viewpoints, but no progressive talk radio?” and “What can we do about it?” will be discussed by a panel of experts at the San Diego Grassroots Democratic Convention on Sept. 26 at 2:00-3:15pm at the Liberty Station Event Center (2875 Dewey Road) in Point Loma.
San Diego City Council member(and former Channel 10 journalist Marti Emerald will be joined by TV/radio host Bree Walker and Brad Friedman of bradblog.com. Mike Thaller, Director of the San Diego County Democratic Party Media Relations committee and Chair of Campaign for Progressive Radio (CPR) will be the moderator.
The convention is being jointly held by the San Diego County Democratic Party (representing more than a half-million registered Democrats) and the California Democratic Council, an association of Democratic clubs from throughout the state. The attendees will include Democratic volunteers, community activists, elected officials, and candidates.
The inspiration for the panel discussion will be the "Resolution for Media Diversification” approved by the San Diego County Democratic Party and the California Democratic Party this year. The resolution says, in part,“...The California Democratic Party adopts a position in favor of diverse media ownership as well as improved and increased journalism by encouraging media reform and promoting activism in furtherance of this position...”
The resolution was drafted by The Media Relations Committee of the San Diego County Democratic Party and CPR-SD, a grassroots outgrowth of the effort to save KLSD/AM1360 progressive talk radio in 2007. It was passed by both the San Diego and California Democratic Parties.
The story of KLSD and larger issues of media concentration are explored in a forthcoming locally-produced documentary, “Save KLSD” (www.SaveKLSD.com).
For full details and schedule of the two-day convention, visit http://sddem.org/docs/Convention_Schedule_2009.pdf. Convention registration costs $35, or $110 including meals. Attorney General Jerry Brown, candidate for Governor, will present the opening keynote address on Saturday morning.