DC Media Outlet Ownership Tracker

Do you ever wonder how many media outlets are in Washington DC? Television & radio stations, newspapers and the like?

Now, thanks to Center for Public Integrity’s media tracker, you can do a search on your neighbourhood media outlets.

Andy Carvin has a Washington DC breakdown with one interesting stat I would’ve never guessed:

Three (3) radio stations owned by Bonneville Holding Company – a unit of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Anyone listen to WTOP-FM, WTWP, WGMS, or WTOP feel a religious slant to the programming? Or are the Mormons just making bank of radio ownership?

5 Comments so far

  1. DofAM (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 12:42 pm

    I think it’s irrelevant if the Mormons own a radio station or three in the CD area. It can’t be any worse than the religious right, and I have hard time seeing Washington Post radio as a religious property. As a Jew, I certainly think that when people start making casual observations like this, we begin walking a dangerous road.

    I do love the map though. :)

  2. Wayan (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 2:24 pm

    The observation is not casual – the Church own the stations. And the question is relevant – are these stations part of their religious message or just commercial property.

    I would assume the latter, but I do no listen to these stations, which is why I asked the question. Had three stations been owned by any other religious group, I would ask the same question.

  3. MBFan#2 (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 11:52 am

    I listen to WTOP often and I don’t hear any religious slant to their programming. WTOP is all news and the news doesn’t seem to either left or right. Unless they are sending out religious rhetoric under the listening threshold and into our subconscious, I don’t see a lot of men in the listening area running out to commit polygamy.

    Mormons own a lot of Fortune 500 companies – Coca Cola and Marriott – and I don’t see much religious messages in their advertising and dealing with the public. I haven’t heard them discriminate against populations that don’t subscribe to their faith. Actually, my understanding is that the Mormons in business only look at the bottom line. If WTOP and their sister stations are making money, then yes, the Mormons are making bank of radio ownership.

  4. Dan Miller (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 1:13 pm

    I used to listen to the radio in Chicago, where Bonneville owns 101.9 the Mix. In years of listening, I never heard any sort of religious slant. If you didn’t learn this somewhere, you could never tell from listening to the station, so I don’t consider it a big deal.

  5. wayan (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 4:30 pm

    It’s good to know that the Mormons see these media outlets as non-denominational. Thanks for the comments.

Terms of use | Privacy Policy | Content: Creative Commons | Site and Design © 2009 | Metroblogging ® and Metblogs ® are registered trademarks of Bode Media, Inc.