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Joel Heitkamp’s Ratings Problems Are Very, Very Real

Joel Heitkamp’s Ratings Problems Are Very, Very Real

Last week I wrote a post about the ratings problems talk show host Joel Heitkamp is facing. Today my colleague, former Heitkamp employee Mike McFeely, has a column suggesting I got it all wrong. “His thesis was that despite Joel’s sister being a statewide story every day as she ran a U.S. Senate campaign to

Joel Heitkamp, left, along with his sister former U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp. Forum News Service file photo

Despite Heidi Heitkamp on the Ballot, Joel Heitkamp’s Radio Station Lost 14 Percent in Ratings During Campaign Season

When you’re in the business of providing politically-themed content your audience can be very tied to the election cycle. During campaign season your audience peaks, after campaign season it falls off. Which is frustrating because the point of campaigning is deciding who gets to make policy, and you’d think voters might want to stay tuned

Radio host Joel Heitkamp and his sister U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp

In Defense of Joel Heitkamp

It’s obvious to any honest observer that talk radio host Joel Heitkamp operates the radio station he manages as a de facto media arm for his sister Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s re-electon campaign. This includes the male Heitkamp acting as a surrogate for the Senator and attacking her critics. Including, most recently, me. The Washington Free Beacon

Fargo radio talk show host Joel Heitkamp

Liberal Talker Joel Heitkamp Continues Ratings Slide

The new ratings book is out for the Fargo/Moorhead market, so it’s time for an update on how the region’s talkers are doing. And if you’re left-wing talker Joel Heitkamp – brother to U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp – things aren’t doing so good. According to publicly available ratings for the 12-years-old and up demographic, KFGO

North Dakota's Left-Wing Talk Radio Sees Ratings Decline From Previous Election Cycle

The ratings slide at KFGO, the Fargo-based radio station that serves as home to left-wing talk radio hosts Joel Heitkamp and Mike McFeely, seems to continue. The station is touting their continued success as the ratings leader in the Fargo market, but the larger ratings trends don’t look good for them. KFGO was up slightly in

Latest Ratings Show Continued Slide For Left-Wing Talkers Joel Heitkamp, Mike McFeely

Back in February I wrote about a big drop in ratings for KFGO, the Fargo-based flagship for North Dakota’s left-wing talk radio hosts Joel Heitkamp and Mike McFeely. They lost nearly 4 points in the ratings, and were in real danger of being overtaken by an FM music station. The problem with looking at any one

Left Wing North Dakota Talkers Joel Heitkamp, Mike McFeely Lost Big Ratings In Latest Arbitrons

Readers in the Fargo area tell me they’ve noticed a drop off in the number of callers to left-wing talk shows hosted by Joel Heitkamp (brother to US Senator Heidi Heitkmap) and Mike McFeely. They were wondering if those shows had seen a drop off in the ratings. While I’m a frequent guest on talk

Joel Heitkamp's "Expansion" Plans Over Before They Started

Earlier this week liberal talk radio host Joel Heitkamp attempted to preempt news that he was being yanked off his western North Dakota affiliates with news of his own. Specifically that he was “expanding” his show to a second radio station broadcasting in the Fargo region. Unfortunately, that idea didn’t last long. As I posted

Joel Heitkamp Made Big Mistake In Announcing Supposed "Expansion" To New Station

In what was clearly a vain effort to try and spin news that he was losing western radio affiliates in Minot (KCJB) and Bismarck (KFYR), liberal talker Joel Heitkamp announced a plan to “expand” his show to Fargo-based AM740. That station is owned by the same company as KFGO, which is where Heitkamp’s show is

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