Points to a larger problem, I say. The decline (if not the out-and-out demise) of local radio (and newspapers, alas) leaves us all less connected to our real-world communities. You know, the places our actual bodies occupy, and not our "affinity groups" (such as this one), etc. Local blogs and the like are really no substitute for what is lost, because they are mostly soapboxes for the neighborhood loudmouths, and for that reason they grow stale pretty darned quickly. Where my dear old Ma lives, a small resort and agricultural community that's populated almost exclusively by the locals during the off-season and for many weekdays during the season, there's a local radio station that's truly at the center of that community. They have offices downtown (such as downtown is) and 100 percent local programming. Mid-mornings are given over to people calling in with items to buy or sell or give away. Folks from the local not-for-profits (Habitat for Humanity, the senior center, etc.) are featured with some regularity, the achievements of local students are mentioned, updates on road construction projects get covered. Ain't no Fox or CBS of whatever station gonna do that.