Ann Arbor’s Talk 1290 WLBY is an Ann Arbor, Michigan, talk radio station. The radio station features conservative news talk shows, while the website publishes National and political news. The web domain for the station is 1290wlby.com.
Funded by / Ownership
Ann Arbor’s Talk 1290 WLBY is owned by Cumulus Media, a publicly-traded American broadcasting company that owns over 400 radio stations. Cumulus Media is owned by its shareholders, including hedge funds and institutional investors. A review of political donations indicates more favoring Republican candidates and PACS. Advertising through radio and the web generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
Ann Arbor’s Talk 1290 WLBY does not publish local news but rather republishes summaries of Newsmax news stories without hyperlinked sourcing.
The radio station and website broadcasts a daily lineup of news radio hosts who generally hold conservative perspectives. They also feature nationally syndicated Cumulus hosts like Dan Bongino and Mark Levin, who have poor fact-check records.
Editorially, the majority of radio hosts hold conservative viewpoints. While local news reporting is usually not opinionated, they do republish opinionated political content from other sources, such as the questionable Newsmax, which is a source known to advance conspiracy theories and misinformation. In general, the news presented on the website may not always be factual, while radio shows exhibit a conservative bias and sometimes promote misleading or false claims.
Failed Fact Checks
- The sources used (Newsmax) and radio hosts frequently fail fact checks.
Overall, we rate Ann Arbor’s Talk 1290 WLBY Right Biased based on the political affiliation of conservative radio hosts. We also rate them as Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing and hosting news shows personalities with poor fact-check records. (D. Van Zandt 08/14/2023)
Last Updated on August 14, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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