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Stephen King launching left-wing radio talk show

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Author Stephen King, who has redefined prolific, is also a radio-station owner in Maine, and speaking at a press conference at his homebase in Bangor the other day, the Zone Radio Corp owner announced the launch, September 12, of a new drivetime talk show, The Pulse Morning Show, that will air six to ten a.m. on weekdays, as well as online at zoneradio.com. King said, "We're a little to the left, but we're right."

What sounds like Maine's own version of Air America will be hosted by former journalist and Green Party vice-presidential candidate Pat LaMarche, and former reporter Don Cookson. Judging by the press conference, LaMarche will do most of the talking, with Cookson occasionally chiming in. The show will have a humorous bent, and look to counterbalance the conservative leanings of other Maine stations. LaMarche said the show will have an eye towards politicians and public officials in Washington D.C. and Augusta who push around Mainers, especially regarding welfare recipients. 

Sounding like the folksy "Uncle Stevie" you know, King said "We'd like to burn some feet once in a while — make some people a little bit angry. There are some people who deserve to be taken to the woodshed from time to time." Summing up the mission, King told reporters, "We're going to try to be informative. We're going to be provocative. We're going to be amusing and we're going to try to be a positive community force."