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April 10, 2004

Air America: stifling even more Voices of Color

They displaced a Korean station in L.A. and a black station in NYC.

Now, even more Minority Voices of Color will be silenced:

the new radio network would air on two stations that currently offer Asian-language programming -- San Francisco's KVTO-AM 1400 and San Jose's KVVN-AM 1430. The Air American programming will be broadcast in English, but neither the radio network nor the two stations have said when the change would occur or what the future held for the stations' employees. KVTO general manger Harvey Stone could not be reached for comment...

(Via Drudge)

Posted in Meta at April 10, 2004 03:46 PM


Air America hates Asians. And when Air America's best available option in Portland turned out to be a 50's station, it was because Air America hates Elvis.


Air America's simply paying minority-owned stations to run its programming, because deregulation means small stations such as these are the only stations available. Air America is keeping minority ownership in tact. The real destruction of minority station ownership in America has been deregulation. More than a quarter of all minority-owned stations were bought by Clear Channel and the like since the 1996 Telecom Act, according to Broadcasting & Cable.

Also, among all of Air America's weekday on-air talent, African-Americans are more highly represented than in society at large. Also, Air America hired Henry Rivera and Chuck D to scout talent and staff. (That would be a latino person and a black person, for all those conservatives suddenly interested in establishing quota systems.)

Posted by: David Pham at April 10, 2004 07:08 PM

If AirAmerica wants to silence voices, there is a station in town that plays Outkast and Britney Spears 24/7 -- it's all theirs!!

Anyway, the problem isn't that AA is taking away minority airtime, they're doing everything they've yelled at big evil Clear Channel and Rush Limbaugh for doing. When liberals replace minorities on the radio, the conservatives snicker and laugh at the double-standard. If Clear Channel were to take over these stations -- or if Limbaugh were to replace a locally run Hmong show -- the wailing would continue week after week. Disney bought out an alternative station here in town 7 years ago and people still whine about it. Said alternative station originally silenced a locally run mom and pop station, but there was no whining about that from the diverse radio crowd.

It's not that we care if Al Franken is replacing satellite-fed ethnic 500 watt stations in the 'burbs. It's that AA is becoming everything they claimed to hate about Right Wing Talk -- corporate takeovers of the airwaves, imflammatory rhetoric, screaming at callers, painting someone who disagrees as one who is stupid, wacko conspiracies, and a whole lot more. It's just that when they do it, it's okay because....well, just because.

Posted by: SleepNow at April 11, 2004 10:19 PM

Air America is not doing anything like what Clear Channel has done. Clear Channel bought up well over 1,000 radio stations so that one voice controls a gigantic chunk of everything you hear on the radio. Air America is just dealing with what's left, which is a few tiny stations, many minority-owned, five or so of whom they're now paying to run their programming.

You claim that if Clear Channel purchased a minority-owned station, "the wailing would continue week after week." Not so. Can you name just one of the hundreds of minority-owned stations that are no more because of the 1996 Telecom act, and can you remember any weeks-long protest over it? I can't. I've never heard any louder whining over a minority-owned station changing formats than what the conservative echo chamber has produced here (for reasons having nothing to do with empathy for minority broadcasters).

And is this any admission that "Right Wing Talk" includes "imflammatory rhetoric, screaming at callers, painting someone who disagrees as one who is stupid, wacko conspiracies, and a whole lot more?" For the record, I can't stand any of that on Air America, either. I don't consider myself a liberal, just someone who's interested in radio, and glad that there's a diversity of ideas on it.

Posted by: David Pham at April 12, 2004 08:03 AM

Monitoring Air America Radio [TM] so you don't have to.


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