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April 28, 2005

Endorsement: Al Franken for Senator

Since I don't live in Minnesota or have an overwhelming interest in the state, I strongly endorse Al Franken in his apparent upcoming bid to replace Norm Coleman as Senator from Minnesota. Plus, it would be entertaining to watch him represent liberalism while perhaps trying to put his fellow Senators in headlocks in the Senate... Keep reading >>>

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April 27, 2005

Air America ratings: beating conservatives in San Diego!

Congratulations to Air America, as they're beating conservative talk in San Diego! For example of how the reactionary bourgeois forces attempt to hide this fact, see the nifty table in the post "Liberal Radio Flopping in San Diego". The post's very title is a running dog lie, as AAR is not flopping! Yes, it has... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 11:44 AM | Comments (0)

Nothing to see here, move along

Drudge describes Air America's latest attempt at publicity: a "humorous" skit involving gun shots and a guy with a fake American accent talking about social security. I believe nothing will happen concerning this for at least two reasons: it will be determined that there is no credible threat, and only "liberals" can do the sustained... Keep reading >>>

Posted in RandiRhodes at 11:40 AM | Comments (1)

April 26, 2005

Putting Air America's Winter 2005 ratings into their proper perspective

I enjoy writing this blog, and the last thing I want is for Air America to go under. So, I'd like to present the bright spots in AAR's latest ratings. Both Brian Maloney and Byron York ("Air America’s Year of Decline") seem to be taking a great deal of glee in putting forth misleading information... Keep reading >>>

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April 25, 2005

Does your radio empire need a write-off?

If you're considering becoming an Air America affiliate, Billboard has a FAQ here. While everything sounds good, there is one discordant fact: Jerry Springer and Al Franken will visit your market. They present two shining examples of AAR ratings success: KPOJ in Portland and WINZ in Miami. For those who understand radio ratings, here's some... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 11:09 AM | Comments (0)

ChuckD to be rehabilitated

According to him, he wasn't fired and he hasn't left AAR. In fact, he'll be coming back next month with a new Sunday night show: "But a daily presence of a person of color besides Mark Riley in the morning could be needed to balance some of the things that appear to be redundant after... Keep reading >>>

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Air America lands on "Redundant"

Pat Sajak discusses AAR in "Dead Air (America)". According to him, the problem with Air America is simple: the market is saturated. Who needs AAR when you can get the same viewpoint from the MSM?... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 10:59 AM | Comments (0)

April 24, 2005

Memphis paper cares what Franken thinks

Stuart Smalley recently sat down for a chat with the editorial board of Memphis' Commercial Appeal newspaper. Apparently they had nothing better to do that day. Here's a snippet of Al Franken's wisdom: Q: You're trying to preach, "Let's be united," (but) your mode of operation seems to be divisiveness. Obviously it's satire. But there's... Keep reading >>>

Posted in StuartSmalley at 12:03 PM | Comments (0)

April 23, 2005

Danny Goldberg strikes back at the L.A. Times reactionaries

The Los Angeles Enquirer-Cageliner-Times prints an epistle ("Radio's Air America Is Finding an Audience") from Air America's CEO, Danny Goldberg concerning the recent L.A. Times piece "Why the Liberals Can't Keep Air America From Spiraling In". Apparently that article is "petulant and inaccurate" and "there is a large and growing audience for liberal talk." The... Keep reading >>>

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April 22, 2005

Stephanie Miller on KTLK AM 1150 starts May 2

Stephanie Miller is going to be doing the morning show on Air America's Los Angeles affiliate, KTLK AM 1150, starting on May 2. Miller was previously on KFI and KABC, and she'll be replacing Morning Sedition's local broadcast. Press release here. Her website here. Miller was last (and first) mentioned here in this post. Apparently... Keep reading >>>

Posted in AlsoRans at 12:22 PM | Comments (1)

April 21, 2005

Air America beholden to special interests?

Say it ain't so, but David Kirby, author of Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy (St. Martin’s Press, 2005), says that Air America canceled an appearance he had on their network: "NPR and the Public Broadcasting System get a lot of money from drug companies," Kirby told Corporate... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 04:35 PM | Comments (0)

April 19, 2005

Air America: Lance Armstrong retiring due to pressure from Big Oil

I can't substantiate this report, but it's too good to substantiate anyway: ...today [Air America] really outdid themselves by saying that Lance Armstrong is being forced into retirement by "Big Oil", as they don’t appreciate the positive spin he's put on BIKING! The exact station and host involved was not given, but, then again, it... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 08:17 PM | Comments (0)

Why advertise on Air America Minnesota?

Because, by advertising on Air America Minnesota, you'll get in on the ground floor of the liberal sensation that's rocking the nation! And, you'll join all the other fine advertisers on the Fastest Growing Radio Station in the Twin Cities! Hurry, before all the good spots are gone! Here are the other fine advertisers on... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 08:07 PM | Comments (0)

April 18, 2005

Megan Hils obsessive about social security

Kimberly Shroyer in the Queen City Forum has the scoop on Springer sidekick Megan Hils: ...And her charm isn't manufactured. As the female sidekick to Springer and Jene Galvin, she joins two men who have been friends and political allies since the 70s on this cutting edge liberal call-in radio show based in Cincinnati .... Keep reading >>>

Posted in PureClass at 08:52 PM | Comments (2)

April 16, 2005

The thoughtful side of Jerry Springer

Despite the title, "Taking out the trash" from the Chicago Tribune is a generally favorable portrait of America's favorite liberal. Grab a chair and check it out: ..."We did sophisticated polling and focus groups, and there's no question the show is a negative," [Dale Butland, Springer's political spokesman] says. "People are willing to get past... Keep reading >>>

Posted in PureClass at 12:47 PM | Comments (0)

April 15, 2005

Random musings April 15 2005

Eclipse Ramblings informs the world that two unspecified Air America hosts on an unspecified AAR station don't know the difference between an Uzi and an AK-47: "To make such nonsensical statements, the on-air "personalities" at Err America have to be woefully ignorant or are knowingly telling lies. Either one is not good." On the other... Keep reading >>>

Posted in PureClass at 11:10 AM | Comments (1)

April 14, 2005

Liberal hypocrisy at Air America?

From the Counterpunch article "Ethnic Cleansing at Air America": When liberal Air America Radio Network yanked hip-hop legend Chuck D, a member of Public Enemy, off the air on April Fool's Day and replaced him with Jerry Springer, they made fools out of Black Democrats, especially those in the hip-hop community who believed Air America... Keep reading >>>

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April 13, 2005

I'd dearly love to, but she's going to have to ditch the dye job first

The title is my attempt to come up with a cheap pun based on Janeane's sitcom "All In" being picked up. The sitcom concerns Annie Duke, single mom and professional poker player. Headlines include: Garofalo has winning hand for NBC 'All In' All In Dealt Garofalo Garofalo's 'In' There are more. Surprisingly, the coverage from... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Janeane at 09:33 PM | Comments (0)

April 12, 2005

AAR, XM, AOL, STFU

XM is now the exclusive satellite radio network for Air America. From the press release: XM Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: XMSR), the nation's leading satellite radio provider with more than 3.77 million subscribers, has announced a new long-term agreement with Air America Radio, the national progressive entertainment talk radio network home to Al Franken, Randi Rhodes... Keep reading >>>

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April 11, 2005

More "Left of the Dial" reviews

LogicalMeme reports: ...It stands to reason that if you put together a bunch of latte-sipping, bleeding hearts into an office building and ask them to form an efficiently operated business, chaos will ensue... Ann Althouse raves: Last night, I watched that new HBO documentary about Air America called "Left of the Dial." That is, I... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 12:24 PM | Comments (0)

KXXT's recipe for Air America success

KXXT is an Air America affiliate in Phoenix, and they seem to have found the perfect recipe for success as an AAR affiliate: keep the AAR name, and ditch the AAR shows. Their website is certainly one of the worst I've ever seen, complete with scrolling banners and the like. And, it doesn't seem to... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 11:22 AM | Comments (0)

April 10, 2005

Not So Golden Mike Malloy

Air America's looniest talk show host, Mike Malloy, recently was selected as the N.Y. Air Awards' "Best Talk Show". The NYAA is given out by the... March of Dimes. I believe they selected him based on comic and entertainment value and not because they necessarily agree with LIHOP or Malloy's stance on the Bush Crime... Keep reading >>>

Posted in MikeWho at 04:48 PM | Comments (2)

April 09, 2005

Air America ratings controversy

Is Air America surging ahead and bringing liberalism to corners near and far? Or, are their ratings flat and could Clear Channel have reasons other than ratings for trying out the new format? Industry observer Brian Maloney reports: Despite a huge effort by radio syndicators and online supporters to make liberal talk radio appear successful,... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 02:43 PM | Comments (3)

April 08, 2005

Sounds like a job for Bud Dickman

Spotted on craigslist: Harrison on the Edge is a progressive talk show done by the openly gay son of a neo Nazi. [And you thought Jeff Foxworthy's shtick got old real quick -- LW] The show is airing on LA’s Progressive Talk KTLK AM 1150 Saturday nights from 7-10 p.m. [At least it's not Sunday... Keep reading >>>

Posted in AlsoRans at 12:45 PM | Comments (0)

April 07, 2005

KTLK AM 1150 developing local talkers

Uh oh: ...Well, it seems as though the local lib outlet has picked up the concept quicker that a fourteen year old boy picks up the puberty, as Progressive Talk KTLK AM 1150 begins to fertilize their homegrown eggs by giving birth to their own local talent. While the introduction of a local weekend lineup... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 11:48 PM | Comments (0)

April 05, 2005

Blog surf, read, and get it wrong: Part 2

From this: ...Wednesday night, [Mike] Malloy reported that the Michigan legislature had passed a bill that would enable health care providers to refuse to perform a medical service if doing so was contrary to their religious convictions. Or as Malloy put it, "There is a law working its way through the Michigan legislature if doctors... Keep reading >>>

Posted in MikeWho at 11:32 AM | Comments (0)

Blog surf, read, and get it wrong

From the 4/1/05 press release "Air America Attacks Against Public Advocate Welcomed but Unfounded": A Public Advocate fundraising letter posted on a left-wing blog site was read on Air America today [by Randi Rhodes --LW]. The liberal radio network insinuated that the letter was sent to the Terri Schindler Schiavo donor list by Public Advocate--an... Keep reading >>>

Posted in RandiRhodes at 11:26 AM | Comments (0)

April 04, 2005

Another reason to distrust Wikipedia

[4/9/05: final (?) update: CalicoCat (mentioned in the update) suggested I create a new category to put this blog in. After I did that, he deleted the new category I created and put this blog in the "External links" section. OK, fine. I'm willing to compromise. Since he put it there it might stay there,... Keep reading >>> 4-07-05 UPDATE: "CalicoCat" responds to the comment I posted at the talk page with the following. I think everyone will agree that he amply demonstrates his biases. Nevertheless, I'm going to do as he suggests and add it to a new section.
You might open up a sub-category in External Links for right-wing nut-job sites that are critical of AAR, but not just any old blog that has some ad hominem screed about "that nasty, commie, pinko, anti-american, stupid liberal joke of a radio network, ditto, ditto, ditto" thing. Also, the category is "fan sites, message boards, blogs, etc." so adding that there would not be appropriate, to my way of thinking, since they obviously are not "fan sites."

In general, I'd caution againt turning this article into some kind of horrible "debate" page, or quasi-editorial, that's not what wikepedia is. See what wikipedia is not. As it standands, this is an article about the entity air american radio. That said, you might draft some other section about Criticism of Air American, however, it would have to be drafted with care to make it neutral and factually supported. For what it's worth, I've noticed more reversionism (censorship)of information criical of the likes of Rush Limbaugh and so on; but, on the other hand, some of the better pages on -- to quote Mike Malloy -- "flying monkey right-wing talkshow hosts do stick to the subjects of the articles and are presented in an accurate and neutral fashion. For example, I added a site showing some the gross distortions and lies factually documented about Bill O'Rielly and no one's removed it, just an external link. It was a good source, brought out another point of view in a neutral, factual way. Wikipeidia is not for editorializing, even weasel-worded editorializing. "some peple think" kind of phrases. See weasel words. I'd keep the focus as it is, on the -- who, what, where, when, why, how -- of Air American Radio itself. Hope this helps... Calicocat 14:46, 6 Apr 2005 (UTC)
I responded:
"right-wing nut-job sites"? Quite an interesting way of looking at things. In any case, my blog BoreAmerica.com (http://boreamerica.com) has been online for over a year and, except for housekeeping entries like this one (http://boreamerica.com/archives/2005/04/another-reason-to-distrust-wikipedia.html) it's all about Air America, their hosts, and their outside projects. And, I cover the things you won't read at the fan sites currently listed at the entry. As it stands now, this entry has a great deal of pro-AAR information, but not very much about their various problems.

Quoting from the NPOV: "The policy is easily misunderstood. It doesn't assume that it's possible to write an article from a single, unbiased, objective point of view. The policy says that we should fairly represent all sides of a dispute, and not make an article state, imply, or insinuate that any one side is correct."

So, I just created a new category as you suggested. LonewackoDotCom 11:45, 7 Apr 2005 (PST)

Posted in Blog at 07:14 PM | Comments (0)

"Al Franken is really like a genius"

The titular quote is from Danny Goldberg, the new CEO of Air America. Nikki Finke (who identifies herself as "a regular unpaid contributor on Air America shows") interviewed him for the L.A. Weekly (which makes the L.A. Times look like the Washington Times) in "Goldberg Flies Air America": ...Gone are the monologues and monotones of... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 01:20 PM | Comments (0)

Jerry Springer to rescue liberalism, liberal radio

The NY Times covers his first day in "Politics, Yes, but No Fistfights for Jerry Springer on Radio": ...His critics may scoff at being called crass by the host of such television episodes as "Male Siamese Twins" and "I Refuse to Wear Clothes." But Mr. Springer insists his radio program is political, and a far... Keep reading >>>

Posted in PureClass at 11:53 AM | Comments (0)

April 02, 2005

Air America's target listener

I believe this is set as the home page of every marketeer working at Air America. The starry night background might perhaps be forgiven if it didn't contain things like this: We went to Cincinnati to be volunteers and poll monitors for the non-partisan group, People for the American Way, for this 2004 Election day...... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 06:15 PM | Comments (0)


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