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May 31, 2005

Clear Channel's secret plan for Air America

OPCEN has given me the go-ahead to describe what Clear Channel ("CC") is planning regarding Air America Radio. According to #7, the cat's already out of the sack regarding this operation, so there's no harm and only upside to disclosing the truth.

Yes, of course, CC is basically an arm of the VRWC. Yes, it's about the money for CC, but it's also about the ideology. Many on the other side cheered as CC converted stations to AAR, without knowing what that really meant. The goal was to set up AAR to fall, and fall big.

#7, #45, and various other operators have been working on a new CC format entitled "Progressive Talk." (Planted report here.) It's already in San Antonio at KRPT-FM 92.5, and a similar format will be coming soon to Ohio's WARF 1350 AM (aka Radio Free Ohio).

For instance, look at the lineup for KRPT:

Doug Stephan's Good Day USA
Jerry Springer
Stephanie Miller
Ed Schultz
Phil Hendrie
Alan Colmes

"Good Day USA"? Doesn't sound too "liberal" to me. Springer is basically an embarrassment, and Miller is a comedienne. Phil Hendrie a "liberal"? He basically converted his show into one long ad for #3 last year. As for Big Ed, well, let's just say that he's already used to converting and future surprises just might be in store...

And, of course, one notes the lack of AAR stalwarts Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo from that list...

Hoorays are in store for #7 for this classic pincers move, and we'll watch as this plays itself out.

Posted in Satire at May 31, 2005 11:41 AM


Over a year after your hardly prescient
comment re 'Ohio's WARF 150 AM {aka
Radio Free Ohio}', it's still on
the air and doing just spiffy.

So, if CC's 'secret plan' was to see
AAR take a fall, it hasn't panned out.
Neocon radio sounds increasingly
pathetic as it whines about Bill and
Hill, 'unpatriotic lefties', blah, blah,
blah. Just wait two years and you'll
REALLY have something to bitch about
when the WH is reclaimed by the Good Guys
[no...I'm not referrring to any Elephants].

Posted by: Ken at August 11, 2006 04:31 AM

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


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