British person Andrew Stephen of the New Statesman lives near the White House but is barely able to tune in to the local Air America affiliate. Overcoming that hurdle (perhaps via one of their podcasts or on the internet or something) he tuned in recently, and he informs us that he's come to "a sad conclusion - that the middle and left are incapable of producing radio that can compete with the daily outpourings of the right."
He goes on to note the fact (previously covered here) that AAR's NYC listenership on WLIB is now less than when they were a Caribbean station. Then:
...I can reveal at least part of the reason for all this: Air America is truly terrible, amateurish and sometimes downright embarrassing. It sounds like University Radio Essex did in my student days - paved with good intentions, but lacking in technical expertise or professional flair. Limbaugh, by contrast, is a brilliant performer who instinctively understands the rhythm and pace of radio. His show crackles, while Air America sounds as though it is struggling for air. Even the ads seem to scrape the barrel, with Franken wretchedly recommending some brand of mattress...
He ends up by spending three paragraphs telling us that AAR's problems are because Americans are dumb.
Posted in Reviews at July 22, 2005 05:48 AM
I'm sure Franken defenders will be the first to point out: "But Limbaugh does ads for the exact same mattress company!!"
True enough, but let's also remember the first line AAR defenders trot out whenever we point out AAR's deficient ratings: "It's the demos that count". If Franken's demos are that much better, he'd be doing ads for Mountain Dew and Video Games, not posture-enhancing beds.
Posted by: SaveFarris at July 22, 2005 07:30 AM
I've heard they run commercials in the Phoenix area for a company that comes to your house to pick up dog crap.
Posted by: Randi_Sucks at July 22, 2005 11:45 AM
What does he expect. The free market picked most successful hosts. I am still trying to figure out how a taxcut is a big middle finger to middle class. Do they really have writers? That could explain the lack of callers.
Posted by: Commieradiomustdie at July 23, 2005 05:27 AM
I've heard that a lot of stations are dropping most of AAR's programs and just keeping one or two shows. Cleveland, for instance, only carries Springer.
Posted by: Randi Sucks at July 23, 2005 12:31 PM
Monitoring Air America Radio [TM] so you don't have to.