WHAT AM 1340 in Philadelphia is stopping their broadcasts of Air America Radio's Al Franken and Randi Rhodes tomorrow. Those are the only two AAR shows they broadcast; Philly is spared, for instance, Mike Malloy.
As previously discussed, WHAT's ratings didn't even make the charts.
The main reason appears to be that those two "liberals" weren't "down":
WHAT aired Air America's programming from noon to 7 p.m. weekdays, sandwiched between the rest of its lineup. The juxtaposition of liberal talk and WHAT's African America-targeted talk programming seemed an odd fit from the start.
We have received unconfirmed rumors that Al Franken was considering doing a live broadcast dressed in a dashiki in a last desperate move to gain listeners. That could not be confirmed - or denied - at post time.
AAR was on the station for a year, and their general manager Kernie Anderson says:
"things were not working out"
An AAR spokeshole says:
"While we hate to lose affiliates, it is very common to add and drop affiliates due to local market conditions. While we hate to lose WHAT-AM, we are currently in negotiations with another station and hope to make that announcement soon."
Philly is a nice city, except you have to drive for miles and miles and miles to find any kind of elevation gain. I know, I tried. And, it's not as liberal as, say, NYC. Despite that flatness and lack of wall-to-wall liberalism, if they can't get listeners there on one station they're probably going to have little luck on another station.
UPDATE: This says they're being replaced by "a 1-to-5 p.m. call-in show for Philadelphia Daily News columnist Elmer Smith."
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Posted by: Thew at September 29, 2005 05:13 PM
I thought it would matter that AAR was canceled in Philadelphia, but, c'mon, those guys on Philly ghetto radio? Why not have "Fresh Air", or "Earth & Sky"? AAR failing on a low power negro staion means nothing, except air america doesn't have local ghetto appeal.
Oh, yeah, go take a shit, you retard.
Posted by: otis at October 13, 2005 09:02 PM
Monitoring Air America Radio [TM] so you don't have to.