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October 06, 2005

The WDOD - Air America debate continues

Earlier this week, WDOD AM 1310 Chattanooga switched from adult standards to Air America Radio. According to Danny Howard, Director of Programming and Operations:

"Our programming will feature a refreshing, spirited alternative to the overabundance of ultra conservative programs within the market."

They've got Bill Press, followed by an hour of local morning programming, followed by Stephanie Miller, then by the AAR allstars: Franken, Rhodes, Janeane, and... Mike Malloy.

Thinking ahead, station "officials" also inform us:

"The opinions and comments of the hosts and or callers of AM 1310 'The Voice' WDOD-AM do not necessarily represent the staff and management of WDOD Radio."

Needless to say, this has sparked a fierce debate in the pages of the Chattanoogan.

Be prepared to cringe when you hear Randi Rhodes screech for the first time in her Fran Drescher-ish voice, mixing equal parts sedition, tinfoil conspiracyism, and hateful death wishes (her producers once concocted a piece hinting at assassination). Then a dash of shock radio, as her favorite song is apparently a tune that talks about bouncing one's... well, a prominent portion of the female anatomy.

A "liberal" thinks we need some learnin':

One cannot turn on the radio during the day without being exposed to an unending barrage of hate-filled propaganda from the so-called compassionate conservatives....an oxymoron, if there ever was one. (look it up)

Another letter here, and a local insults his fellows here:

No longer will we have to listen to the local neo-con, right-wingers and one big redneck of the other FM talk format who all approve of the war of occupation in Iraq and whose children all are of the age to join the military, but strangely, are still civilians not wishing to put their life on the line for Dubya's lies.

I count six loony liberal references in that, can you find more? And, regarding the level of discourse:

Rush Limbaugh and Air America have won. We have sunk to their level.



Posted in Meta at October 6, 2005 05:37 AM

Comments

How sad that they actually went through with changing WDOD. Seeing Earl walk across the street to a Christian station should have told them this isn't going to work.

Certainly there are a few people in Chattanooga
who vote Democrat now and again. But there are
few LIBERALS -- which I define as -- people who want to separate church from state and church from home and church from pretty near everything, people who tear up at gay marriages, people who greet the drunk illegal aliens partying at 3 a.m. and shooting guns to celebrate some obscure foreign holiday with open arms.

Putting on a station for those type of liberals in Chattanooga is like putting on a station to broadcast in Klingon, or some other nonexistent language.

By the way, Chattanooga is full of people who have put their lives on the line for a free Iraq -- the unintended point that came out of
Edward Lee Pitts' manipulative and deceptive coverage of the "hillbilly armor" issue.

Earl may not work in that building, but another Chattanooga broadcasting icon, Luther Massengill, still does, and I hope one day he takes his walking stick and beats whatever equipment they are using to transmit Air America into a transistorial pulp!

Posted by: wilson at October 6, 2005 12:20 PM

Did anyone hear Sam Seder say that some of the people who wrote the Chattanoogan website to complain about his show were doing it because they were antisemitic?

Posted by: dump at October 6, 2005 12:24 PM

ME CONFUSED! Why are 2 stations in Boston broadcasting Airs America. One stations ratings are 0.5, the other-0.8. ??? WDOD ratings are 2.0, by the end of the year the ratings will be 0.2. I've heard Randy corRohdes exaggerate her ratings. One can only imagine the spin the management spews.

Posted by: KAREN MILLER at October 6, 2005 03:38 PM

Yes,but WDOD's 0.2 will be so much better than its 2.0 because its audience will be a more desirable younger demographic -- 20-year-old Goths with Che Guevara posters in their dorm rooms at UTC.

Posted by: Ed Schmidt at October 6, 2005 03:41 PM

Sam Seder is unlistenable. Hearing rantings once was enough for me. He justed sounded so hateful. The train of thought liked that of some one with ADD on crack or crank.

Posted by: Gregd at October 6, 2005 07:25 PM

The Manhattan elitism of Air America goes over in Chattanooga like a flying brick. Chattanoogans try to be polite, and the discussion styles of Sam Seder and Randi and Stephanie Miller are not their cup of tea. They are irritating and obnoxious, and Chattanoogans will only tolerate that up to a point. As the country song says, "That's a good way to get on my bad side."

Posted by: Punditt at October 7, 2005 12:49 AM

AND WHY ARE THERE 2 STATIONS IN SAN ANTONIO? Both stations ratings are 0.0! Are those stations located in someones backyard? Are they being powered by a 25 watt lightbulb? Is the main entrance a screen door? WDOD latest summer ratings are 2.6. Believe it, WDOD ratings will sink to a 0000.0000000000!!!!!!!

Posted by: Jay Drummer at October 7, 2005 01:00 PM

Air America is a tool of Beelzebub. No wonder they hit Chattanooga in October.

Posted by: slipp at October 8, 2005 12:13 PM

WDOD should be reversed as in D O D W ...

Doing the Demon's (Demos) Work!

Posted by: pillbox at October 9, 2005 10:53 AM

A T T E N T I O N!

WDOD is already dropping some of its liberal talk programs for health infomercial-type shows.


This morning it picked up the "Duke and the Doctor" program. This show is usually sponsored by local vitamin stores, some of which are owned by Duke Liberatore, who hosts the show with his wife Jan McBarron.

When he introduced his new affiliate in Chattanooga, he called it WDOW, confusing it with the conservative talk station! ;-) Windows and Real Media files can be found at the link below.

http://www.dukeandthedoctor.com/archives.cfm

Duke and the Doctor runs live from 9 to 11 a.m. ET. If WDOD is carrying it live, that means Stephanie Miller is mostly toast.

By the way, Duke and his wife have expressed conservative, government-off-my-back sympathies in the past, esp. toward regulation of the supplement industry. They HATE Dick Durbin, the Democratic senator from Illinois who has (unsuccesfully) sponsored legislation to reign in the health supplement industry. I wonder how WDOD's liberal legions of listeners (all three of them) will feel when Duke and Doc start to rip into their hero, Dick Durbin, on "THEIR" (ha ha) radio station?

Posted by: LTBear at October 10, 2005 12:28 PM

give that kunesh guy the thumbs up,
he's got something going and i want on board!

Posted by: will at January 30, 2006 05:13 PM


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








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