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November 30, 2005

AAR CEO Goldberg: less comedy, more Mark Green

More barely audible whining about Marc Maron being removed from Morning Sedition ensues, this time from Jonathan Larsen, who apparently used to work on the show in some capacity. He was let go in September, and now he's available on his blog to tell-all: [Air America Radio CEO Danny] Goldberg's claim that he's dividing the... Keep reading >>>

Posted in AlsoRans at 11:44 PM | Comments (0)

Hypnotick to see Al Franken live in Dallas

A blogger I've never heard of before plans to see Al Franken when he broadcasts live from Dallas on December 2. "Hynotick" describes himself as a: 30-something politically active Gay hypnotist gamer with two kids, two cats, one boyfriend and one straight wife And, he says that: [Al Franken is] not my favorite host on... Keep reading >>>

Posted in StuartSmalley at 03:32 AM | Comments (2)

November 29, 2005

MSM: New Air America morning lineup; more BoreAmerica ideas copied

The MSM reports that Air America radio has a new morning lineup, something we reported yesterday. Billboard informs us that the new lineup will actually be starting on Jan 3, and not next month. And, they say that the two new shows will be called "Air America Mornings". "Air America Mornings"? Hey, I guess "Coffee... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 11:28 PM | Comments (2)

The "Help Save Air America Radio Contest"

Air America Radio is in trouble, and needs your help. They're caught in what I might refer to as a "shame spiral", as they reel from scandal to scandal, from depressing ratings to even more depressing ratings, and from disastrous decisions to even more disastrous decisions. But, you can help. What I need you to... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Satire at 05:31 AM | Comments (3)

Marc Maron, Morning Sedition cancelled

Air America Radio has canceled Morning Sedition and Marc Maron will be leaving on December 15, it has been reported. I guess I was wrong. This is just the latest in a long line of brilliant moves on AAR's part, as, even though I've never heard him, Maron is supposed to be entertaining or something.... Keep reading >>>

Posted in AlsoRans at 12:07 AM | Comments (3)

November 28, 2005

"Unintentionally" funny Al Franken headline

I know Jay Leno does something similar, and I thought I'd rip him off and show you this "unintentionally" funny headline. I assume this is a rare instance of a headline writer slanting things to the right:... Keep reading >>>

Posted in StuartSmalley at 05:21 AM | Comments (0)

November 27, 2005

Al Franken to Visit Lesbian Capital of United States

Last year Stephanie Miller visited that city, and Al Franken will also visit there on Wednesday, Nov. 31, the local paper reports: Question: Ever been to Asheville before? Answer: I’ve always wanted to go there. My brother spent some time there (and) loved it. All that I know is that it has a great music... Keep reading >>>

Posted in StuartSmalley at 10:09 PM | Comments (0)

November 23, 2005

Franken v. Scalia decided strongly for Scalia

Al Franken tangled with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Monday, and came out looking like the lightweight he is: ...When [Norm] Pearlstine opened the floor for Q&A, Franken stood up in the back row and started talking about "judicial demeanor" and asking "hypothetically" about whether a judge should recuse himself if he had... Keep reading >>>

Posted in StuartSmalley at 01:38 PM | Comments (2)

November 22, 2005

Did Katherine Lanpher jump, or was she pushed?

Speculation is still swirling around the blogosphere about Katherine Lanpher leaving Al Franken's show. She left around September 30, saying she had to get a book out by January 2006. Now, her publisher has extended the publication date of her book... until October 2006. Did she or her publisher decide to extend the deadline, or... Keep reading >>>

Posted in StuartSmalley at 12:06 PM | Comments (4)

November 21, 2005

Calling all Jerry Springer on the Radio fans!

"The Professor" from the blog of the "freeform" radio station WFMU describes "Air America's Next Big Mistake (part 2)". Obviously, he left out a few parts, but he recommends keeping both Rachel Maddow and Marc Maron, while trimming Jerry Springer's time or just buying him out completely. He also points out, as I have, that... Keep reading >>>

Posted in PureClass at 11:59 AM | Comments (0)

November 20, 2005

Today's "Is there a connection?"

Someone named Ron Jackson Suresha writes a letter to the editor of New London CT's "The Day". It reads like it was written by their PR department, but it wasn't. As it turns out, he's the author of, among other works, "Bears on Bears: Interviews & Discussions".... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 08:01 PM | Comments (0)

November 19, 2005

Al Franken to broadcast from Missoula Children's Theatre

In January, so you have time to buy your (minimum $50) tickets for the human rights fundraiser.... Keep reading >>>

Posted in StuartSmalley at 09:04 AM | Comments (0)

Air America to settle Multicultural Radio Broadcasting lawsuit

Multicultural recently sued AAR relating to the very first AAR scandal, way back when they were pulled from their Chicago and Los Angeles affiliates because they didn't pay their leases. Now, that lawsuit has been settled. Do you remember those lazy, hazy days of the first scandal? AAR leased time on two of MRB's stations,... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 12:07 AM | Comments (0)

November 17, 2005

Sheldon Drobny calls out all rich liberals

If I were a Hollywood billionaire, and I had had one of my PAs read Air America Radio founder Sheldon Drobny's latest column to me, I would immediately put him on the "watch list". As in, "make sure he never comes within 100 feet of me". ...[mentions his book "Road to Air America"]... ...[he met... Keep reading >>>

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Al Franken promotes book to ignorant college students

Stuart Smalley recently visited two colleges in order to promote his book, and got highly complimentary write-ups in the school rags, no doubt from "journalism" students. However, in both cases the headlines appear to be unintentionally less-than-flattering. From Hahvahd comes "Franken Promotes Book", something which sounds vaguely similar to the previous entry. Hint: I was... Keep reading >>>

Posted in StuartSmalley at 05:58 AM | Comments (0)

November 16, 2005

Additional Al Franken joke noted; scandal spun

Stuart Smalley will be in Denver later today, doing his show live from KKZN AM-760 and signing his book at a bookstore. He also provides some of his trademarked side-splitting "humor": "The best way for us to start getting out is for the president to finally admit some mistakes... Just say,'OK, we kind of cherry-picked,... Keep reading >>>

Posted in StuartSmalley at 03:55 AM | Comments (3)

November 15, 2005

Today's New York Times / Air America Radio scandal

Remember the NYT article "They Look Nothing Like Rush Limbaugh", featured here in the post "New York Times finds new way to promote Air America"? As it turns out, the idea for that article appears to have come from an AAR PR flack named Jamie Horn, who pitched the NYT on the concept. Details here.... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 01:35 PM | Comments (6)

Alan Skorski on Joseph Farah Show November 15

The author of Pants on Fire: How Al Franken Lies, Smears And Deceives will be on the Joseph Farah Show Tuesday sometime between 3pm and 6pm Eastern. You can stream it here.... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 03:20 AM | Comments (1)

November 14, 2005

Al Franken in Cambridge on Tuesday Nov 15

And, no one except for the Boston Herald cares about his appearance at WKOX (WTF?) and WXKS. The link is a standard blurb about Franken's new book, complete with the news that he's still moving back to Minnesota, from whence he'll continue to consider running for Senate. It also contains the following absolutely nonsensical bit... Keep reading >>>

Posted in StuartSmalley at 08:58 AM | Comments (3)

November 13, 2005

Al Franken gets splogged

A "splog" is a spam blog consisting of programmatically-obtained bits and pieces from other sites, which are reconstituted and extruded into posts on the splog. Blogspot is full of these type of things, including a whole chain dedicated to Stuart (for some reason). Here are eight of them, all apparently from the same person (or... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Blog at 11:43 PM | Comments (0)

The deck chairs are NOT being shuffled on HMCS Air America

Marc Maron is not - I repeat - NOT on his way out on Air America. Unfortunately, the "liberal" blogosphere is all a-twitter about the NYT story about Randi Rhodes and Rachel Maddow which included this: The network is expected to announce imminently a move by Ms. Maddow into a more prominent morning drive-time role.... Keep reading >>>

Posted in AlsoRans at 08:41 PM | Comments (0)

Air America's move to Canada: what really happened

It's been over a week now since Air America Radio announced the shocking news that their entire operation - including hosts and support staff - was moving to Canada to restart business "up north" in Napanee, Ontario, Canada. They will sell the remaining time that they purchased on stations in the U.S., and use that... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Satire at 08:11 AM | Comments (2)

New York Times finds new way to promote Air America

The NYT has found a new way to promote AAR, the New York Times reports in Susan Brenna's "They Look Nothing Like Rush Limbaugh". The "they" are Randi Rhodes and Rachel Maddow (who's "sunny"), and they're contrasted and compared in the article. (Note: In order to read the article, you need to first sign in... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 01:57 AM | Comments (0)

November 12, 2005

Air America Radio: anti-Finn, anti-Polka, anti-Senior, anti-American

Air America's latest outlet is WELY 1450 AM in Ely/Hibbing Minnesota. Let's take a look at some of the programming AAR will be replacing with Randi Rhodes, Mike Malloy, and all the rest. WELY calls itself "End of the Road Radio", and it will indeed be the end of the road for some of their... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 11:52 AM | Comments (3)

November 10, 2005

Democracy Radio unilaterally shut down

As previously discussed, the head of Democracy Radio, Mr. Debbie Stabenow aka Tom Athans, has joined Air America as their head of distribution. (Of course, that might just be cover for his real job: raising money). As the first link discloses, Athans is shuttering DR. Apparently they had just two major shows: Ed Schultz and... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 09:57 AM | Comments (1)

Ed Schultz on American Forces Radio; debate in Congress

According to this, Big Dumb Ed will soon appear on the Armed Forces Radio Network, but "soon" has not yet been defined. Backstory on this issue here. Now, we can argue about whether AFRN has "relented" as the Denver Post says or not, but there's a much more ominous news story behind all this. That's... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Ed Schultz at 01:25 AM | Comments (0)

November 09, 2005

Talkers Magazine: Rush Limbaugh beating Franken by only 12.5 million listeners

There's only a 12.5 million gap in listenership between Rush Limbaugh and Al Franken, Talkers Magazine reports in their "Fall 2005 estimates of the weekly cume ratings". Limbaugh gets at least 13.75 million weekly cumulative listeners, while Al Franken is hot on his heels at 1.25 million. Other Air America or "liberal" radio stalwarts are... Keep reading >>>

Posted in StuartSmalley at 02:40 PM | Comments (9)

Breaking: Al Franken still considering Senate run!

This story is hot off the presses: Air America's Al Franken is still considering running for the Senate three years from now, Reuters is now prepared to report. Reuters tells us that Franken is still moving back to Minneapolis, and is still continuing to move his lowly-rated show there. Now, for the bias: The heavily... Keep reading >>>

Posted in StuartSmalley at 05:57 AM | Comments (0)

November 08, 2005

"Pants on Fire: How Al Franken Lies, Smears And Deceives" Part 2

As previously discussed, the book "Pants on Fire: How Al Franken Lies, Smears And Deceives" enumerates just some of Stuart's various deceptive statements. And, in that post I said: order it through Amazon now before Soros-funded groups start trying to get it pulled Well, here comes the enemy! Namely, the George Soros-funded Media Matters... Keep reading >>>

Posted in StuartSmalley at 07:57 PM | Comments (11)

Connie, Maury, Lizz, and you

Former co-host of Air America's Unfiltered, Lizz Winstead, will be producing a new MSNBC show featuring Connie Chung and her husband Maury Povich. MSNBC will air the as-yet-unnamed show on the weekends, and it will have guests. Connie sez: "Maury's been on my case to get out of the house and get back to work,... Keep reading >>>

Posted in AlsoRans at 05:39 AM | Comments (3)

November 07, 2005

Al Franken serviced by Portland Tribune, St. Petersburg Times

I'm sorry for any unfortunate imagery the title might have engendered, but, well, that's just the way it is. Here's the Portland Tribune's fawning tribute, and here's the one from the Florida rag. Both share quotes and the news that Stuart is moving back to Minneapolis and that he's still - still! - considering a... Keep reading >>>

Posted in StuartSmalley at 03:54 AM | Comments (2)

November 06, 2005

Marc Maron cancellation: just a practical joke

It's unfortunate to see so many people getting so excited about the so-called "cancellation" of Marc Maron of Morning Sedition. Here's Marc "Crispin" Miller, here's the DUmmies, and here's a petition. I'm pretty sure that this is just a publicity stunt and/or practical joke. While it's interesting to see more than 3000 signatories to the... Keep reading >>>

Posted in AlsoRans at 02:21 PM | Comments (5)

November 04, 2005

Inside Bunker Garofalo

University of South Carolina student Maggie Brock contacted Janeane Garofalo from inside her very special bunker and got answers to a few questions: ...The right wing machine, for the last 40 years, has successfully cowed the media into thinking there's a liberal bias, which there isn't, and then WAY overcompensating the other way. There's a... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Janeane at 06:18 AM | Comments (4)

November 03, 2005

Al Franken vs. Affirmative Action

Over the past fifteen years, what percentage of African-Americans would you expect Al Franken to have hired? Certainly no less than 20%, or at the very absolute lowest 10%, right? Try 1%. How many people total has he hired anyway? Those facts and more are reported in the Amazon best-seller "Do As I Say... Keep reading >>>

Posted in StuartSmalley at 10:01 PM | Comments (1)

November 01, 2005

AAR has syndication division; husband of Debbie Stabenow to head

Tom Athans is the husband of Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). He also co-founded Democracy Radio and developed both the Ed Schultz Show and the Stephanie Miller show. Now, he's joined Air America Radio as their executive VP and the head of their syndication division. Yeah, I don't care either. But, feel free to speculate on... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 02:15 PM | Comments (7)


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