Like a circus leaving town on an early morning train, Air America Radio is being taken off the air in Madison, Wisconsin and New Orleans, Louisiana.
In Madison - the beuddered version of Berkeley - WXXM (92.1 FM) aka "The Mic" is replacing them with all sports... from Fox! That station is owned by... Clear Channel!
Says AAR investor and heavy debtor Terry Kelly:
"I find it puzzling as to the timing given the election results... There is no business reason that is apparent to me (for the change), therefore, one wonders what the real reasons may be."
And, even more puzzling still, they had moved up to 11th in their market...
And, WSMB (1350 AM) in New Orleans is replacing Al, Randi and the gang with:
"The Food Show," live local gustatory gab hosted by Tom Fitzmorris... Bob DelGiorno, Monica Pierre, John "Spud" McConnell and Garland Robinette.
In more hopeful news, KCAA (1050 AM) in California's Inland Empire (somewhere out near Riverside or something) is hoping to be able to broadcast during the nighttime beginning at the start of the year.
I know this looks like some vast conspiracy considering the recent elections and all, but I can assure my liberal readers that these are just business decisions.
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UPDATE: Look, I realize that this is starting to look like some kind of conspiracy, but it isn't. Via this, we learn that AAR is also going off the air in Huntington, West Virginia (WRVC-AM) and Binghamton, New York (WYOS-AM). All four stations listed above are still on AAR's list of stations. They'll remove them in good time, perhaps around the same time they get around to deleting other stations such as Chattanooga TN, which they lost back in August.
UPDATE 2: I see that Raccoon Radio also noticed the NY change. And, Wally Pike brings the news that the WV station was reportedly "flipped" with WCMI (1340 AM) out of Ashland, Kentucky. WCMI is a massive local powerhouse with a whopping 700 Watts of power. Meaning that Huntington residents might be able to continue to hear AAR just so long as no one in town is using their microwave oven.
Posted in Meta at November 13, 2006 06:10 AM
And Binghamton NY, too, where WYOS 1370 has replaced it with ESPN.
Posted by: raccoonradio at November 13, 2006 10:54 AM
This guy says they just switched stations in Huntington:
Posted by: Wally Pike at November 13, 2006 05:57 PM
Keep pushing the propaganda! I try to see your points of view. But, I can't get my head that far up my a**!
Posted by: A Jarhead at November 14, 2006 03:01 PM
WCMI has 700 watts?? My five-year old toaster draws that much power and the toast is hardly done. That means on a foggy night you would have to park in their parking lot to hear it. What a powerhouse! Go AARP! Who says you are finished?
You just need a rich investor to pony-up some big bucks. Maybe that Franken guy can invest a few million, I hear he is rich. He got lucky and scored some money from some boys and girls club.
Posted by: John at November 15, 2006 01:35 PM
Monitoring Air America Radio [TM] so you don't have to.