[AAR's] nationally syndicated shows "were more interested in preaching than in entertaining," Hess says. "Look at Limbaugh: It was from the start a fun show, with his parody spots. The left is still hesitant about having fun on the radio; you have people that really care about the ideology."Then, Hess goes on to promote Big Dumb Ed Schultz, as well as the long-discredited meme that AAR loses audience to NPR and such.
Air America's afternoon host, Randi Rhodes, has been relegated to evenings on WWRC, in good part because Hess believes her show is unrelentingly harsh and bitter. "She's got unbridled passion, which is good," he says, "but my ears are going to bleed after 15 minutes. Man, how about a laugh now and then?"
Posted in Meta at December 9, 2006 02:13 PM
I enjoy your "Bore America" Web site. Your latest posting provokes two questions:
1. If AAR is "bounding from success to success," why are stations even in liberal cities (Santa Cruz, Madison, Boston, etc.) dropping the network?
2. What exactly is "hateful" about what the WaPo writer is saying? An opinion contrary to your own is not necessarily hate speech.
Posted by: Ed Towey at December 11, 2006 08:01 AM
Think he's being sarcastic :)
>>An opinion contrary to your own is not necessarily hate speech.
Some libs might consider it to be that way! :) (And
maybe some conservatives)
more on the loss of AAR in Boston
here. Weak signals, lack of promotion,
and lack of local hosts blamed.
Yes that could be part of it but how in the world can a liberal
town like Boston turn up their nose at the likes of Franken? Easy.
Posted by: raccoonradio at December 11, 2006 08:44 AM
Monitoring Air America Radio [TM] so you don't have to.