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April 27, 2004

The shakeup which didn't happen didn't happen earlier this month

The AP reports (alternate link): Mark Walsh... said Tuesday that he gave up his CEO title earlier this month... the company also had put its programming director, David Logan, on administrative leave earlier this month. He declined to comment on the reasons for Logan's departure, and Logan also declined to comment... In early April, everything... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 08:32 PM | Comments (2)

"Al Franken Is a Big Fat Radio Host"

From a Rolling Stone article on AA's first week, here's the first paragraph: There's The O'Franken Factor on Air America, a little island, an outpost, a brand-new infidel in the empire of conservative wrath and rant radio, the solitary liberal midday talk show in America, with Al Franken, the comedian and writer, in command. Around... Keep reading >>>

Posted in StuartSmalley at 11:50 AM | Comments (0)

A retouching moment in Air America history

Get out your airbrushes and prep history for a rewrite. The Chicago Tribune reports that AA's CEO has left and their vice president for operations and programming has been replaced ('2 top Air America execs leave choppy network'). (Via LAObserved) UPDATE: Our staff is feverishly working on obtaining the Mark Walsh comments that might have... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 09:34 AM | Comments (1)

April 21, 2004

AirAmerica is brokered!

Paul Weyrich goes into the details of AirAmerica's dirty little secret in 'A Bad Signal From Liberal Radio': ...Rush Limbaugh is on more than 600 radio stations, many of them the most powerful in the nation. He doesn't pay to get on. Essentially radio stations pay him for airing the show. They take his program... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 10:21 PM | Comments (7)

April 20, 2004

Shoelace production up 47% this quarter! New victories expected in Los Angeles, Chicago!

David Goodfriend, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Air America Radio, has ordered that the following should be promulgated: Air America Radio is pleased to announce that it has settled its dispute with MultiCultural Radio Broadcasting with regard to WNTD AM in Chicago. As part of the settlement, Air America Radio will remain on... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 02:40 PM | Comments (0)

April 19, 2004

"All-left radio is lacking the right stuff for success"

David Shaw of the L.A. Times listened to an entire day's programming of Air America, all 17 hours of it: "It may have been the most boring day of my life." More: ...In a country in which 64% of the public say they attend weekend worship services at least once a month, mocking religion might... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Reviews at 10:14 AM | Comments (3)

April 15, 2004

Air America coming back to Chicago; Los Angeles up in the air

Evan Cohen, Chairman of Air America Radio has ordered that the following statement should be promulgated: "Air America Radio expects to be back on the air in Chicago starting tomorrow. Next stop, Los Angeles. The New York State Supreme Court agreed with Air America Radio and granted our restraining order against MultiCultural Broadcasting, forcing them... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 11:11 PM | Comments (0)

April 14, 2004

Breaking: NPR Launches Hostile Takeover of Lib Radio Network

Details of the offer here.... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Satire at 10:17 PM | Comments (0)

"Aren't you supposed to be monitoring Air America?"

Yes, that is our stated job. However, when I turned on 1580 AM in L.A. and I heard a religious show en Espanol, I thought it was part of Air America's attempt to reach out to those stifled Minority Voices. Little did I know that, as Evan Cohen, Chairman of Air America Radio tells us:... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 10:42 AM | Comments (0)

April 10, 2004

Air America: stifling even more Voices of Color

They displaced a Korean station in L.A. and a black station in NYC. Now, even more Minority Voices of Color will be silenced: the new radio network would air on two stations that currently offer Asian-language programming -- San Francisco's KVTO-AM 1400 and San Jose's KVVN-AM 1430. The Air American programming will be broadcast in... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 03:46 PM | Comments (3)

April 08, 2004

Randi Rhodes on Rice

Randi is accusing the Bush Administration of murder for their perceived lack of response to terrorism prior to 9/11. She's also attempting to say that Condi's attempt to differentiate between strategic and tactical responses to terrorist acts amounts to doing nothing. Here's the relevant excerpt from Rice's testimony: I would like to think that we... Keep reading >>>

Posted in RandiRhodes at 03:31 PM | Comments (5)

April 07, 2004

A live blogospheric circle

Janeane and Sam will be interviewing the blogger I refer to as "Hatrios," and I'll be trying to blog it in almost real-time. Developing. UPDATE: Hatrios is explaining blogging, what is a blog, etc. etc. Sam and Hatrios are complaining about supposed pandering by Bush. Blacks are only found in GWB's "Compassion" section, and not... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Prevarications at 07:12 PM | Comments (0)

The O'Franken Factor Blog

In addition to the Majority Report blog, there's one for the O'Franken Factor. Both blogs allow comments.... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 12:49 PM | Comments (1)

ChuckD's "collective"

After a discussion with an ACLU member concerning the FL and NYC police monitoring rap stars, ChuckD said that people of color and women need to realize that they're all part of the "collective." No, Chuck, you aren't supposed to be so explicit. Likewise, "Marxist dialectic" is right out. P.S. Welcome Wonkette readers. I have... Keep reading >>>

Posted in ChuckD at 10:28 AM | Comments (0)

April 06, 2004

"Hired killers"

Janeane refers to the contractors in Iraq not just as "mercenaries," but as "hired killers." Dictionary.com defines "mercenary" as: "1) One who serves or works merely for monetary gain; a hireling. 2) A professional soldier hired for service in a foreign army." This page explains the difference between contractors and mercenaries. P.S. Please let Dianne... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Prevarications at 10:02 PM | Comments (3)

April 05, 2004

Majority Report's blog still linking to DailyKos...

Second item on their 'Daily Blog Reading' list.... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 09:55 PM | Comments (2)

Pearls from Katrina van den Heuvel

Nation editor KVDH is on Majority Report. Unfortunately, I seem to have missed the DailyKos segment. Excerpts: Janeane refuses to call the Iraq War a "war." Instead, it's an "invasion and an occupation." Janeane to KVDH: "you're part of the press, part of the Good Guys" KVDH says the print press in Moscow is as... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Prevarications at 09:53 PM | Comments (0)

April 02, 2004

"Air America a Great Disappointment"

From a contributor to dc.indymedia.org: ...With the Pacifica network struggling to stay afloat and reclaim its audience and funding to stay on the increasingly hostile airwaves, one hoped that Air America would either be a solid competitor to carry forward the torch or even an ally. Air America is unfit for both. By adopting the... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Reviews at 01:34 AM | Comments (3)

The Bore America challenge

OK, so by now we all know that Chuck D and Sam Seder will be the first Air America "talents" to be so consumed with outside projects that they must immediately discontinue their illustrious and highly-valued by their coworkers contributions to the Great Cause. The only question is, when? The person with the closest guess... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Satire at 01:17 AM | Comments (5)

April 01, 2004

More blogospheric reaction

Right-Thinking has a review, including the following: After his interview he gave the expected platitudes about how wonderful it was to have a national left-wing network, then he and the host ran down the list of markets where it is being heard: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc. The guy stated, "Yeah, and as far... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Reviews at 09:57 PM | Comments (0)

A first taste of Janeane Garofalo

I've listened to my first 10 minutes of the Janeane show and I haven't heard anything. Who is this Sam guy? Why is he unable to speak... like... a... normal... human? Sam and Janeane are having to take a short break while Sam explains one of his sophisticated conspiracy theories to her. I'm going to... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Reviews at 08:19 PM | Comments (0)

"Liberal Radio Network Hits Air With Left Jab"

From Howard Kurtz in the WaPo.... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Reviews at 08:04 PM | Comments (0)

"The station was in many ways a Black activist outlet"

Well, the fact that NYC's former Afrocentric station is now broadcasting Al Franken is for the greater good. Nevertheless, the Sac Observer (that's their name, OK?) laments the change.... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Meta at 03:21 PM | Comments (0)

"Franken's radio debut shy of perfection"

From St. Louis' Star Tribune.... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Reviews at 02:44 PM | Comments (0)

"like ralph was a pinto and randi rear-ended him"

Titular quote from liberal blogger Skippy. Other posts here, here, and here. Other blogospheric reaction: Wonkette (2), Hit & Run 1 and 2, John Kerry's blog, Balloon Juice, Crooked Timber, liberal Kevin Drum can't get a signal in deep behind the Orange Curtain, liberal media apologist Pandagon, Phelps has been converted, Begging to Differ has... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Reviews at 02:42 PM | Comments (2)

"Liberal Air America adds bluster to the blustery talk-radio market"

From the San Diego Union-Tribune: ...Another Air America host, Randi Rhodes, is a hysterical shrieker who never heard a conservative conspiracy theory she found too far-fetched to share with listeners...... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Reviews at 01:30 PM | Comments (0)

"Franken's shtick shaky in liberal radio debut"

So sayeth the AJC.... Keep reading >>>

Posted in Reviews at 01:22 PM | Comments (0)

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