Philadelphia says Bye-Bye to Air America
In spite of the scandals, financial woes, and poor ratings, Air America executives and a few of their on-air talent state, rather defiantly, that things are going great at Air America.
“We're on 70 stations” can frequently be heard by their defenders in the blogosphere.
Better check again amigo, as of this weekend, it's 69.
Over the weekend, it was reported on Philly.com that:
Al Franken and Randi Rhodes are getting the boot from Philadelphia airwaves, as WHAT-AM (1340) is pulling off programming from Air America, the liberal talk-radio network.
Friday will be the last day, and a new WHAT lineup will begin Monday, said general manager Kernie Anderson, adding that "things were not working out" with Air America after about a year.
WHAT aired Air America's programming from noon to 7 p.m. weekdays, sandwiched between the rest of its lineup. The juxtaposition of liberal talk and WHAT's African America-targeted talk programming seemed an odd fit from the start.
Ratings were abysmal.
Let's give things a few more weeks and see how many other affiliates dismiss Air America.