Sunday, October 02, 2005

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 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.


At 4:02 AM, Blogger Billy Walker said...

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At 4:15 AM, Blogger Billy Walker said... perhaps they lost one in Philly, for now. Here's the part of the story you conveniently left out:
"An Air America spokesman said: 'While we hate to lose affiliates, it is very common to add and drop affiliates due to local market conditions. While we hate to lose WHAT-AM, we are currently in negotiations with another station and hope to make that announcement soon.'" More good news is that AAR has gained two new stations: Taos, NM and Sacramento, CA. Sounds to me like they're still gaining, doesn't it? You can do the math, right?
Air America Radio is still reigning nationwide on XM satellite radio (channel 167 if you were wondering). Don't worry, Mr. Skorski...AA continues to grow, and as a result, the citizens of this great country grow wiser.

At 4:33 AM, Blogger Billy Walker said...

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At 11:55 AM, Blogger Billy Walker said...

My apologies for sandwiching my one comment with two deleted ones. The first was identical to the one posted, except that I had failed to completely close all the quotes. We Liberals strive for grammatical precision. It would have been wonderful if I could simply have edited the comment after posting, but this Google blogging platform is free so it would be unseemly of me to complain (add "circumspect" to the list of qualities to which Liberals aspire). The last post was a bit of goofy, political rambling laced with a few unneccesary comments (though nothing profane!). We're also on-topic and compassionate...

At 6:05 PM, Blogger A. Skorski said...

Couple of things. Don't worry about punctuation or grammar, you're not in school.

The larger point about AA losing a station was the reason why, "the ratings were abysmal."

The AA spokesman said that "it is very common to add and drop affiliates," the truth is AA didn't drop an affiliate, the affiliate dropped them.

If it is so common, I'd like to see which affiliates have dropped Limbaugh, hannity, and others...since "it is so common."

The spokesman's response was appropriate. I would not have expected, "omigod, we've been dropped, we're finished,...conservatives were right..."

Another very important point I'd like to make. I do not wish for AA's demise. To the contrary, the stronger and more viable they are, the better it is for me to sell books.

Your not using profanity is also appreciated and makes me respect you more.


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