Sunday, April 30, 2006

Air America Losing NYC Flagship

Sure to leave a void in liberal's listening habits, Air America Radio is slated to lose it's NYC flagship WLIB-AM in August. The network will replace Air-America with local liberal programming.

What? You mean New Yorkers don't want to hear Al Franken and Randi Rhodes blather on about how evil Bush is day in and day out?

An Air America spokesman told the press that the network would continue on in NYC, but would not comment on "hypothetical speculation."

Uh-huh. Sound like someone doesn't really have a plan to me.

To say that Air America has some really low rating would be an understatement. Al Franken is the most prominent host on the network, and is rated #12 on AM radio. WWRC-AM in Washington, D.C. recorded only a fraction of a ratings point in the spring. (That's one fraction of one point, not an increase or decrease. That's the actual rating.) Arbitron couldn't detect a measurable listenership for the station in the summer quarter.

I'm sure it isn't their fault though. It isn't as if they have worse than the worst show on the radio. It's probably Rush Limbaugh's fault, or that maybe only right-wing zealots have radios. Perhaps there's some secret cabal that fixes AM radio, run by big oil...

I'm sure they'll come up with some reason.

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