March 23, 2004
Air America Radio
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NOTE: Many people have been leaving comments which suggest that they believe that this is the official blog for Air America Radio. It is not. The is The Blog From Another Dimension, a private blog. Only this particular entry is titled "Air America Radio." I think people are confused because I'm now #1 on Google for "Air America Radio Blog" as search terms. The blogs on AAR shut down after the first day, apparently due to techinal problems and/or visitor overload. You can visit the official Air America Radio web site right here.
NOTE: Other postings on this blog about AAR include Gearing Up, On The Air, AA Web Site Back to Spec, and Air America Radio Blogs.
Beginning March 31, just nine days from today, a new radio network will be taking form, something that has not happened for quite some time. Most radio broadcasting in recent years has been in the form of content producers generating programming, and then selling, or syndicating, that content to broadcasters nationwide. However, this has also meant that conservatives have had a lock on the ideological spin of the radio dial because they massively predominate the medium--and since radio stations do not mix and match disparate styles well, it has been hard for any real liberal voice to gain a foothold.
So in comes Air America Radio, a new radio network, with branches in charge of running the stations and generating the programming, charging into at least four major U.S. markets at the end of this month. San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York will get the full blast of programming (with syndication and web casts, it is said, filling in elsewhere for the time being). On this, featured host and political commentator Al Franken commented, "I’m so happy that Air America Radio will be on in three battleground states, New York, Illinois and California….no wait…those aren’t battleground states. What the hell are we doing?" Franken, by the way, was just featured in a lengthy article in the New York Times, a very well done piece which in neither a love letter nor a trash piece--"fair and balanced," you might say.
Al Franken has become the virtual logo of the network, and will broadcast a daily 3-hour show, with other hosts such as actress and comedienne Janeane Garofalo, humorist Sam Seder, hip hop star Chuck D, Marty Kaplan, and Randi Rhodes filling up the Monday-through-Friday schedule. Al Franken's show, called "The O’ Franken Factor," will doubtlessly dominate the network, and has been talked about a great deal. Personally, I think they should start trying to sign up Joe Conason and Aaron McGruder, not to mention the unsinkable Molly Ivins.
As soon as they come on line, I plan to start listening in...
Posted by Luis at March 23, 2004 07:51 AM
are sam and janeane actually reading this now?
Posted by: Scott Garrison at April 2, 2004 10:25 AM
Love you Jineane its so nice to hear intelligent clear educated thought.
Posted by: mike at April 2, 2004 10:29 AM
Are you kidding?
This criticism of the President for the joke he told at the dinner where he is supposed to make jokes is insane.
Arguments that presidents shouldn't make jokes is insane because this is what the occasion was for. Arguments that it's different because:"He lied" are more than specious. Where is the proof of a lie? I am a democrat but all I see is a president who took the info given him and spread it. He didn't make the intelligence up, the things he said were agreed upon by the world. There are no weopons, but that hardly proves a lie.
And remarks about the 600 soldiers killed are disgusting. You think Bush doesn't care about the loss of life, or that such concern falls along party lines? That's as dumb as the right claiming to have a monopoly on patriotism.
I find your show to be insulting to my intelligence. This president should be criticized for a lotof things, this is not one of them.
Posted by: Jerry at April 2, 2004 10:40 AM
I have a question...
Your guest David Korn just stated that it was impossible for the President to be able to declare the world safer because of the removal of Saddam... that it is impossible to know the future (good or bad) of Iraq and the world. Yet all three of you state that the world "is NO safer" with the removal of Saddam.
How can you make that claim? Are you all three blessed with ESP-like powers? Which is it?
If you can make that claim, then he logically the President could make that claim if he chose to...
Posted by: Sean at April 2, 2004 10:57 AM
Posted by: William Thompson at April 2, 2004 11:38 AM
On tech problems:
Last night, after your show, I was looking forward to hearing the replay of Franken's show - or at least the first 2 hours, since I didn't find out about the webcast until 2PM - BUT, there was ALOT of dead air. Also, the mike was wide open while the news guy and a tech were trying to pre-record the A&B news spots for overnight - resulting to him repeating the news spots (mike still open) about every 4 minutes. They also couldn't get the Franken tape to play by the time I lost my connection and RealPlayer started acting up!
LOVE your show! First day w/Maher, Atrios, and Chapelle was great.
Here's a topic you might like:
It's an article from The Atlantic, called The Faith-Based Presidency (sic) [of GW Bush]
More Tech stuff:
Will you ever webcast for Windows Media Player? The reason I ask is that the control freaks who run our network won't let me install RealPlayer - something about "a non-standard config...) and I'd like to be able to listen at work - not WHILE working, of course, just during breaks... :o)
You might find this funny: I watch O'reilly, HANNITY & colmes, and Scarborough (he still PINES for you), while I listen to your show. IHey, somebody has to see and post what advertisers to boycott!
Steev (AKA Cobol Guy)
Posted by: Steev at April 2, 2004 12:19 PM
I LOVE AIR AMERICA!!!!
Please get Karen Kwiatowski, Lt. Col, ret. on the air. She is a columnist at militaryweekly.com. She worked in "The Office of Secret Plans" in the Pentegon. That is the group that "cooked the intelligence" for the Bush administration to sell the war in Iraq. What she has to say is almost as damning as what Richard Clarke has said.
Posted by: halfmental at April 2, 2004 12:27 PM
A Modest Proposal (satire with a hint of truth)
To meet the challenges in Iraq, we should begin recruiting drives at all the southern baptist churches.
By sending the Christian Fundies to fight the Iraqis we can solve several problems at one time:
1. we get rid of the Christian Fundies here
2. we give the Muslims a worthy and biblical opponent
3. we get to elect a new Senate and House as Christian politicians resign to fight
4. we get special elections for president as * becomes the new Christian general fighting the heathens
5. we get an improved economy as sane people finally get jobs
6. there must be more ....
Think about the benefits. By sending the Fundies to the middle east, the US can return to normal because media giants like Rush will die on the vine as ratings plummet. Terrorism would definitely be contained to the Persian Gulf as waves of Christians constructively avenge their anger. America could once again become a peaceful nation as military budgets are reduced substantially since the Christians would be self financed through tithes. The list of benefits is almost infinite.
Think of it as the new crusades were only Christian Fundies can participate.
This would be a great test for the Fundies version of Christianity. It would also save a lot time for these people because they would not have to read all those left behind books waiting for the rapture. What better way to die than fighting for your faith on the devil's home turf!
Lastly, it would bring new meaning to that old hymnal standard, Onward Christian Soldiers.
Posted by: Deliverance at April 2, 2004 12:29 PM
I am most pleased that you have taken flight!
Impeach your president and kill your TV!
Posted by: Seth at April 2, 2004 12:29 PM
Just spent 1 month in India overseeing offshore development. It's all about the money. Any corporation is going to dump any informational process not core to its business and move it to India. The cost runs 1/5 of a job here. We are competing with the intellectual elite of a 1 billion people. Our only hope is to reinvest in public education and the legacy Shrub left in Texas on the education front is a blueprint of how to destroy quality public education (unless your rich of course). His no child left behind is an exercise in how many can be left behind as quickly as possible. What an ***.
Posted by: Greg at April 2, 2004 12:33 PM
Please do not force me to install RealPlayer to listen. Strongly urge you to stick with format Windows Media Player can use natively.
Posted by: Tom at April 2, 2004 12:37 PM
In Bush's own State of the Union speech he suggested that our goal should be to have third-graders reading at third grade level. Shouldn't our goal be to have them reading several languages at that age - so America can compete?
God, the guy's mother ran RIF (Reading is Fundamental) and he can't even pronounce the word "nuclear" correctly.
Posted by: Seth at April 2, 2004 12:39 PM
I like your perspective Janeane, these people who are attempting to put down homosexual marraige are not conservatives, they are bigots.
Any church that turns away gay people is actually doing the work of the devil.
The gay Jesus movie needs to be made.
Posted by: Seth at April 2, 2004 12:49 PM
Love,love,love the show! I'm a Canadian writing you from Vancouver Island, Canada.
I'll tell you in all honestly....MOST Canadians think Bush is a STARK RAVING LUNATIC!' We like to feel 'self righteous' in the knowledge that we didn't join you in this horrendous nightmare of a war. (Now don't take 'you' as in 'you' went willingly). Bush is a lieing, right wing, corporate puppet. But...but....but.....we do have many of the same problems here. Our Prime Minister after previously being our Finance Minister stole, literally stole, almost a billion of our tax dollars to give to media companies that supported their right wing party. There is a BIG investigation going on, but it will go nowhere. It's media folks...they sugar coat the lies and deception and we just continue to swallow it. I believe all Democratic countries are facing the same problem. Corporations are contolling our media AND our illustrious leaders!
Has anyone seen "THE CORPORATION"? If not, it will be arriving in the U.S. very soon. It's a real eye opener. I hope 'Air America' commentators will see it, and endorse it whole-heartedly. It's a Canadian production but has won many film awards including one from the Sundance Festival. Michael Moore and Noam Chomsky are quit promenent in the film.
Anyway.....I'll be listening....and keeping my fingers crossed that shows like this will one day span the globe! Good luck!
Posted by: Tara Snyder at April 2, 2004 01:21 PM
I am so glad to have caught the episode of The O'Franken Factor with Michael Moore as guest. I listen to your show on streaming audio and I own all of Michael Moore's books and films, and also Franken's "Lies". I've often imagined a conversation between the these two of my favorite personalities, and they've lived up to my expectations. Right now, I'm hearing the two talk about the myth of the "liberals who hate America". I like to think of myself as a liberal, like all of us, who loves America. But, there are a great deal of issues I have with fellow Americans that make me sad. No hating, just upset.
So far, it's been a terrific first week of broadcasting. I'm looking forward to the upcoming programs, aren't y'all?
Posted by: Jonathan at April 3, 2004 03:36 PM
Why is it that Canadians feel the need to constantly insert themselves into American politics? Who cares what you think about our politicians, our President, or our foreign policy.Do you want to know why Americans never comment on Canadian foreign policy.. because Canada doesn't do anything! Without America, Saddam would not only still be in power in Iraq, he would also control Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and Kim Jung Il would control South Korea.. etc. etc. Why is it you yellow Canadians never show any appreciation for what America does in the world, after all you don't even have a serious military in your country because you rely on us to defend the continent.
Posted by: Paul C. at April 5, 2004 02:24 PM
Paul, shame on you.
Tara mentioned hardly anything about the US's military might, though I think there's something to be said for the way it's adopted a "go-it-alone" policy of pre-emption in Iraq.
She was only discussing what sounds to me like a fascinating film and the fact that our political system is in the pockets of a few very powerful corporations that respect no national boundaries. She's dead-on. It doesn't take a Canadian to notice that.
I defend her for one reason: You attacked her. You sound like a conservative, but that's okay. You have the First Amendment right to free speech. Just a suggestion, though: Let the lefties have their own blog. Why do you get such a kick out of crashing our party?
If you're not conservative, my apologies... you must just a very misleading "Blue Dog".
Posted by: Jonathan at April 5, 2004 04:04 PM
Hey Tom, Windows Media? Are you kidding?
So you're telling me that everyone in the world must stop using any other Operating System but Windows? I run Linux, AmigaOS, and QNX. With Real, I can listen to the station. With Windows Media, I could not. Like it or not, the world does not revolve around Bill Gates' bastard child.
Posted by: Nate Downes at April 6, 2004 12:46 AM
Hey Tom, Windows Media? Are you kidding?
So you're telling me that everyone in the world must stop using any other Operating System but Windows? I run Linux, MorphOS, and QNX. With Real, I can listen to the station. With Windows Media, I could not. Like it or not, the world does not revolve around Bill Gates' bastard child.
Posted by: Nate Downes at April 6, 2004 12:46 AM
Dangit, sorry about the double post.
Posted by: Nate Downes at April 6, 2004 12:47 AM
Thank you, Jonathan!
Posted by: Tara at April 6, 2004 06:51 AM
From 6 stations to 11 in a couple of weeks and adding 15 more in May. Set new records for streaming audio (2 million streams) Air America is rockin'.
There is such an amazing demand for liberal talk radio. And untapped market of over half the population. Right now AAR has them all to themselves. I wonder how long it will take before WABC and others start picking up liberal talk shows.
(And no, NPR is not liberal. It's middle of the road.)
Posted by: Kevin at April 21, 2004 02:02 PM
I'm not shocked wlib dropped aar the rumors have been flying for months now, but i am sad that lib will probaly not return to any of it's previous programming prior to aar, Funny how people get caught up in the signal game, but if my mem serves me correctly wwrl was a top nyc urban aka black music station back in the 70's, but i didn't hear much complaints about it's signal, and it always broke the hot r&b jams before the white aka top 40 mainstream wabc wnbc wmca radio did, so this guize about signals is just that.
plus wwrl does stream. I think where aar will get hurt is that again they had to rely on a struggling black station to find a home on nyc radio. One of the last reported reasons the sutton family gave as to why they dropped aar wasn't soley about ratings, but about the sutton family feeling aar reniged on a deal made when they let marc riley and wayne gilman go over to aar they thought aar would reach out to the african american community, peppy sutton felt they didn't, even aar's gm acknowleged that fact a few months back.
Be that as it may aar has got to stop relying on struggling black stations and struggling stations around the country in general to build itself up as a radio network.
As for wlib there has been alot of inaccurate speculation that wlib will be sold, I can tell u from their history, they like to keep things in house. That's why they never went public when the "radio ones" did. Also if the sutton family wanted to sell wlib they would of did so 2yrs ago instead going with aar in the first place.
AAR was supposed to provide the listenership and credibility to madison ave that they "wlib" felt they never got before leasing to aar in the first place, and madison ave an the arbitrons still said it didn't wash.
Either way WLIB will continue to lose credibility in the african american community.
And so will WWRL.
and so will aar atleast in the nyc market.
In a city that's known as the liberial capital of the US u have to ask yourself with somuch radio real estate how come aar can only find itself homes on struggling black stations that many feel have weak signals?
Posted by: radioscope at August 6, 2006 07:58 AM