The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

11 August 2005

Thursday Air America Scandal Updates

Air Enron Roundup

Plus, Liberals Reveal Hannity's Personal Information


(*** New Updates: 12:30***)

--- Major new developments just in, from Thursday's New York Post. While Gloria Wise Boys And Girls Club faces new staff departures, Air America, Gloria Wise and Department of Investigation officials spar over repayment terms.

The Radio Equalizer will have a full analysis of the newest details, later this morning.

--- To see my most recent post, which includes a transcript of Al Franken's on-air remarks, scroll down or click here.

--- Michelle Malkin has a fresh update of her own for Thursday. Did you see her Wednesday post? It had a number of items I didn't get to.

--- Bizzy Blog has a great idea: let's send to the New York Times, Mapquest directions from their office, to Air America's. They could walk, if they like.

--- An impressive Columbia Journalism Review piece asks why the media is choosing to miss out on a juicy story.

--- Thursday's Pittsburgh Tribune-Review updates with a new item.

--- Excellent post at Powerline, a Star-Tribune reader wonders why the paper won't cover the scandal, given Franken's MN connection. The publication's response will have you laughing.

--- Charles at Little Green Footballs links to my Franken Mr. Subliminal piece, where there's a lively discussion about it.

--- Two important pieces from Captain Ed at Captain's Quarters that analyze the legal aspects of Air America's actions. Not to be missed.

--- "Air America" continues to be one of top searches at Technorati, actually moving up to 6th, from 10th earlier.

Instead of fading, it's becoming more interesting to readers.

--- MachoNachos has a new AAR post here. Leon's been great in researching the legal angles.

In big, non-AAR news:

--- A fascinating story from liberal talk radio blogger Blatherwatch: a contested Seattle newsroom union decertification vote, which resulted in a tie, hinges on one vote: Michael Medved's.

But aren't such ballots supposed to be secret? That's where this story simply gets weird and controversial.

Involving Seattle news-talkers KIRO (fair disclosure: my previous employer) and KTTH, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
(AFTRA) Seattle Local's fate rests on which box Medved marked (fair disclosure: I'm an AFTRA member).

If you think his vote is a lock against the union, keep in mind: he's a 25-year member.


--- A moonbat rock band has been targeting Sean Hannity in a sick, personal way.

Take a look at the hassles Hannity's had to endure via these kooks! Cam Edwards has the full story here.

(BTW, I'll be providing another update for his NRA News show, on the SIRIUS Patriot Channel, at 5:20pm EDT today.)


Meanwhile, TVNewser publishes Hannity's (now disconnected) phone number, suggesting it was a publicity stunt.

The only real result: creating public sympathy for Hannity. The Boston Phoenix, which also ignored the Air America scandal, has a great time participating in this.

Hey, if you can't beat Hannity on the issues, resort to publishing his home phone number and address! That's the sad state of liberalism today.

Little-known tidbit: the same tactic was attempted against Michael Savage some years back, where Bay Area moonbats distributed his personal information on the Internet.


Keep an eye out here for further updates, which will be posted later in the day.

Franken Scandal by Darleen Click, City Kid$ by George Adair. Grief from Free Republic. Hannity from TVNewser.

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86 Comments:

  • Why does MalKKKin and Baloney keep on calling Air America "Air Enron"? Air America is paying the loan. Enron, a Bush subsidy, forced tens of thousands of ex-employees into the poor house.

    Too bad MalKKKin and Baloney didn't care about that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 03:49  

  • You keep on trying to change the subject. The fact of the matter is that your self-proclaimed do-gooders have been caught doing something that's not only morally reprehensible but probably illegal. What anyone names the scandal is irrelevant.

    And what's with the MalKKKin crack? You must be one of those liberals that thinks it's okay to make bigotted comments when your only around your rich, white friends. You know the ones, the kind of people that don't need the services the Gloria Wise center used to be able to offer.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 04:29  

  • "The fact of the matter is that your self-proclaimed do-gooders have been caught doing something that's not only morally reprehensible but probably illegal. What anyone names the scandal is irrelevant."

    Not even close Bozo. The fact of the matter is that a lying Republican tried to rape Air America while simultaneously raping a charity group that sent innercity kids to summer camp.

    Air America fully supported the effort to send innercity kids to summer camp.

    It turns out that this Republican jerkwad, who was fired after two months on the job with Air America was a scam artist (like Bush and Cheney). This douchewater is now in the sights of one of the best white collar prosecutors, and the next governor of the second most populous state.

    Baloney, Dimwitt, and MalKKKin are trying to put on their tin-foil sombreros and connect the dots to make it look like Al Franken was behind all of this.

    And, according to Walter Cronkite, "That's the way it is."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 04:51  

  • Enron? Weren't the filthy Republicans on Cheney's advisory board?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 04:56  

  • Again, none of it has anything to do with what happened at AAR. Keep trying, though.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 05:00  

  • Actually, mr anonymous, all of Enron's misdeeds happened during the previous administration.

    Clinton looked the other way.

    Bust busted them.

    You might want to look at a timeline, but I know you won't.

    By Anonymous Purple raider, at 11 August, 2005 07:00  

  • It will be interesting to see how AA will pay the money back.

    People can talk about Enron all the want but here is a fact. Al Franken = employed by Air America, George W Bush = not employed by Enron.

    I suggest we try to ignore these people and keep to the issues. This story just keeps getting more and more intesting. Heck, liberals should be glad that AA is getting all of this free press.

    By Blogger The Closet Republican, at 11 August, 2005 08:07  

  • I laughed out loud when I saw the lib/anon in the first post saying "air america is paying the loan"...

    actually, air america is claiming they will be paying the loan. THey have said nothing about timelines, terms, amounts of payment or payments.. in fact, all they've done is make a statement designed to pre-empt questions about whether the money will be returned.. so they can say "we've already answered that" whenever anyone asks..

    I'm not holding my breath waiting for those poor children to get their charity programs back from Franken-radio...

    And I'm STILL laughing at the idea that, in this day of multimillion dollar talk radio shows from one end of this country to another, the "liberal version of Rush Limbaugh" is pinching pennies and stealing money from orphans just to pay the salaries of wealthy entertainers like Franken so they can-- what? Make a successful and popular network?

    It ain't happenin....

    Dave Perkins
    Houston, TX

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 08:44  

  • Do I have this right...scAir America contends that by changing its name they are no longer responsible for the debt to the Boys and Girls club?

    Wonder if that scheme will work for my mortgage?

    Brian, awesome job reporting on this scandal by one of the America hating lib media outlets.

    One question...what was the interest rate on this loan? I have only heard of repaying the principal amount of $875,000.

    Can I go to the local Boys and Girls club and get me one of them no interest loans?

    Don't you find it ironic the scAir America apoligist on these threads has no problem with scAir America stealing money from black children in the Bronx...of course his party does have ex-klansman Robert KKK Byrd as it's senior leader in the Senate.

    By Anonymous Jay, at 11 August, 2005 08:44  

  • Nothing new here.

    Brian's even reduced to recycling his pathetic Franken bashing graphics.

    Gawd!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 08:59  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 09:06  

  • Citing anything from Michelle Malkin is a joke. She now claims that Casey Sheehan wouldn'y approve of his mother's actions down in Crawford. Are we to believe that Malkin knows the boy's opnions better than does his own mother? At what point did it become acceptable to attack the mothers of dead soldiers. She's a disgrace.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 09:09  

  • A small but critical point that reveals Franken's lack of understanding of business. Franken laments that Air America had only three weeks worth of funding (for operations) instead of the three years worth which Franken believed. And now, Franken is an involuntary investor (I guess because he is working for free?) He then confuses having funding to cover expenses with this whole idea of "profit" - a dirty word of the left. For the left, profit is what is left over after you subtract expenses from your revenues. Air America could be making a profit right this moment if it had any listeners and could sell advertising. Keep talking Al, you sound dumber by the minute.

    By Anonymous Ron Johnson, at 11 August, 2005 09:10  

  • As for the liberal anonymous, I did not know that a candidate for Texas governor is going to investigating the former head of AA, I would have thought the third most populous state would have jurisdiction. Maybe Spitzer should look at the loan given to Air America by the non-profit organization for improprieties. He does have jurisdiction over them.

    As for your attacks on Michelle, liberals always get scared to debate the facts and must make ad hominem attacks against intelligent, law abiding citizens that actually think logically.

    By Anonymous pubulius, at 11 August, 2005 09:15  

  • Don't you find it ironic the scAir America apoligist on these threads has no problem with scAir America stealing money from black children in the Bronx...of course his party does have ex-klansman Robert KKK Byrd as it's senior leader in the Senate.

    Has AAR been accused of stealing money from black children? If you could simply make a level headed comment on the matter perhaps the exchanges on this site could stop devolving into stupidity. The money was fraudulantly diverted from Gloria Wise Club. AAR didn't steal anything. Is that too difficult a concept for you to handle. Yes. The money was not supposed to go to AAR. Do you know of a liberal who has denied this to be the case? AAR has now started repaying the money. Bravo to AAR! Does that mena that the investigation should stop? Of course not. If anyone associated with AAR has been shown to have broken the law they should go to jail. If anyone currently at AAR is shown to have made ethical lapses they should lose their job. Is that clear enough for you?

    Probably not. Y'all seem pretty intent on doing nothing but demonizing an entire group of your fellow citizens.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 09:16  

  • a lying Republican tried to rape Air America while simultaneously raping a charity group that sent innercity kids to summer camp.

    Are you implying that Evan Cohen took the money and ran? Have you any first-hand knowledge of that?

    By Blogger eLarson, at 11 August, 2005 09:31  

  • He's got about as much first-hand knowledge about it as Brian has about what AL Franken did or did not know about the finances of AAR.

    It's pretty obvious that Cohen was a weasel. Whether he took some of the money he obtained from Gloria Wise for his own personal use or used it all to make up the account deficits at the network may never be completely known. I hope it is. Clearly the guy was misleading investors in the network about how much financing he had secured. People are more likely to give to a cause that other people have already given to. Obviously as the launch of the network drew near Cohen realized he was gonna get caught with his pants down he tried to suck as much money out of GLoria Wise as he could. It's likely that most of it went to AAR. But who knows. Cohen did write a check for $30,000 (not sure on the amount) to GLoria Wise to repay one of the loans they gave him. But bounced of course. Who knows if he spent the money on himself or not.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 09:49  

  • Warning to conservative talkers: objects in the rear-view mirror may be closer than they appear.


    Rush Limbaugh better not look in the rear-view mirror because he might not like what he sees coming up from behind. Despite fictitious and cherry-picked press releases from Rush Limbaugh's syndicator Premiere Radio Networks, Rush Limbaugh is faltering across the country. In Florida, Limbaugh’s home state, the trend is even more pronounced, as the newly formed "liberal talk radio" station Air America Radio is exploding in popularity almost overnight.

    The most recent Arbitron ratings are out for the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale market and they spell bad news for Rush Limbaugh and other “conservative” talkers. The Arbitrons are by no means definitive proof of the success of a business venture, but they can be a good indicator of the general trend in the audience and market share of a radio station.

    In the Spring 2005 reporting period, Rush’s station WIOD-AM has a 2.8 listener share, down a whopping 33% from his 4.2 share in the Fall of 2004. Air America Radio, on the other hand, has a 2.0 share in Spring 2005, up a grand total of 66% since the Fall of 2004. While Rush Limbaugh fans may take solace in the fact that he still maintains a narrow advantage in Florida over the upstart, liberal Air America, one must also consider that he has had a 20 year head start to build a listener base, which is traditionally slow to develop in AM talk radio.

    Adding to Rush’s woes, aside from his doctor shopping criminal prosecution, which is still pending, is the fact that the Arbitron statistics are rolling averages that represent data from past ratings periods as well. Thus, for the newly formed Air America Radio to already be posting significant gains in such a short amount of time says a lot about the devotion of its ever-growing listener base. Moreover, the data included in the Spring 2005 Arbitron includes time periods where Air America Radio was off the radar, which overall should skew the data downward and makes their increase to a 2.0 share an understatement.

    Many have posited excuses for why Rush is having ratings problems. For instance, some have blamed his oxycontin addiction, while others have cited an overall lack of interest in political talk radio in general, although such a lack of interest should have showed up in the ratings of liberal talk radio as well.

    Still others posit Rush's woes are stemming from his increasingly common attacks on the US military members and their families who speak out against the policies of the Bush administration in Iraq. As Iraq war veteran and Democrat Paul Hackett was running in Ohio to become the first Iraq war veteran in Congress, Rush ridiculed him as an unpatriotic opportunist and called him a "staff puke". Recently, Rush has focused on assasinating the character of Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mother of deceased Iraq war veteran Casey Sheehan.




    Such attack-talk coming from a serial draft dodger like Rush Limbaugh, who avoided serving his country because of a pimple on his buttocks defies reality and probably wears thin on the patriotic people of Florida. Couple this to the fact that he has to compete with Air America's Randi Rhodes, a woman who did serve her country in the military, who takes to the airwaves on a daily basis ridiculing Limbaugh for his "anal cyst" excuse and his overall cowardice.

    Well now it appears the "anal cyst" that Rush Limbaugh calls the rest of his body is not getting as much attention from the public as it used to. With conservative talkers Like Rush Limbaugh and others having their ratings tanking as they are, it may be months, not years, before Rush and his co-horts take a backseat to the new trend in talk radio that is approaching quickly in their rear-view mirror.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 11 August, 2005 10:35  

  • Wow, looks like they're starting to lose their sh*t. You must be doing something right, Brian. Maybe Dick and Anon should just calm down, take a deep breath, look in the mirror and say: “I’m smart enough, I’m good enough, and dog garn it, people like me”.

    By Anonymous another maloney, at 11 August, 2005 11:06  

  • pubulius,

    I made the "attack" on Michelle. You say I'm scared to "debate the facts." What fact is it you'd like to debate? I'm not the one assuming to know the feelings of a dead man.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 11:10  

  • of course another "anon" says:
    Air America is paying the loan

    They are? How? No money has made its way back to GW or the city yet.

    Then the ignorance continues with:

    Enron, a Bush subsidy

    yeah, that's real accurate.

    Otherwise, I wasn't aware that "Republican Douches" made donations to the Kerry campaign and worked for irrelevant left wing radio stations.

    Otherwise, your posts make a great deal of sense moonbat!

    I've still yet to hear one of these leftist agitators, and anyone from AAR to say it was wrong for them to take this money.

    By Blogger Ace, at 11 August, 2005 11:14  

  • I've still yet to hear one of these leftist agitators, and anyone from AAR to say it was wrong for them to take this money.

    It was wrong for AAR to take the money.

    By Anonymous leftist agitator, at 11 August, 2005 11:18  

  • I've still yet to hear one of these leftist agitators, and anyone from AAR to say it was wrong for them to take this money.

    By The Ace, at 11:14 AM

    I've stopped trying to use logic and reason when arguing with a liberal. In fact, I've stopped arguing with them completely. It's pointless.

    For example, In Dick Tuck's diseased mind, he thinks that AAR is a steamroller that is flattening conservative talk radio, when, in fact, AAR has posted its lowest ratings ever in its flagship market (WLIB in NYC),

    **Feel free to prove me wrong, Dick**

    which is also the #1 market in the country, and has the largest concentration of liberals.

    In the Sinatra song, New Yok New York, Frank sings, "If I can make it there I'll make it anywhere."

    AAR ain't makin' it there.

    Brett

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 11:25  

  • But Brett, their huge in Poughkeepsie!!! (0.03)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 11:29  

  • With regards to Dick Tuck, I checked RushLimbaugh.com for radio stations in Florida, he is broadcast on 23 stations covering the entire state. Air America claims 3 stations, one in Key West, one in Miami, and one in West Palm Beach. However, the West Palm Beach station only picked up Randi Rhodes, who has a past connection to the area. The West Palm Beach station also carries Rush & Glenn Beck. Please tell us again how AAR is overtaking conservative talk radio. I can drive from Houston to Miami & listen to Rush over the AM band. I tried to pick up AAR in Layfayette and Baton Rougue, but the signal wasn't strong enough!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 11:34  

  • first, thank you leftist agitator!!

    Yeah Brett, I hear you. Nobody on the left is even interested in the facts -see what NARAL did in their current Roberts attack and, and how they got caught lying saying it would be run on Fox - at all.

    I thought that too anon upon reading that Dick Tuck post. He mentions 1 station!! LOL, when AAR gets to half as many as Rush is on, say 300, then maybe he should be concerned.

    By Blogger Ace, at 11 August, 2005 11:37  

  • Your welcome The Ace.

    As to the NARAL commercial it is trash. Numerous leftist, pro-choice organizations have condemned it and called for its removal from circulation. Don't use it to paint all liberals as disinterested in the facts.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 11:43  

  • "However, the West Palm Beach station only picked up Randi Rhodes, who has a past connection to the area."

    Get your facts right. Randi Rhodes was picked up by Air America from that station. She's had a show on that station for many years.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 11 August, 2005 11:43  

  • I think we should start calling them Air Roverica!
    developing...
    reglarwiglar.blogspot.com

    By Blogger Shipping / Receiving, at 11 August, 2005 11:44  

  • AAR has now started repaying the money

    scAir America has not repaid one thin dime to Gloria Wise B&G club.

    Supposedly scAir America did give $50,000 to their own lawyer...no doubt it was a worthless post-dated check

    And yes scAir America did steal $875,000 from the black children of the Bronx...or maybe scAir America just forgot they borrowed the money and forgot to pay it back...happens all the time.

    By Anonymous Jay, at 11 August, 2005 11:46  

  • fair enough anon! Although, Senator Boxer embraced the NARAL view speech at Golden Gate University yesterday in San Francisco.
    However, if you and others on the left side feel it inappropriate and wrong, I applaud you for that.

    By Blogger Ace, at 11 August, 2005 11:48  

  • "For example, In Dick Tuck's diseased mind, he thinks that AAR is a steamroller that is flattening conservative talk radio, when, in fact, AAR has posted its lowest ratings ever in its flagship market (WLIB in NYC),

    **Feel free to prove me wrong, Dick**

    which is also the #1 market in the country, and has the largest concentration of liberals."


    While WABC is in a freefall in NYC, WLIB is flat. However, WLIB is surging in Westchester, Nassua/Suffolk, and Middlesex/Union markets.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 11 August, 2005 11:50  

  • Gee Mr. Tuck, so if the West Palm Besch station is the home of Randi Rhodes, and her's is the only AAR program they carry, do they really count as an AAR station? How much do Rush & Glenn Beck contribute to the station's ratings vs. Randi Rhodes?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 11:59  

  • While WABC is in a freefall in NYC, WLIB is flat.
    By Dick Tuck, at 11:50 AM

    Another lie.

    In the last rating book, WABC went from a 3.5 to 3.2, a decrease of approx 9%.

    WLIB went from a lowly 1.2 to an all-time-low 1.0, a decrease of appox 17%.

    Brett

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 12:00  

  • Wingnuts vs. Moonbats!
    It's like Dingdongs vs. Ho-hos!
    developing...

    By Blogger Office Manager, at 11 August, 2005 12:06  

  • Geez, out of curiosity I checked out Dick's blog. Seven posts from July 30 to August 9th and no comments! Holy cow, no wonder he feels such a kinship with AAR!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 12:13  

  • AAR's talent S U C K S. The only way AAR stations rating increase is if they have -->LESS<-- AAR content. There's room on airwaves for Quality liberal talk, the simple fact is: AAR isn't it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 12:15  

  • Evan Cohen is a Guam Republican, as in RINO Republican.

    In Guam, partisan affiliations do not carry the ideological associations they do on the mainland.

    D's and R's are simply rivals for power in Guam, nothing more.

    Cohen is no conservative.

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 11 August, 2005 12:18  

  • Geez, out of curiosity I checked out Dick's blog. Seven posts from July 30 to August 9th and no comments! Holy cow, no wonder he feels such a kinship with AAR!
    It's like the left-wing Dirkworld over there.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 12:24  

  • Tell us more, Brian.

    Guam sound like a nice place to send these socialist thieving trolls :-).

    By Blogger Josef, at 11 August, 2005 12:24  

  • Geez, out of curiosity I checked out Dick's blog.

    By Anonymous, at 12:13 PM

    Are there no standards for having a blog?

    Brett

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 12:33  

  • Well, Dick's blog was rather small and flacid....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 13:09  

  • Are there no standards for having a blog?

    Brett

    Something else you small government republicans want to regulate?

    Do you people realize what your party has become?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 13:25  

  • Now that we've entered the second week of non-MSM coverage of this story, I'd be surprised if the focus of whatever MSM stories do come out of this turns out not to be AAR, but rather the rabid intensity with which right-wing whackos have been pounding various press outlets to report on the story. My impression is that y'all are just getting nuttier and nuttier as the lack of coverage (and real news about the story) drags on. Just don't resort to physical violence, that's all I say.

    Personally, I think Maloney & Malkin would turn things around they'd just go the Ghandi route, lock themselves in a room, and refuse to eat or drink until the MSM breaks down and says something about this. (Alternatively, they could just hold their breaths 'till their faces turn blue.)

    PS: I'm surprised none of you righties has called for a boycott of the Sundance Channel--they broadcast Franken's show each weeknight, after all. Hold Robert Redford accountable! Drag Evil Liberal Hollywood into the fray! It might be worth a few yuks.

    By Anonymous malrex, at 11 August, 2005 14:05  

  • Mr. Malrex,

    I was boycotting the Sundance channel, I just didn't know it! My guess is that most of America is in the same boat.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 14:17  

  • By Anonymous gabriel chapman, at 11 August, 2005 14:26  

  • "Alternatively, they could just hold their breaths 'till their faces turn blue."

    Yeah, that's been working wonders with the Plame "story."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 15:02  

  • HaHaha...malrex above posts links to lefty blogs for their take on the ratings. What more evidence do you need to easily determine there are no ratings sucesses in any other markets than Portland and Denver than AAR's continued silence on the subject of ratings. Unlike so many anonymous posters here and malrex himself, they dont have access to Arbitron data that those of us who work daily in radio have. Whats so hilarious is that the blogs he links you to cite "winter" book numbers. Well as so many know, that is history since the "spring" book is out for all major markets and many of the other small markets that AAR is on the air in. As with almost everywhere else, AAR shows a slight uptick, and then trends through a book of losses or no gains. Not to mention the horrible numbers in the available to subscriber only 25-54. No matter how you want to spin it malrex or dick, every radio pro knows AAR is failing and we have the numbers to prove it, unlike you and your delusional, obsession with a joke of a radio network. I'll ask once again, why no claims of ratings success and resultung advertiser interest from AAR itself. The answer is simple and plain to see. There are NONE! (regardless of today's Kos analysis..KPTK Seattle...N/A...HaHaha...Another AAR losing market share already)

    By Anonymous PeakLimiter, at 11 August, 2005 15:16  

  • By Anonymous, at 9:09 AM
    says:

    Citing anything from Michelle Malkin is a joke. She now claims that Casey Sheehan wouldn'y approve of his mother's actions down in Crawford. Are we to believe that Malkin knows the boy's opnions better than does his own mother? At what point did it become acceptable to attack the mothers of dead soldiers. She's a disgrace.

    Well, according to the rest of Sheehan's family, they are all outraged at Cindy's "promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the the expense of her son's good name and reputation", as the family put it in their letter to the public. Guess everyone must be wrong except for Cindy, huh?

    By Anonymous Shaun, at 11 August, 2005 15:30  

  • Brian...a point about the transcript you posted yesterday...

    Franken:
    Ok, it turns out he was on the board, or worked for, this Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx or something.

    okay there are too many words that need to be bolded in this so,

    "turns out", "or worked for", "this Gloria Wise" "or something"

    How is it that Franken seems to be so unsure of the mere existence of Gloria Wise, a Charity that Air America sponsored a "Camp Air America" for kids?

    I think this was even more telling. Franken, a man who wants to run for Senate, wants to PLAY DUMB about an organization he surely knows about. He'd do himself a wealth of future favors, if he just stepped up to the plate on this and rightly acted pissed, and demanded transparency.

    Partisan politics aside, smugly defending and flippant dismissals and detachment of your employers questionable treatment of the illegal theft of taxpayers charity funds is not the makings of a successful Senate campaign.

    By Blogger peapies, at 11 August, 2005 15:36  

  • Unlike so many anonymous posters here and malrex himself, they dont have access to Arbitron data that those of us who work daily in radio have.

    Unlike Brian, who admits he has no access to the demographics. Yet y'all suck up every post about the ratings.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 11 August, 2005 15:47  

  • "Are there no standards for having a blog?"

    For leftists like Dick, no, there are no standards.

    Just spew a load of BS and see how much it sticks.

    My 10 year old son can argue a point better.

    By Anonymous Purple Raider, at 11 August, 2005 15:52  

  • Something else you small government republicans want to regulate?
    Put that strawman down, Anonymous, you might hurt yourself.

    Do you people realize what your party has become?
    The one in power?

    By Blogger eLarson, at 11 August, 2005 15:54  

  • The one in power?

    You're not sure?

    More like the one abusing power.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 16:11  

  • >>The only way AAR stations rating increase is if they have -->LESS<-- AAR content.

    True--some progressive talk stations have found more success running shows from other sources, like Stephanie Miller. btw, AAR puffs up their own image as "successful" by listing affiliates _even if they only carry one show_. Yes, that is technically true, they would be considered an affiliate by carrying at least one show, but they imply these stations actually carry the whole lineup, etc--Bob Nelson

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 16:20  

  • Dick (head) seems to think Brian does not have access to Arbitron demographic data by daypart or the Tapscan qualitive reports that show hour by hour. As a radio professional, and friend of Brian's, I can assure you that he indeed does. While he is free to base his opinion of AAR's documented poor to non-existant ratings throughout the nation, he can not cite Arbitron. The data is proprietary and can not be refered to specifically without being a subscriber to Arbitron which is tens of thousands of dollars. However, those of us around the nation who work fulltime in radio are free to not only look at the reports, but report our findings to Brian. Unlike Dick who has nothing but lefty-blogs who haven't a clue. Just delusional, obbsessive, wishful thinking and moronic analysis of a failing radio network not supported by the facts. Just like Dicks blog, AAR in most markets could fit all of their listeners into a mid-sized Pontiac. Stuart Smalley and company couldn't program a police scanner during the height of a crime wave!

    By Anonymous PeakLimiter, at 11 August, 2005 16:27  

  • Dick(head) Cheney.

    Hee hee, that's fun.

    Oh well. Back to fifth grade.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 16:38  

  • Good Lord... what has the Left become? The UN bribed? That's not important. Air America misuses a non-profit's money? That's not important. Defeating terrorism? Winning a war in Iraq? That's not important.

    No, what's important is keeping John Roberts off the Supreme Court. Oh, and Rush Limbaugh. He's important because he's a bad guy. Zarqawi, Hamas, Iran? Who cares. They're just brown skinned people with Legitimate Grievances against those evil gay-loving democratic Jews in Israel, so they'll get a pass.

    The myopia is staggering me.

    By Anonymous Dan W, at 11 August, 2005 16:49  

  • The myopia is staggering me.

    Dan your ability to take positions held by the fringe radical left and apply them to everyone on the left is staggering me.

    Does your entire life exist as a generalization?

    Tool.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 17:09  

  • Captain's Quarter's has a decent legal anaysis of the Hairball America issue, but there's a couple of points that should be sharpened:

    (1) There is reference to an "asset agreement" that one would expect to see in a deal like like this. But due the sloppy nature of the reorg transaction, there might not be an formal asset agreement that even exists - or if there is - it may be so informal that it could not stand up to contractural scrutiny.

    Perhaps the Scare America management is drafting one as we speak! Spitzer should have his paper and ink-dating chemistry kit handy if he is presented with what would be purported to be the "original" document (photocopies need not apply!)

    (2) It is suggested that an "innocent third party" would be able to hold an assets with a bad history with a clean title.

    That might or might not be the case.

    Receipt of stolen property by an innocent party might protect the innocent party from a criminal claim, but for ordinary personal use property the holder might be expected to return that property to the rightful owner - in some cases.

    (3) As far as I can tell Gloria Wise was never notified or had a chance to protect the organiation's claim.

    Notification of creditors is one of the purposes of bankruptcy, and for interesting reasons that we will learn, bankruptcy was not used here.

    It is important to understand: Wise's debt STILL EXISTS. The only thing being debated is who owes that debt - Progress, Piquent, Cohen, Franken or a combination of those.

    This will be a facinating case as it unfurles. This case will be described in legal eduction training for years to come as a perfect example of how NOT to run an NPO.

    I'm going to sit back and stay tuned!

    Tom C.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 17:23  

  • AIR AMERICA RADIO RECEIVES BOOST IN RATINGS

    NEW YORK – August 4, 2005 – Air America Radio announced today that its affiliate base has successfully increased its cumulative listening audience from 1.3 million Persons 12+ (Arbitron Nationwide, Fall 2004) to a Cume of 3.1 million Persons 12+. The Network also continues to grow in key markets including: Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Phoenix, Portland, Ore., Cincinnati, Denver, Honolulu, Memphis and Miami, according to the Arbitron Spring survey.

    “We are extremely pleased with the Arbitron Spring 05 results and congratulate our affiliate partners. In addition to Los Angeles and Denver, we have seen double digit growth from a huge percentage of our growing affiliate base, in markets large and small, and from all areas of the country. It proves that there is a stable and growing audience for Air America,” said President of Air America Radio Gary Krantz.

    The Denver Post noted that “Air America has defied its doomsayers through its affiliate KKZN-AM which reached a milestone in its young life, gathering a 2 share in the spring rankings-putting it well out of the top 10.” A year ago KKZN was at a miniscule 0.4 share.

    "We are more than thrilled with the audience growth at KTLK and Air America in Los Angeles. Becoming the third ranked station in TSL shows us just how healthy the format is and our expectation is to continue this significant upward swing. We are really just getting started," said General Manager of KTLK 1150 AM John Quinlan.

    Since last year, Air America Radio has grown from 25 affiliates to 67 stations nationwide.

    Arbitron Spring 2005 Numbers for Los Angeles:


    167 percent increase in P12+ Share Winter-Spring 2005 (0.3 to 0.8)
    (Mon – Sun 6a.m. – 12 a.m.)
    300 percent increase in P12+ Share Spring 2004-Spring 2005 (0.2 to 0.8)
    (Mon-Sun 6a.m. – 12 a.m.)
    Arbitron Spring 2005 Numbers for Washington D.C.:

    33 percent increase in P12+ Share Winter-Spring 2005 (0.3 to 0.4)
    (Mon-Sun 6a.m. – 12 a.m.)
    300 percent increase in P12+ Share Spring 2004-Spring 2005 (0.1 to 0.4)
    (Mon – Sun 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.)

    Arbitron Spring 2005 Numbers for Phoenix:

    38 percent increase in P12+ Share Winter-Spring 2005 (0.8 to 1.1)
    (Mon – Sun 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.)
    267 percent increase in P12+ Share Spring 2004-Spring 2005 (0.3 to 1.1)
    (Mon – Sun 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.)

    Arbitron Spring 2005 Numbers for Portland, Ore.:

    19 percent increase in A25-54 Share Win-Spr 2005 (3.7 to 4.4).
    Rank went up from #10 to #6
    (Mon – Sun 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.)
    36 percent increase in P12+ Share Win-Spr 2005 (3.3 to 4.5).
    Rank went up from #12 to #5
    (Mon – Sun 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.)
    Arbitron Spring 2005 Numbers for Denver:

    30 percent increase in P12+ AQH Win-Spr 2005 (4700 to 6100)
    (Mon – Sun 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.)
    25 percent increase in P12+ Share Win-Spr 2005 (1.6 to 2.0)
    (Mon – Sun 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.)
    Arbitron Spring 2005 Numbers for Cincinnati:

    29 percent increase in A25-54 AQH Winter-Spring 2005 (700 to 900)
    (Mon – Sun 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.)
    17 percent increase in A25-54 Share Winter-Spring 2005 (0.6 to 0.7)
    (Mon – Sun 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.)

    Arbitron Spring 2005 Numbers for Honolulu:

    13 percent increase in P12+ Cume Win-Spr 2005 (11100 to 12500)
    Arbitron Spring 2005 Numbers for Memphis:

    150 percent increase in A25-54 AQH Win-Spr 2005 (200 to 500)
    (Mon – Sun 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.)
    150 percent increase in A25-54 Share Win-Spr 2005 (0.2 to 0.5)
    (Mon – Sun 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.)

    Arbitron Spring 2005 Numbers for Miami:

    68 percent increase in P12+ AQH Winter-Spring 2005 (6600 to 11100)
    (Mon – Sun 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.)
    67 percent increase in P12+ Share Winter-Spring 2005 (1.2 to 2.0)
    (Mon – Sun 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.)

    Highlights from Arbitron Spring 2005 Survey:

    Increase in cumulative listening audience jumped from 1.3 million to 3.1 million within one year.
    300 percent increase in L.A. in P12+ Share Spring 2004-Spring 2005
    300 percent increase in Washington D.C. in P12+ Share Spring 2004-Spring 2005
    267 percent increase in Phoenix in P12+ Share Spring 2004-Spring 2005

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 11 August, 2005 17:26  

  • Tom,

    Nice rank speculation.

    Might, could, perhaps, maybe.

    You should sit back and watch until you have something other than bullshit to write.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 17:31  

  • Comments like Tom's should make it abundantly clear why credible media outlets like the Ny Times have not touched this story yet.

    You got nothing on AAR but speculation.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 17:34  

  • Speculation isn't stopping Murdoch's NY Post or Scaife's Pittsburg Trib-Review from making shit up.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 17:52  

  • Brian Maloney,

    Finally I sent you an email.

    ---FYI

    no wise cracks please this time blog :-)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 17:56  

  • "Speculation isn't stopping Murdoch's NY Post or Scaife's Pittsburg Trib-Review from making s*** up."

    I haven't heard about the NY Post or the Trib-Review making any stories up.

    But the NY Times on the other hand...

    By Anonymous Purple Raider, at 11 August, 2005 18:01  

  • Highlights from Arbitron Spring 2005 Survey

    12+ ratings are pretty useless. Tell me 'bout 25-54. Tell me about time slot vs. time slot.

    How are they in Chicago? Can anyone in the city limits even hear them? Where are they on the dial in DC? I'm there quite a bit, and I'm sure I can stomach a few minutes at a time.

    By Blogger eLarson, at 11 August, 2005 18:45  

  • How are they in Chicago?

    They don't have a complete quarter yet, since they started May 3, 2005. But they already made the charts at .4 for that part quarter.

    Can anyone in the city limits even hear them?

    See for yourself.

    Where are they on the dial in DC?

    WRC 1260

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 11 August, 2005 19:05  

  • Breaking news!!! Dick Tuck has just posted an infinite % increase in traffic to his blog this afternoon with 2 comments! This is up dramatically from 0 comments. At this increase we project that everyone on the planet will have posted comments by midnite!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 19:26  

  • Percentage increases don't seem to mean much when you are moving from 1 person to 3 people, yeah that's a 300% ratings increase, but it still sucks.

    By Anonymous gabriel chapman, at 11 August, 2005 19:27  

  • check your email brian Maloney:

    --fyi

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 20:12  

  • Evan Cohen is a Guam Republican, as in RINO Republican.

    In Guam, partisan affiliations do not carry the ideological associations they do on the mainland.

    D's and R's are simply rivals for power in Guam, nothing more.

    Cohen is no conservative.


    So why did he fake a liberal conversion? From the WSJ:
    Mr. Cohen told Mr. Walsh and others that he was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2001 only to make a miraculous recovery that spurred him to devote his life to liberal causes. This new radio network, "represented the confluence of business pragmatism and social progressiveness that I wanted for my second chance in life," Mr. Cohen wrote in a fund-raising letter to television journalist Bill Moyers, who didn't invest.

    So apparently his first chance in life was as a conservative. Then he contracted brain cancer, something(?) must have affected his logic, and he became a liberal.

    So RINO's have become rampant in Guam. Makes easy pickings for their superior mainland repub counterparts, nee Jack Abramoff/Tom Delay. Some have picked up on this hearsay:
    Well is there a connection between Jack Abramoff and Cohen's Guam based investors in AA?
    Posted by peter at July 27, 2005 12:26 PM


    Let's wait and see what pops out of Abramoff when he gets indicted.

    By Blogger WHT, at 11 August, 2005 20:13  

  • I just want to thank Lien Baloney for all the free advertising. Our numbers are going through the roof thanks to your effort.

    By Anonymous Al Franken, at 11 August, 2005 20:19  

  • Something else you small government republicans want to regulate?
    Nope. It was Hill o' Beans Klinton who bemoaned last year (about the time the Swift Boat Vets were exposing Komrade Ketchup, as I recall) the fact that the Internet doesn't have a "gatekeeper." Keep trying, though.

    I work in radio broadcasting, too, for a real network that has real listeners and generates real revenue via ad sales to real sponsors. Those of you who think Air AmeriCon has us sweating bullets are in dire need of a reality check. Having to buy air time--like a small-time weekend local programmer with, say, a home-handyman show, or a Tagalog program for the local Filipino community--is no way to run a major network. In fact, it's not the way a real network has to be run. The fact that a libby radio network--started and run by people who have so little understanding of the free market that they think an untested product can just be high-handedly served up to an expectant and adoring public--has to resort to receiving stolen funds in order to stay afloat, is... not very surprising, actually.

    By Anonymous Metro Man, at 11 August, 2005 20:37  

  • According to the Gloria Wise Center web site, Air America is raising money from its listeners to donate to . . . the Gloria Wise Center. Someone needs to ask: Is THIS counted as part of the money they're "paying back"? Are tax-deductable donations from their listeners being diverted to repay a debt?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 August, 2005 21:28  

  • Let me get this straight: The folks at Air America are wetting themselves over the fact that their L.A. affiliate went from, like, 0.3 to 0.4 and 0.1 to 0.4 in a couple of categories?

    That's like getting excited over the fact that your batting average "soared" from .110 to .125 in the course of three months.

    How can anyone with two functioning brain cells take these touts seriously? The L.A. affiliate, KTLK, still ranks 31st in its market ... despite being a 50,000-watt station.

    Plus, you have to pay attention to the OTHER markets that those "honest" folks at Air America ain't talkin' about. Try these Arbitrons on for size:

    Cincinnati, WCKY:
    Spring '04 -- 2.0
    Summer '04 -- 1.5
    Fall '04 -- 1.0
    Winter '05 -- 1.0
    Spring '05 -- 0.8

    Honolulu, KUMU:
    Spring '04 -- 1.3
    Summer '04 -- 0.8
    Fall '04 -- 0.4
    Winter '05 -- 0.6
    Spring '05 -- 0.4

    Philadelphia, WHAT:
    Too small to appear on the list; has sunk below 0.4.

    Boston, WK0X:
    Spring '04 -- 0.0
    Summer '04 -- 0.0
    Fall '04 -- 0.4
    Winter '05 -- 0.4
    Spring '05 -- 0.2

    My goodness, isn't that a loss of 50 PERCENT OF THEIR AUDIENCE???

    Keep an eye also on the ever-growing number of affiliates. Sure, the network now has 69 stations, but two of the latest are the twin 1,000-watt AM powerhouses of KEUN in Pineville, La., and KSZL in Barstow, Calif. Bet those signals barely make it across the street.

    Anyway, I'd hold the champagne for now, Air America fans -- unless you figure it's going to lose its fizz unless you drink it soon.

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 11 August, 2005 21:33  

  • Funny column from a small twice-weekly in Idaho. Here's an excerpt:
    http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php?issue_date=08-10-2005&ID=2005104649

    Surely, Air America's listeners must be scandalized by these Enronesque corporate shenanigans. Victimizing the children -- isn't that what Republicans do? Air America says it's ready to repay the principal to the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club.

    I think the network's listeners should do more.

    Liberals are always letting the rest of us know just how much sharper and more compassionate they are than the rest of us. Now it's time to prove it: Air America Needs You.

    First, its listeners should unleash their "we know better" candlepower and their you-can't-fool-us cynicism to get to the bottom of the Air America's kids-for-kilowatts scandal. And, clearly, a scheme that hurts children and Alzheimer's patients to fund left-wing outreach should appeal to progressives' dark sense of irony.

    Second, Air America's listeners should go beyond the network owners on the financial front. Simply repaying funds to the club isn't enough. Really, how cover-your-assets corporatist is that? Leftist listeners need to really showcase that storied compassion of theirs. Yes, how about a radio-thon to raise funds for kids and Alzheimer's patients across this broad land? Lefty listeners could, well, "Give piece of change."

    Better yet, progressive forces should do what they do best -- hold a rock concert. Franken probably could put the finger on some major talent. It's hard to imagine that the Dixie Chicks, Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand wouldn't want to participate in a Live Air America-Aid concert. The guess here is that even stars who said they would leave the United States if Bush were elected or re-elected would return home to help the victims of this hideous corporate scandal.

    Granted, Air America's overall rating have fallen in major markets. But here, the left-wing network is still going strong, particularly in the crucial male-ponytail demographic. A little advice for the network's Portland affiliate:

    Think globally and act locally.

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 11 August, 2005 21:36  

  • The 4th Estate wrote:My goodness, isn't that a loss of 50 PERCENT OF THEIR AUDIENCE???

    They watching/listening to the Red Sox. Seems logical enough.

    As for 850AM out of Crystal Lake, IL... they seem to have gone nighty-night, but I could hear a far-distant "84 AM"--I didn't stick around to hear where that was from or its calls. That AAR's Chicago affiliate goes dead at sundown isn't the end of the world in the summer, but whoever has their afternoon drive slot is going to be screwed come winter.

    1260AM in DC used to be WWDC. From DCRTV.com: "1260 doesn't have the greatest signal - even during the day. It has an awfully tough time making it across the Potomac into Virginia."

    I don't see WMAL quaking in their collective boots any time soon.

    By Blogger eLarson, at 11 August, 2005 22:15  

  • I'm not a radio professional, but, evidently, there some people here who are.

    I'd like your opinions as to how long AAR can keep this scam going.

    I was sure that after the NYC (1.0) ratings debacle, AAR would've at least cleaned house, vis a vis fire all the talent, but they've done the opposite. They're bragging about how great they're doing.

    Brett

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12 August, 2005 00:04  

  • Abramoff indicted today.

    1. Malkin officially calls Abramoff a sleazebag.
    2. Abramoff has connections to the Republican machine in Guam.
    3. Note that Guam Republican politics shaped Evan Cohen.
    4. Ergo, Evan Cohen has become a Malkinized sleazebag.

    Connect the dots.

    By Blogger WHT, at 12 August, 2005 00:22  

  • WHT, if you keep going, eventually you'll connect it to Kevin Bacon.

    By Anonymous Shaun, at 12 August, 2005 00:38  

  • Bronx Boys Club's Finances Investigated

    Finally!!

    With a headline like that, does the NewYork times even want you to read the dang thing?

    Wait, let me have a shot at those kind of headline writings...

    lets try..

    Local couple calls it quits, life on the road too hard says wife

    Area youngster happy to return home to his parents

    wedding party cancelled due to lack of participation

    By Blogger Nerdwallet, at 12 August, 2005 00:57  

  • Keep it up, Brian. You just got picked up by Worldnetdaily.

    By Blogger Sailor Republica, at 12 August, 2005 03:09  

  • Oh yeah, WingNutDaily. All those liberals who read that trash will now be tuning out Air America.

    Good work.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12 August, 2005 06:09  

  • anonymous says Casey's own mother knows his feelings better than we do, seeing as how Casey's dead and all..

    But if Casey was opposed to this war, why do you suppose he ENLISTED!?!?!?! It is, after all, a volunteer army.

    And by the by, stories are surfacing that Ms. Sheehan was an anti-war activist long before Casey was killed. Perhaps before he enlisted. Which makes me wonder how he managed to grow up in her house and still have the courage to fight for his country. God bless Casey S.

    Cindy Sheehan has made her private grief a public grievance. Even her own family is embarrassed and pained by her behavior and has released a public letter to say it plainly. Casey's uncles and aunts and grandparents and cousins are speaking out against Casey's mother. Would this happen if her "grief to grievance" story was righteous?

    By Blogger Boyahm Tiktoff, at 12 August, 2005 09:43  

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