The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

17 November 2005

New Air America Pitch

TOUGH BREAK

Are Things Really This Bad?



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16 Comments:

  • Brian,

    Why do you obsess on (here to stay) Air America Radio when we have far more dangerous issues with Canada and Cuba?

    By Blogger Robert, at 17 November, 2005 12:21  

  • Hmmmm,
    A conservative blogger, runs a blog called The Radio Equalizer spends a near obsessive amount of time on the weird goings on at a liberal radio network.
    At the expense of Canadian and Cuban politics?
    I am shocked, shocked!

    By Blogger SCSIwuzzy, at 17 November, 2005 13:22  

  • You said it. Rather than post anything new, he just ignores the pointed questions he's asked and posts the same info over and over and over.

    If you want to balance his drek with the other side of the story, I'd suggest visiting my new site:

    http://radioneutralizer.blogspot.com

    By Blogger Lyin' Baloney, at 17 November, 2005 14:40  

  • O'Reilly not a factor on KHOW

    So long, Billy. You got dumped.

    I'm talking about William James O'Reilly Jr., a.k.a. The Bully.

    On Monday, KHOW 630-AM pulled the plug on "The Radio Factor With Bill O'Reilly" because of poor ratings.

    His nemesis, Al Franken, had better ratings on Boulder's Air America affiliate, KKZN 760-AM - a station that has spotty reception in parts of the metro area.

    The most recent Arbitron ratings, from this summer, show an 8 percent share of the listeners tuned to local radio talk show king Rush Limbaugh, 2.6 percent listened to Franken, and 2.1 percent turned to O'Reilly when the three were aired during the same time.

    This week, O'Reilly was replaced by syndicated conservative talk-show host Glenn Beck. Program director Jerry Bell said Beck is an independent voice and doesn't use talking points.

    "He doesn't use the same set of notes" Limbaugh and O'Reilly use, Bell said.

    If that's true, it will be a refreshing change from O'Reilly's rants, which listeners are tiring of in some markets.

    In Seattle and New York, Franken beat O'Reilly. In Portland, Ore., Air America's Randi Rhodes beat O'Reilly too, according to summer Arbitron ratings.

    It's not because conservatives are suddenly becoming liberal and changing stations. It's because shows like O'Reilly's lack broad appeal.

    In Washington, D.C., O'Reilly's show was cut from WJFK-FM and replaced with "The Sports Junkies."

    Conservative talk has its place, as does liberal talk. I don't care for either because most talk-show hosts like to lecture or get overly passionate and scream.

    Locally, Mike Rosen is far more interesting because, unlike O'Reilly, he usually sticks to issues rather than belittling people with whom he disagrees.

    O'Reilly is in the same sphere as the Christian Broadcasting Network's Pat Robertson, who in August called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Such comments turn off sensible people of all political persuasions.

    The bizarre, on-air tirades of O'Reilly are often hypocritical.

    Lashing out against the city of San Francisco for having included on the ballot a referendum that declared the city opposes military recruiting in public schools, O'Reilly said on his Nov. 8 show that if he were president, he wouldn't retaliate if terrorists bombed that city.

    O'Reilly: "If al-Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower (a San Francisco landmark)? Go ahead."

    So a city passes a symbolic referendum saying it doesn't like the U.S. military recruiting kids in public schools, and O'Reilly says it's OK to bomb that city?

    How un-American.

    A couple of days later, during a segment about an executive who gave a $10,000 tip at a strip club, O'Reilly told co-host Lis Wiehl she should learn how to dance for tips. Wiehl, a Harvard- trained attorney, replies, "No. For $10,000?" to which O'Reilly says "Yeah, you're a good-looking girl ... if you haven't seen Lis on TV, she's a good-looking blond."

    This on the heels of a Nov. 3 segment in which O'Reilly suggested to a giggling Wiehl that she submit to a "full-body search" during a segment on police searching bags in the New York subway.

    Perhaps that sex talk is exciting for O'Reilly, but to me it's sophomoric and boring.

    I'm thrilled I no longer have to accidentally come across him on the dial.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 17 November, 2005 15:08  

  • Brian, You have an excellent blog. I rarely leave comments, but read it on a daily basis. I know there are many other conservatives that do the same.

    I see the moonbats are still out in force. It's nice to know that they at least read a variety of viewpoints verses some of the DUmmies and Kossites that don't leave the echo chamber.

    By Blogger Linn, at 17 November, 2005 16:11  

  • Brian: It's a sign you are doing good work when you have libtards mocking you.

    I mean, they could start their own blog using their own name, promoting the exact opposite viewpoint. Unfortunately it takes a lot of effort to publicize a blog to the point where people actually read it.

    It's no like the same two or three people keep logging in under different names, is it?

    By Blogger gutshot, at 17 November, 2005 17:31  

  • most talk-show hosts like to lecture or get overly passionate and scream.

    May I suggest Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt and Larry Elder?

    By Blogger Darleen, at 17 November, 2005 18:21  

  • I'm a lurker too and am coming out to say that I think Brian has accomplished a lot. If not for his reporting on ScamAmerica

    1) The Gloria Wise loan to air america would never of been paid back--now, even though they haven't been paid back, and who knows if aar really has all the money in escrow since they did not put the money in an account that could be (and was requested by) by the DOI

    2) The people on Morning Sedation who were donating money to GW through morning sedation, when they learned of the scandal, contacted MS and tried to get their money back so they could donate to more legit causes ( don't know if they actually got their money back, but I know they did try)

    3)I would assume that the small investor who wants to make their money work for causes with a progressive agenda, are now warned that AAR is not a stable place for their investment.

    etc...etc...

    By Blogger FYI, at 17 November, 2005 20:40  

  • That is for 1)-- could be audited by the DOI and controlled by DOI

    ...Keep doing what you do Brian, and thank you.

    By Blogger FYI, at 17 November, 2005 20:43  

  • Just so I'm clear...

    Brian reported a legitimate news story this summer - but there doesn't seem to be anything new.

    For months now, he (along with O'Reilly, Rush, etc) have been clamoring about how Air America is about to go out of business. At this point I expect that to happen around the same time we find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

    Brian - DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ELSE? If not - please move on.

    I'm sorry but that nytimes thing doesn't count. It looks like the PR dept at AAR knows what it is doing - as they did exactly what all PR depts in every company all over the world does.

    Calling the Times' biased while putting forth such slanted and one-sided "journalism" and calling yourself "The Equalizer" is even more preposterous.

    And to those here: Quit calling me a liberal. I'm a radio aficianado, not a political one.

    If you're here for information to make decisions, and not just to confirm opinions you already have, I encourage you to check out:

    http://radioneutralizer.blogspot.com

    I look forward to the reflex bashing my post will generate. Hopefully this will get through to some of the thicker skulls round these parts.

    By Blogger Lyin' Baloney, at 17 November, 2005 21:34  

  • you know, getting your news about what is going on in the world of radio from a man whose show got cancelled is like taking real estate advice from a homeless person. its just not a wise decision. you people with your "i totally agree with you" viewpoints don't agree, you are just sheepishly following this man. if he came out tomorrow with a story called "i was wrong, i love air america", there is no doubt in my mind that you people would cheer him and agree that you actually loved air america too. do yourself a favor: don't get "news" from blogs, be they conservative or liberal, because any idiot on the planet can run a blog. read newspapers, magazines, make phone calls to organizations if you have to, but for the love of God, don't get news from bloggers.

    By Blogger hardcore conservative genious, at 17 November, 2005 21:50  

  • 2) The people on Morning Sedation who were donating money to GW through morning sedation, when they learned of the scandal, contacted MS and tried to get their money back so they could donate to more legit causes ( don't know if they actually got their money back, but I know they did try)

    Hey, I donated to Gloria Wise via Morning Sedition, and did not ask for my money back. Marc Riley has been a force in local NYC radio/political circles for years, beating back oppressive forces while sticking it to the man whenever he can. If I can't trust him, I ain't gonna trust a livin' soul.

    By Blogger WHT, at 17 November, 2005 23:08  

  • O'Reilly's not conservative, he's middle-of-the-road.

    Dubya's numbers fell because he tried to appease the "moderates". Screw that. You want to succeed nowadays? Go right, right, right. Dubya is remembering that, and he'll be back riding high in no time.

    The only thing that's going to be left in the middle of the road is roadkill.

    I'm looking for another SCOTUS appointment before the second term is over. Who will go next? Ginsberg? Stevens?

    Janice Rogers Brown, anyone?

    By Blogger Tom C, at 18 November, 2005 00:18  

  • " O'Reilly's not conservative, he's middle-of-the-road.

    Dubya's numbers fell because he tried to appease the "moderates". Screw that. You want to succeed nowadays? Go right, right, right. Dubya is remembering that, and he'll be back riding high in no time.

    The only thing that's going to be left in the middle of the road is roadkill."

    I think that's the funniest — as in the most laughingly ignorant — thing I've heard yet, well next to Maloney-Baloney-Malarkeys comments.

    By Blogger Scribe, at 19 November, 2005 21:11  

  • Networks and radio stations PAY to have people like Limbaugh, Hannity and other "right-wing nuts" on the air.
    AAR has to PAY to get their stuff aired.
    Why is that, do you think?
    Air America has to PAY people to listen. WOW. That's a testimony to just how worthy of one's time they are, no?

    Of course, "progressives" will talk of quality and how their stuff is soooo sophisticated.
    There's a word for that: denial.

    By Blogger Elnish Arundel, at 20 November, 2005 07:52  

  • Let me get this straight: Liberals are popping champagne corks because O'Reilly got replaced on one station BY A CONSERVATIVE???

    That's like celebrating the fact that Sean Hannity got replaced by Rush Limbaugh. Woohoo!

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 20 November, 2005 09:09  

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