The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

28 December 2005

HuffPo's Drobny, Daily News Update, Air America In Phoenix?

STUCK ON SHELDON

Milking The HuffPo, Plus: No Good Daily News


(Updated with breaking Mike Webb news)


Beyond plugging his books, pitching the latest liberal radio venture or yet again revisiting Air America's early days, is there any point to Sheldon Drobny's participation at the Huffington Post?

Again underscoring Arianna's obvious low contribution standards for her leftist website, his columns read like an endless tape loop of grating sounds that might be played during wartime prisoner torture sessions.

Drobny, Air America Radio co-founder and Lyndon LaRouche sympathizer, uses the space to lambaste "elitist" progressives who refuse to fund the liberal radio network, or "invest" in his plan to purchase rural stations to run Air America's programming, through Nova M LLC.

In his latest piece, Sheldon reveals he's got another book on the way:



My first book, Road To Air America, was published in November, 2004 and sold approximately 4000 copies. It was not exactly a best seller, but I thought it was a pretty good start for me. I never got any meaningful publicity nor did I seriously seek it. I wrote the book for my wife Anita and me.

My next book, Defying The Distortion, is coming out this April or May. In it, I expand upon the ways to break up the mainstream media’s obedience to the rich and powerful. And one of the methods that I do not endorse is just to complain about them.


A HuffPo comment poster quickly added this response:



Did you start Air America for the altruistic ideal of expanding the political discourse in America, or to tap into charities that fund childrens and retirees community service programs?

http://michellemalkin.com/archives/003384.htm

http://wizbangblog.com/archives/006624.php

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=45730

You recently wrote your listeners for donations:
http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/cat_radio.php

Are you now priming the pump seeking donations here at HuffPo, or just thumping your book seeking greater sales?

And yet you are attacking the credibility of news anchors like Russert alleging they have been "bought" by corporate America?

Glad Huffington hasn't forgotten the LaRouchian Wing of the Democrat Party.



So much for hoping
David Hinckley at the New York Daily News would mention Air America's sleazy Gloria Wise scandal in his year-end coverage. In part two, this time listing radio's five worst developments of 2005, the liberal radio network's antics are still left out.

Amazingly, Don Imus' fancy new talk studio is an outrage, but $875,000 in taxpayer funds earmarked for a community center and diverted to Franken & Co., counts for nothing. That the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club has now shut its doors apparently adds little to its importance.

One item, however, is interesting enough to mention here:


2. The "Tsunami Song"

When rival WWPR (105.1 FM, Power-105) brought in Star for its morning show, WQHT (97.1 FM, Hot-97) looked for edgy morning content to counter him.

The "Tsunami Song," a misguided parody that mocked victims of the Southeast Asian disaster, got attention. But amazingly enough, not all attention is good - because while in the end listeners didn't really care and stayed with the station anyhow, the firestorm of outrage cost parent Emmis several million dollars in advertising. Emmis did care about that.


Will Air America soon
lose its Phoenix affiliate? For months, that's been rumored, but a spokesman for station KXXT-AM denied it would soon be changing formats, in response to a Radio Equalizer email.

After a recent ownership change, there has been speculation that AAR would be dropped, some of it apparently coming from hosts at rival talk stations such as KFYI-AM. Could this happen after the new year?

We'll be watching closely.


FLASH: Mike Webb, the KIRO/Seattle liberal talker recently arrested on insurance fraud charges, has been fired from the station. Webb posted a note on his website about the termination. Scheduled to return from time off last night, listeners were surprised to instead find a guest host in his place.

Webb is the host who last year called for President Bush's "execution" on "war crimes charges".

BlatherWatch and Orbusmax are already on the story.

More later as this story further develops.

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Franken graphic: Marchand Chronicles

10 Comments:

  • Ho-lee-shit, you're still talking about the 875 grand? How long is this gonna go on? Cohen messed up and AA paid it back or has agreed to pay it back.

    When was the last time something new even came from that situation?

    Jesus Christ, get over it.

    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 28 December, 2005 00:00  

  • "When was the last time something new even came from that situation?"

    You mean like a conviction? You mean like an apology from Al Franken? You mean like a report that the money has actually been returned to the Boys & Girls club?

    There are plenty of shoes waiting to drop.

    You may now go back to your normally scheduled sticking your fingers in your ears while chanting "me-me-me-me-me"

    By Blogger Lokki, at 28 December, 2005 10:22  

  • i think it is great that you idiots are still stuck on the gloria wise thing. while you sit there and sqnader your time by complaining about something that isn't an issue anymore, AAR is enjoying the free publicity and picking up stations left and right. last i checked they were now on 84 stations. and how many did they have when this "story" broke? sixty-something? thanks for the support maloney, i'm sure they enjoy picking up new affiliates. you know the saying - there is no such thing as bad publicity, just publicity. keep talking about them and getting people interested, and i guarantee you they will keep picking up new affiliates.

    By Blogger hardcore conservative genious, at 28 December, 2005 12:52  

  • How many of those 84 stations are full-time AAR? How many are like their former Philly station WHAT, which just featured Al and Randi?

    I've linked to Sheldon a couple times, but his output is outstripping my ability to link. Also, I'd like to assure everyone that Melvin is not a broad parody of Sheldon.

    And, remember when Nora Ephron promised us chocolate chip cookie recipes? Well, now she's starting to fulfill that promise. Except, you need to click through to the NYT to read about it.

    By Blogger LonewackoDotCom, at 28 December, 2005 13:19  

  • Hah! The more stations AAR and slots other liberal talkers get, the less chance Baloney gets his own hate-talk show.

    Baloney luurves doing "missionary" work in blue state markets - can't hold up doin' the circle jerk in the red market where the oxycontin-marinated bloviator rules - too much competition.

    By Blogger Dovish, at 28 December, 2005 13:51  

  • I'm glad Webb is gone. He sounds like a big bully and a world-class hypocrite who made life miserable for those unfortunate enough to cross his path. His fans were the battiest of moonbats, and in Seattle, that's saying something!

    Brian, do you know why Mike Segal left KTTH? I didn't listen to him all that much, but it's always strange when someone leaves a lineup without an explanation.

    By Blogger Sheridan, at 28 December, 2005 18:25  

  • Since Abu Ghraib happened nearly two years ago, and Gitmo "happened" almost at the same time, and since these two "events" predate Gloria Wise, using the logic of the Libturds who've posted here, that means we NEVER HAVE TO HEAR ABOUT THEM AGAIN.
    The same thing goes for the Florida vote counts in 2000 (only 19 recounts later, Bush is only 19-0, by the way), I suppose.
    We'll talk about what we want, when we want, no matter how much you oh-so-tolerant Left-wing retards try to CENSOR US.

    By Blogger Elnish Arundel, at 29 December, 2005 09:39  

  • Sheridan,

    Mike Siegel got fired to put it more directly.

    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/tv/253709_radiobeat29.html

    By Blogger Robert, at 29 December, 2005 14:12  

  • hardcore conservative genious said:
    while you sit there and sqnader your time by complaining about something that isn't an issue anymore, AAR is enjoying the free publicity and picking up stations left and right. last i checked they were now on 84 stations. and how many did they have when this "story" broke? sixty-something? thanks for the support maloney, i'm sure they enjoy picking up new affiliates. you know the saying - there is no such thing as bad publicity, just publicity. keep talking about them and getting people interested, and i guarantee you they will keep picking up new affiliates.

    Hmm ... so let me get this straight: Brian Maloney's critical comments about Air America are creating so much free publicity that it's causing the network to actually gain stations???

    Wow, that's an interesting cause-and-effect theory if I ever heard one.

    More to the point, it's quite an admission, coming from a liberal. What "genious" is telling us is that he believes Brian's blog is so powerful and influential that a few comments about Air America (and perhaps the right magic word, such as "Shazam!") magically causes the total number of affiliates to grow from 60-something to 84 -- just like that!

    Hehe ... may the Force be with you, Brian ...

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 29 December, 2005 15:04  

  • oh, 4thEstate, i think it is just precious that you couldn't counter my argument. you are such a cute little girl. now, go back to shopping for training bras, and leave the important topics for the grown ups to discuss. ok sweetheart?

    By Blogger hardcore conservative genious, at 29 December, 2005 16:10  

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