The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

17 March 2006

New York Daily News, Air America, New York Post, Al Franken

SUCKERS!

Who Fell For Air America's Latest Transparent Deceit?





Sure as Al Franken
continues to collect bloated paychecks, his employer churns out more ridiculous spin. Given the company's dismal track record, why should anyone believe it?

And what exactly is going on? How long can Air America really expect to remain on the air in New York City? Below, we have an update.


First, for past profiles in sleaziness, a quick jog down the company's Credibility Lane:


--- Air America's foolish August 2005 attempt to play dumb on the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club scandal, where $875,000 in taxpayer-funded grants instead went to the liberal radio network's coffers.

--- Even when he has nothing to do with the reports, its tedious habit of deflecting negative press attention into a blame game against Bill O'Reilly.

--- Even as Air America begs listeners for money, their constant assertions of a bright financial picture.


Given that history, wouldn't the press be well-advised to take company claims with a grain of salt?

While some media outlets yesterday correctly exercised caution, others got snookered by this press release, which appears to indicate a new lease agreement between Air America parent Piquant LLC and Inner City Broadcasting, owner of WLIB:


NEW YORK-March 16, 2006- WLIB will continue to be the New York home of Air America Radio, under an agreement announced by Air America and Inner City Broadcasting Company. Over the next several months, Air America and Inner City will seek to enhance and extend their long-term relationship.

“We are happy to reiterate that our New York listeners will be able to continue to hear our programming,” said Air America Radio CEO Danny Goldberg.

“Inner City has always had faith in the mission of Air America,” said Vice Chairman of ICBC Broadcasting Holdings, Inc. Skip Finley.



Diving in head-first was David Hinckley of the New York Daily News, with this one-sided, uncritical PR fluff-fest:


The progressive radio talk network Air America will continue on WLIB (1190 AM), the network said yesterday, dampening speculation that WLIB might switch to other programming after the two parties' original two-year deal ends this month.

No details of a new arrangement were released, with a statement from Air America saying, "Over the next several months, Air America and [WLIB owner] Inner City will seek to enhance and extend their long-term relationship."

Air America still trails longer-established talk stations like WABC (770 AM) in the ratings, but CEO Danny Goldberg said last week it is growing in affiliates, listenership and ad revenue.

The network has been the subject of periodic rumors about its shrinkage or demise, for which Goldberg blamed "conservative ideologues who have a particular interest in damaging Air America."



Especially entertaining: the idea there's even a contest between Air America and WABC in New York City.

Meanwhile, two trade publications picked up Billboard's grossly inaccurate version of events.


Where exactly do things stand for Air America in New York City? Rather than a long term lease renewal, what they really have is a short stay of execution. As New York Post reporter John Mainelli indicated here and here, it's a mere extension:


Beware of Billboard's spin on this story. In my opinion, they're in bed with former record exec Danny Goldberg, who now runs Air America and is himself a world-class spinner. Billboard called the original Post story "sensational" and Goldberg frequently bashes the paper without denying the stories.

I've learned that the AA lease extension, which was mentioned as a probability in the original long-form Post story posted on the NYRMB, is for only five months (thru August). There was no way AA was going to be "evicted" on 4/1 anyway.

The future is still wide open.

Either AA has a grace-period clause or a potential subsequent tenant isn't ready to roll yet. I strongly suspect the latter.


Another source, close to the situation, today contacted the Radio Equalizer to indicate an even shorter time frame: just three months, with "a great deal of drama" still going on behind the scenes.

One remote possibility remains losing WLIB as soon as April 1.

Has the company succeeded in painting a rosy picture for the media? So far, the results are mixed. No doubt they'll keep at it.

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Images: David A Lunde for the Radio Equalizer

11 Comments:

  • There was no way AA was going to be "evicted" on 4/1 anyway.
    Yet you Brian said they would be. And when is that supposed bailout coming? Not your finest month...

    By Blogger Justin, at 17 March, 2006 14:17  

  • Brian - why do you consistently intend on lying?

    The SuckerDavidALunde.1.jpg graphic is a misrepresentation of myriad levels:

    1 - Al Franken didn't "get" the loan from Gloria Wise
    2 - Al Franken didn't cause the lack of payback to Gloria Wise
    3 - Al Franken was in no way responsible for the Gloria Wise loan

    But, the graphic you present states "Stiffing the Kids" and "Defaulting for Dummies".

    He didn't stiff kids, he didn't default on that loan.

    Why must you lie?

    By Blogger TJ, at 17 March, 2006 15:44  

  • tj said:
    "Brian - why do you consistently intend on lying?"

    "Why must you lie?"

    Answer: Because that is what he does best, which tells you a whole lot about his talents. By writing the stuff he does, it gets him an occasional spot on TV with Bill O'Reilly.

    BTW, does anyone know when the Washington (Moony) Times started turning a profit. Inquiring minds want to know.

    By Blogger pbrauer, at 17 March, 2006 16:07  

  • I have never been a fan of the New YOrk Post, until this AAR incident!

    Brian and the NY Post is what reporting is about--not catering to advertisers.

    AAR is buried in dept and lies. They mock the "cause" by exploiting

    By Blogger FYIFYI, at 17 March, 2006 18:22  

  • I constantly marvel at the moonbats dancing about. On the one hand Baloney as they call him dismissively, doesn't know what he is talking about and no one reads him. So why bother with the hysterical shreiking then? Somebody has locked up your IPOD and your cell phone is not working until you scrape together enough babysitting money to get it turned back on?

    And the ad hom attacks and constant repetition of the same stuff over and over and over and over, really does not win you any converts. If truth be known you probably convince the sketical by your own behaviour.

    Just sayin'

    By Blogger Seriouslyunserious, at 17 March, 2006 18:26  

  • I've got to think your days as a hobbyist blogger are numbered. You've been thoroughly discredited in your silly speculation that AAR is being pulled from WLIB on April 1. At least be man enough to admit that.

    By extension, of course, your blunders are embarrasing your friends in the scumbag fringe-right media. Even O'Reilly and the Post will soon stop returning your calls.

    Your history of lying and making dead wrong predicitons about AAR, and tactoc o fposing leading, baslesss questions gets more impressive by the week:

    " Barring further cash infusions that seem increasingly unlikely, I don't think Air America will be able to stick around much longer. It's too late to fix it." (November, '05)

    "Beyond Glaser, just a handful of significant "investors" are still foolish enough to flush their money down Air America's toilet. They're true believers, but may be reaching limits." Nov 05

    "No problem here, yes, they get a lot of press, sure, there's still a snowball's chance they might survive."
    June 05

    "... I pointed out how leftist talk radio really hasn't been a ratings success so far outside of Portland, Oregon and has been quite a disaster elsewhere.
    " Feb, 05


    "Bush bashing didn't win it for Kerry and these sour grapes aren't going to keep Air America going either." Nov 04

    You've been hoping for them to crash and burn for two years, promising all the while it's imminent. Plainly, you're just a liar.

    By Blogger jmaharry, at 17 March, 2006 20:05  

  • I wish Liberals would explain their fascination with PEDOPHILIA

    Vermont Liberal Judge sentences child rapist to 2 months

    [url]
    http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=4325804[/url]

    Liberal Ohio Judge sentences child rapist to probation

    [url]
    http://www.nbc4i.com/news/5492395/detail.html[/url]

    AND THE COUP DE GRACE?

    California Assembly Leader introduces legislation decriminalizing child pornography

    http://www.chronwatch.com/content/contentDisplay.asp?aid=17147

    why do Liberals want to mainstream child rape? Is it becuase it's a Liberal Agenda?

    By Blogger dennis_kookinich, at 17 March, 2006 21:50  

  • Brian,

    The AirAmerica press release said

    "Over the next several months, Air America and Inner City will seek to enhance and extend their long-term relationship."

    John Mainelli said
    "I've learned that the AA lease extension...is for only five months (thru August)."

    You went on to write

    "Another source, close to the situation, today contacted the Radio Equalizer to indicate an even shorter time frame: just three months..."

    Breaking out my trusty dictionary

    Several - more than two, but not many, few.

    So, when Air America says

    "Over the next several months, Air America and [WLIB owner] Inner City will seek to enhance and extend their long-term relationship."

    I'm not surprised that the latest agreement could be just for 3 months.
    That is clearly a possiblility according to their statement.

    The statement of John Mainelli in the post (5 MONTHs) appears to be the one that is questionable.

    You wrote

    "Has the company succeeded in painting a rosy picture for the media?"

    It seems the media (John Mainelli) is the one painting the rosy picture.

    By Blogger Ezsuds81, at 18 March, 2006 00:58  

  • Air America To Remain On WLIB
    March 16, 2006
    By Ken Tucker

    Despite rampant rumors to the contrary, Inner City Broadcasting’s WLIB New York will continue to be the flagship station for New York-based liberal talk network Air America Radio. The companies are in the process of finalizing a new agreement.

    “We are happy to reiterate that our New York listeners will be able to continue to hear our programming,” Air America CEO Danny Goldberg said in a release.

    “Inner City has always had faith in the mission of Air America,” ICBC vice chairman Skip Finley added.

    As previously reported, the New York Daily News, the New York Post and other media outlets had recently predicted the demise of the deal between the two companies.
    [Because of Brian Baloney]
    Air America To Remain On WLIB

    By Blogger pbrauer, at 18 March, 2006 13:23  

  • Franken just entered the St. Louis market--KRFT 1190. Only a matter of time before the rest follow.

    Like Big Eddie and Stephanie Miller, and they're not Air America. I have no clue how you'll react when those two get to New York. And believe me, they will. They, along with Franken, were listed as having more than 1 million listeners for Fall 2005 by Talkers Magazine.

    And Big Eddie hinted on his show that progressive talk in Phoenix will rise again, which will mean the return of Al and Stephanie to Phoenix as well.

    Then there's the prediction from one New Yorker who actually has a talk show, WOR's Lionel, who predicted on Saturday that conservative talk will go the way of the dinosaur.

    What does that say for you?

    By Blogger QEd, at 19 March, 2006 01:46  

  • you know brian, at first i was annoyed by your constant postings about AAR. but now, i'm on your side. i want to see the station fail on all the programming come off the air.

    why?

    because then you would have absolutely nothing to do. no more cozy spots on the Factor, no more stories to write about, no more visitors to this blog. you'd have nothing.

    so be careful what you wish for.

    think i'm wrong? look through the archives here and you'll see a dramatic difference in the number of posts on stories about AAR and stories about other topics.

    AAR is all brian has, and its the only reason anyone comes here.

    By Blogger hardcore conservative genious, at 19 March, 2006 14:41  

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