The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

16 March 2006

WLIB, Air America, Inner City Broadcasting

A SHORT REPRIEVE?

Air America's Cryptic Press Statement




Has Air America temporarily salvaged its New York City flagship operation? In a cryptic, four-sentence afternoon press release, the liberal radio network indicated it would remain on WLIB for "several months":


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.



As WLIB has clearly been shopped around to the highest bidder for some time, take Finley's statement with a grain of salt.


With the company providing no details, there are obviously a number of unresolved questions:


--- Isn't it interesting how Air America now admits there's been an ongoing WLIB issue? Contrast that with the company's snippy responses to previous reports of trouble there.

--- Is Air America simply remaining in place until Randy Michaels is ready to go with his own WLIB programming lineup?

--- Does "several months" mean Inner City was compelled to honor a 90-day cancellation notice clause, taking effect April 1?

--- Does this mean impending litigation between Air America parent Piquant LLC and Inner City (ICBC) has been settled, or does it remain an ongoing issue?


Had a long-term deal been signed, you can bet your Air America tote bags it would have been trumpeted in this release.

Underscoring the reality that rough waters remain is the deliberate lack of details given here. Sadly, that approach only serves to make the press even more curious.

UPDATE: an emailer points out something else regarding Inner City's statement: "All Air America got out of Inner City was the word 'mission', nothing about its business viability. Thus furthering Bill O'Reilly's position that this is about left-wing politics, not good business sense."

Another email asks: "will they continue to have the right to sell off the evening and weekend time periods to others, or are they are just renting weekday slots from Inner City short term? Also, they don't call it a 'flagship' anymore, why is that?"

UPDATE: True to form, Billboard continues its ridiculous pro-Air America campaign:


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.


Who says the companies are in the process of a final agreement? That's not in the statement. It appears to be Billboard's wishful thinking.

Nor were these "rumors", instead based on documentation. In addition, three New York City newspapers did additional investigating before running their own stories.

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18 Comments:

  • Can Brian ever post a complete Blog entry without typing a series of unanswered (or unanswerable) questions? Can he? Has he? Will he?

    By Blogger Robert, at 16 March, 2006 17:15  

  • Will Brian ever stop beating his wife?

    By Blogger pbrauer, at 16 March, 2006 18:22  

  • I did this before with a past post and I intend to do it again--Brian, or whoever runs this blog--REMOVE pbrauer's "COMMENTS" FROM THE RECORD! THE MINUTE THINGS START GETTING TO THE POLITICS OF PERSONAL DESTRUCTION--IT'S TIME TO DRAW THE LINE!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 16 March, 2006 18:45  

  • what happened to the term "flagship", just seems like AAR is scambling just to stay on the air in New York?!

    By Blogger FYIFYI, at 16 March, 2006 19:05  

  • Patriot World,

    My question was the same tactic Brian uses. He doesn't make statements of fact, but rather uses a very old technique of asking questions.

    By Blogger pbrauer, at 16 March, 2006 22:20  

  • "Isn't it interesting how Air America now admits there's been an ongoing WLIB issue?"

    I see no such admission. All I see was a lease which was due to expire at the end of the month was renewed.

    What I find more interesting is how your predictions have once again failed to pan out. Your credibility is sure going down faster than Rush's ratings.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 17 March, 2006 02:32  

  • I wonder if all those right wing news outlets will ever take Brian seriously again. How many times can they publish bogus information based on Brian's pseudo reporting and still take him seriously?

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 17 March, 2006 03:15  

  • "Is Air America simply remaining in place until Randy Michaels is ready to go with his own WLIB programming lineup?"

    Randy Michaels hasn't been Clear Channel CEO since last July. When you're asking stupid questions, at least get the facts right.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 17 March, 2006 08:08  

  • Seeing as there's some confusion on how Randy Michaels fits into AAR's current situation with respect to WLIB, perhaps it would help to consider what he's been doing since leaving Clear Channel.

    By Blogger Ironman, at 17 March, 2006 09:47  

  • Brian's original post said that Alta Communications would purcahse Inner City, even though Alta actually has owned it for two-plus years. He also said AAR would be kicked off WLIB within a month or so.
    Wrong and wronger. Come on Brian, admit your mistakes.

    By Blogger Justin, at 17 March, 2006 09:49  

  • brian, I have to apologize. I thought it was you that was posing as DickTuck and seder and others, but the comments today are classless. It couldn't be you.

    Keep up the pressure. I agree that if there were no problem as alleged, then why did the latest statement come out about the negotiations.

    Do you think AAR got a sweetheart deal to stay on?

    By Blogger tradersmith, at 17 March, 2006 10:12  

  • This will not dawn on the logicv challenged and the Olestra liberals ( totally fact free ) but it cost money in legal fees and time to negotiate a lease agreement. That is why most leases are long term. Lessors like WLIB dont want to go thru the agony except once every three to five years or more. So now knowing that think about a "several months" extension. A lessor would do that if he had another alternative lessee, but they were not quite ready to go. They might also do that if the lessee was so shakey that you wanted the ability to quickly end the relationship should the lessee end up in receivership or bankruptcy court. Otherwise I cant see why the Lessor would bother with a short term or month to month arragement here.

    Brian is on to something. When it is proven will the Olestra fans come back and admit it. Nope that rule number two, they also never admit they are wrong.

    By Blogger Seriouslyunserious, at 17 March, 2006 10:22  

  • HA HA HA...

    Baloney and his wingnut kooks got it WRONG. AGAIN. But who is actually surprised?

    ...the liberal radio network indicated it would remain on WLIB for "several months":

    Wildly spinning the "several months" bit is all that these poor pathetic imbeciles like Baloney and Sissy Girl have left to hide behind. And that ain't much!

    ...and at least one reliable report says it is "extremely likely" the deal will not be renewed.

    John Mainelli has got to be pretty pissed. Come on, Baloney. Be a man. Admit you were wrong instead of putting up this hilariously pathetic attempt to save face.

    Do you hear that flushing sound, Maloney? That's you ever being taken seriously by the wingnut Murdoch media again. I'm sure you're gonna miss sucking O'Reilly's falafel.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 17 March, 2006 11:04  

  • I find very little truth comes from Liberals. AAR has proven they have no ethics.

    I have found that when Liberal supporters get shrill and nasty with their name calling, that someone is very close to either destroying a Liberal myth held as truth or destroying a Liberal icon.

    By Blogger PCD, at 17 March, 2006 11:40  

  • all of you conservatives who say that liberals never use facts or have no regard for the truth make me sick.

    you never provide any instances or examples or anything to support your arguments.

    the funniest is part is that when we get on here and ask for facts from brian we never get them, and you kool-aid drinkers just yell at us and say that we don't use facts.

    seriously, explain to me how you come to conclusion that when we ask for facts you still claim that we don't care about facts.

    answer that question for me. honestly, i want to hear what you come up with.

    By Blogger hardcore conservative genious, at 17 March, 2006 12:04  

  • PCD:

    I find very little truth comes from Right Wingers. Limbaugh/Hanity/O'Reilly has proven they have no ethics.

    I have found that when Right Wing supporters get shrill and nasty with their name calling, that someone is very close to either destroying a Right Wing myth held as truth or destroying a Right Wing icon.

    Wow - that was easy!

    By Blogger Robert, at 17 March, 2006 13:53  

  • Happy St patty's day Brian! you deserve to kick back and celebrate, while AAR tries to spin the blame for their limited extension of their WLIB lease on the right wing, and while the Malloys count the days til AAR gets that new station, wherever it is.

    By Blogger FYIFYI, at 17 March, 2006 14:01  

  • Hey, (Dis)genuous, get a clue.

    If you saw a robbery with your own eyes you would say you needed more proof.

    By Blogger tradersmith, at 17 March, 2006 15:27  

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