The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

09 August 2006

Jerry Springer, Air America, New York City, WLIB, WWRL


Jerry Springer Faces Air America Loss

*** Exclusive To The Radio Equalizer ***

By Brian Maloney

Jerry Springer, Hell's unofficial mayor, may soon be recalled from office, the Radio Equalizer has learned.

Based on a reliable internal source, as well as hints from an Air America- related website, it appears very likely that Jerry Springer will not join Al Franken and Randi Rhodes when the liberal radio network's flagship moves to WWRL-AM / New York City next month.

Replacing Springer will either be Jones Media America's Stephanie Miller or, in an even bigger potential blow to the television trashmeister, WWRL's current midmorning infomercial lineup could remain in place.

At the moment, the Radio Equalizer leans heavily toward believing that Miller is the choice to take over Springer's show.

What this means for Springer's increasingly- shaky national talk radio career is unclear. Former Clear Channel titan Randy Michaels controls his show and had until recently been looking to take over WLIB-AM, the station Air America is vacating at the end of the month.

After a series of financial difficulties, the struggling network has been forced to accept a new home at WWRL-AM, which has a much weaker signal than WLIB. That left an opening for Michaels to potentially counterprogram a liberal lineup on WLIB, with Springer as the centerpiece. But Michaels has now pulled out of the bidding for the station's lease, leaving Jerry with nowhere to go in New York City.

Whether other Air America affiliates across the country will hang onto Jerry's show also isn't known, but losing New York City is most certainly a major blow.

As we've reported in the past, Jerry's liberal radio talk show has struggled to find an audience, even in his onetime home state of Ohio. In Cincinnati, where Springer was once the mayor, Air America's programming was recently demoted to a much smaller station in the market, after a poor ratings performance.

Ratings have lagged, and there have been very few additional stations willing to pick up the show in the past year.

Springer's struggle to gain credibility in liberal circles may explain his increased visibility on the political circuit in recent months. In addition, he's done some lobbying within the radio industry as well, hoping to gain attention for something other than the sleaze associated with his raunchy television show.

During June's New Media Seminar in New York City, for example, Jerry heavily worked the room, while other Air America hosts skipped the event entirely.

Indications that Springer would be leaving the fold, in New York City at the very least, have come not just from an internal source, but also hints left at the website for Air America's new flagship outlet, WWRL. In a box ad for the network, other hosts are mentioned, while Jerry's name is left out.

Otherwise, there's so far been no formal annoucement from the company on Jerry's fate. As always, we'll keep you posted.

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  • On Seder's blog, they're asking people to write letters to management to save the show.

    If the show is in trouble, why is Seder's name on that ad?

    By Blogger Brett, at 09 August, 2006 20:44  


    By Blogger Brett, at 09 August, 2006 20:48  

    That really is amazing. I went to Sedar's site and counted 12 savetheshow messages on just one webpage. Is he just trying to get people to sent duplicate messages to fool AAR?

    By the way, haven't seen any of those fake Sam Seder postings on this site lately.
    What a blowhard!

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 09 August, 2006 23:46  

  • I hope you're right.

    Springer's show is horrible. I hope they replace him with Sam Seder, Marc Maron, or Stephanie Miller. Even an infomercial would be less boring than Springer.

    By Blogger qw3rty, at 10 August, 2006 02:35  

  • Sedar's probably just collecting email addresses so that when he leaves AAR he'll have a listener base. I know for a fact that he's been talking to Jones Radio.

    By Blogger Lifa, at 10 August, 2006 02:50  

  • Now of only NBC Universal can cancel his TV show!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 10 August, 2006 06:17  

  • Where's RWW?

    Why isn't he telling us that AA is actually expanding and growing with this latest celebrity show being canned?

    All in good time, I suppose...

    By Blogger Good Lieutenant, at 10 August, 2006 07:51  

  • hey, I decided to drop in, I can't stand Springer. I only listen to Rhodes and occasisionally Sedar and Frenken. Don't bother me, either way. I listen to Hartman online, Rhodes online and Sedar online as well. It does not hamper my ability to listen either way. Shhhhhh. many people listen to radio online anyway. You may be drooling over this, bu the fact is terrestrial radio is in a shambles , and the medium has lost a lot of power. Even Dr. Sniffen will tell you that. Drool on freaks. Im preparing for my show right now.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 10 August, 2006 09:42  

  • i have to agree - Springer is absolutely terrible. it's about time he got the boot. maybe if he gets cancelled he could start working on a sequel to "Ringmaster".

    By Blogger liberal outlaw, at 10 August, 2006 11:10  

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