The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

11 August 2006

Sam Seder, Majority Report, Janeane Garofalo

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AAR's Seder Makes Desperate Pitch





As an increasingly chaotic atmosphere sets in behind the scenes at troubled liberal talk radio network Air America, at least one host is taking matters into his own hands. For Sam Seder, it's an eleventh- hour attempt to save his own neck.

Will it work?

So far, Seder, of the Majority Report show heard weeknights on the network, has survived the departure of former co-host Janeane Garofalo, but that may not be the case for long.

In addition to making on- air pleas to keep his show, Seder and a website affiliated with the program have kicked off an email campaign that asks fans to write supportive letters to Air America's management.

One problem: with nearly all of Air America's on- site executive team now missing in action, it's hard to determine exactly who would read any pro- Seder emails. Instead, they're far more likely to fall into a cyber- black hole.

He's also enlisted high profile help, including Democrat Party wonder boy Kos. In the subsequent DailyKos reader discussion, liberals dissect Air America's programming, including this analysis from poster "Splicer":


The Majority Report notwithstanding, I think the network as a whole has struggled mightily to find a coherent voice since they first signed on the air. I thought it was a mistake to emphasize so much comedy; the programs often seem more like people auditioning for their next gig than something meant for the long haul.

Here in NYC, we currently have Rachel Maddow in the morning who I think is fine the way she is but is saddled with this character Kent Jones who is apparently doing a lot of the "comedy" writing, delivering the news in a way that screams, "Hey, Jon Stewart, I want to work on the Daily Show". Uh, no, Kent, they have talent.

Is Jerry Springer still on the air there? That program was a mistake and smells of some genius executive making hiring decisions based upon what a consultant tells him.

I've liked Al Franken from the beginning but think that he was better with Katherine than solo. She seemed to always bring things back to the topic rather than let them veer off into tangentland.

Randi Rhodes can be entertaining but it always seems like I'm listening to the same show over and over again. Same sorts of callers and the recorded bits always in the same place coming out of a top of the hour break. Ugh, formats.

Now, as to the Majority Report. I like Sam and like the way that he mixes the sarcastic humor with the vitriol. Janeane always grated on my nerves because, in a weird way, her personality reminded me of Rosie O'Donnell - always having to not only have the last word but the definitive word on everything. I always got the feeling that the odd terminology she would use was because she happened to be reading a book on the subject that week which, of course, made her an expert.


Meanwhile, the company seems to have a hard time keeping its own website updated, as it still lists both Garofalo and Seder as program co-hosts.


While the Radio Equalizer has a hard time faulting anybody for trying to hang on to his job, this energy may be better spent trying to cut a deal somewhere else.

For Air America's hosts, it's a tough decision: either hang on until the ship sinks, or jump off now and quickly look for a new home.

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14 Comments:

  • A little off topic but

    If your going to sell any books on Amazon, you should have a selection below your posts other than a story on the history of the Nabisco Cracker.

    Probably hate books by Anne Coulter or Randy Savage would generate more sales.

    By Blogger Elmonica, at 11 August, 2006 15:43  

  • Randy Savage? The wrestler?
    "I'd stick out my pinky and say 'oooh yeah!' like the macho man" -Phil Hendrie

    By Blogger Lonewatchman, at 12 August, 2006 07:29  

  • (insert hysterical giggles here)

    I - I can't stop laughing..... sorry.

    I'd never heard of Sam Seder until his name came up here, so I had to google him to find out who he (was).

    Well, he's the director of a movie you never heard of called "Who's the Caboose"
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0179526/

    (insert more hysterical giggles here)


    Well Sam, As Last Air America Host to Jump off the train - Who IS the Air America Caboose?

    I know that some of you point out that Franken is there there (as much as he ever was) but now he's there only because Air America serves as a legal fig-leaf for funding his campaign.

    By Blogger Lokki, at 12 August, 2006 11:09  

  • I truly feel sorry for Seder, because it seems they will throw his ass under the bus. When he did the show with Garafolo, I was always waiting for him, a la SNL, to say "Jane(anne), you ignorant slut."

    By Blogger TC, at 12 August, 2006 11:51  

  • Lokki, I'm like you -- when some guy claiming to be Sam Seder started posting on here (I'm not saying I necessarily believed him), the first thing I had to do was Google "Sam Seder" to figure out who the heck he was claiming to be. Sheesh, up till then, if you'd have mentioned "Sam Seder," I'd have figured you were talking about furniture or giving me a botany lesson.

    ***************************

    Elmonica said ...

    "Probably hate books by Anne Coulter or Randy Savage would generate more sales."

    Come on, Elmonica, stop playing Charlie McCarthy to the Daily Kos. Have you even cracked open Ann Coulter's latest book? Sure, she has her creative descriptions for people like Michael Dukakis and the Jersey Girls, but the book's really about dismantling liberal dogma through logic, evidence (see the dozens of footnotes at the end) and her characteristic sarcasm.

    So why not try to debate her actual arguments instead of resorting to predictable knee-jerk characterizations of a book you probably never read?

    Also, considering that one of Al Franken's books recommended telling ideological opponents "F*** you!," I hardly believe Coulter is the current leader in the political shrillness category.

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 12 August, 2006 12:43  

  • I truly feel sorry for Seder, because it seems they will throw his ass under the bus. When he did the show with Garafolo, I was always waiting for him, a la SNL, to say "Jane(anne), you ignorant slut."

    By TC, at 12 August, 2006 11:51

    If what I've read is true and Seder had been paid 250K for each of the past two years, Seder is not a guy to feel sorry for.

    He was an unknown (he still is) with zero radio experience. Almost all the people making big money in radio, now, started out working for peanuts, that includies Stern, Rush and Hannity.

    Stammering Sammy should be happy that he hit the radio lottery for two years and move on.

    By Blogger Brett, at 13 August, 2006 06:37  

  • "Stammering Sammy"

    That's great.

    A few others:
    the addle-brain Al "Faltering" Franken
    the jabbering Janeane "Goofball" Garofalo
    the missing Mark "Rotten" Riley
    the raunchy Rachel "Moll" Maddow
    the jackass Jerry "Sputtering" Springer
    the repulsive Randi "ratty" Rhodes
    the mudler Mike "Missing" Malloy
    the lemon Laura "Faltering" Flanders
    the malfunctioning Mark "Moron" Maron
    the sputtering Steve "Error-Prone" Earle
    the rubbish-spewing Robert "Kook" Kennedy
    the meathead Mike "Pussyfoot" Papantonio

    All from AAR - Aborted Absurd Radio.

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 13 August, 2006 10:07  

  • "Stammering Sammy"

    That's great.

    A few others:
    the addle-brain Al "Faltering" Franken
    the jabbering Janeane "Goofball" Garofalo
    the missing Mark "Rotten" Riley
    the raunchy Rachel "Moll" Maddow
    the jackass Jerry "Sputtering" Springer
    the repulsive Randi "ratty" Rhodes
    the mudler Mike "Missing" Malloy
    the lemon Laura "Faltering" Flanders
    the malfunctioning Mark "Moron" Maron
    the sputtering Steve "Error-Prone" Earle
    the rubbish-spewing Robert "Kook" Kennedy
    the meathead Mike "Pussyfoot" Papantonio

    All from AAR - Aborted Absurd Radio.


    Thanks for posting all the names. I appreciate each of these Air America Radio hosts and think they do a top job in exposing corruption and problems in the current administration.

    By Blogger WHT, at 13 August, 2006 11:05  

  • ...do a top job in exposing corruption and problems in the current administration.

    to whom? All three of their combined listeners on a typical day?

    By Blogger Seriouslyunserious, at 13 August, 2006 13:39  

  • to whom? All three of their combined listeners on a typical day?

    That's just the start. AAR listeners are very smart and the hosts pick it up from there.

    By Blogger WHT, at 13 August, 2006 22:20  

  • The problem for Air America is, the start is pretty much the finish, since it's never really gotten out of the starting gate.

    If the network had enough listeners, it wouldn't be trading its flagship station in New York for a lesser replacement near the upper edge of the AM dial.

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 14 August, 2006 14:07  

  • Clueless babbling right win hacks. As I indicated in previous posts, PODCASTS and internet radio are indeed the futurew of radio, as envidenced by the slow collapse of music radio, anyone in the field will tell you this. A.A is a network which understands their young based audience are turning to PODCASTS and INTERNET RADIO, and at this point the rim shot A.M stations are just a promotion to turn listeners over to the internet. Air America, is doing fine in this respect, and has played a HUGE IMPACT. If it dod not, there would not be a cry baby Maloney blog , attacking Air America 24/7.
    Again A.A listenership has increased over 3 years, while Limbaugh and Hannity's listenership has stayed EXAXCTLY the SAME. growth is the game, and keeping up with a changing medium. Terrestrial radio is on it's DEATH BED, over the air music radio is having it's WORST YEAR EVER in revenue. Short sited wing nut, Bush flunkies are not seeing the big picture. Benson, the world has moved on and left you all alone with the rest of the 29%ers, clutching stale old Ken Mehlmin talking points.
    You freaks control, and own the media, yet EVERY LAST PUBLIC POLL shows disgust and anger by the public towards the GOP. You smeared Lamont, it was a failure, you took credit for the UK terror plot, it was a failure. The SPIN no loner works, RIGHT WING PUNDITRY IS DEAD. They now preach to the 29% choir. This is your harsh reality. Learn to DEAL WITH IT.
    In the meantime Ralph and I will spread the truth , on THE EVIL LIBERAL PROPAGANDA NETWORK Monday and Thursdays 10-MID EST on indieairplay.com

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 15 August, 2006 13:43  

  • To the person who said this:

    "[Rachel Maddow] is saddled with this character Kent Jones who is apparently doing a lot of the "comedy" writing, delivering the news in a way that screams, 'Hey, Jon Stewart, I want to work on the Daily Show.' Uh, no, Kent, they have talent."

    Actually, Kent already worked for the Daily Show, for years. He won an Emmy there.

    By Blogger workaholic, at 18 August, 2006 13:21  

  • This blog reminds me of the dirty tricksters I met in my daze as Daddy's Little Republican attending Young Republican conventions. Among the Pantywaist Fauntleroy's dodging the Vietnam draft, all the talk was about how we were gonna "get em" while scheming out how to kill every social program that makes this a partly civilized country. I would go home and tell my family how they were planning to kill the Social Security Grandma depended upon, and they would tell me I was somehow mistaken.
    Nothing tolerant could be tolerated, and especially were those exposing their fraud to be mercilessly hounded by Nazi tricksters who went to prison for Nixon, and today publish blogs like The Radio Equalizer.
    All of this trickery seemed to take the place of any rationally debated governmental policies, making me wonder what they would do if elected besides destroy the UN, wage war against everyone, kill every last vestige of a civilized society. And sure enough we now have the evidence of what they would give us when they took the reins. Like what u see?
    Reading that one-third of the soldiers returning from Iraq are suffering from PTSD, probably from riding around in Humvees with canvas doors like sitting ducks, I came upon the perfect project for a guy who once had a job updating the "Maps to the Hollywood Stars' Homes" for sale along Sunset Boulevard. Starting next month my new website "Maps to the Homes of the NeoCon Chickenhawks" will be distributed to every soldier returning from Iraq. Brian Maloney's map will have a place of special prominence.

    By Blogger gregrocker, at 21 August, 2006 08:22  

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