The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

29 November 2006

Air America Radio, Boston, Network Sale Deadline


Will Stations Drop LibTalk On Friday?

With Air America Radio's bankruptcy court- mandated sale deadline rapidly approaching, will stations stick with the network's liberal talk programming even if it continues to broadcast?

On the Internet today, that's the subject of speculation and debate.

One Boston- area radio insider, who makes it clear she's on the left side of the fence, claims the two liberal talk stations serving the region will dump the format on Friday, regardless of the company's fate:

Somebody whom I trust says that Clear Channel is pulling the plug on the progressive format in Boston on Friday, no matter what Air America does as far as finding a buyer. (Btw, whether the format had ratings in Boston, it certainly has ratings in Springfield / Northampton since WHMP starting doing it full-time on 2 stations...

Meanwhile, industry publication Inside Radio (where your Radio Equalizer works as a staff columnist) believes other companies may be eyeing any slots that might open up as a result of a potential network shutdown:

Are other progressive talkers eyeing the struggle at Air America?

Just speculation — but if Air America folds or shrinks there will be fresh opportunities in a space that didn’t exist just three years ago. That’s especially if midday talent Al Franken really does want to try wresting away Norm Coleman’s Senate seat in the great state of Minnesota. That could create some windows - in Franken's timeslot and others - for progressive talkers like Ed Schultz and Thom Hartmann.

Of course, those potential opportunities hinge on stations actually keeping the libtalk format after Air America's possible shutdown. And so far, we've already witnessed a half- dozen or so outlets dumping it for sports and other programming in recent weeks.

As always, we're watching for the latest developments, so keep checking back for more.

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  • I sure do hope they stop carrying it! Those bastards at Air America Radio are a bunch of commies! They should all move to Pakistan if they love Osoomy Bin Loody so darned much! And then they should smooch and snuggle with him and even marry him, too!

    Wait. Sorry. Just kidding. I love me my Air America Radio. May it play on until O.J. finds the real killer.

    By Blogger Aaron, at 29 November, 2006 17:34  

  • The reality is that if AAR does go off the air, no one will notice or care.

    By Blogger Brett, at 29 November, 2006 18:46  

  • No one on the regressive side, perhaps.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 29 November, 2006 21:30  

  • Rumors keep flying: some say it'll
    switch to Spanish on Monday, or it may go all Christmas then a new format until buyers can be found...Nothing conclusive yet.

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 30 November, 2006 03:57  

  • if Maloney wishes to still have visitors to his blog, he'd better be praying that it stays on the air. AAR stories are the only ones that attract attention over here. without them, he's got nothing.

    By Blogger hardcore conservative genious, at 30 November, 2006 08:58  

  • however, i did want to ask a serious question - if the station shuts down, what does that mean for their XM radio station? i know that the station can't air shows if they aren't being made, but could that station alone keep them on?

    By Blogger hardcore conservative genious, at 30 November, 2006 08:59  

  • I'm surprised you lefties aren't trying by force to keep AAR on the air by putting union goon squads in people's homes, vehicles, and businesses to force them to listen.

    All Y'all are too arrogant to accept that AAR and liberalism as a whole is bad radio.

    By Blogger PCD, at 30 November, 2006 09:06  

  • Nah, we'd rather keep you dumbasses stupid so you'll be easier to discipline later...

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 30 November, 2006 09:35  

  • According to this, Schultz is getting ready to take Franken on within a couple of weeks.

    Can you say "blood in the water," boys and girls?

    By Blogger TC, at 30 November, 2006 10:40  

  • If noone is listening to AAR (and judging by the ratings...), does it even exist? The Fall 05 book so far has been BRUTAL.

    To hardcore's question: I imagine XM will just do what they did before AAR started up: throw on a bunch of existing syndicated lefties (Miller, Schultz, Lionel, Colmes, Rhodes if she retreats back to WJNO) and redub it 'America Left'.

    By Blogger BF, at 30 November, 2006 10:42  

  • thanks, bf.

    i have Sirius, not XM, so I wasn't sure how that would work. i know they did the same with Sirius when they dropped AAR.

    personally i don't care because i can't stand listening to talk radio from either side of the aisle. music is my passion and that's all i care to listen to in my car.

    By Blogger hardcore conservative genious, at 30 November, 2006 11:45  

  • "Hard Core Conservative"
    personally i don't care because i can't stand listening to talk radio from either side of the aisle. music is my passion and that's all i care to listen to in my car.

    you are SO full of it, rube; your presence here, day to day, makes a joke of your words. YOU CARE so much that I see you commenting on damn near every one of Maloney's entries when I check in every five/eight days, just to keep on eye on him.

    You wouldn't recognize a G chord if it bit you.

    By Blogger TC, at 30 November, 2006 13:13  

  • Sigh.

    Schultz and Lionel are no more representive of "America's Left" than Ron Kuby is of the "Conservative Right".

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 30 November, 2006 16:56  

  • AAR may go under but there will still be progressive talk, either with
    entire stations of it, or shows that mingle with conservative shows on the bigger stations. But yes even their
    host with the most listeners, Schultz
    (2 million I think) is still far behind Limbaugh, Hannity, etc.

    There was much more to AAR's problems
    than the programming--failing to
    balance their books for one thing
    (attracting more advertisers would have helped)

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 30 November, 2006 19:58  

  • This is true.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 01 December, 2006 00:48  

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