The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

22 November 2006

Randi Rhodes, Air America Radio Bankruptcy


After On-Air Comments, Rumors Fly

Like Thanksgiving cranberry sauce that finally emerges shaped just like the can it came from, rumors and the radio business are nearly impossible to separate. Though often entertaining, many of them must be taken with a grain of salt.

That's why it's fascinating to watch so- called "progressives" openly worry about the fate of Air America Radio today.

According to some on the Internet, there's a rumor the network will shut down even before a single tofurkey is "carved". Already, we've received emails from readers wondering if this could be true.

After searching the 'Net, we've learned that it may have started with an on-air crack by Randi Rhodes, the liberal radio network's afternoon drive host. In addition, former AAR talker Mike Malloy is said to have made recent predictions that the network would fold within weeks.

Since we already know that the network has been given an additional week to find a buyer, courtesy of the bankruptcy judge handling their case, we see no reason why Air America couldn't at least continue through the end of next week. It would make no sense to shut it down today.

As for Randi, we also believe she's inclined to stick with Air America Radio as long as possible, especially if she believes a buyer is on the way with bailout money.

To see how far the rumors spread, we'll be monitoring the Internet today.

UPDATE: more discussion here.

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  • >>an on-air crack by Randi Rhodes

    A discussion of Rhodes' crack about this on the boston-radio-interest
    mailing list had one post saying that
    Rhodes' webmaster has put up something saying she'll be back on Monday, to quell any rumors...However with
    the uncertain future of whether or
    not a buyer will purchase AAR, you never know.

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 22 November, 2006 14:44  

  • I believe she will back, but I wouldn't at all be surprised if major changes didn't occur next week....

    With the current "management" of AAR raping and pillaging the mystery coffers, stripping the network like an abandoned building of its copper pipes and fixtures, what else would one rationally expect?

    On that score, I absolutely agree.

    God Bless Randi and Mike for all they have done for America!

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 22 November, 2006 18:11  

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