The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

08 December 2006

Al Franken Show, Twin Cities, KTNF 950 AM


Even In Stuart's Hometown, His Clout Can't Save Him

Do the Frankenbump, it's the dance craze that's sweeping the nation!

That's right, across the country, our friend Al Franken's liberal talk show is finding itself either cancelled, or at the very least, pushed back and aired on tape delay. From Boston to San Francisco and Chicago, the news just keeps getting worse for Stuart.

But the biggest blow must surely be the most recent, where even his hometown clout couldn't save his show from being Frankenbumped into a delayed position.

Sure enough, in the Twin Cities, Al will no longer be heard live, according to the Star- Tribune:

Although it broadcasts live from the Twin Cities, Al Franken’s syndicated radio show will no longer be heard live here.

Starting Monday, local affiliate KTNF (950-AM) will carry liberal commentator Ed Schultz’s show during Franken’s 11 a.m.-2 p.m. time slot while Franken will move to Shultz’s afternoon slot (2-5 p.m.)

Franken had no comment on the change, but “we’re not horribly offended,” said his executive producer. “They’re free to do whatever they like.”

A spokesman for the station said the change might be only temporary, while Franken goes on a USO tour to Iraq and his show will broadcast reruns. However, if Franken decides to run for the U.S. Senate, his show would likely cease production.

Locally, he had been performing better in the Arbitron ratings than Shultz, although not by much. KTNF posted a 0.9 percent share of listeners aged 25 to 54 during Franken’s showand a 0.4 share during Shultz’s. Both are eclipsed by Rush Limbaugh, who attracted a 4.1 share of those same listeners on KTLK (100.3 FM). audience during the same period as Franken.


Note the rare public comment from Al's trusted ($600,000 per year) executive producer Billy Kimball, who apparently can be taken away from his fancy lunches and upscale living long enough to return a reporter's phone call. Who knew?

Meanwhile, Al himself is still being coy about future plans for the show, as it appears he's been waiting to see how Air America's bankruptcy situation would shake out. Based on what some affiliates (such as KQKE in San Francisco) had been led to believe, we thought Franken would wrap it up this week.

Whatever his intentions, it looks bad to stick with the show while stations dump or delay it, even in his hometown. It certainly doesn't bode well for his likely upcoming US Senate run, does it?

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  • Worried about Franken's senate run? i would be more concerned with January, when your corrupt neo-con flunkies are removed from power.

    when the gavel drops at 5PM today, congress is out of session, and the GOP is powerless, except for bush's veto pen, which is not too powerfull, considering Bush can't even sign his name

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 08 December, 2006 13:36  

  • Calling Matt Drudge! Put out the siren. Al Franken is going on tape delay during his USO tour.

    By Blogger Elmonica, at 08 December, 2006 14:13  

  • There's some wailing and knashing of teeth at the WKOX/WXKS messageboard,
    and one post said "I was told by a receptionist that the format will
    end on Dec 22". Not sure if they're
    going to all-Christmas at that time
    or an early rumba or what.

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 08 December, 2006 14:59  

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    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 08 December, 2006 15:30  

  • Franken is risking his life to entertain the troops in Iraq for a month. Compare that to the neoconmen who destroyed American with this lie: every single one of them - from the planners to the talk radio propagandists - either never served or dodged the Vietnam draft.

    One of the most popular sites for soldiers in Iraq for 4 years now has been the Chickenhawk list which documents this. Many soldiers coming back from the war want to know where to find these pasty, pudgy Little Lords Fauntleroy. So a millionaire who made his fortune with the "Maps to the Hollywood Stars Homes" is going to do a "Map to the NeoCon Chickenhawks Homes" which will be distributed to all returning soldiers.

    By Blogger gregrocker, at 09 December, 2006 01:03  

  • Yeah! Franken is in the warzone while neocons are stealing money from Americas children who are going hungry. There is no fairness and I for one will no longer stand for it.


    By Blogger half, at 09 December, 2006 12:20  

  • Don't see many so-called conservative talk show hosts traveling to Iraq for the troops (unless you count Phony Ingraham, who "observed" for a whole eight days....gasp!"

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 11 December, 2006 13:11  

  • Ingraham actually got out of the Green Zone, which was an insulated area where there was no action. We'll
    see if Franken does the same.

    Air America: dead in Boston in just 5 days! Someone tell John Kerry to buy a Boston station and put it on...

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 15 December, 2006 04:46  

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