The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

19 March 2007

Sam Seder, Air America Radio

SEDER OUT?

Former Garofalo Co-Host Appears Cut From Schedule






In the first change to Air America Radio's schedule since the network's takeover by Stephen L Green and Rob Glaser, mid- morning talk host Sam Seder has apparently been canned.

According to reports circulating on the left side of the 'Net (but as yet unconfirmed by the network itself), Seder will wrap up his show in the next few days, if not sooner.

Seder is best known as Janeane Garofalo's former co- host on the since- cancelled Majority Report evening show. After the latter's departure last year, Seder slid into a mid- morning slot, but there was little buzz or ratings to show for his time there.


Oddly, Seder has since continued to utilize the Majority Report logo, as well as Garofalo's image, at the top of his website's home page.

With liberal talk's future as uncertain as ever, in addition to Seder's relative lack of radio experience, your Radio Equalizer suspects that securing future work in the field may prove difficult.


UPDATE: from the left, there's been some fresh backtracking on the story, but it still appears to have some basis in reality, given Marc Maron's contention that the slot was offered to him.

In addition, Seder's weak performance to date would make him especially vulnerable to schedule changes. Finally, in earlier press reports, the Greens expressed public support for returning Maron to Air America's lineup.


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22 Comments:

  • Too bad. Could not happen to a nicer guy.

    By Blogger Seriouslyunserious, at 19 March, 2007 22:26  

  • brian, my guess is, with your boy bernstein in the aar loop, you no longer have to rely upon "the left" for your insider info

    oh, well

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 19 March, 2007 22:41  

  • Boston Globe did
    a puff piece on Seder
    awhile back.

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 20 March, 2007 04:37  

  • hmmm, that's strange

    i'm listening to the sam seder show right now

    perhaps i am hallucinating

    could any of you neocon operatives perhaps tune in, and let me know if you are hearing what i am hearing

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 20 March, 2007 10:13  

  • Hash,

    You are doing too many drugs in combination. Have someone read the post to you. The post said Seder is not long for (SC)Air America. They may be having a hard time finding a big enough moonbat that can honcho a show.

    By Blogger PCD, at 20 March, 2007 10:18  

  • fudgie, if i thought you could handle TUNING a typical american radio, i'd have contacted you directly

    now please go hurl yourself into a thresher or something

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 20 March, 2007 10:22  

  • wiser wingnuts would question

    why brian would report seder's so-called firing

    and forget to mention bernstein's hiring as program director of aar, that actually happened

    and why there is such an air of mystery, when brian has himself been associated with wrko in the past

    and indeed, bernstein has been associated with wrko in the past

    well, i spelled it out anyway
    since we already understand
    a wiser wingnut is
    a contradiction in terms

    go rosie

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 20 March, 2007 10:31  

  • now please go hurl yourself into a thresher or something
    I have no idea why, but that just cracked me up far more than it should have.

    By Blogger TC, at 20 March, 2007 12:42  

  • I don't see what AAR is losing by letting Seder go.

    He has no ratings, no personality and he attracts some of the biggest losers ever to walk the earth.

    Have you ever checked out that blog of his?

    The oxygen bandits who post there make Hashfanatic look like an overachiever.

    By Blogger Brett, at 20 March, 2007 14:10  

  • I hope this is incorrect. I enjoy his show. Apparently I must be one of "the biggest losers to ever walk the earth".

    I think I'll listen to todays show now.

    The joys of premium membership.

    By Blogger Ezsuds81, at 20 March, 2007 21:25  

  • And just think... Sam Seder, carried on 46 Air America affiliates, is now eclipsed by the 80+ that will carry the Dennis Miller Show.

    And Dennis hasn't even started broadcasting...:)

    By Blogger Lynnwood Rooster, at 20 March, 2007 21:57  

  • oh no
    the guy with the imaginary tin soldiers is back

    what is this wretched curse
    that contaminates the lives
    of decent people all over the earth

    oh hi rooster

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 21 March, 2007 00:18  

  • still waiting for a retraction
    on the seder sham piece
    btw

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 21 March, 2007 00:19  

  • Haven't been on this shit blog for awhile, got sick of Maloney's obsession and got sick of functional retards like PCD.

    PCD you are the moonbat
    America has rejected conservatism
    it is dead
    understand? fucker
    it is dead
    your the reject, radical, nut job
    not Sedar, not Hash
    YOU

    you cling to a failed ideology like no tomorrow
    sad little piece of crap

    Lyn rooster: and Miller will be off those 80 stations wihtin 7 months, just like his t.v, another fucking hack Bush lover. America is rejecting Bush lovers. The only CON shows to last will be the ones that denoucne this administration. In the end Con radio will consist of Savage being the top host. As sick as he is, he is the only one in the riht wing echo chamber trashing this Anti-american administration. Miller will cry about how 9-11 turned him into a Republican, its stale, nobody wants to hear it

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 21 March, 2007 10:28  

  • yet another great seder show

    ding dong

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 21 March, 2007 13:15  

  • http://ltradio.blogspot.com/
    Monday, March 19, 2007
    Those damned Sam Seder rumors
    NOTE: This one will likely be updated a lot.

    Dan, a reader in Atlanta, sent me an email over the weekend. He went to see Marc Maron do his standup routine at a local comedy club last week. And something that Maron said shocked quite a few of his fans.

    In the email, he stated:

    I am a longtime Morning Sedition and Air America fan from Atlanta. I now stream, but only occaisionally, mostly to Sam Seder, at first because he has Maron on every Friday. I saw Marc Maron perform the other night at the punchline and at one point in the show, he started talking about Air America because a fan was talking to him about it before he went on or something and Maron said that Air America wanted to hire him to replace Sam Seder and that it was awkward. I'll say. Marc said he turned them down but that Seder was going to be fired.

    In a nutshell, Air America told Maron that his friend Seder was being dropped and that they wanted to hire him as a replacement. Maron felt a bit uncomfortable being put in that kind of situation and said no.

    I hesitated to report on this, since this was rather vague, no time frame was mentioned (did this offer to Maron happen months ago? Weeks ago?), and nobody's saying anything else about it. It's really just hearsay. So, I decided to wait and see on this one.

    Well, a few people picked up on the rumor, most notably Michael Hood at BlatherWatch. He got a few emails too. Still, the rumor was pretty vague, and I make it a policy to only report rumors that have at least some credibility, preferring to leave the fiction and bullshit to the bottom feeders who lack the self-confidence to actually deal in truth. But since many come to the World's Greatest Liberal Talk Radio Blog to find out the 411, and many of Seder's fans have been visiting here as of late, thanks to a link on Seder's site, I felt it necessary to at least make mention of this whole deal.

    A possible contradiction of this rumor could pertain to the recent management changes at Air America. David Bernstein was hired last week by new Air America president Mark Green to oversee programming, and in an interview with the New York Daily News, published today, he stated that he wasn't prepared as of yet to overhaul the on-air roster. "...As a product, it's too early to say if we're going in the right direction," said Bernstein. "It may be that in the end, we're already giving people exactly what they want. That's what I'll be looking at." New program directors often don't make radical changes this early in the job, and it's likely that the network would like to avoid a listener-alienating controversy such as the one that ensued with the Mike Malloy debacle.

    UPDATE: And BlatherWatch has posted Maron's side of the story, and not surprisingly, it sounds like it was a bit of a misunderstanding. "They [Air America] made me an offer. Initially it was unclear what time slot I would fill," he said. Initial plans were to put Maron in Seder's slot and move Seder back to evenings. Being close friends, Maron turned it down and told him what had transpired. As far as Maron knows, Seder has not been fired.

    So there you have it. It's a pretty weak rumor, and extremely vague on top of that. No, it doesn't look like Sam Seder is getting the axe. It's all just a misunderstanding. If anything changes, you can find out the real story at LTR.

    Labels: Air America Radio, Marc Maron, Rumors, Sam Seder

    By Blogger Dave Carroll, at 21 March, 2007 18:16  

  • dave, i read this days ago

    i'm just prompting brian to take responsibility and admit his mistake

    for once

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 21 March, 2007 23:16  

  • wednesday morning
    and the sam seder show
    emanates from the radio

    seems like we've overcome
    but brian didn't get the memo

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 22 March, 2007 11:26  

  • monday, monday
    another great show by sam seder

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 26 March, 2007 19:25  

  • this post while old, is apparently becoming reality now. I encourage radio fans to sample Sam Seder. I'd be interested to hear how people rate his work relative to the other Radiotalkers. Ratings and business sense aren't necessarily the best indicators to the quality of a product.

    By Blogger punditfight, at 06 April, 2007 11:41  

  • A tragedy. I think your opinions are far off base- Sam is amazing! He's hilarious & the show was fun and informative- never boring, never
    berating (like Thom's). I'm shocked he's off- I wasn't so hip on Majority Report, but Sam's solo gig was excellent & I won't listen to Thom- he's a crabass.

    By Blogger AngelaM, at 09 April, 2007 15:24  

  • I set up a blog to support Sam and hopefully bring him back. http://wewantsamseder.blogspot.com/. Check it out, post a comment and show your support.

    By Blogger Jeremy, at 19 April, 2007 14:25  

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