The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

22 August 2006

Air America Schedule, Jerry Springer


Springer's Eleventh-Hour Survival Bid?

Is television trashmeister Jerry Springer in a panicked eleventh- hour bid to rescue his liberal radio talk show from impending doom? According to one unconfirmed tipster's report, that may be the case.

As we first reported earlier this month, Springer's radio show is not likely to continue as
part of Air America Radio's New York City lineup when it moves to a smaller signal next month. Now, we're hearing that the infamous Mayor Of Hell will do anything to remain on the lefty network's schedule!

Was Jerry able to blame his evil twin "Terry" for the talk show's many shortcomings? We're not sure if Mr Glaser is quite that gullible!

While some readers have wondered why we've had so little to say about upcoming lineup changes at the network, it's this very type of fluid situation that has mostly kept us on the sidelines.

With enough infighting, backstabbing and shifting alliances to make Jerry's TV producers drool, it's hard to pin down a program schedule that seems to change by the day.

We wonder:

Will Rachel Maddow really take an hour from Randi Rhodes and move to the 6-8pm slot?

Will Sam Seder (Janeane Garofalo's former co-host) move to mid- mornings if Springer is the casualty?

Why didn't fellow libtalker Stephanie Miller join the network's schedule?

Even now, it isn't 100% clear whether recently announced lineup changes will in fact take effect on September 1. Shortly, we should get official word on what the floundering network's schedule will look like, but even then, it might be wise to take what you see with a grain of salt.

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Top left Springer image: David A Lunde


  • Thom Hartmann is waiting in the wings. He completed 9 hours of talk today and has enough intellectual ammo to educate anyone within earshot.

    By Blogger WHT, at 22 August, 2006 03:25  

  • Speaking of floundering networks, it looks like the "black talk network" (Michael Eric Dyson, Rev Al Sharpton, Two Live Stews) has lost stations in NYC and Boston. In NYC, it had been on WWRL 1600 but Air America is moving there...and WLIB is replacing it with gospel.

    In Boston, the black talk network is already off of WILD (AM) 1090, in favor of gospel (the "urban AC" sister station at 97.7 moves to a simulcast of rocker WAAF tomorrow).
    Anyway, black talk--and no sign of a conservative like Larry Elder--
    is off in Gotham and Beantown.

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 22 August, 2006 04:58  

  • 1)No;
    2) Hopefully;
    3) She won't go over in New York.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 22 August, 2006 05:53  

  • According to one unconfirmed tipster's report...
    And you wonder why real journalists don't take you seriously.

    By Blogger Justin, at 22 August, 2006 07:31  

  • No, in truth, that's fair.

    I don't expect anyone in that business to name names at this point.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 22 August, 2006 09:09  

  • peace out, Springer. the guy sucks. most normal liberals can't stand him, so this is more of a God-send than a setback.

    however, even though we don't like him and we'll be glad if he goes, i'm sure there will still be the usual "this is a major setback for AAR" comments from the monkeys on here. we hate springer, and there's nothing wrong with getting rid of a program that people don't like.

    By Blogger liberal outlaw, at 22 August, 2006 09:32  

  • From what I've seen, neither station has a clue what it's doing. First, the "launch" date for this fiasco is the Friday before the Labor Day weekend. Who's is gonna be listening? Not that this is anything new for AAR.

    Second, the "WWRL Welcomes AAR" sign that Brian posted is no longer on the WWRL website. It's been replaced with one that doesn't have any hosts names on it.

    In addition, WWRL's still lists the full slate of its current hosts, as though these people will all be still around when AAR moves in. Someone has to be the odd man or woman out.

    On AAR's website, they still have the same non-specific August 3, press release. There is no information about what the new lineup will be. So, what few listeners AAR has are completely in the dark.

    One question, Brian.

    Since WWRL is keeping its morning show. Is it possible that they'll be keeping other shows as well, like, say Larry Elder or Alan Colmes?

    By Blogger Brett, at 22 August, 2006 09:33  

  • I believe Springer is well-intentioned, though.

    The thing is, so many people need a wakeup call, and he's just too laid-back.

    Sam Seder has more of a sense of immediacy and knows how to get to the heart of the matter. He has learned well from Randi how to do his homework and respond to the lies of the right.

    Ideally, there's absolutely no reason why Mike Malloy can't have a more prominent role in the lineup, particularly in New York. Franken appeals to the softies....and softies won't effect regime change.

    It's sad to see so many progressives so afraid of their own freedoms of speech and expressions that they actually have to throw them away.

    People need to look at what has been done to this nation, and our place in the world, and begin to be able to respond from the heart.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 22 August, 2006 09:41  

  • the deal with Springer is that his show is boring. i've tried to listen a few times and couldn't stomach it. i remember about a year ago he started off one of his shows with about 2 minutes of "Tom DeLay - Stop it. George Bush - Stop it. Dick Cheney - Stop it," and so on. it was ridiculous.

    on top of that, the king of trash tv waved goodbye to his credibility the minute the first chair flew across the stage. i support AAR, and i'm hoping that everyone else on it does great, but springer is dragging them down. they have to cut the dead weight in order to move forward. and i've been against Springer since they first brought him on, replacing Unfiltered, which was great.

    By Blogger liberal outlaw, at 22 August, 2006 10:34  

  • You might be right. I remember hearing that he joined the lineup under what might be considered corrupt circumstances.

    I think his shtick plays better in the Midwest.

    I did like April Winstead, Rachel Maddow a little less, Chuck D surprisingly least of all.

    Marc Maron I actually got a kick out of, but Riley I could do without.

    Point is, progressives can have a station with variety in its lineup, and it all kind of sounds agreeable, as opposed to neocon radio, where the personalities and the bloviating obscure the fact that they have few ideas and even fewer solutions.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 22 August, 2006 11:56  

  • Hash,

    You are a partisan hack and propagandist. No solutions is the Democrat party and people like you.

    Your problem is that you don't like the solutions presented, therefore you dismiss them and claim they don't exist.

    See a shrink, boy.

    By Blogger PCD, at 22 August, 2006 13:56  

  • >>"black talk network"

    correction: WWRL was not part of the black talk network launched by Radio One; there was talk of black talk network going to WLIB but it didn't happen. WWRL has featured some black talk hosts in the past though.

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 22 August, 2006 16:55  

  • Good grief, how many times does it need to be said. Larry Elder is not a conservative, neither is Boortz, and some days not even Savage. Elder and Boortz are libertarians. Savage jumps the fence some days and might not make it back over one day. Why is it people think anyone not a foaming at the mouth liberal must be a conservative?

    By Blogger Lonewatchman, at 22 August, 2006 20:26  

  • "Savage. Elder and Boortz are libertarians."

    Thats like arguing Al Franken is progressive instead of liberal.

    Who cares how you call them? They vote Republican.

    By Blogger Elmonica, at 22 August, 2006 22:37  

  • Elmonica,

    Thanks for demonstrating how narrow minded and partisan you are.

    By Blogger PCD, at 23 August, 2006 08:11  

  • You mean like Lieberman?

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 23 August, 2006 17:23  

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