The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

30 August 2006

Mike Malloy Fired, Air America Radio, New York City Ratings


Malloy Fired, New Questions Emerge

Hot- headed extremist Mike Malloy says he's been unexpectedly fired by Air America Radio, according to his website and a posting by his producer / wife Kathy at the Democratic Underground. Apparently, he's already done his last show for the network (hat tip to Boston's "Raccoon Radio" Bob).

So far, AAR hasn't updated its program schedule, but that's no surprise: it also still lists Janeane Garofalo, who left some time ago.

Since recent indications were that Malloy would survive the liberal talk radio network's dramatic downsizing, this news further sheds light on the turmoil that has enveloped the floundering operation. Mike, who uses an ancient photo of himself on his website, was expected to move with Air America to its new and smaller flagship station in New York, WWRL- AM. So what is going on now?

Though Malloy and wife Kathy weren't being paid much by Air America, very little of its programming schedule outside of Franken, Rhodes and a couple of others now appears to be avoiding the chopping block.

Malloy's angry style and rhetoric have mostly been ignored by the media, with the exception of a couple of particularly extreme moments. One occurred when he lashed out at a conservative group that politely invited him to broadcast from their convention, calling them "neo- nazis".

And earlier this year, Malloy's idea of being a "team player" was to threaten our inside sources at the network.

And as for numbers, Malloy wasn't generating any: in the spring 2006 Arbitron survey, his combined (adults 25-54) ratings stood at a pathetic 0.5 share in New York City, compared to a 2.1 for rival Lionel on WOR 710 AM and 2.2 for the just- cancelled John Batchelor on WABC. For Malloy, that represented a drop of 29% over the previous ratings period.

What Mike did have, however, was a hard- core cult following by some of Air America's most politically extreme listeners. Apparently, the network felt that wasn't a demographic worth maintaining.

The bigger question, of course, is why the inner turmoil at the network continues unabated. Programming decisions seem to change by the day, with a scorecard needed to keep track of them.

With so many internal managers having recently departed from AAR's New York headquarters, who is now calling the shots, other than Jim Wiggett in San Francisco and Rob Glaser in Seattle?

UPDATE: a reader emails this:


Great job on your blog- I never miss it.

Regarding Mike Mallory's firing, maybe it's coincidence, but pretty much at the beginning of subbing for Randi Rhodes Tuesday, Malloy was ripping on "the suits" at Air America and their move to the new station in New York.

As I was listening, I was thinking, "wow, he could really p*ss off the bosses with his rant". I'm guessing he did. hehe

Again, just my two bits based on what I heard.

Keep up the great work.


E F, this might explain why Malloy was ripped right out of the middle of a fill- in stint for Randi Rhodes. Another host abruptly replaced him mid- week.

UPDATE: the ratings information above is at best misleading, as WLIB began airing ABC Radio's Satellite Sisters in Malloy's timeslot earlier this year. The crappy numbers mentioned belong to them, not to Malloy. Beyond New York, it's hard to tell just how many stations were running his show. He did well in Portland, Oregon, (over a 6 share in the evenings on KPOJ) but not in Los Angeles, where his late night slot generated only a 0.1 share (adults 25-54).

In addition, the Radio Equalizer has heard that at least some of Malloy's stations were caught off guard by his firing, having not received the customary notice of his show's cancellation. At least one affiliate was scrambling Wednesday to make other plans at the last minute.

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  • The "lashing out" incident to which you refer involved an invite from CPAC, which is co-sponsored by the Council of Conservative Citizens ( For those who don't know, this group is a successor organization to the segregationist White Citizens Council, and is a self-identified white supremacist group.
    What does it say about you Brian, that you simply refer to this event as "conservative?"

    By Blogger Justin, at 30 August, 2006 19:01  

  • Brian, you say that Malloy's ratings in NYC (on WLIB) were a 0.5 share in the spring 2006 Arbitron survey, a drop of 29% from the previous ratings period. What time frame does the spring 2006 ratings period cover?
    I remember that Malloy was replaced on WLIB by the Satellite Sisters. It apeears that his last show on WLIB was January 20, and the Satellite sisters took over his time slot on January 23, 2006.
    Perhaps this is the reason for the change in ratings.
    My source for the above dates was this site;

    By Blogger Ezsuds, at 30 August, 2006 20:11  

  • EZ, I think you're right about that, I need to double check to find out if any part of his program did air in NYC, or if all of those crappy numbers actually belonged to the Satellite Sisters during the Spring period.

    I'm inclined to agree with you that there's a mistake in my ratings data. After I confirm it, I'll remove that paragraph from the piece.

    At the same time, I'm going to check on his ratings outside of NYC as well.

    As for Justin, you are out of your mind to label the very mainstream conservatives in CPAC "white supremacists". Nice try though.

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 30 August, 2006 20:39  

  • On his website ,along with his photo from yesteryear, he has the insufferable slogan: "speaking truth to power".

    What an oxymoron!

    Take a look at the resources he lists for his source of "truth".

    * World Socialist Website
    * Barrels of Blood for Oil
    * Puppet Master Karl Rove Hates This Site
    * America Held Hostile on Bush Crime Machine
    * Florida Fights Back

    and of course, the ever popular classic flower-power spinoff of the 60's:
    * Mother Jones Online

    On the bright side, there is one less sick crackpot poluting the airwaves. Is Franken one of the next?

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 30 August, 2006 20:42  

  • Google anything on the CPAC and you will find ties to racist organziations.

    No surprise that Maloney back them.

    By Blogger none, at 30 August, 2006 22:06  

  • On the bright side, there is one less sick crackpot poluting the airwaves. Is Franken one of the next?

    You can't squash dissent by erasing individual voices. Like a balloon filled with water, if you push in one part, it will just bulge out somewhere else.

    -- ancient Chinese parable appropriated from Kung Fu

    By Blogger @whut, at 30 August, 2006 22:57  

  • Well my wife and I went to listening to Air America 24/7 because of Mike Malloy and we will leave with him.

    He was entertaining, like no other. To us he was the heavy weight. No wonder progressives never win. Air America like all democrats devour themselves and each other eventually. Have a nice day. Discussed!

    By Blogger lee, at 30 August, 2006 23:12  

  • Good for you Brian admitting you were wrong, the .5 was indeed the Satellite Sisters, Malloy had very goosd numbers in NYC, when he was on. CCC sre indeed bigoted freaks, and indeed white supremacists. Benson, typical response from a mentally sick fascist. Malloy is more of a real American, than you Benson will ever be. Malloy is not a blind loyalist to a political party. Benson takes party over country, a sick, dangeous way of thinking. Seriosly Benson, Savage is a radical, Malloy is not a radical in the slightest. Malloy is indeed an angry talk show host, his views without a doubt are more in touch with America as a whole. Benson and his role models opinions represent the 29% of the sickest, most ignorant, and bigoted that hold on to their blind loyalty to a fascist regime. Malloy is far from a crackpot, Benson is the crackpot, a bitter, lonley, hateful, ignorant, sick puppy in 100% denial. America does not need a Mike Malloy, Franken, or Rhodes to spell it out for us. The regime Benson and the sick, complicit for profit media does the bidding for is a corrupt, dangerous, radical far right fascsist entity. Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld belong in the Hague on trial for war crimes, as a former Nurenburg prosecuter pointed out. America gets it, your side needs a complict echo chamber to convince America that they are doing the right thing. America no longer buys it. Benson, you are going to be in for a rude awakening as radical right wingers all over America get removed from office. Voter supression will not stop it this time either. Your days of dividing America are over. The only America hater is you and the 29% who desperatly hang on to this sick administration. ANYONE WHO SUPPORTS THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, DESERVES TO BE TRIED FOR TREASON, SUPPORTING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IS A CRIME AGAINST YOUR OWN COUNTRY. BENSON, YOU SHOULD BE IN GUANTANAMO, TRIED WITH TREASON. YOU GIVE AID TO THE ENEMY, THIS ADMINISTEATION ARE ENEMIES OF THIS COUNTRY. ROT IN HELL BENSON, YOU WILL NOT MURDER MY COUNTRY ANY LONGER.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 31 August, 2006 00:36  

  • You don't need to squash dissent when it squashes itself.

    -Me, just now.

    I guess the American Revolution never succeeded.

    God save the Lonewatchman, HRM.

    By Blogger @whut, at 31 August, 2006 00:44  

  • As for Justin, you are out of your mind to label the very mainstream conservatives in CPAC "white supremacists". Nice try though.
    Brian: They accept sponsorship money from a white supremacist group, and also allow said group to have a booth at their event. There is nothing mainstream about it.

    By Blogger Justin, at 31 August, 2006 07:19  

  • Boy is the Bush Derangement Syndrome in full force with the Left wingnuts like MoP and Elmonica.

    Except for estreme consequences to the rest of us, I'd like to see how MoP and Elmonica fare under Sharia and an Islamofascist government like the Taliban as they want so badly to surrender to the Islamofascists.

    By Blogger PCD, at 31 August, 2006 08:16  

  • Except for estreme consequences to the rest of us, I'd like to see how MoP and Elmonica fare under Sharia and an Islamofascist government like the Taliban as they want so badly to surrender to the Islamofascists.

    That's the problem with you right wingers. You want to see dissent suppressed so much, that you are willing to risk having the Taliban spread everywhere. Some sort of NeoCon/Rapture experiment I presume.

    By Blogger @whut, at 31 August, 2006 08:41  

  • RIGHT WING HACK POSTS:Except for estreme consequences to the rest of us, I'd like to see how MoP and Elmonica fare under Sharia and an Islamofascist government like the Taliban as they want so badly to surrender to the Islamofascists.

    Your president obviously loves "Islamo-fascists", he handed Iraq over to Shia fundamentalists, and in Afghanistan, Bush puppet prime minister is bringing back the moral police. Bush is the one in favor of Islamic extremism, he is breeding it every day.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 31 August, 2006 09:48  

  • Thom Hartmann, the person NOW filling in for Rhodes, is certainly doing his best to keep the crackpot quotient up. Yesterday at apx 5:15pm ET, he claimed that Bush was "sending 16 year olds to die in Iraq".

    I can't count the number of ways that statement is wrong.

    By Blogger BF, at 31 August, 2006 10:04  

  • That's the problem with you right wingers. You want to see dissent suppressed so much...

    Ummmn, ever looked in a mirror? Talk about suppressing dissent - just go to any of the video blogs and watch the lefties shouting their inane sing-song "Hey hey, Ho ho, George Bush has got to go" in the faces of conservatives, or the videos of them trashing signs they don't agree with, or the videos of them throwing eggs and other stuff on their opponents. And even worse examples, with the wacko left using physical violence to suppress the right to free speech.

    You people on the left only allow free speech if you agree with it. If you don't then you resort to ad hominem BDS attacks on an opponent's character rather than discussing the content.

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 31 August, 2006 10:39  

  • Benny the lonley hack posts:You people on the left only allow free speech if you agree with it. If you don't then you resort to ad hominem BDS attacks on an opponent's character rather than discussing the content.

    Inane babble, the left does not stifle free speech, we practice it, and throwing stuff at right wing sheep is not the right thing to do, but shouting them down is the American way. You own the media, control the broadcast media, control the political discourse, what you witness is frustration by the MAJORITY who are not being heard. Our votes are not counted (the San Diago election is an example), our voices are ignored by main stream media, and our views for the most part are main stream America (take out the communists on the left and we are the mainstream). Mainstream America supports CHECKS AND BALANCES (the right does not), mainstream America is against the pre-emptive invasion of Iraq (the right is not), mainstream America is against deregulating big business to the point where they are importing cheap labor from Mexico in addition to outsourcing (the right does not), mainstream America supports public schools fnded by taxes, social programs funded by taxes, and improved publically funded healthcare(the right does not)
    The right uses slogans, and McCarthy like tatics to marginalize the majority. It is no longer working. The sad freepers who protest for their love of a failed businessman who became president deserve to be shouted down, and laughed at, but I agree violene (even against sick Anti-american radical right wingers) is wrong. the 70%ers have spoken, and you are indeed the minority. Better figurre out a new tatic for supresing the vote, better pull a lot of people off lines, better work harder with check-point to scrub the voter rolls, and install more diebold machines as fast as you can. That is the only way you can defeat the MAJORITY

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 31 August, 2006 12:18  

  • Just look at how Bush conducted his townhall meetings and you will see what Republicans think about free speech.

    By Blogger none, at 31 August, 2006 13:00  

  • Mike Malloy sucks, and got canned because he sucked. Air America is failing because it is boring, derivative and anti-American. Welcome to the radio industry. You are not entitled to a microphone.

    That said, MiniProp posts the laugher of the day.

    Shouting down ideological opponents equals free speech.

    When leftikkks do it, its free speech. When righties do it, its fascist.

    Interesting. I don't see that dichotomy anywhere in the 1st Amendment or in the Constitution, but you know liberals. They believe the constitution "changes" to whatever they want to be at that moment in time.

    Let me educate you, miniprop, because you have no clue what free speech is.

    When liberals scream, block traffic, vandalize, attack National Guardsman, fantasize about assasinating the President, shoot up GOP campaign headquarters that's just free speech dontchaknow.

    When "right wing sheep" disagree with liberal bedwetters and create their own media through which to compete with the liberal-slanted press and TV news networks (and succeed in creating a viable alternate viewpoint media to counter the mainstream media independent of liberal viewpoints), that's "fascism."

    Sums it up pretty nicely, if I do say so myself.

    That's free speech and you can't stand it. Free speech doesn't just apply to those with whom you agree, hypocritical Stalinist moron. You must be an Air America listener.

    By Blogger Good Lieutenant, at 31 August, 2006 15:04  

  • Malloy spoke out against war without end, the decimation and blockade of the sovereign nation of Lebanon, and gave authorities that dared to question aspects of the government's version of the occurrences on 9/11 a platform to present and discuss their views.

    And, for this, he was stifled.

    Which should tell you just how pervasive and hateful the dark forces of the neocon cancer is in this culture, and how easily the interests that control and influence what the people see and hear are bought and controlled.

    I've said it before. Without a total cleansing of this nation of neocon infestation and thought reform, little progress can be made in society.

    What's happening at AAR is simply a manifestion of such.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 31 August, 2006 15:09  

  • "And, for this, he was stifled."

    No - he was FIRED because his ratings were in the toilet. Its called radio. Deal with it.

    And lay off the hash.

    By Blogger Good Lieutenant, at 31 August, 2006 15:18  

  • Good lieutenants have been known to find themselves in front of firing squads, when the deceived come to their senses.

    Bearing this in mind, will it be I who needs mind-altering substances when the razorblade time of night rolls around, or will it be you, begging for a hit off your comrade Limpbowel's stash?

    Points to ponder....

    Folks like me are fighting the enemy to win, not for ratings.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 31 August, 2006 15:36  

  • "Good lieutenants have been known to find themselves in front of firing squads, when the deceived come to their senses."

    A veild threat is the best you can do? That sounds like a tacit admission that you have nothing to say. There is a reason for that.

    Lay. Off. The. Hash.

    "will it be I who needs mind-altering substances when the razorblade time of night rolls around, or will it be you, begging for a hit off your comrade Limpbowel's stash?"

    I don't want what you're smoking. You've demonstrated quite amply that it causes brain damage.

    By Blogger Good Lieutenant, at 31 August, 2006 17:07  

  • "Our votes are not counted (the San Diago election is an example)"

    Care to provide sourcing for that one, Strawman?

    By Blogger SierraSpartan, at 31 August, 2006 22:32  

  • Which aptly explains why true patriots like myself are absolutely uninterested in dialogue with Bush Crime Family loyalists like the "lieutenant" and more failed neoconservative ideology.

    We simply want you to disappear. And the sooner we admit that's our end game, the better off we shall be, and the more support we shall garner.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 31 August, 2006 22:42  

  • "We simply want you to disappear. And the sooner we admit that's our end game, the better off we shall be, and the more support we shall garner."

    A perfect two-sentence distillation of the mindset of your average day-to-day liberal.

    Of course, within that two-sentence distillation is also a perfect illustration of the reason liberalism doesn't, and can't, ultimately work: In order to achieve political power, liberals have to be dishonest about their actual goals.

    Well played, sir.

    By Blogger SierraSpartan, at 01 September, 2006 00:26  

  • j.D
    regarding Busby electon

    they filed suit, the judge, dismissed it, another case of the radical right stealing an election. The absentee ballots NEVER COUNTED.
    This is the only way the right can win. Mainstream media, once more ignored voter fraud, just like Ohio.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 01 September, 2006 09:53  

  • Strawman, you are so utterly full of crap it's tough to know where to begin.

    First, using RawStory or Brad Friedman as a source for this story is not what one would call NPOV. That said, here's what Peter Schrag of the Sacramento Bee had to say about the election:

    "In San Diego and elsewhere in California, the machines were protected by triple seals. They have a seal on the crucial memory card, on the machine itself and on the storage case, each put on after the machine is checked, each bearing its serial number. These and other security requirements probably justify the claim that, in the words of Assistant Secretary of State Susan Lapsley, "California has the strictest standards in the nation."

    "Even Brad Friedman, the liberal blogger primarily responsible for touching off this new round of doubt, doesn't say the machines were fiddled with or that the election was stolen. But with support from Tribune Media Services columnist Bob Koehler, CNN's Lou Dobbs and some liberal vote-watch groups, neither the doubts nor the doubters are likely to go away.

    Friedman says the machines could have been reprogrammed through a secondary slot without breaking the seals. In any case, he contends, San Diego violated the federal requirements that the machines be stored safely."

    IOW, Butterfly Ballot Part Deux.

    This suit isn't about whether Busby got more votes - it is an attempt to invalidate the votes that were counted because certain people have decided they didn't like the outcome, and have decided to challenge the process of voting rather than the vote itself. It can also be equitably said that the only reason they want to "recount" this outcome is to keep "recounting" and "recounting" until they get a result that they like - similar to the "election" of Cristine Gregoire as governer of WA, in which Dino Rossi won on the first count and the initial two recounts, but ballots from the Seattle area kept getting "found" and provisional ballots kept getting counted until the result was a Fraudoire win.

    Not surprisingly, Busby's suit got tossed out on its ass. Deservedly so. Personally, I hope Francine Busby and her followers keep up with this. Because it will again encapsulate the image of the Donks as sour-grapes losers.

    Next: From Lehto himself: 1. By written admission of the Registrar of Voters in a letter there were thousands of votes were still uncounted on June 13th, the letter stating that 2,500 votes were still uncounted as of June 15 at 5 p.m. PST, Eastern Standard Time, which is slightly more than two days after the swearing-in on June 13th."

    Hmmm. 2500 votes uncounted, 7000 vote differential. Yep, let's hold everything up! We've got a problem here, folks! The Donk has lost by too much! Can't have that, now can we?

    Next: Busby conceded the race.

    Next: The U.S. Constitution, specifically Article I, section 5: "Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may be
    authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide."
    When David Dreier rose to ask for unanimous consent from the house to swear in Brian Bilbray on June 13, 2006, the house was in quorum, but there was no objection to the swearing in of Bilbray.

    Shall I go on?

    CA-50 was a close, hard-fought race that literally turned on Francine Busby's ill-chosen words in front of a group of Hispanic immigrants in a time right when the illegals were pushing all the wrong buttons in SoCal. She had everything going for her, and has no one to blame but herself for her loss.

    Short and sweet: Busby. Lost. The. Election.

    Strawman, you are possibly one of the most misinformed dolts I have ever had the displeasure of debating with here or anywhere else. The fact that you have taken crap from bradblog and tried to put it up here as fact puts you right up there with the Black Box Voting crowd and the 9/11 Truther movement.

    By Blogger SierraSpartan, at 01 September, 2006 16:33  

  • Just curious about something. Are any of you right wingers opposed to using electronic voting machines that print paper receipts out that are kept by the polling establishment for both auditing purposes and recount purposes?

    Or is that too much transparency for you?

    By Blogger none, at 01 September, 2006 17:31  

  • Brain, you state: As for Justin, you are out of your mind to label the very mainstream conservatives in CPAC "white supremacists". Nice try though.

    Do you have some information to back up why you think he is "out of his mind?" I realize that ad hominem attacks (aka name-calling, attacking the person and not the issue, etc.) are par for the course in contemporary "debates," but it would be nice to see why you think the connection doesn't exist.

    Yanno, facts. Some of us enjoy them.

    By Blogger Demandra, at 01 September, 2006 21:38  

  • My county uses paper ballots that are optically scanned. Its registration is also 60% GOP. No ATM machines to vote here.

    Transparent enough?

    By Blogger SierraSpartan, at 01 September, 2006 22:45  

  • JD,
    You are doing your best impression of Ken Mehlman once again. You take a very specific direct question and fail to answer it.

    I will create a new question and see what happens. If your county were to buy Electronic voting machines in the future would you want them to provide a paper receipt of some kind in order that auditing can be performed against the machine generated results?

    This to me should be something that has bipartisan support.

    By Blogger none, at 02 September, 2006 00:29  

  • Is it indeed the case that John Batchelor's show was "cancelled"? This term implies firing but it's my understanding that he's leaving of his own volition and will be returning on a different network. Living in Vancouver, BC, I'm hoping that online streaming of his show is available again. This is clearly my most favourite radio show in the world!

    By Blogger Robert W., at 02 September, 2006 03:13  


    "...The network is failing but there could be another factor behind the Malloy debacle. There is still fallout from Malloy’s recent decision to turn over two-and-a-half hours of his three hour show to a former associate of ex-con Lyndon LaRouche...The former high-level LaRouche associate, Webster Griffin Tarpley, was on the Malloy show to promote his view that unnamed U.S. officials carried out the attacks on 9/11 and blamed Muslims for the terrorist acts. But Tarpley went beyond this to suggest that leftist Noam Chomsky, a supporter of the Hezbollah terrorist group that attacked Israel, is a rich puppet of the U.S. military industrial complex and a tool of the Zionists. The hapless Malloy seemed to gobble it all up."

    Apparently Tarpley's book is not too kind to AAR funder George Soros. The article goes on to say, "that Air America would air an interview with Tarpley at a time when it is angling for major cash from Soros was strange indeed. One has to conclude that it was a factor in Malloy’s ouster."

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 02 September, 2006 03:50  

  • Pelalusa-according to his website, he's on "hiatus" and will probably be back towards the latter part of this fall, but doesn't mention where or with whom that might be.

    I hear what you're saying, as well.

    I disapproved heartily of the political and pro-Zionist bent of his segments, but he does have an excellent turn of phrase, and, frankly, I actually believe he should be roundly insulted to be usurped by the likes of beserker Laura Ingraham, particularly and transparently so close to the midterm elections.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 02 September, 2006 14:38  

  • Hi there. Tell me honestly, are you intentionely provocative, trying to stir up the soup, sorta like the crazy lunatic Ann Coulter? Your rants and screed remind me of her talentless polemic approach.
    You need to get a life Brian. Maybe you should watch the Life of Brian, or how about spending time re-counting the 935 lies your war monger friends like Frumm promalgate. You make me puke. Posting permission denied.
    DP Lang, Internet TV News

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 February, 2008 00:37  

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