Air America goes down in flames....

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It is with the greatest regret, on behalf of our Board, that we must announce that Air America Media is ceasing its live programming operations as of this afternoon, and that the Company will file soon under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code to carry out an orderly winding-down of the business.

The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America's business. This past year has seen a "perfect storm" in the media industry generally. National and local advertising revenues have fallen drastically, causing many media companies nationwide to fold or seek bankruptcy protection. From large to small, recent bankruptcies like Citadel Broadcasting and closures like that of the industry's long-time trade publication Radio and Records have signaled that these are very difficult and rapidly changing times.

Those companies that remain are facing audience fragmentation as a result of new media technologies, are often saddled with crushing debt, and have generally found it difficult to obtain operating or investment capital from traditional sources of funding. In this climate, our painstaking search for new investors has come close several times right up into this week, but ultimately fell short of success.

With radio industry ad revenues down for 10 consecutive quarters, and reportedly off 21% in 2009, signs of improvement have consisted of hoping things will be less bad. And though Internet/new media revenues are projected to grow, our expanding online efforts face the same monetization and profitability challenges in the short term confronting the Web operations of most media companies

When Air America Radio launched in April, 2004 with already-known personalities like Al Franken and then-unknown future stars like Rachel Maddow, it was the only full-time progressive voice in the mainstream broadcast media world. At a critical time in our nation's history — when dissent on issues such as the Iraq war were often denounced as "un-American" — Air America and its talented team helped millions of Americans remember the importance of compelling discussion about the most pivotal events and decisions of our generation.

Through some 100 radio outlets nationwide, Air America helped build a new sense of purpose and determination among American progressives. With this revival, the progressive movement made major gains in the 2006 mid-term elections and, more recently, in the election of President Barack Obama and a strongly Democratic Congress.

Laws have changed for the better thanks to this revival.....but all the same our company cannot escape the laws of economics. So we intend a rapid, orderly closure over the next few days. All current employees will be paid through today, January 21. A severance package will be offered tomorrow to full-time current employees with more than six months of tenure.

We will strive to assist affiliates and partners in achieving a smooth transition. Starting at 6 pm EST today, we will provide our affiliates, listeners and users a selection of encore programming until 9 pm EST on Monday, January 25, at which time Air America programming will end.

We are proud that Air America's mission lives on through the words and actions of so many former radio hosts who are active today in progressive causes and media nationwide. In the years ahead, as we look back, we should all be proud of our passionate determination to assure that our nation's progressive voice would be heard loud and clear. Through the hard work and dedication of current staff, and those who preceded you, a lasting legacy was forged which will now continue through other voices and venues.
Thank you.

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Proof once again that Liberalism cannot compete in the marketplace of ideals....

Thus the desire for the force of LAW to impose themselves upon you...

No votes yet

This is too funny "Through some 100 radio outlets nationwide, Air America helped build a new sense of purpose and determination among American progressives. With this revival, the progressive movement made major gains in the 2006 mid-term elections and, more recently, in the election of President Barack Obama and a strongly Democratic Congress"
Air America did nothing in it's short lifespan. If it had been successful it would still be here. That's the way the real world works.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

Wolfman urges those that tier of the daily grind of extreme right wing radio to tune into1310 WTDW AM Detroit withThom Hartman noon to 3:00 http://www.1310wtdw.com/main.html
Thom is a upcoming progressive star that presents factual news giving balance to the well funded right wing corporate radio entertainers. Even those that believe the WSPD talk could educate themselves by listening to the other side. Wolfman listens to all radio, not limiting his horizons by the predictable utterances of one ideology. Why if you think of yourself as being educated limit yourself to one argument? Wolfman thinks that many of WSPD listeners do not agree with its ideology. Only listen because of the one horse town nature of the "news talk radio station."

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

And Dogboy is now refering to himself in the third person?

Ah well....it takes all kinds of vegetables to make vegetable soup...

Thom hartman...I've heard that name before...

Oh yeah...

He's the idiot who blamed record cold and snow on global warming...

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2008/12/20/lib-radio-host-rec...

Oh he just perfect for todays liberal/progressive.socialist/marxist listener...

Big fan of chomski I see...noted cunning linguist...

Oh lookie...he's a quack too, a "licensed" Neuro linguistic programer...oh boy...

(these are the guys who think you can cure mental problems with speech therapy)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuro-Linguistic_Programming

No wonder the weak willed are drawn to him....shew...you're being hypnotized...LMAO!

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

Agreed...now get rid of the clown car.

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

Thank God for radio and thank God for weather and traffic on the 10s via WSPD. Let us all thank God for Fred, who daily informs us how important it is to get a Sleepcomfort bed. And, most of all, let's thank Fred for getting up early, reading the Toledo Blade, then telling us what's in that day's edition.

Patience is a great virtue.

Lets give thanks for "the Knob" that we can turn to something else if we dont like what we're hearing so we dont end up sounding like whiny little sarcastic schoolgirls like donwert does...

Billy,
Was that you I saw in that plaid skirt walking with the girls at Notre Dame? Get control of yourself, son. You hear?

Patience is a great virtue.

You are more than welcome Don. Please also try Carrabba's, Pro Flowers, AAA Travel, the Talk Is Cheap client this week, and Toyota Prius. And Don, to steal a line from Standriff- I read the Blade so you don't have to.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

Time for weather and traffic. What's going on, Joe? Nothing much. A gas tanker collided head-on with an SUV on 23 but police say the flames should die down within the hour and your morning commute will be easy. I'm Joe Allegro and back to Fred! All right! Let me see what's in today's Blade. I'm going to read it to you verbatim and call it "the daily" just so you know I hate the Blade and hate more having to depend on it for information for my radio show. Hey, anybody out there need a Sleepnumber bed!!?!

Patience is a great virtue.

I’ve said this before. Liberals simply don’t need their views reinforced like conservatives do. We’re not afraid of other ideas and don’t need surround ourselves with people and information that we want to hear. Liberal TV/Radio will simply never do as well because liberals don’t need to be told what to believe, that to think and what to be outraged at. I can honestly say that I’ve never listened to one minute of Air America.

Conservatives must have their fears and ideals constantly re-enforced.

Conservatives’ world and lives are so fragile that they argue that two men or two women getting married is a threat to their own marriage.

They think Wikipedia is so liberal that they need to create an alternative to insulated themselves from knowledge and information that may challenge their views.
http://conservapedia.com/Main_Page

What’s left? Jesus… Conservatives have now found the bible to be simply to liberal and are now re-writing it as well.
http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/2009/10/06/2009-10-06_conservapedia...

Soon, conservatives everywhere will be able to wake up to Fred, go to their jobs flipping burgers, drive home listening to Rush, turn on the TV to Beck and go to sleep while reading their newly printed bibles knowing that the world around is just like they knew it was.

Sounds like the lion of the left...bernie Ward...KGO radio host....

Plead Guilty to possession of child porn...

Careful doing that superiour dance.....you just fell in the fire...

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

You have more bob and weave then a $10 whore.

You only charge ten bucks?

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

Ok, that was funny...this is where I'd come back with a mom joke or something.

But you're still bobbing and weaving...

*shrug*...you're still a koolaid swilling tool who parrots marxist idealology...

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

I really liked listening to some shows on Air America. My biggest problem with it was sometimes they weren't entertaining enough. Now all that the left has is NPR which isn't entertaining at all.

I listen to NPR most mornings and find myself screaming at the radio. Not because I don't agree with what's being said, which is often, but because they're so slow to present the information that I get frustrated easily.

As print journalists would say they bury the lead.

MikeyA

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

I know Mike; it must be soooo hard to listen to all those two and three syllable words in the same sentence, it must be excruciating for you. :)

Rachel Maddow has a popular TV show, and Al Franken is a senator. Not bad. There will still be progressive talk radio, it just won't be on Air America.

Pink Slip

Yeah, man! Now the market's wide open for "The Nookular Option!"

Look out world!

:)

Rachel Maddow's popular tv show ratings from the huffingpuff post In primetime, Fox News was more dominant (perhaps because its opinion programs haven't been all that Haiti-focused). Tuesday night the night the earthquake coverage was breaking Fox News averaged 765,000 A25-54 viewers in primetime and CNN averaged 343,000 A25-54 viewers; MSNBC, which was criticized for all but ignoring the developing coverage in primetime, averaged just 214,000 A25-54 viewers.

CNN's struggles in the primetime demographic particularly compared to MSNBC have been well-documented, but the past few nights of earthquake coverage have shown CNN solidly on top of MSNBC in the prime demo.

Wednesday night, while Fox News won with 799,000 A25-54 viewers, CNN (593,000 A25-54 viewers) crushed MSNBC (296,000 A25-54 viewers). Anderson Cooper's 10PM program, which has been one of CNN's most troubled hours, even beat Fox News' "On The Record with Greta Van Susteren" Wednesday in the demo, averaging 701,000 A25-54 viewers compared to 675,000 for "On the Record." But even at 8PM, CNN's "Campbell Brown" (540,000) solidly beat MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" (362,000); and at 9PM, CNN's "Larry King Live" (537,000) solidly beat MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show" (264,000). Of course, Fox News won both those hours, with Bill O'Reilly (and Sarah Palin's debut) averaging 982,000 A25-54 viewers at 8PM and "Hannity" averaging 741,000 A25-54 viewers at 9PM.

Thursday night, Fox News was particularly strong in the prime demo, averaging 878,000 A25-54 viewers (on the heels of Bill O'Reilly's whopping 1.085 million A25-54 viewers and Sean Hannity's 927,000 A25-54 viewers). CNN averaged 578,000 A25-54 viewers to MSNBC's 295,000. On the program level, Campbell Brown who herself has struggled in the ratings was the network's top program, averaging 619,000 A25-54 viewers and soundly beating Keith Olbermann's 351,000 A25-54 viewers. At 9PM, Larry King's 529,000 A25-54 viewers beat Rachel Maddow's 320,000. And at 10PM, where Greta Van Susteren (622,000) took back the lead from Anderson Cooper (587,000), the repeat of "Countdown" averaged just 215,000 A25-54 viewers

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

What are you, some kind of fucking moron? I said "popular". I realize it's a foreign term to you. It's not like I said "most popular". On any given night, she'll get more viewers than Wolf, Larry King, Matthews, etc...She gets millions of viewers Fraud. How many do you get?

Pink Slip

REALLY?

http://tvbythenumbers.com/category/ratings/top-news/cable-news

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

Numbers are a tough thing for liberals to understand I know that. So Pink let me explain. When you say millions but the facts say hundreds of thousands, you are actually using the ACORN method of counting. On any given night she gets more viewers than the test pattern also. Now maybe it's a time thing for you. She gets millions if you give her enough days, well I can honestly say then that during my career in Toledo radio millions have listened to me also. Maddow is a non factor in television news shows. Which of course makes anyone with lower numbers even less important.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

LAIR!...at 15 listeners per day you would have had to have been on the since the ark was still floating!

*snicker*

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

Hundreds of thousands per night...sounds pretty popular to me. Plus, she's much smarter than you Fraud. You are far less important than she is, by your own estimations.

Pink Slip

Leaving the TV tuned to MSNBC while you do bongs till you pass out doesnt count pink...

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

YES, REALLY.

Pink Slip

will be boys! LOL

Heh heh...

Did you just call me BOY??!

*grin*

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

Time to holler discrimination, IMO.

a matter of fact. It is an old American "saying" used when men have too much testosterone going on in a conversation. :-D

To Wit: "saying said to emphasize that people should not be surprised when boys or men act in a rough, noisy or selfish way because this is part of the male character."

Just sayin.....

I was just messin with you pun......but maybe you can see how something you didnt even intend to say or portray could easily be twisted into something racial in nature...

Ofcorse you have no way of knowing I am of Scotish decent and in fact have moor blood in my family tree even though I'm whiter than sour cream....

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

kinda like when referring to a large muscular pal of yours as a 'big lug' or a 'big galute', or a 'big gorilla'...

Nothin' racist intended, but small minds like to blow it all out of proportion.

be boys" (when addressing white men) could turn into something racial is beyond me, I should have left you "men" to your fight and stayed out of it, because even in joking I am the "race card" bringer.
To stay on topic, I LOVE the Rachel Maddox show. I used to like WSPD but now every time I turn it on, it is more of the same...........right -wing- hate- mongering of something.... if not the president, then the Blade or something....

Use of the word "boy"...

But like I said...I was just kidding...

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

Does "boy" somehow have racial connotations?

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a
socialist.

Shew you dont get out much eh?

Only for like the last 200 years..

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

I'm sure you remember, pure in heart, how it was the weed in the pipe that brought about the end of war in Vietnam, at least the needless killing of young Americans. Thank goodness for marijuana. Even though more than 58,000 of our sons and daughters died uselessly in Southeast Asia, the pot-puffers finally made their voice heard. Let's you and I put on some J. Lennon in a musical tribute to peace. As far as Pink Slip, I know he's CIA, so watch out.

Patience is a great virtue.

Bleh...what you hold up as a success resulted in the deaths of a couple million people at the hands of the invading communists...

To a liberal..a single death is a tragedy...a million deaths is a statistic...

Oh and you can thank JFK for the military intervention...and Johnson for pushing it harder...

I might have to go check...but I'm pretty sure they were both DEMOCRATS...

Maybe you better put the bong down...

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

I've never heard that the word "boy" is a racial insult. I've always heard it used to describe a small child or immature person of the male gender.

Seriously.

Probably because I don't hang around racists. Apparently you do.

Could you tell me, or ask your racist friends if "momma's boy" is considered racist also? How about "girl"?

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a
socialist.

LMAO!!!!.....or anyone who's ever seen blazing saddles...

Go piss on a liberals leg...you're over matched...

If you didnt know boy was a racially derogative term when applied to black men that only shows your own ignorance....not mine...

It's also used as slang for heroin....and no..knowing that doesn not make one a junky....that just means my google works ....

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

Boy oh boy oh boy. We're getting off topic here. It's all about getting a Sleepnumber bed. Tune in to WSPD and listen to the whore Fred tell you where to get them. Aside from going to traffic and weather on the 10s and reading from the Blade, Fred's schtick is about licking the dick of whichever advertiser is paying the most money for promotion. You do swallow, Fred, right? I thought so.

Patience is a great virtue.

Ah...the pinnicle of the liberal intellectual arguement....

"Suck a bag of dicks".

I notice this is a common liberal theme...are you guys repressing sexual desires for oral fufilment that is reflected in your posting style?

Should you just embrce your desire to suck cock so you can type something without fantasing about it?

Why dont you liberals all hook up and sort it out?

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

Did I see someone type 'intellectual arguement' in connection to the comment above?

Yes, I believe I did.

Yap yap yap!

Quoth mcnasty...graduate of the "suck a dick" school of Democratic debate...

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

it was such a bummer to see you and Libsie break up so publically on here..I'm guessing you're the one sending the roses to smooth everything over.

Red or yellow? Hmmm..for you two, I'm guessin' yeller...

Does your boyfriend/same sex partner know you are concerned?

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a
socialist.

Careful Don--performance enhancers like marijuana are frowned upon in baseball. And peace is frowned upon in America. It's socialist, I think...

Pink Slip

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