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    Liberal talk-radio network Air America to cease operations

    Air America, the talk-radio network that helped boost the careers of liberals Al Franken and Rachel Maddow, said Thursday it was going out of business.

    In a statement to employees of the New York-based network, Air America's chairman, Charlie Kireker, wrote: "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.
    Liberal talk-radio network Air America to cease operations - washingtonpost.com

    The thread they were hanging from finally snapped.

    They're blaming their demise on the decrease in ad revenue that has plagued all of talk radio over the past couple years - but given that Air America didn't have much competition, the real problem was that nobody wanted to listen.

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    Re: Liberal talk-radio network Air America to cease operations

    I thought those assclowns were defunct years ago.
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    I always thought Air America's biggest problem by far is that they never got over being reactionary, an "answer" to something else. They were never doing it for its own sake. That's especially true of Franken and Garofalo. They never took it seriously on its own terms. They weren't in it for the sake of serious talk radio, but for the spectacle.
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    Re: Liberal talk-radio network Air America to cease operations

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    I always thought Air America's biggest problem by far is that they never got over being reactionary, an "answer" to something else. They were never doing it for its own sake. That's especially true of Franken and Garofalo. They never took it seriously on its own terms. They weren't in it for the sake of serious talk radio, but for the spectacle.
    I think it was just a medium that they saw right-wing radio making big money on and they tried to cash in on it. But it simply isn't a medium their crowd gets into.
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    Maybe, but there was all that fanfare and grandstanding right at the beginning. They were out to beat Limbaugh and other right-wing radio hosts at their own game.

    As such, both Franken and Garofalo hosted shows which appeared to be liberal copies of what they thought those shows were. The problem was, it wasn't. They didn't understand the medium, they didn't understand what the other hosts actually do, and it showed.

    The only "real" radio host who actually got it, in the first crop, was Randi Rhodes. Of course, she went nuts and turned ridiculously crude and nasty, and that was the end of that.
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    Breaking: Air America Ceases Live Programming, Will File for Bankruptcy

    Breaking: Air America Ceases Live Programming, Will File for Bankruptcy - Big Journalism
    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
    Damn... I was really enjoying them the last couple days.

    Perhaps if they repackage themselves as The Comedy Network 2 they might find tremendous success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    Maybe, but there was all that fanfare and grandstanding right at the beginning. They were out to beat Limbaugh and other right-wing radio hosts at their own game.

    As such, both Franken and Garofalo hosted shows which appeared to be liberal copies of what they thought those shows were. The problem was, it wasn't. They didn't understand the medium, they didn't understand what the other hosts actually do, and it showed.

    The only "real" radio host who actually got it, in the first crop, was Randi Rhodes. Of course, she went nuts and turned ridiculously crude and nasty, and that was the end of that.
    I wasn't really politically aware when all that started up. Ever since I have been, I know that the programming/numbers have been poor for them. I don't feel sorry for them though. Left-wing driven agendas have plenty of other outlets and resources from which to grandstand.
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    Re: Liberal talk-radio network Air America to cease operations

    I've always thought that part of it was a lack of "core principles" necessary for a wide audience.

    The Democrat party is a coalition of very diverse groups (many of them single-issue voters) and it's perhaps more difficult to come up with positions that all factions will agree upon or find interest in.

    Conservatives have limited government, free market capitalism, individualism, etc.

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    Re: Liberal talk-radio network Air America to cease operations

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    I thought those assclowns were defunct years ago.
    I listen to them now and again.
    They're entertaining, and never more so than yesterday... I tuned in for about 6 hours.

    My advice: They repackage themselves as The Comedy Network 2.0.
    Then they'd find tremendous success.

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    Re: Liberal talk-radio network Air America to cease operations

    There was no substance to their programming.
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