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fred
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posted March 24, 2004 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
I was going to make this topic "Liberal Radio" but then how could I possibly bag on Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh with a title like that...

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Leftwing Broadcasters Take To Airwaves
(FT.com) - With a small band of performers, writers, technicians and investors, Mark Walsh is taking a set of unmistakably leftwing voices to America's airwaves, where the right reigns supreme. Air America radio goes on the air next Wednesday, initially in four cities - New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles - as well as by satellite and over the internet. By the end of the year, Mr Walsh hopes to be in 36 markets, through a combination of station leases and purchases, syndication deals and other arrangements.

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posted March 24, 2004 10:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
And I won't be able to hear it! Hopefully they'll stream on the internet...

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posted March 25, 2004 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for a   Click Here to Email a     Edit/Delete Message
Here's a site with the truth about Hannity and the way he spins...
http://www.hannityisamoron.com/

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posted March 30, 2004 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
Liberal talk-radio network set for debut

By Jennifer Harper
THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Conservatives, plug your ears: Liberal talk radio is finally here.
Al Franken and a host of garrulous progressives ease onto the airwaves tomorrow morning on America Left, broadcasting live from 6 a.m. to midnight on weekdays via XM Satellite Radio and three AM radio stations in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Mr. Franken will debut at noon with "The O'Franken Factor," a three-hour daily show airing opposite conservative host Rush Limbaugh, who has 20 million listeners. Mr. Franken once wrote a book titled "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot" and has named his show as a parody of "The O'Reilly Factor," hosted by Bill O'Reilly of Fox News.
Mr. Franken, who has scuffled with conservatives for years, is primed for a fight.
"My first priority is to get sued by a right-wing jerk in order to generate interest in my new show," Mr. Franken said in a statement earlier this year.
The daylong lineup also includes comedian Janeane Garofalo, an outspoken critic of the Iraq war; environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.; and Alan Colmes, co-host of Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes."
XM Radio offers the new shows a built-in potential audience of 3 million.
For a $10 monthly charge, the company offers 120 digital music, talk and entertainment channels for home, car or computer. "America Left" produced by New York-based Air America Radio joins an XM stable that already includes talk-radio fare from Fox News, CNN and ABC, among others.
"We're excited to provide a national audience to progressive superstar Al Franken and his spirited cohorts at Air America. Challenging our listeners and giving them the best and broadest choices possible is our daily mission," Hugo Panero, XM's District-based president, said yesterday.
But XM is not necessarily a liberal bastion. They already feature 79 talk-radio hosts of every political stripe including Fox News' Mr. O'Reilly, ABC's Sean Hannity and independents Matt Drudge, Michael Savage and Laura Ingraham.
Air America has its own political agenda in store, however.
"There is a great underserved market of Americans who want to hear compelling and funny talk voices expressing viewpoints long absent from the radio airwaves," said Mark Walsh, president of Progress Media, the parent company of Air America.
He added, "Air America on XM will go a long way to correcting this imbalance at a particularly opportune time."
That opportune time, of course, is an election year that has become a showcase for political sniping in the news media.
As Hollywood actors-turned-pundits, Mr. Franken and Miss Garofalo have criticized the Bush administration, the war in Iraq and conservative ideology in no uncertain terms.
"I'm interested in doing what I can to affect this election. I'm thinking about what's the best use of my energies. I hope this is it," Mr. Franken told the Associated Press in January when he announced his intention to become a radio personality.

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posted March 31, 2004 08:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
Air America radio is launching in about 20 minutes - right now it's still playing Mexican pop music.

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posted March 31, 2004 09:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lousydrunk   Click Here to Email lousydrunk     Edit/Delete Message
Have been listening to the first few minutes of the new Air America radio show. What's with the co-host? She laughs like a seal barking, and Franken hasn't even said anything funny yet. The web site consists of one page, the Internet stream is slow.

I hate talk radio, left or right. Give me NPR any day.

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posted March 31, 2004 09:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
Franken is OK, not great, not bad. About the same as Limbaugh... Rush gets madder though, which Franken probably should do.

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posted March 31, 2004 09:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
He's got to get a little deeper into the issues. Right now it's just surface stuff - landing on the aircraft carrier, lies about WMDs... all true stuff - but he needs to go deeper into the true evil of the Bush administration and not just the same old stuff.

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posted March 31, 2004 10:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH SUMMER INTERN   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH SUMMER INTERN     Edit/Delete Message
Roger Friedman at Fox wrote today:

Air America Prepares to Bait Our Bill

Al Franken's Air America liberal talk radio launched last night with a big party, lots of proclamations, and two celebrities: Tim Robbins and Yoko Ono. It was a little odd, to say the least.

Franken is calling his show "The O'Franken Factor" just to bait Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly. At least that's what Franken keeps saying to anyone who will listen. It's a funny idea but it's a little worn out already and the network hasn't even flipped the on switch yet.

Left-wing liberal radio may turn out to be just as annoying as right wing conservative radio, something that no one has quite thought out. Franken does a good Rush Limbaugh imitation, and did one last night calling his show "the first drug free radio show. I don't know if it's done before." I'm no Rush fan, but Franken had better have more up his sleeve than non-stop Rush bashing. He's not worth it.

No one I met last night could explain how this network took the name, "Air America," a title better known as a so-so Mel Gibson movie. Gibson is probably the last person Franken and friends would want on as a guest, which adds to the irony. As for our Bill, I'm sure he can take the joke. After all, he has the No. 1 news and talk show on cable in this country.

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Liberal Radio Talk Show Launched

NEW YORK - Is it a radio business, or is it politics? The two seem inextricably entwined for the leaders of Air America Radio, the liberal talk radio network that launched on five stations around the country Wednesday.

As a startup media business, they need to draw in listeners fast. Air America Radio is betting that a menu of left-leaning political commentary, current affairs talk and satire will resonate with those opposed to the Bush administration.

Al Franken, who is headlining the network with a daily three-hour talk show, has made no secret of his intention to use his platform to influence the election in November.

"We are flaming swords of justice," Franken told a cheering crowd at a party to launch the network Tuesday night. "Bush is going down, he is going down, he is going down. And we're going to help him."

Franken's show went live at noon on Wednesday with co-host Katherine Lanpher, a longtime host of a public radio show in Minnesota. At the opening, Franken joked that they were broadcasting from a bunker 3,500 feet below Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites)'s own secret bunker.

In fact, Franken will be broadcasting his show, dubbed "The O'Franken Factor" in his latest jab at Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, from the slightly shabby studios of New York City station WLIB, on the 41st floor of an office tower a few blocks from the Empire State Building.

The studio, where the show has had just a week to settle in before launching, has the feel of a scrappy political campaign that's just getting under way.

"I don't think of it as a business, but I know it has to make money to be sustaining," Franken said in an interview, perching his feet up on the desk after a rehearsal session for the show. "A lot of it is mission."

The sense of mission is felt just as strongly several floors down, where the makeshift offices of Air America Radio are marked with handwritten sheets of paper taped on the wall, including those for CEO Mark Walsh, where the phones have yet to be hooked up.

Walsh, a former America Online executive and adviser to the Democratic National Committee (news - web sites), said liberal politics would be a "teaser ... a loss leader in the window" for the radio network, which is also being broadcast in Chicago, Los Angeles and Portland, Ore.

"The right has dominated the airwaves for a decade, and we blew it. First they did radio, then they did TV, and movies are next," he said.

However, the idea that liberal commentators have been shut out of radio has been greeted with skepticism in the talk radio industry, where the left-leaning commentator for Fox News Alan Colmes has a large audience. Also, one of Air America's new hires, Randi Rhodes, has hosted a very popular, and very progressive, show in Florida for years.

Michael Harrison, the editor and publisher of Talkers magazine, the leading trade publication for the talk radio business, is leery of Air America Radio's tactic of using liberal politics to draw in viewers.

"Of all the elements that go into this, the least important element is that they're liberal," Harrison said. "They've got to be entertaining, fascinating, captivating and compelling and then they have to find a way to make money with it."

What's more, Harrison said the company was setting expectations too high by promising to take on Bush as well as Rush Limbaugh, who has built up a massive national audience over the past two decades. "Radio doesn't work that fast, it doesn't have that power to do it that quickly," Harrison said.

Another big question facing the network is what Franken will do in a year's time, when the election will be over and his contract expires. Franken says he'll assess his options in a year's time. "It depends on how much I like radio," he says.

In the meantime, Franken is bringing out one of his battle-tested ideas for generating laughs: baiting conservative pundits. On his first show, Franken pretended conservative gadfly Ann Coulter was locked in the station's green room after she complained about the composition of her snack plate.

Rich Lowry, the editor of the conservative journal National Review and another past Franken target, said he was interested in Franken's efforts on Air America, but not enough to tune in. He did acknowledge that Air America could find an audience.

"There has been a rise of an angry liberal populism, and so now there's a disenchantment with media sources on the left," Lowry said. "Whether they can take advantage of that remains to be seen."

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On the Net:
http://www.airamericaradio.com

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posted April 01, 2004 01:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
Tonight's Nightline:

TONIGHT'S SUBJECT: Conservative talk radio is an enormous media phenomenon. It is an integral part of the Republican party's political infrastructure. And it is a huge financial windfall for stations and networks. So why hasn't the same been true for liberal radio? A new venture launched this week seeks to balance the radio dial politically. Does it stand a chance?

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posted April 01, 2004 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message
I heard this this morning. It was very convincing but I knew something was up...
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Stern Shocks Listeners with April Fool's Hoax
Thu Apr 1, 4:36 PM ET

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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fans of Howard Stern were horrified on Thursday to hear that the radio shock jock was yanked off the air and replaced by a more wholesome show only to find out later it was all an April Fool's day prank.

Instead of hearing Stern and his sidekicks open the morning show, New York's WXRK Radio's General Manager Tom Chiusano read a statement saying the show was taken off the air.

"Viacom can no longer bear the weight of the government pressure and its affects on our corporation," he said, adding, "While we're sorry to end the Howard Stern Show, we promise quality programing in the future."

After the message, two other deejays then played about an hour of music interspersed with sterile banter and a promise of a show with "all the fun without the filth."

Listeners across the country called the show to complain. But then Stern and his sidekick Robin Quivers came on the show and revealed it was a hoax.

"We are back for anybody who was stupid enough to fall for that," Stern said.

Added Quivers: "Check your calendar, people."

The joke was taken seriously by many since Stern has been in the eye of a national storm over indecency in radio and TV broadcasting and has said he will be thrown off the air.

Stern, notorious for lewd talk about sex and bodily functions, has railed against the crackdown on indecency and has made President Bush (news - web sites) and his conservative policies a target of on-air rants.

Broadcasters have been under pressure in recent months with lawmakers contemplating legislation to substantially raise fines for those who violate indecency regulations.

Clear Channel Communications Inc., the top U.S. radio station owner. dropped Stern's show from six stations after a racist remark from a listener was aired in February.

Earlier this month, Viacom Inc. President Mel Karmazin apologized for broadcasting the comment. Stern's show is syndicated by Viacom's Infinity Broadcasting unit.

Stern, who generates as much as $100 million in advertising and fees for his nationwide carrier, blamed the conservative backlash on the exposure of singer Janet Jackson (news)'s breast during a performance in February's Super Bowl half-time show.

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posted April 02, 2004 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message
They have a of technical problems at the L.A. station. It sounds bad and they're having trouble plugging in the commercials at the right time.

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posted April 05, 2004 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
O'Reilly trashes talk radio...
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Don't touch that dial

What radio sounds like now (with only slight exaggeration)

We are living in desperate times, and the radio industry in America proves it.

Now we have an all-liberal network. Just what we need. It isn't enough that conservative bloviators sling radio propaganda all day long. It's apparently imperative that we have constant left-wing bleating as well, even though National Public Radio is heard on more than 700 stations. Here's what we can expect on the left side of the dial.

"Lou in Seattle, you're on the air."

"Bush is a liar."

"Good call, Lou."

"Halliburton owns Cheney, and Laura Bush has hair extensions."

"What about Rumsfeld?"

"He has hair extensions, too, and lies about them."

Can't get enough of that, can you? Let's turn the dial to the right.

"Lorraine in Orlando, what's on your mind?"

"Ditto."

"Ditto what, Lorraine?"

"Kerry is a Communist. He has Botox."

"And the government probably paid for it, right, Lorraine?"

"No doubt. And Hillary dated Osama Bin Laden at Yale."

But it's not all politics on the radio; there's other talk as well.

"Moon Man, how's it hangin', bro? You're the best, except for Howard Stern."

"Yo, dude, I am your freedom-of-speech guy."

"Excellent, Moon. What up with Janet Jackson?"

"I had sex with her, dude. That's a fact."

How about music? Didn't we used to have music on the radio? Let's dial up some rap:

"My glock is nice,

I shot her twice.

The ho no mo'

I got ta go ..."

No. 1 with a bullet on Felony 97 FM.

If you think I'm exaggerating, you're wrong. These days, radio will put you in a daze. The bilge is unbelievable. Let's go to NPR for some relief.

"Time for 'All Things Considered,' except for competing in the marketplace without public funding. Here's a report from our NPR correspondent in the Middle East."

"There was sadness over a mentally challenged Palestinian boy wired up as a suicide bomber, but by no means is this PLO policy, say reliable Hamas sources who spoke to NPR on the condition that we make them look sympathetic."

Well, maybe NPR isn't the answer. As I mentioned, some believe that network provides plenty of liberal commentary. It sure sounds that way. Maybe it's the soothing tone they use in explaining that anyone opposing gay marriage is a cousin of George Wallace. Perhaps it's the way they frame the debate: "Joining us now from Washington is the senior senator from Massachusetts, Edward Kennedy, whose policies have enlightened this country for decades. Senator, can we send you an NPR tote bag?"

Anyway, there's little relief on the radio dial. It's worse than TV. The ghost of Joseph Goebbels haunts most radio talk stations, and the music people should all be in jail. One last chance for the new liberal network.

"Shirley in Aspen, what's on your mind?"

"Bush hates cats!"

"How do you know that, Shirl?"

"Read it on Barbra Streisand's Web site."

"Shirley?"

"Yes."

"What do you think about Bush's lies?"

"Think? Isn't this talk radio?"

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posted April 14, 2004 12:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
After just two weeks on the air, Air America Radio, the fledgling liberal talk-radio network featuring Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo, appears to have encountered serious cash-flow problems.

The CHICAGO TRIBUNE is developing a story, insiders tell DRUDGE, on how the network was pulled off the air this morning in Chicago and Los Angeles, the network's second- and third-largest markets, because, the owner of both stations said, the network bounced a check and owes him more than $1 million! A charge the network strongly denies...

A Chicago source familiar with the situation said a Multicultural representative showed up at WNTD's offices Wednesday morning, kicked out Air America's lone staffer overseeing the network's feed to the station from New York, switched over to a Spanish-language feed, and changed the locks on the doors...

Air America filed a complaint Wednesday in New York state Supreme Court charging Multicultural with breaching their contract and seeking an injunction to force Multicultural to restore the Air America broadcast on both stations, the TRIBUNE has learned...

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