Why The End Of Air America Is Not The End Of Liberal Talk Radio

Air AmericaSteve Carney dissects what went wrong at Air America and what it means for progressive talk in the Los Angeles Times:

Coming only two days after the Republicans’ upset U.S. Senate victory in Massachusetts, the sudden demise of the Air America radio network — after a protracted illness — left liberals reeling and conservatives gloating over the failure of their competing ideology’s highest profile outlet.

But the end of Air America is not the end of liberal talk radio, nor should it be, according to observers.

“The only thing they did that was outstanding — boy, did they get a lot of PR,” said Michael Harrison, publisher of Talkers magazine, a trade journal of the talk-radio industry.

“The thing that was so maddening about Air America’s original programming — and they squandered their initial capital and their initial publicity — [was that] all you heard was about how bad Rush Limbaugh was and how bad Sean Hannity was,” Harrison said in an interview Friday. “If that’s the ‘liberal message,’ there is no message.”

Charlie Kireker, the chairman of Air America, announced Thursday that the board was pulling the plug on the 5-year-old venture, which supplied programming to about 100 stations nationwide, including KTLK-AM (1150) in Los Angeles. The network had had financial problems from the outset, and they were exacerbated by the worsening U.S. economy, which has resulted in advertising cutbacks across all media…

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  • ZombieSlapper

    Right wingers will spin this as a huge blow to progressive talk, but virtually nothing has changed in the way of programming. Hosts like Tom Hartmann, Stephanie Miller and many others are going strong and picking up stations every single day.

  • ZombieSlapper

    Right wingers will spin this as a huge blow to progressive talk, but virtually nothing has changed in the way of programming. Hosts like Tom Hartmann, Stephanie Miller and many others are going strong and picking up stations every single day.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

    it blows my mind people even listen to political talk radio,
    both sides make wild claims and pander to the lowest level of humanity,
    froth at the mouth about……everything, are almost always wrong,
    then start all over

    • Honu

      Can't say I agree with you Sean. I've listened to both sides of political radio and even though I'm a leftist and I acknowledge that the left will get it wrong factually at times, they rarely make wild accusations and puposeful false statements in the way the right wing talk radio hosts do. The left has a position and generally support their positions with fairly cogent arguments. The right used to have more voices like that but in the era of Limbaugh (who, despite some racism and completely off base accusations, sometimes has some lucid points) where inflammatory rhetoric and divisive speach reign, more moderate voices are drowned out. I can understand not wanting to pay attention to politics but there is a noticeable difference of tone between left and right talk radio

  • Alexander Hamlton

    Wow. So you’re saying they were so in demand, they failed? That is some amazing disconnection with America.

  • Alexander Hamlton

    Wow. So you're saying they were so in demand, they failed? That is some amazing disconnection with America.

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