April 17, 2004

Air America Network

by Jeremy Blachman

I read somewhere the other day that the Air America Network, the liberal radio network with Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo designed to compete with Rush Limbaugh and his fellow conservative radio talk show hosts, had missed some payments and was off the air in some big cities. The article also emphasized that Franken and his fellow hosts don't have much experience in radio and haven't been taking best advantage of the medium. I don't have a link for you. In fact, I only mention it because it gives me an excuse to try and be funny. Emphasis on "try."

The Air America Radio Network: Programming Schedule for Saturday April 17

6:00 AM -- "Liberal Morning," the show where radio personalities describe what they see as they watch the sun rise through a smog-filled sky made filthy by corporate polluters who get tax breaks.
8:00 AM -- Listen to a man who looks like George Bush get pies thrown at him.
9:00 AM -- Hear the sounds of endangered species over the radio dial for an hour.
10:00 AM -- Game Show: Who's More Liberal, with Ted Kennedy and Dennis Kucinich
11:00 AM -- Yelling at Republicans
Noon -- "Lunchtime on the Streets," the show where poor people complain that they have no food because the Republicans don't care about them.
1:00 PM -- Three hours of reminiscing about how wonderful Jimmy Carter was.
4:00 PM -- "The day the Republicans ended the world," a radio drama featuring the voices of Barbra Streisand and James Brolin.
6:00 PM -- "You may be eating dinner, but only if you're rich."
7:00 PM -- One hour of reflection: this week, we'll be listening for an hour to a tape of Michael Moore snoring.
8:00 PM -- Listen to someone throwing darts at pictures of Dick Cheney
9:00 PM -- Alternative Family storytime.
11:00 PM -- Obscenity, because the first amendment still exists. For now.

April 17, 2004 12:46 AM | TrackBack

Here are a couple links for you--the story seems a little complicated. I'd read that the AA folks were claiming Liu (the owner of the two stations) was possibly doublecharging them, and that he summarily yanked their programming off his airwaves when they called him on it. But I'm not sure that's true. Either way, TheSmokingGun.com has the complaint filed by Air America alleging (I believe, this is from news reports, I didn't actually look through the complaint myselfyet) breach of contract & that all money was paid up.
Link here.

And here's a news story from a (I believe) a California TV station--link here

PS Enjoyed the faux programming line-up as well ;)

Posted by: Visible Hand at April 17, 2004 12:45 PM
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