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A bumpy takeoff for Air America liberal radio network (Lib Spin - I hope)
Star Tribune ^ | 5/15/2004 | Deborah Caulfield Rybak

Posted on 05/14/2004 6:08:17 PM PDT by wjersey

NEW YORK -- Last week, Al Franken and Katherine Lanpher basked in the warm spring sun outside the Park Avenue skyscraper that serves as hub to the Air America radio network. Their distinctive laughs bounced off the courtyard wall as the pair relaxed after their 3-hour show.

"The O'Franken Factor" had been good that day. Good guests. Good energy. Things were looking up.

Fifteen minutes later they went upstairs for a staff meeting, where they learned that two of the network's top executives had resigned, the second management shake-up in as many weeks. The good news was that their paychecks, delayed for 24 hours, would now be distributed.

"There was a glitch," Franken acknowledged later. "There was a little gallows humor, then everyone was sort of anxious to get back to work."

Air America's erstwhile 'Minnesota Mafia'Keith BedfordSpecial To The Star TribuneThings are kind of weird at Air America these days. No one disputes that the network, now in its seventh week, has had a rocky lift-off and continues to be buffeted by financial and managerial turbulence. It has lost key stations in two of its top three markets, Chicago and Los Angeles, and this week closed its sales offices there and laid off staff.

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


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We need to start a boycott of Walgreens and Kay Jewelers
1 posted on 05/14/2004 6:08:18 PM PDT by wjersey
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when the Red Star Tribune adminst things are bad at Scare America, then you know theyre done


2 posted on 05/14/2004 6:10:36 PM PDT by boxsmith13
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"The O'Franken Factor" had been good that day. Good guests. Good energy. Things were looking up.

Obviously spin.

3 posted on 05/14/2004 6:11:43 PM PDT by atomicpossum (Hey, I wouldn't touch Camryn Manheim's uterus on a bet.)
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May Air America die a thousand flaming deaths for taking away my music on Saturday.


4 posted on 05/14/2004 6:12:37 PM PDT by cyborg
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Good guests. Good energy

Someone attached electrodes to their tender parts?

5 posted on 05/14/2004 6:14:56 PM PDT by DonaldDuke
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The fledgling network continues to add new cities to its roster along with real advertisers such as Walgreens and Kay Jewelers (instead of public service announcements). Experts say its Internet presence -- drawing as many as 80,000 listeners an hour at http://www.airamericaradio.com-- is unparalleled. "Air America is far bigger than any other radio network's presence on the Internet," said Kurt Hanson, editor of RAIN, a radio and Internet newsletter. "It is the biggest success story for a U.S. broadcaster to date."

All other successful broadcast enterprises have achieved their success over the airwaves, not dial up telephone lines. Who are these people trying to kid?

7 posted on 05/14/2004 6:17:16 PM PDT by khenrich
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>> The good news was that their paychecks, delayed for 24 hours, would now be distributed.

So, delayed paychecks and they're scraping to get even that. The writer has a rather peculiar grasp of "good news."

9 posted on 05/14/2004 6:18:35 PM PDT by T'wit ("To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society" - Theodore Roosevelt)
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was anybody listening


10 posted on 05/14/2004 6:18:38 PM PDT by since1868
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Al Franken - another skidmark in the underwear of American media.


11 posted on 05/14/2004 6:18:45 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Liberals are social terrorists and seditionists. Treat them as such.........)
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"It turned out there wasn't as much money as Evan said there was," Franken said. "That's why we're hitting a temporary little rough patch and why he's gone. Some heroes have come in and are keeping us going, and hopefully this will get restructured."

Hmm, wonder who they could be?

12 posted on 05/14/2004 6:19:54 PM PDT by Randjuke
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They Lost H.P and G.M,Who Had Been Under Contract To The Previous Owners,I Suspect Wahlgreens and Kay Jewelers Will do The Same

After All,How Much Of An Economic Force Is A Pack Of Hygenically Challenged Bark-Eating Hippies.


13 posted on 05/14/2004 6:22:22 PM PDT by Redcoat LI (What Is Man That Thou Art Mindful of Him)
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EEEEIIIUUUWWWW.. right at dinner time to.

This'll Ruin Breakfast For Ya.

14 posted on 05/14/2004 6:27:02 PM PDT by Redcoat LI (What Is Man That Thou Art Mindful of Him)
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I listen to them on XM. Thy are so mean and nasty and negative they get past the point of absurdity and it's almost funny.

Air America reminds me of professional wrestling. The people that play the "bad guys". You hear them yelling and saying things that are just so absurd. You expect them to stop at some point and say "hey, it's just an act!". But they don't.

The main reason Air America will eventually go belly up is that they are just not any fun. There is nothing positive about them. All they do is moan and groan and gripe and bitch. They remind me of the Mr. Wilson character on Dennis the Menace.

15 posted on 05/14/2004 6:28:49 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (I'm isthisnickcool, and I approved this post!)
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Walgreens

1-877-250-5823


http://www.walgreens.com/contactus/email/general_email.jhtml;jsessionid=A0CLOBM3SEAYKCSJY2UHQHQKJHDSQ3MK


16 posted on 05/14/2004 6:29:10 PM PDT by kcvl
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""The O'Franken Factor" had been good that day"

I know those words, but that sentence doesn't make any sense.


17 posted on 05/14/2004 6:32:37 PM PDT by Monty22
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The Chicago Tribune is reporting that AA deducted health insurance premiums from the paycheck of Chicago staffers but were never enrolled in a health insurance plan, although AA promised coverage. AA President, Jon Sinton said that if the insurance has lapsed, it will be restored.

Lapsed? They were never enrolled! These people are buffoons.


18 posted on 05/14/2004 6:35:43 PM PDT by lara
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Attention Libs:

Your idealistic campaign to bring enlightenment to the benighted slobs of Radio America is a failure. You are sinking daily into an ever deeper quagmire. You need to internationalize your radio network before it's too late. Call it Air France, and get out now, while you still can.


19 posted on 05/14/2004 6:40:36 PM PDT by Argus
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Wow! 80,000 listeners! That has to be the best use of Thirty Million Dollars in the history of money.


20 posted on 05/14/2004 6:42:28 PM PDT by VisualizeSmallerGovernment (Question Liberal Authority)
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