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Air America losing altitude in New York
United Press International ^ | August 3, 2006

Posted on 08/10/2006 4:45:34 PM PDT by new yorker 77

NEW YORK, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The liberal radio network Air America is moving to a weaker AM signal in New York due to down ratings and shaky finances, the New York Post reported.

The talk radio network failed to renew its two-year lease with the owners of WLIB (1190 AM), forcing left-wingers such as Al Franken to broadcast from WWRL (1600 AM) -- which has a weaker signal -- beginning Sept. 1, the newspaper said.

"Air America" executives had previously run into trouble at WLIB after the station's owners -- Pierre Sutton and his father, former Manhattan Borough President Percy Sutton -- discovered the network's financial situation.

Negative publicity involving loans from a Bronx charity to Air America when the network was starting up, helped make the relationship between the two sides more precarious, the newspaper said.

WLIB may be leased next month to Clear Channel's Randy Michaels, who has reportedly shown interest in originating a talk-show network from the station.

© Copyright 2006 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: clearchannel; frankenfraud; liberaltalkradio; wlib; wwrl
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To: new yorker 77
I turned on their old station and thought they returned to our area, only ten times more interesting. I then scanned for other stations and found out that band on my car radio had burned out, and it was only static.
21 posted on 08/10/2006 5:20:58 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: spinestein

They could save money by mailing cassette tapes of the show to everyone in their audience.


22 posted on 08/10/2006 5:21:53 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (The most important thing is sincerity. Once you can fake that, everything else is easy.)
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To: spinestein

They aren't even going to get the drive time hours at their new station. It's going with local programming. Also it appears that the Jerry Springer radio show isn't moving with them.


23 posted on 08/10/2006 5:23:55 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: new yorker 77

24 posted on 08/10/2006 5:26:47 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of "dependence on government"!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

"If Freepers didn't talk about them, no one would be talking about them."

The DUmmies rarely discuss Air America's ratings or financial condition but they do discuss the daily programming. The few times in the past year that I have seen the ratings and finances mentioned about the only thing they could do was complain how unfair it was because conservative talk radio had a head start on them or how talk radio listeners were just stupid and not enlightened like them. LOL! It is as if they are simply putting thier fingers in their ears and shouting LA,LA,LA,LA,LA,..... and waiting for the next misguided millionaire to bail it out.


25 posted on 08/10/2006 5:30:06 PM PDT by Bogtrotter52 (Reading DU daily so you won't hafta)
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To: new yorker 77

26 posted on 08/10/2006 5:32:39 PM PDT by mirkwood (Gun control isn't about guns. It's about control.)
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To: Bogtrotter52

They have a presence here in the Twin Cities, but if I drive fast enough, I can out-run their signal.


27 posted on 08/10/2006 5:33:18 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily, Apply Sparingly.)
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To: Wil H

His wife's fortune.Sure.


28 posted on 08/10/2006 5:40:38 PM PDT by QQQQ
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To: EQAndyBuzz
==Maybe Randi Rhodes...==

She was on Larry King last night debating Neal Boortz. She got skewered. Transcript available at CCN or Boortz site.

29 posted on 08/10/2006 5:43:53 PM PDT by OnRightOnLeftCoast (U.S. government: Voluntary laws and policies assuring self-destruction)
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To: new yorker 77

Here in Cincinnati where Clear Channel has three 50kw stations and one 5kw on AM they recently got bumped down to the 5kw.


30 posted on 08/10/2006 5:44:04 PM PDT by HBAR223
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To: new yorker 77

Wow, I fell for it and happy to say I'm rejoycing in the the impending crash of Air America!


31 posted on 08/10/2006 5:45:35 PM PDT by right wing (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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To: new yorker 77

"down ratings"?-lol-how about NO ratings.


32 posted on 08/10/2006 5:49:22 PM PDT by Carl LaFong ("I shot that fat barkeep!!")
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To: HBAR223
Here in Cincinnati where Clear Channel has three 50kw stations and one 5kw on AM they recently got bumped down to the 5kw.

Here in Dallas, well, they don't have it here in Dallas.

33 posted on 08/10/2006 5:50:40 PM PDT by stinkerpot65
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To: new yorker 77
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HA ha...
and the RATS take another one in the...

34 posted on 08/10/2006 5:51:31 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: Richard Kimball

LOL!!!


35 posted on 08/10/2006 5:54:08 PM PDT by spinestein (Follow The Brazen Rule)
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To: John W

WOWO is already dirty (static AM) in my area. I'm 65 miles to the north and love WOWO!


36 posted on 08/10/2006 5:55:55 PM PDT by sig229 (If you see a fork in the road, take it.)
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To: new yorker 77

In the El Paso area Air America is on 1650.

Nice thing is that most radios cannot pick up this frequency :-)

I listen once in awhile for comic relief...it's like a Scrappleface radio station...so looney you can't believe it's not a joke..


37 posted on 08/10/2006 6:22:17 PM PDT by Bobalu (This is not the tag line you are looking for.....move along (waves hand))
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To: spinestein
Here is the radio for err Amerika.


38 posted on 08/10/2006 6:22:45 PM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: OnRightOnLeftCoast

During one exchange, Boortz said he would send $5000 to Air America if he had ever called all muslims, ragheads.
Anything new on this?
He should have challenged her that if she was wrong (like there is a chance of that ever happening), she would have to send $5000 to the RNC.


39 posted on 08/10/2006 6:23:22 PM PDT by Holicheese (Gran Habano #5 Corojo is awesome)
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To: HBAR223
The loyal listeners say "Its a plot by WLW to drive Air America off the air". I can't stand Rhodes voice and accent. I was surprised by how she looks halfway normal. I really expected her persona to be a homely, hairy legged man hater...
40 posted on 08/10/2006 6:24:56 PM PDT by chadwimc
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