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Air America, the Talk Radio Network, Will Go Off the Air
NY Times ^

Posted on 01/21/2010 6:44:31 PM PST by God luvs America

Air America, the long-suffering progressive talk radio network, abruptly shut down on Thursday, bowing to what it called a “very difficult economic environment.”

The chairman of Air America Media, Charlie Kireker, said in a statement that the company would file under Chapter 7 bankruptcy “to carry out an orderly winding-down of the business.”

In a troubled time for advertising-driven media businesses, “our painstaking search for new investors has come close several times right up into this week but ultimately fell short of success,” Mr. Kireker said.

The closing did not come as a surprise. Air America, which began six years ago and has 100 affiliated stations, cycled through a number of owners and never found its financial footing. It first filed for bankruptcy protection in 2006 but managed to stay on the air.

“The fact of the matter was, it was always a very challenging business proposition, and it never had the right management,” said Sam Seder, who hosted programs on Air America until last year.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: airamerica; fail; liberalmedia; liberaltalkradio; theend
the humiliation continues for the libs....all three people who listen to this station will surely be disapointed..
1 posted on 01/21/2010 6:44:31 PM PST by God luvs America
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To: God luvs America

Dang, it has been a GREAT week!!!


2 posted on 01/21/2010 6:45:38 PM PST by Vasilli22
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To: God luvs America

bu-bye


3 posted on 01/21/2010 6:46:03 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Vasilli22

Best week in a looooong time.


4 posted on 01/21/2010 6:46:47 PM PST by GOPJ (Happy Anniversary Barack! Love, Massachusetts - - - FreeperGOPsterinMA)
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To: God luvs America

With barely a whimper.


5 posted on 01/21/2010 6:47:01 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: God luvs America

Tough days for liberal rat weasels.


6 posted on 01/21/2010 6:47:59 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew (Liberal Land: Where lies are true and the truth is a smear campaign.)
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To: God luvs America
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7 posted on 01/21/2010 6:48:37 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: God luvs America

If a liberal radio network falls in a forest, and no one cares, does it make a sound?

Ha ha ha...banner week for the liberals. The clips on O’Reilly (Howie Dean and Chrissy Matthews) and Hannity tonight (the malevolent Arlen Sphincter being beyond rude to Michelle Bachmann) show that they are coming so unglued that Elmer’s has added a third shift.


8 posted on 01/21/2010 6:49:31 PM PST by LostInBayport (2010 - The Second American Revolution. The first shot was fired 1/19/2010 -- in Massachusetts!)
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To: God luvs America
“The fact of the matter was, it was always a very challenging business proposition, and it never had the right management,”

Liberals say the same thing about communism. It was a great idea, they just didn't have the right leader.

9 posted on 01/21/2010 6:50:10 PM PST by Always Right
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To: God luvs America
I guess they couldn't find a Boys and Girls Club to steal the money from this time.

They're using the Obama Economy as the reason for their demise while Rush Limbaugh flies his G550 all over the country to play Golf. LOL

So far, this has been a wonderful week, torrential rains and all.

10 posted on 01/21/2010 6:51:33 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (There is nothing Democratic about the Democrat Party...)
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To: God luvs America

Wow, Christmas continues!


11 posted on 01/21/2010 6:51:40 PM PST by ThomasSawyer (Democratic Underground: Proof that anyone can figure out how to use a computer.)
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To: God luvs America
. . .it never had the right management,” said Sam Seder.

Get a clue, Mr. Seder. It never had anything but bad ideas; ideas that portend against good business.

12 posted on 01/21/2010 6:51:40 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew (Liberal Land: Where lies are true and the truth is a smear campaign.)
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To: God luvs America
"... Air America, which began six years ago and has 100 affiliated stations, cycled through a number of owners and never found its financial footing."

I read that rather than following the successful formula of the conservative talk show hosts whose broadcasts get picked up by existing radio markets, Air America went around buying up radio franchises in metro areas all over the country.

They tried to make a little government out of liberal talk radio and financed the infrastructure to support it, rather than just producing a product for licensing to the existing marketplace.

That right there shows you the difference in mindset between liberals and conservatives, with the predictable results.

There are all kinds of fools that got left holding the bag on millions of unpaid debts from Air America, and now the Air America hosts have all left for new jobs at MSNBC.

Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh makes a thousand dollars every time he blinks.

13 posted on 01/21/2010 6:53:11 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: God luvs America

The fact of the matter is....No one wants to listen to the whiney negative attack speak that lib personalities have to spew. Note the prime time ratings in Fox vs. pMSNBC as another example.


14 posted on 01/21/2010 6:56:42 PM PST by peteram
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To: The KG9 Kid
I read that rather than following the successful formula of the conservative talk show hosts whose broadcasts get picked up by existing radio markets, Air America went around buying up radio franchises in metro areas all over the country.

Good points. As I recall also, when the idea of Air America was being floated, there were no radio stations that wanted to carry it (knowing that it wouldn't bring the listener base which translates into revenue) so they resorted to "buying time" like an infomercial. It was the only way that they could get on the air. Whereas conservative talk is something people are attracted to listening to.

The libs just couldn't fight the trends nor work within. This, BTW also is what led to talk of bringing back the fairness doctrine. THe whiners just can't get it through their heads that no one wants to hear what they have to say.

15 posted on 01/21/2010 7:01:41 PM PST by peteram
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To: God luvs America

they never learn


16 posted on 01/21/2010 7:02:49 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: God luvs America
Air America, the long-suffering progressive talk radio network

Not nearly long-suffering enough!

17 posted on 01/21/2010 7:02:58 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (Pray for my soul. More things are wrought by prayer Than this world dreams of.-- Idylls of the King)
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To: God luvs America
Dam this has not been a good week for the left....

GOOD!

18 posted on 01/21/2010 7:07:22 PM PST by tophat9000 (Obama has "Jumped The Shark" ...and fell in the shark tank)
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To: peteram
THe whiners just can't get it through their heads that no one wants to hear what they have to say.

I can't wait until my next conversation with my lib "friends".

"I don't wish to hear what you have to say..."

19 posted on 01/21/2010 7:09:06 PM PST by going hot (Happiness is a Momma Deuce)
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To: God luvs America
Oh no, now all the commies have is CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, NPR, and virtually all the dying print media.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

20 posted on 01/21/2010 7:10:43 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: The KG9 Kid

Don’t celebrate guys . The Fairness Doctrine is next , half of it is already in planning and ready to roll. Obama KNOWS the only way he will get his way is to stifle the opposition.
Look into the plans for Fairness Doctrine is you want to really get sick..Mark my words they have BIG BIG plans already in the work to take down talk radio.

They failed because they sucked at what they did an no one listed.They will however be back on within 2 years subsidized by the government with the new fairness doctrine . Mark my words


21 posted on 01/21/2010 7:12:34 PM PST by sonic109 (and...what are we going to do about it ? NOTHING ?..so shut up and take it !)
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To: God luvs America
What a week.
What's that popping sound I hear?
Must be more DUmmie and KOSsack empty heads exploding. LOL
22 posted on 01/21/2010 7:12:34 PM PST by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: LostInBayport

If they didn’t print this story in the newspaper, who would know?


23 posted on 01/21/2010 7:12:45 PM PST by Viking83
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To: God luvs America

Oh, how I’ve been waiting for this day.


24 posted on 01/21/2010 7:22:03 PM PST by Rocky (Obama's ego: The "I's" have it.)
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To: God luvs America

Gee. Where is PSNBC gonna recruit all their new talent from now?


25 posted on 01/21/2010 7:27:32 PM PST by smokingfrog (You can't ignore your boss and expect to keep your job... www.filipthishouse2010.com)
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To: God luvs America
The Continuing Scandal At Air America [FR, 2005]
26 posted on 01/21/2010 7:36:14 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner

so long suckers ! I shall shed not a tear , but somehow I gotta go pee .....


27 posted on 01/21/2010 7:43:14 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: God luvs America; All
You mean no more Morning Sedition segments?


28 posted on 01/21/2010 7:43:25 PM PST by SloopJohnB (Republicans: The uncanny ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.)
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To: God luvs America

What niche did Air America fill that wasn’t already filled by NPR on radio and by the MSM on TV?

Air America would have had to play to the people who think Obama isn’t liberal enough. And campus radio plus a few webcasters already have that market covered.

Air America was doomed from its first sign-on.


29 posted on 01/21/2010 8:14:03 PM PST by Loyalist (Romney/Pawlenty 2012: Replace malaise with ennui!)
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To: God luvs America
Well hell, there are going to be 5 or 6 people in the country with nothing to listen to.
30 posted on 01/21/2010 8:16:22 PM PST by The Cajun (Mind numbed robot , ditto-head, Hannitized, Levinite)
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To: God luvs America

Err America failed because few people willingly listen to communist propaganda.


31 posted on 01/22/2010 11:40:26 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: God luvs America
Air America, the Talk Radio Network, Will Go Off the Air

I love the fact that even the Slimes has to explain to its readers what Air America is.

Or was.

32 posted on 01/22/2010 11:45:47 AM PST by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: God luvs America

Run out of orphan’s funds to plunder... Tough break!


33 posted on 01/22/2010 6:04:38 PM PST by GregoryFul
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