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Air America, the Talk Radio Network, Will Go Off the Air
New York Times ^ | January 20, 2010 | Brian Stelter

Posted on 01/21/2010 6:46:33 PM PST by La Lydia

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...”

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.

Although it lacked a substantial audience, the network catapulted a number of progressive media personalities into stardom, most notably Rachel Maddow, who now anchors a prime-time program on the cable news channel MSNBC. Al Franken, now a Democratic senator from Minnesota, hosted an Air America show from 2004 to 2007, before running for office...

“It would be a shame if the world sees the failure of Air America as representing the failure of progressive talk radio,” said Michael Harrison, the editor of Talkers Magazine, a talk radio publication...

Air America started to play rerun programming rather suddenly Thursday evening. The company said it would sign off completely next Monday night.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: airamerica; karma; liberaltalkradio; schadenfreude; theend
The Michael Harrison guy is certifiable. "Just because it failed doesn't mean it failed."
1 posted on 01/21/2010 6:46:33 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Yep. It’s Bush’s fault.

http://thehayride.com/2010/01/air-america-another-victim-of-obamas-economy-its-bushs-fault


2 posted on 01/21/2010 6:48:10 PM PST by Hayrider
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To: La Lydia

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2434336/posts


3 posted on 01/21/2010 6:48:42 PM PST by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: La Lydia

This is shocking and unexpected, right?


4 posted on 01/21/2010 6:48:48 PM PST by elpinta (DC, TSA: things that make me puke.)
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To: La Lydia

Dey should juss ax King Obamba fo a bailout!


5 posted on 01/21/2010 6:49:38 PM PST by clintonh8r (Nobody's 'bot!)
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To: La Lydia

Talk about a GREAT WEEK!!!!!!


6 posted on 01/21/2010 6:51:05 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: La Lydia

Bold emphasis yours?


7 posted on 01/21/2010 6:51:48 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian (A "teabagger"? Say it to my face. ><BCC>)
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To: La Lydia
Air America had no way of becoming profitable, that never being the objective of Leftwingtards, it did serve as a way big money Democrats, Progressives, Commies, Socialists and Miscreants on the Left could do direct corporate "campaign donations" to folks on "their side".

They knew what the USSC was going to do to McCain/Feingold today so they cut their losses ~ which must have been doubly hard for the mob of Leftwingtards around that enterprise.

Now the money will go directly to their candidates.

The good news is this will probably force some major housekeeping at the Washington Post. They've been kept in business by Warren Buffett's Leftwingtard buddies ~ now they don't need to.

Over the next few months watch the loss of old line newspapers and magazines accelerate!

8 posted on 01/21/2010 6:53:58 PM PST by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: La Lydia

Air America was still on the air???????


9 posted on 01/21/2010 6:54:37 PM PST by mockingbyrd (Sarah speaks for me!)
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To: clintonh8r

Randy going to have to wash beer glasses


10 posted on 01/21/2010 6:56:05 PM PST by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: 2banana
Talk about a GREAT WEEK!!!!!!

No kidding, huh? Thank God!

11 posted on 01/21/2010 6:58:47 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: elpinta

It is to me, I thought they were already off the air.


12 posted on 01/21/2010 7:02:32 PM PST by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: Blue Collar Christian

Of course.


13 posted on 01/21/2010 7:03:29 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: 2banana

That’s what I was thinking.


14 posted on 01/21/2010 7:03:55 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: tiki

OK, OK, yes... OK... I actually mentioned this around my small circle of friends and they ALL said something like ‘never heard of it’ so...

:-))


15 posted on 01/21/2010 7:07:07 PM PST by elpinta (DC, TSA: things that make me puke.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Don’t celebrate guy . 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.


16 posted on 01/21/2010 7:07:20 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: La Lydia

Air America today, MSNBC tomorrow, the NY Times the day after.


17 posted on 01/21/2010 7:09:51 PM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: La Lydia

They just ran out of time before they could pass a law to force us to listen to Air America. Remember the Fairness Doctrine?


18 posted on 01/21/2010 7:25:14 PM PST by artichokegrower
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To: La Lydia

It is a strange sort of logic. Air America was important even if hardly anyone listened to it. Maddox has gone on to another program that hardly anyone watches. I guess that proves that you can be important even if your not important. Liberal logic makes my head hurt.


19 posted on 01/21/2010 7:26:02 PM PST by Nosterrex
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To: artichokegrower

Air America going off the air is like a tree falling in the woods. Nobody will hear it or notice it.


20 posted on 01/21/2010 7:31:09 PM PST by fourmation599 (Obama: Hope and Change? More like Taxes and Treason!)
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To: artichokegrower

The Fairness Doctrine is well into the works already ..It’s on the way


21 posted on 01/21/2010 7:38:07 PM PST by sonic109 (and...what are we going to do about it ? NOTHING ?..so shut up and take it !)
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