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Farewell, Air America, when we need it most (Ron Reagan Barf)
salon.com ^ | Jan. 22, 2010 | Ron Reagan

Posted on 01/23/2010 7:26:00 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

The conservative wing of the Supreme Court has brazenly revealed its corporatist agenda; President Obama may have found a populist voice with which to hector Wall Street; having given away Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat to a former Cosmo centerfold, Democrats are preparing to roll over on health insurance reform; and without doubt, Rush Limbaugh is making a complete ass of himself. Yet, for the first time in over a year, I won’t be able to talk about any of this on the radio. Air America, the long-suffering progressive talk radio network that carried my show, is no more.

They pulled the plug Thursday afternoon, but the patient was a perennial intensive-care case. From its inception, the network faced an uphill fight. While right-wing talk radio enjoys enormous corporate support, lefty chat has always been a harder sell. Charlie Kirecker, the chairman of Air America Media, did his best to move mountains over the last few weeks, but it’s tough shoveling with a teaspoon. At times it looked as if investors might be found who could accept losses over the midterm in hopes that the company would eventually turn around and show a profit. In the end, though, what Charlie somewhat euphemistically called “a very difficult economic climate” combined with the tenuous prospects of talk radio in general and AA’s admittedly checkered history gave even the most promising suitors pause.

So, just when the left could use it most, a platform for progressive thought and opinion disappears.

These are strange days for the nation, the Democratic Party and progressives in particular. Having elected a fresh, dynamic, forward-thinking young president with a mandate for real systemic change, we’re seeing way too much of the same old same old.

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KEYWORDS: airamerica; failure; farwell; liberaltalkradio; roadkill; scrapheapofhistory; trash
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1 posted on 01/23/2010 7:26:02 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Looking forward to the day that I can say “Farewell, Salon, you will not be missed.”


2 posted on 01/23/2010 7:29:41 PM PST by cranked
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To: Free ThinkerNY
That's just too bad, Ron . . . may I call you Ron? I don't want to call you Ronald, or Dutch, or anything else. One would think that this would be precisely the time that Air America would shine. What happened?

Maybe Ronald Reagan, if he was alive, could provide some clues to solving this puzzle.

3 posted on 01/23/2010 7:30:05 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Ron, you just don’t get it. Air America didn’t fail because conservative radio beat it. It failed because it competes for the same audience with government funded NPR.


4 posted on 01/23/2010 7:30:35 PM PST by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I'm partial to this line of Ron's rant:

Say hello to President Palin and her secretary of state, Glenn Beck.

5 posted on 01/23/2010 7:30:57 PM PST by LikeLight (FReepin tweetz @StephenLBloom)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Does little Ronny actually think anyone was listening to him?


6 posted on 01/23/2010 7:31:03 PM PST by smokingfrog (You can't ignore your boss and expect to keep your job... www.filipthishouse2010.com)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Does little Ron serve cheese with his whine?


7 posted on 01/23/2010 7:31:21 PM PST by NautiNurse (Obama: A day without TOTUS is like a day without sunshine)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

As a baby Ron was dropped on his head one too many times by Nancy.


8 posted on 01/23/2010 7:31:42 PM PST by Artemis Webb (Class of '98 needs no sarcasm tags!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
If he weren't the 40th President's son, he would be calling him an old, senile actor, too.

Miserable twerp.

9 posted on 01/23/2010 7:32:17 PM PST by Stepan12 (Palin & Bolton in 2012)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
young president with a mandate for real systemic change

Obama IS doing what he promised - redistribution of wealth.

I don't understand why Ron Reagan is disappointed.

10 posted on 01/23/2010 7:32:25 PM PST by donna (SarahPAC has donated money to...(wait for it)...Lindsey Graham!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I highly doubt that we “need” Error Amerika. After all, there are plenty of avenues to hear idiotic opinion detached from reality spouted still available for liberals. ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and the vast majority of newspapers in the nation to name just a few.


11 posted on 01/23/2010 7:33:02 PM PST by highlander_UW (There's a storm coming - little kid at a Mexican gas station in The Terminator)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So, just when the left could use it most, a platform for progressive thought and opinion disappears.

It’s called economics Ron.

Fewer listeners = less Ad revenue.

Less Ad Revenue = Less advertisers.

Even socialists aren’t going to invest in a
losing proposition forever.


12 posted on 01/23/2010 7:33:28 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: All

Ahh poor Ron (no reall Reagan)

Perhaps Ron and Rahm can get together and throw a benefit ballerina dance.


13 posted on 01/23/2010 7:34:18 PM PST by rbmillerjr (It's us against them...the Establishment RINOs vs rank and file...Sarah Palin or bust)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Great article.

Ah, to hear the lamentations of their women!


14 posted on 01/23/2010 7:36:07 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, islam will cover the earth with darkness for a thousand years.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Brown will cleanse that Mass seat from the shame of Chappaquiddick and the countless excesses of old Kennedy. I hate to bash the dead but they keep acting like this guy was a saint or something. Mass. is very lucky to move on from the Kennedy’s.


15 posted on 01/23/2010 7:37:28 PM PST by rfpzzzzz
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To: Free ThinkerNY
and without doubt, Rush Limbaugh is making a complete ass of himself.

You wish, babe...
16 posted on 01/23/2010 7:37:48 PM PST by alecqss
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Supreme Court has brazenly revealed its corporatist agenda

Ron, you were too young to be a 60's radical, but that hasn't stopped you from sounding just as stupid.
17 posted on 01/23/2010 7:38:50 PM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Ron,

Air Amerika failed because you and your socialist broadcasters had a never-ending agenda of demonizing and attacking the United States as wicked and evil.
I suggest that you and your buddies move to Venezuela where Chavez will welcome you with open arms.


18 posted on 01/23/2010 7:39:08 PM PST by Riptides
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To: Free ThinkerNY

BooHoo! I am so depressed about this. Oh well. I guess I’ll build myselve a Margarita and drink in rememberence of them.

I can’t imagine life without Jeanine Garafolo. On the bright side this may free her up for a job in the Obama White house. Or maybe she can run for Congress. ACORN is still around to help get out the vote.


19 posted on 01/23/2010 7:39:30 PM PST by SkipW
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To: Free ThinkerNY

At times like these, I’m so glad President Reagan has passed away, so that he doesn’t have to endure the pain of knowing what a complete pig his biological son is.

At least Michael should have given him pride.


20 posted on 01/23/2010 7:39:51 PM PST by ottbmare (I could agree wth you, but then we'd both be wrong.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Why would any corp want to waste thier money on a station that cant get ratings and sell product. Dont ya know liberism is a mental disorder


21 posted on 01/23/2010 7:41:08 PM PST by weldAllday (Elections have Consequences)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If they wanted to get creative they could make it into a hobbyist supported micro-powered national network, tied together by internet links. The license costs for such a thing are minimal. They would have to forego music, but they could play canned lefty yak 24/7.


22 posted on 01/23/2010 7:42:16 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Well, all those former affiliates who have been making big bucks selling air time on Ron’s show will be more than happy to buy the show in syndication. That would result in it still being heard in... uh... no markets.


23 posted on 01/23/2010 7:42:41 PM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Ah, to hear the lamentations of their women!

an can We call Ahnold ‘Girlie Man’?


24 posted on 01/23/2010 7:42:46 PM PST by bravotu (Have a Nice Day !)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Air America would have remained in business if enough people were interested in listening in.

Oh, this anti-corporate rant is BS. A non-profit took a case to the SCOTUS over the government decided to pass a law that limited political speech. The left would have been outraged if it was a Bush or Palin bash that was banned within the window and rightly so. Congress cannot enact laws that interfere with people speaking out. PERIOD


25 posted on 01/23/2010 7:44:15 PM PST by misterrob (Have you tea bagged a liberal today?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What company wants to advertise on a station that constantly says companies are EVIL? And what kind of lefty who thinks everything should be paid for by the government is willing to listen to commercials?


26 posted on 01/23/2010 7:46:53 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Didn’t they plunder the coffers of some home for retarded old folks in order to pay the salary of Al Franken?


27 posted on 01/23/2010 7:48:14 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"While right-wing talk radio enjoys enormous corporate support,"

It's called "advertising," based on the millions of listeners.

"lefty chat has always been a harder sell."

Because lefties are to busy listening to rap while smoking crack.

28 posted on 01/23/2010 7:48:58 PM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Ron Reagan

Proof that genetics can only be responsible for so much.


29 posted on 01/23/2010 7:50:00 PM PST by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The only reason they need it is that they can’t find a paying job without it. Certainly, no one listened to it.


30 posted on 01/23/2010 7:50:22 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Balding_Eagle
Ah, to hear the lamentations of their women!

Mourning Becomes Electra... but not Ron.

31 posted on 01/23/2010 7:51:01 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Mostly, he misses a paycheck.


32 posted on 01/23/2010 7:51:44 PM PST by depressed in 06 (Tea parties today, Lexington tomorrow.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Next up, pulling the plug on MSNBC.


33 posted on 01/23/2010 7:52:48 PM PST by dfc1 (Rush Limbaugh - a man, a legend, a way of life)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

How in the he— did Ron Reagan ever have such a spoiled idiot for a son?
Obviously corporate America will not back a loser station moron, it is called capitalism!


34 posted on 01/23/2010 7:53:55 PM PST by ohiogrammy (12)
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To: Stepan12
If he weren't the president's son his claim to fame would have been working seedy San Francisco street corners.
35 posted on 01/23/2010 7:54:14 PM PST by Tail Gunner John
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To: Free ThinkerNY

These knuckleheads have the house, senate and the executive, they already got a supreme court pick and they still whine like little ****ies.

Are liberals ever happy?


36 posted on 01/23/2010 7:55:52 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’m still trying to figure out if he’s Prancer, Dancer, or Vixen.


37 posted on 01/23/2010 7:59:53 PM PST by DoughtyOne (God, Family, Friends, Home, Town, State, the U.S., Conservatism, Free Republic & a dollar a day...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Could it be that leftie-progressive ideas are just as bankrupt as Air-America...?? Nah.


38 posted on 01/23/2010 8:01:06 PM PST by marjiwoj
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Air America (Communist Propaganda) = ABCCBSNBCMSNBCCNNCNBC


39 posted on 01/23/2010 8:02:14 PM PST by CodeToad (If it weren't for physics and law enforcement I'd be unstoppable!)
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To: LikeLight

From both your mouths to God’s ear!


40 posted on 01/23/2010 8:08:49 PM PST by Category Four (Joy, Fun, the Joke Proper, and Flippancy ... Flippancy is the best of all.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

People seem to forget that most of the first talk show hosts as we know them were hosted by people who were actually considered a bit left-of-center, such as Alan Burke, Joe Pyne, Barry Gray, etc. Anybody here grew up in NYC back in the 60’s? Remember WMCA, first with the hits, Fabulous 57, home of the Good Guys? For about a half hr every night Barry Gray, would do editorials, mostly with a decidedly liberal slant and answer a few phone calls. In Sept of 1970 WMCA ended their top-40 format and went all news/talk. It was then when Bob Grant started broadcasting in NYC. Mr. Grant was a pioneer in CONSERVATIVE talk radio, surprising all the critics by not only surviving but thriving in the NY market. And the rest, as they say, is history. In fact, el Rushbo, in his first book credits Mr. Grant’s groundbreaking work as one reason for his success.


41 posted on 01/23/2010 8:11:39 PM PST by Impala64ssa
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Is anyone really listening to this fairy?


42 posted on 01/23/2010 8:12:18 PM PST by Shamrock-DW
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“While right-wing talk radio enjoys enormous corporate support, lefty chat has always been a harder sell.”

Note to Ron: The reason “lefty chat” is hard to sell is because it is hate-filled drivel. Who wants to listen to that garbage? Your show, especially. Lefty talks comes from a bunch of people who talk and reason as though they got stuck in junior high.


43 posted on 01/23/2010 8:12:18 PM PST by DennisR
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To: Free ThinkerNY
While right-wing talk radio enjoys enormous corporate support,...

Young Ron has a moronic understanding of radio advertising. Rush, Sean, Laura, and locally in DC Chris and Andy/Grandy keep an audience. Corporations pay for that. They don't pay for the content. Radio/Television content is a means to an end. It could be Fibber Magee and Molly, Gunsmoke, The CBS Eveninhg News, M.A.S.H, or the Jerry Doyle Show. The advertiser doesn't care. He wants eyes or ears paying attention to the program.

Conservative talk radio advertising works because we are there with our ears and we buy many of the products and services advertised. To name two the jimfgree family has a Sleep Number Bed and we backup our computers using Carbonite. With a little bit more study I could name MANY others. If a media channel works in developing and maintaining an audience it has commercial value. Air America was not limited to 7th grade insults and jokes but it developed that reputation early on and maintained it through its programming decisions. And most important it never captured an audience. How better to lose advertisers and become a commercial joke?

44 posted on 01/23/2010 8:14:15 PM PST by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will continue to have more relevant quality executive experience than B. Obama.)
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To: krb
Yep. If Airhead America was so important, George Soros, Peter Lewis or some other rich liberal billionaire would just write a check to keep it on the air. They don't because the mainstream media does the job for them.
45 posted on 01/23/2010 8:22:34 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

When did AAR go on the air? Wasn’t it before the 2004 elections? If tht was when it went on air just how long did Ron Jr think investors should take a loss until it gained viewers? Usually a buisness is expect to turn a profit within a few years?GEEZ Dems couldn’t run a profitable lemonaid stand why do people think they could run a large buisness like the US government?


46 posted on 01/23/2010 8:26:49 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Failed ballerinas sure are wise!


47 posted on 01/23/2010 8:36:32 PM PST by tumblindice (Hail To the TOTUS)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Guess the queer will just have to go back to ballet dancing!


48 posted on 01/23/2010 8:38:51 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Hey, someone call 911! Non Reagan needs a WAAAAHmbulance! :)


49 posted on 01/23/2010 8:39:50 PM PST by Impala64ssa
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Seems like this acorn fell quite far from the tree.


50 posted on 01/23/2010 8:44:25 PM PST by ARepublicanForAllReasons (Give 'em hell, Sarah!)
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