Monday, April 09, 2007
The Collapse of Air America Radio
I just read where Sam Sedar will no longer have his 9:00am morning show. With the demise of Morning Sedition with Marc Maron and Al Franken leaving to run for the U.S. Senate this more or less kills what was a promising outlet for liberal and progressive views. Now the new owner, Marc Green, the poor man's version of a liberal, has effectively killed off what was with this new move.
Green, who is nothing more than a LINO (Liberal In Name Only) will now complete the mutation of Air America into something liberal/progressives will surely shun while the O'Reilly's of the world will howl with delight and boast that liberal/progressive views are not a viable perspective for success in mainstream media markets. Of course Pacifica Radio won't get any mention because of its low media profile. It's more like a C-Span version of news and commentary with a liberal/progressive perspective preaching to the choir. This format will not be drawing new markets for listeners because its not designed to. The promise of Air America was to introduce these views to a more mainstream audience open to change and fresh thinking.
The Thom Hartman Show, which replaced the departing Al Franken, is so dull it would drop a charging rhino into a coma while Randi Rhodes is like fingers across a chalk board with her repetitious rants. The only semblance of anything remarkable left is the wonderful Rachel Maddow who has somehow evaded Green's penchant for killing a golden goose so far. The rest of the shows left are just time fillers with no future.
Air America, we hardly knew ye. So long.