Thursday, May 06, 2004
Above and below cribbed from Drudge
Thu May 06 2004 23:59:55 ET
In yet another sign of trouble for Air America Radio, the liberal talk network entering its fifth chaotic week on the air, co-founder and chairman Evan Cohen resigned Thursday, as did vice-chairman and investor Rex Sorensen.
The CHICAGO TRIBUNE is planning to report in fresh editions: The company also failed to make its scheduled payroll, leaving its staff roughly 100 radio personalities, writers, and producers unpaid until Thursday.
The departures of Cohen, a former political operative from Guam who was among the network's initial investors, and Sorenson, an investor who owns radio stations in Guam, mark the second executive shake-up at the fledgling network in as many weeks.
I'm kind of conflicted here. On the one hand, I like having the oppurtunity to turn my dial and get a different point of view. Until VERY recently (at least in my home market) there was NO alternative to the right wing yammerings on the radio. None. I, of course, am excluding the music stations. Even the "christian" stations are overrun with the ultra-right babblings of local hosts and also the likes of Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell.
On the other hand, I don't want an alternative to come about this way. I realize that the right-wing hosts of today are little more than Republican attack dogs and/or damage control guys. But it didn't start that way. These guys started out it little 2 watt stations talking to whomever would listen. They became famous, they're listening areas grew. Why? Because people listened! Maybe they did get some under the table money from the GOP. I don't know, don't really care. But 99% of what these guys are now, especcially Rush, is due to their own perserverance and hard work. Their market appeal. And THAT is how it should work.
To my knowledge, Air America is funded almost exclusively by George Soros and the DNC. They set out to set up a Liberal talk radio network, by any means neccessary. It's not supposed to work that way. Frankly, most of their shows are not really that good. I like Franken's show, but that's about it. That's why they're failing. They thought they could just hop out there, throw a LOT of money into the project, and they'd win. It don't work that way George.
I give my respect and support to all those liberal and moderate radio hosts out there who are building their shows the old fashioned way. Kudos my friends. And godspeed.