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She sounds very happy to be away from Air America.
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Air America host Randi Rhodes called both Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton “whores” in a recent appearance, seen below. Rhodes, who hosts a weekday radio show on Air America, said to the cheering crowd, “What a whore Geraldine Ferraro is! She’s such a fucking whore!” She then proceeded to say, “Hillary is a big fucking whore, too” to a mixed audience reaction. “You know why she’s a big fucking whore? Because her deal is always, ‘Read the fine print, asshole!’” Huffington Post
I love Randi. I hope she’s back on Air America soon. This might have been a bit intemperate, but I understand where the sentiment is coming from. Hillary’s political tactics have been too reminiscent of the neo-cons for me to have any interest in seeing her in the White House for the next four years. Sam Seder is filling in for her. Sam is great.
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First Air America replaced the funny and informed, Sam Seder for the facile-tongued, mal-informed Lionel. Now they’ve replaced Thom Hartman, a true scholar, cilvil libertarian and national treasure for Ed Shultz. Well that only leaves the hours between 3 and 8 where Randi Rhodes and Rachel Maddow are still saying anything I want to listen to on Air America. I guess I should listen to Shultz before I badmouth him, but my gut reaction from listening to a few minutes of his show is not good. I called WWRL the Air America flagship station in NYC. They say it was a decision coming from Air America, though this post on ThomHartmann.com suggests contacting WWRL.
Update from Thom Harman on his site:
FYI, my show is still owned by me and syndicatd by Air America Radio Network. In fact, we added Miami and Destin, FL, today as new affiliates.
In New York, Access 1, the company which owns WWRL, bought another talk show last Friday. That show is not owned by its host, but by investors, who sold it to Access 1. Since the company now owns the show, they put it on the radio station they own. Just makes business sense – that way they own all the advertising minutes (normally a network keeps 15 minutes per day as inventory they can sell) – regardless of ratings, it’s more profitable for them to run a show they own than to run a show syndicated by a network.
My show was picked up in Miami today to replace the show now owned by Access 1, because of poor ratings by the other show. It’s my hope that Air America will soon find another New York station interested in carrying my program. And, unlike other shows, we won’t sell the show in order to get a station to carry us. That will *not* happen! smilies/wink.gif
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Randi is missing from the second day of Air America 2.0. They are playing a rerun, with no explanation, as to why she is not there. Usually if she is sick, or whatever, they mention it at the top of the show. Yesterday she had some harsh things to say about being forced to play pre-taped interviews for this roll out of the new network lineup, and the interviewing skills of the new head of the network, Mark Green.
Update: At the opening of the second hour, an announcement was made that today’s scheduled pre-taped interviews would air tomorrow.
Update on Randi’s site:
Randi fell ill today just prior to the show. She will return live tomorrow (Wed.)
Why no one in the studio couldn’t announce this is still a mystery.
Air America Radio, in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings since October, will be rescued at the 11th hour by Manhattan real estate developer Stephen L. Green.
Al Franken, the best-known host of the liberal network, will announce his expected departure on his show later today, to explore a run for the U.S. Senate from Minnesota.
Green is the brother of Mark Green, the New York Democrat who served as the city’s public advocate in the 90s and ran for mayor against Michael Bloomberg in 2001.
He has already signed a letter of intent, and plans to finalize a purchase agreement within the week.
Air America CEO Scott Elberg confirmed the sale. “This is a great thing, for our affiliates, the company, the audience and every employee in our organization.”
Green is chairman of SL Green Realty Corp, a real estate investment trust specializing in office buildings with a market cap of $12 billion.
Brother Mark is a frequent guest on Air America, and sat in for David Bender, the host of the Air America show Politically Direct, for a couple of weeks earlier this month.
When Franken leaves the network in a few weeks, he’ll be replaced by Thom Hartmann, who already has a syndicated show on the network’s lineup.
This is good news. We need the alternative views that Air America brings to the airwaves now more than ever. I’m glad Franken is going. He was my second least favorite host after the abominable Jerry Springer.
Hartmann is solid on the founding fathers and constitutional history.
“In recent months, the company has been seeking additional investment to finance its continued growth, and it expects to continue and complete discussions for new financing during the Chapter 11.”
The bankruptcy filing will allow the company to continue offering its complete line-up of programming while it deals with its creditors in the reorganization proceeding. To ensure the company’s continued operation without interruption, a credit facility will be provided by Democracy Allies LLC. The Management and the Board of Directors of Piquant remain fully committed to broadcasting our popular programs and championing the progressive cause during what we are confident will be a very brief restructuring period.
“The Board of Directors has named Vice President Scott Elberg as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. “Nobody likes filing for bankruptcy, however, this move will enable us to concentrate on informing and entertaining our audience during the coming months,”Â said Elberg. “Staying on the air is crucial for the Network’s primary ratings period as well as for the country which is facing its most important mid-term election in recent history.”Â
Air America, headquartered in New York City, currently produces 19 hours of original programming a day and is heard on 92 affiliates reaching 58 percent of the country. Air America affiliates reach 2.4 million listeners per week, Mon-Sun
Randi Rhodes is teasing a revelation for the 4 o’clock hour. It sounds like she is denying the Air America bankruptcy reports. I’ll update in a few minutes.
4:50 – still nothing definite from Randi.
7:00 – Randi was apparently told not to say anything about whatever is going on at Air America, as after her conference with them she said nothing more. Guess I’ll listen to Sam Seder to see if he has anything to add.
7:13 – Sam Seder saying that decision to go into Chapter 11 has not been made by the management. 10% of workforce has been let go, but the network will continue. He says he is confident that he will be on the air on Monday. Seder will take Jerry Springer’s spot of 9 to noon. Al Franken will continue from noon to 3, Randi Rhodes will go from 3 to 6, Rachel Maddow and others will fill the evening.
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