DEATH OF A LARGELY IGNORED FRIEND – BYE, BYE AIR AMERICA
Posted by Andrew Roman on January 22, 2010
I’m actually surprised that some inventive young Obamacrat didn’t try to devise a way to put together a bailout package for Air America. I can’t help but wonder why someone from the “hope and change” wing of Obama’s Big-Box-O-Government didn’t just save or create jobs at the ever-struggling lib network using some of that stimulus money. After all, the spendulous package has already saved or created billions and billions of jobs in all fifty-eight states. What’s one more company?
Not that Air America ever had too many listeners who weren’t bedridden paraplegics without the ability to get up and change the channel, or dope-deadened change-the-world types who couldn’t discern bad radio from Cheese Whiz, but the post Al Franken/Rachel Maddow era took the scarcely patronized liberal radio network from rock bottom to catastrophically subterranean.
The death of Air America – like the demise of Pauly Shore or the release of Godfather Part III – is leaving the nation with more questions than answers, like: “Does this shirt make me look fat?” and “Did I leave the light on downstairs?”
From Fox News:
Air America Radio, a progressive radio network that once aired commentary from Al Franken and Rachel Maddow, said Thursday it is shutting down immediately.
The company founded in April 2004 said it ceased airing new programs Thursday afternoon and will soon file to be liquidated under Chapter 7 bankruptcy. It began broadcasting reruns of programs and would end those as well Monday night.
Air America said 10 consecutive quarters of declining ad revenue and the difficulty of making money on the Internet contributed to its financial woes.
“The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America’s business. This past year has seen a `perfect storm’ in the media industry generally,” the company said in a statement on its Web site.
The network had some 100 radio outlets nationwide.
Franken, a Democrat, hosted his own show from 2004 to 2007 before going on to become a U.S. senator from Minnesota last year after a close election. Maddow went on to host her own TV show on MSNBC.
The “difficult economic environment,” oddly enough, seems to have been less of a problem – if any at all – for conservative talk radio. In fact, many right-minded raconteurs have actually thrived while the “perfect storm” took its toll elsewhere in media.
And to be perfectly honest, who needs a radio network to reinforce leftist values when there are already newspapers, television, music, motion pictures, academia and Manhattan to drive the point home?
Rest in pieces, Air America.
Oh, somewhere in this great big world, the sun is shining bright,
Radios are playing somewhere with talkers from the right,
And somewhere folks are listening, and at home, in cars, in parks;
But there is no joy in Leftville — Air America has gone dark.