Right-Wing Conspiracy Strikes Again! Air America deflates

Liberal Radio Pulled From Two Stations

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040414/ap_on_bi_ge/liberal_radio_dispute_1

doh!

I also heard on NPR that some company is saying that check from AA bounced, and they owe over 1,000,000 dollars in back fees.

http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040414-050438-4801r.htm

Wacky stuff.

Hah! At least Bob admits it’s a right wing conspiracy! :P

And direct from Air America Radio:

http://www.airamericaradio.com/pub/resNews.htm

The Sludge Report

After just two weeks on the air, Air America Radio, the fledgling liberal talk-radio network featuring Al Franken, Janeane Garofalo, and that really loud woman from Florida, appears to have encountered serious cash-flow problems.

Stop the presses!!! There’s nothing more exciting than half a story from a third hand source!!!

Insiders tell SLUDGE, that the reason the network was pulled off the air this morning in Chicago and Los Angeles, the network’s second- and third-largest markets, was because, the owner of both stations, Arthur Liu of Multicultural Broadcasting, said, the network bounced a check and owes him more than $1 million! The run-on sentence, tortured grammar and the exclamation point clearly means it’s true!!

Only it isn’t.

Normally we’d let this go because “habitual liars” like Drudge are laughable, and ridicule is our business.

But Arthur Liu — not funny. He lied to us, he ripped us off and now we’re chasing him down with a pipe wrench. It’s a metaphor.

Here’s what really happened:

This Liu-ser was ripping off our boss Evan Cohen big time (he can’t do that, that’s our job). Evan found out about it and he stopped payment on a check to keep Liu-cifer from ripping him off even more. You can touch Evan for the occasional meal or drinks but a million bucks is crossing the line. And if we ever get low on cash, we can always call Barbra Streisand. Or any of the
Baldwins. Except Stephen.

So we got screwed, Liu’d, and tattooed. How Liu can you get? In Liu of payment. Liu’d and lascivious behavior. These write themselves. What we’re getting at is that we hate him.

So now everyone’s saying we’re going down the dumper in Chicago and Los Angeles, but what they don’t tell you is that we’re still on in Portland. And we OWN Portland. And let’s not forget Riverside and Plattsburgh. And New
York. And streaming on the internet. And XM. And Sirius. Actually we’re fine.

So cool your jets. Air America Radio isn’t dead, we’re in court and we’re going to slam Liu’s head in a car door. Another metaphor. We hope to be back on the air tomorrow or the next day in those markets.

In the meantime, why don’t you give Arthur a call at (212)966-1059.

Arthur Liu, I wouldn’t show your face around here.

Or Riverside. Or Plattsburgh.

I love these Bob Cherub threads. You don’t have to lift a finger. Just wait for the inevitable boomerang effect.

I turned on Air America this morning because I wanted to hear Al Franken riffing on Bush’s press conference. But they’re doing some bit in Spanish. I must have missed the intro, but they’re just chattering away in Spanish. Ha ha. It must be really funny.

So I leave it on in the background and start working. But their bit is really going on and on. Now they’ve got some women speaking Spanish. I’m sure it would be funny if I understood why they’re doing it. It must be something about bilingual education. So I leave it on.

A half hour later, they’re still doing their Spanish skit. Jeeze, what gives?

I’m pretty slow sometimes…

 -Tom

Yeah, no kidding. Over half an hour and you still couldn’t understand Franken’s Spanish? Jesus. His accent isn’t that thick.

Believe it or not (and I know you won’t), I do like to listen to opposing views, but Air America is just lame.

I’ve tried listening to it (on XM), and I still continue to tune in, but it is so obviously biased that it lacks all credibility.

Well, their stated purpose was to defeat Bush in the next election, so I suppose that is to be expected. Trouble is, it’s just not entertaining or informative-and that’s what a viable radio program or network has to be to survive.

I give it a year at most, probably much less.

So what you’re saying is that [size=1]colmes[/size] gives you wood?

Brian

How was this a boomerang effect? The subject of the thread is that Air America lost two stations. Did they lose two stations? It looks like it. So I guess the thread is true right? Are you that obtuse?

Amd I love how you have 100% confidence on what Air America’s explanation of the incident is. I’m sure they’re 100% truthful.

I’ve tried listening to it (on XM), and I still continue to tune in, but it is so obviously biased that it lacks all credibility.

As opposed to the fair and balanced of … well everything else, huh?

Ok, since I’m usually lumped in with the right-wing conspiracy, let me state that I harbor no ill will against Air America. I do hope that, if the marketplace decides to support blatently left wing talk radio as it has supported blatently right wing talk radio, they have a long and successful operation.

So this whole hulaballo over the loss of the Chicago and LA outlets seems to be a contractual dispute, and is not any indication of lack of support or listenership.

But here’s my sticking point: Progress Media (PM) is paying Multicultural Broadcasting (MB) for Air America (AA) to air in LA (LA). AA is airing in LA (or was until PM said “Here’s the check, but don’t cash it”). PM finds out that a third party (3P) is also paying to air in LA. If (big if) AA is what is actually airing, how does MB charging 3P for anything let PM demand their check not be cashed? I guess what I’m saying is that if the unnamed 3P is the injured party, not PM/AA, then how does PM get off refusing to let MB not cash its check? How does PM know that MB hasn’t made an arrangement with 3P? I agree with PM that MB shouldn’t be charging two entities for a single “good”, but since PM is recieving the “good” shouldn’t they pay for it? And not with some here’s the check but don’t cash it ploy?

Multicultural Broadcasting? I just had to say that out loud to make sure I was not dreaming. What is their slogan, “We program outside the box while giving 110% effort?”