March 31, 2005 |
A year ago, from offices in midtown Manhattan, people in trendy glasses -- upstart entertainer-intellectuals hoping to mount a counteroffensive against conservative talk radio and unseat the Bush administration -- launched a liberal network called Air America Radio. "Left of the Dial," an insular documentary airing tonight on HBO, chronicles Air America's herky-jerky beginnings from the inside.
April 16, 2004 |
A New York judge Thursday ordered liberal talk-radio network Air America Radio back on in Chicago, but Los Angeles listeners to the 2-week-old service have an indefinite wait before it returns to the airwaves here. MultiCultural Radio Broadcasting Inc., which leases airtime to Air America on station WNTD-AM (950) in Chicago and KBLA-AM (1580) in Los Angeles, pulled the talk lineup featuring comedians Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo, rapper Chuck D and others off the air Wednesday.
February 17, 2007 |
Though comedian Al Franken, who gave up his Air America radio show for a U.S. Senate run, may have been the best-known personality on the liberal talk network, his time slot might be in even better hands now, a local station executive says. Thom Hartmann's three-hour program had been syndicated by Air America; now the network has begun airing it throughout the network in Franken's old 9 a.m. to noon window. "I think Thom's better than Al.
September 15, 2006 |
Financially strapped Air America Radio acknowledged Thursday, after star commentator Al Franken said publicly that his paycheck had stopped coming, that it had suffered a small number of layoffs but insisted there were no plans for the liberal talk-show network to declare bankruptcy. "If Air America had filed for bankruptcy every time someone rumored it to be doing so, we would have ceased to exist long ago," said network spokeswoman Jaime Horn in a statement.
January 30, 2007 |
Liberal talk-radio network Air America Radio has reached a tentative deal to be sold to a New York real estate investor, and Al Franken, its best-known host, will leave next month, the company said Monday. The agreement, outlined in a letter of intent by Air America to sell its business to SL Green Realty Corp. founder and Chairman Stephen Green, comes three months after the radio network filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
April 23, 2005
Re "Why the Liberals Can't Keep Air America From Spiraling In," Commentary, April 18: Brian Anderson's attack on Air America Radio is petulant and inaccurate, an indication that conservatives are having a hard time dealing with a robust alternative to the monopoly they had on talk radio since the 1980s. Regardless of how much Anderson and his ilk whistle past the graveyard, there is a large and growing audience for liberal talk. Every one of the original stations that picked up Air America has experienced dramatic increases in ratings.