Wednesday, April 26, 2006

"Big brothers" bring down liberal Air America

From day one, liberal talk radio’s Air America has struggled with low ratings, financial scandal and the “Where’s mine?” demands of its most highly touted show host, former funnyman Al Franken.

Now Drudge reports:


[...]the just released radio Winter Book [Jan-Mar 2006] from ARBITRON shows AIR AMERICA in New York City losing more than a third of its audience -- in the past year!

Among all listeners 12+, it was a race to the bottom for AIR AMERICA and WLIB as mid-days went from a 1.6 share during winter 2005 to a 1.0 share winter 2006. …

A network source says the radio ratings released today do not reflect the overall growth of the broadcast.

"The demos are better, and listeners trust AIR AMERICA to give them the real truth on issues and the Bush presidency," says the insider.
Listeners trust Air America?

He's not kidding?

Well, than tell those trusting AA listeners I’m a five-time Olympic gold medal winner. For an autographed photo, they need only send in $19.95

Now if you're serious about following the AA story, Brian Maloney is the "go to guy" at Radio Equalizer.

A few thoughts:

Besides its own boorishness, mendacity and incompetence, two “big brother” factors have helped bring down what many now call the Franken Fluff Network:
1) The huge, successful, well-endowed and passionately liberal National Public Radio has sucked up most of the liberal listeners who might otherwise have tuned in to AA.

2) Liberals see no reason to shell out their own money to support another liberal talk radio network when the government already subsidizes NPR through tax exempt foundation grants, tax exempt contributions, network station locations on tax exempt properties such as college campuses, and, of course, direct government subsidies using money taken from American's who work.
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