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Fluffdaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:21 PM
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Air America Radio dumped in Philly
Damn Got Sirius radio to get AAR when they first hit the airwaves only to have them leave for XM radio. Now I can't get AAR locally. Now I have to buy XM radio hardware over the week-end to hear them by monday. Damn it's not e-z being a Liberal talk-show listener now dayz :-(



grounded by WHAT-AM

By Michael Klein

INQUIRER STAFF WRITER


Al Franken and Randi Rhodes are getting the boot from Philadelphia airwaves, as WHAT-AM (1340) is pulling off programming from Air America, the liberal talk-radio network.

Friday will be the last day, and a new WHAT lineup will begin Monday, said general manager Kernie Anderson, adding that "things were not working out" with Air America after about a year.

WHAT aired Air America's programming from noon to 7 p.m. weekdays, sandwiched between the rest of its lineup. The juxtaposition of liberal talk and WHAT's African America-targeted talk programming seemed an odd fit from the start.

Ratings were abysmal.

Air America, heard on about 70 stations nationwide, also is streamed on XM satellite radio and carried at www.airamericaradio.com .

An Air America spokesman said: "While we hate to lose affiliates, it is very common to add and drop affiliates due to local market conditions. While we hate to lose WHAT-AM, we are currently in negotiations with another station and hope to make that announcement soon."

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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:24 PM
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1. Sounds like they are in negotiations to pick up another Philly affiliate.
Hope that happens.

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Fluffdaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:27 PM
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4. I'm getting XM now. But yeah, I hope they find another Philly affiliate
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sasquatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:25 PM
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2. Maybe it's your avatar that's your problem
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Fluffdaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:32 PM
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8. Proud of my avatar. The DLC will get us back in power. Wait an see
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:34 PM
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11. When hell freezes over ..........
:nuke: :boring: :thumbsdown: :tinfoilhat:
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sasquatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:35 PM
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14. and the NHL moves a team down there
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:40 PM
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16. Hey sasquatch. Do you have your fire proof suit with you?
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 10:41 PM by Crazy Guggenheim
:hide: :popcorn:
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Fluffdaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:47 PM
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17. Talk crap now. But you will jump on board when the DLC start winning
in those soft Red States that we been coming up short by a nose for 6 years. I like Dean but the Dean side of the party will only get us more heartache in 06 and 08. I want to win by any means necessary. And If that means moving a little to the center........... so be it.
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:49 PM
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18. What are you saying about Dean?
:grr:
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Fluffdaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:06 PM
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21. Dean's a Loser in National Elections. Sorry, Some people can't handle the
Truth. I hope you are not one of them
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:08 PM
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22. Are you also saying that about all the other candidates? How about
Clark, Edwards and the rest?
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Fluffdaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:14 PM
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23. John Edwards ?..Oh Please. Clark I like, but he had his chance
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:18 PM
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25. Whether you like them or not is irrelevant. Would you suggest
Lieberman? The point being The DLC has been on a loosing streak for years so why would they come back and why should we wait??
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Fluffdaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:27 PM
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31. Carper, Clinton, Lieberman Bill Richardson. comes to mind
Not that I think anyone of them can win the big one.........But we will see
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:28 PM
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32. OMG. They are unelectable. There is no more "we'll see".
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 11:29 PM by Crazy Guggenheim
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Fluffdaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:32 PM
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33. This is not the thread for this. Let me end this by sayin..............
You guys will jump on-board when you see which way the wind is blowing in 06 and 08 :patriot:
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:34 PM
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34. Yeah. When the DLC'ers are gone!
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fujiyama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 07:55 AM
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38. Lieberman? He had his chance...
And what the hell is appealing about Carper? He sold the working class out with that bankruptcy "reform" bill?

The DLC has to decide what it stands for. As far as I can see, it stands for soliciting corporate funds and in doing so, selling out the interests of ordinary Americans.
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Fluffdaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 08:21 AM
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39. Listen It's e-z to kick down others. Who do you like, who do you think
have a chance at the big prize.
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sasquatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:19 PM
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27. You guys have been saying that since 1994, IT AIN'T HAPPENIN'
You can't respect someone who kisses the ass of their abusive enemies.
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:21 PM
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28. That's right! It's always wait wait wait .................
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sasquatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:24 PM
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29. They sound like abused spouses too
I don't know whether to scream or cry?
:shrug:
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:25 PM
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30. Good analogy! Next time! Next time!
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The Doctor. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 12:52 AM
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40. Center? You didn't just really say that...
Edited on Sun Oct-02-05 01:00 AM by Dr_eldritch
Honestly, I'm closer to the 'center' than most Democrats could ever be.

Know why?

I'm an honest-to-God Republican.

The 'center' right now is me ferChrist'ssake.

If my party weren't the party of absolute recklessness that it has become lately, then I sure the hell wouldn't be here.

Even Clinton had more real 'Republican' values than these neo-conservative fascists ever could. So your so called 'center' is the equivalent of Mussolini's coffee table, and anyone who says otherwise can personally bite my ass.

Not on the left side, not on the right side... but RIGHT in the middle!


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w13rd0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:25 PM
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3. Link please....
...always helps to see what else a particular "journalist" has written to put things in context.
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Fluffdaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:30 PM
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5. As you wish
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:32 PM
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7. One has to sign up in order or see it. Could you post the whole article?
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 10:32 PM by Crazy Guggenheim
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Fluffdaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:34 PM
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10. Done
Posted on Thu, Sep. 29, 2005

Air America Radio grounded by WHAT-AM

By Michael Klein

INQUIRER STAFF WRITER


Al Franken and Randi Rhodes are getting the boot from Philadelphia airwaves, as WHAT-AM (1340) is pulling off programming from Air America, the liberal talk-radio network.

Friday will be the last day, and a new WHAT lineup will begin Monday, said general manager Kernie Anderson, adding that "things were not working out" with Air America after about a year.

WHAT aired Air America's programming from noon to 7 p.m. weekdays, sandwiched between the rest of its lineup. The juxtaposition of liberal talk and WHAT's African America-targeted talk programming seemed an odd fit from the start.

Ratings were abysmal.

Air America, heard on about 70 stations nationwide, also is streamed on XM satellite radio and carried at www.airamericaradio.com .

An Air America spokesman said: "While we hate to lose affiliates, it is very common to add and drop affiliates due to local market conditions. While we hate to lose WHAT-AM, we are currently in negotiations with another station and hope to make that announcement soon."

WHAT, which bills itself as the voice of Philadelphia's African American community, will add a 1-to-5 p.m. call-in show from Philadelphia Daily News columnist Elmer Smith. Mary Mason will continue from 6 to 9 a.m. Her producer, Albert Butler, will get his own show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thera Martin-Connelly will host from 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; Tavis Smiley's syndicated show will air from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays. The syndicated Bev Smith will do 7 to 10 p.m. weekdays, followed by Reggie Bryant from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.


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Ksec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:31 PM
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6. What does XM radio cost per month?
I know you have to buy the radio and then you hafta subscribe to a monthly deal . How much? Anyone know?
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Fluffdaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:35 PM
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13. $12.95 a month
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Mr_Spock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:33 PM
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9. Posted yesterday.
Old news.
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Fluffdaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:34 PM
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12. post link
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journalist3072 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:37 PM
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15. The really odd thing that jumped out at me
Was the line "The juxtaposition of liberal talk and WHAT's African America-targeted talk programming seemed an odd fit from the start."

What is so weird about liberal talk and African-American targeted talk programming? Most African-Americans like myself are progressive or left-of-center, so that doesn't seem an odd fit at all.
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:51 PM
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19. I was thinking the same thing
eventhough I'm white.

They don't seem incompatible to me. Unless the station as a whole wants to have more of a local, community focus.
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lildreamer316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:19 PM
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26. Here's what that meant.
They want to turn it into a station that panders to the YOUNG hip-hop and rap group. Years around clubs, DJs, and managers help me understand this kind of thing. Listen, and tell me if the programming doesn't get more MTVish. AAR is too "heavy" and "complicated" for their target audience. Quite a possible underhanded racist slap too.
But of course I could be wrong.
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journalist3072 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:40 PM
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35. If that's what they are saying, that's indeed racist
Because then they are saying that young African-Americans don't "do nuance."

Well, I'm a 33 year old African-American female, and I most definitely do nuance. Not every issue is Black and White. And I'm so thankful for Air America Radio, because that is where I get the overwhelming majority of my information from.
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Peggy Day Donating Member (859 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:58 PM
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20. stream it on the internet
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 10:59 PM by Peggy Day
I also use www.airamericaplace.com to catch shows I may have missed
The archives area.
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Sugarcoated Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:17 PM
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24. Well, this is a surprise for me
I had no idea. Oh, well. They only had Al and Randi. Maybe a new affiliate will carry more AAR programs, maybe even a couple other liberal hosts not on AAR. The other programming, the local hosts and such, it sounded hokey and boring IMO. And the signal wasn't the greatest. AAR can do better than that.
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KellyPaDem Donating Member (139 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:49 PM
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36. I'm actually glad... The coverage in Philly was awful
I live about a half hour outside of Philly, first it was impossible to get any kind of reception in the Philly suburbs. If my car was facing the right direction and the sun was out (I'm not kidding) I could hear what was being said although it had terrible static. If I was passing power lines, a house with a microwave on, or it was dark outside I received no signal.

Also, like the article said they only played Al and Randi's shows no repeats at night and no weekend coverage. I hope that they find another radio station in the Philly area with a stronger signal strength and a willingness to broadcast ALL of Air America's shows.
It could be a good opportunity.
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Fluffdaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 07:51 AM
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37. Everything you said is right on the money. WHAT coverage was the worse
And It was a waste of time to try an get Great reception in my car. And I live in the city. Looking forward to getting XM radio
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