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T Wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:34 AM
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AAR off the air in Philly
As reported in the Inquirer this morning, the partial airing of Air America (AL Franken and Randi Rhodes) on WHAT 1310AM will be gone after today.

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Newsmakers | Air America, but not anymore in Phila. - 9/30/2005 03:01 AM EDT
By Alfred Lubrano, 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...
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No real explanation of why, but after today, the fifth-largest (or are we 6th behind Houston) city in America will not have even the minimum (7 hours per day) exposure to progressive radio. WHAT has a weak signal and was difficult to pick up, even within the city limits.

I hope this is not an omen for the future.
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lady lib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:41 AM
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1. T Wolf, could you call WHAT 1340, ask them what's going on,
and post their answer? Thx.
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trekbiker Donating Member (724 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:56 AM
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2. same thing happening here in Sacramento
today is last day for AAR on 1240 AM
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NYCGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:58 AM
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3. That was discussed here yesterday; it looks like AAR will be on another
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 10:59 AM by NYCGirl
station in Sacramento.

Edited to add link:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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warrior1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:05 AM
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5. AAR will be on in Sacramento
1320 am. Just changing channels.
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trekbiker Donating Member (724 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:59 AM
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10. good... cant go without my "Morning Sedition" commute
the more Progressive radio choices the better.

I like Christine Craft on 1240 but after her the programming goes downhill. 1240 was chipping away at the AAR lineup in favor of local talk. some of it good, some boring.
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ochazuke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:59 AM
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4. Doesn't look like Air America Radio's plan
I think they like to own the station so this kind of thing doesn't happen. Looks like that Philly station was just renting out air time to them.

Maybe AAR will get their own station there.
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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:08 AM
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6. If AAR becomes a syndication service...
...their cash flow would immediately improve, but they could easily be muzzeled, as they can't compell stations to deliver their programming.

If AAR wants to own-and-operate stations, they don't have to worry about program directors spiking their content, but they'll have to spend serious money on bricks-and-mortar.

It's a dilemma I don't envy them having.
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NYCGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:14 AM
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7. They have both. AAR has just started a syndication company. NT
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obreaslan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:25 AM
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9. I hope they get their own station here....
I live in South Jersey, but work in Philly. The station they were on had no power. You could barely pick it up outside the city limits. Once you crossed the bridge, it was gone.

To solve the problem, I went out and got Sirius Satellite Radio because they carried the full 24 hour broadcast of AAR. You know how that went. :grr: Now I have no AAR other than streaming over the internet, but that doesn't help in the car. :(



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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 12:48 PM
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11. Hopefully it will go to a bigger station
:hi:
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Coastie for Truth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:18 AM
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8. San Francisco Market - my Alinco DJ-C1 (0.7 watt) sends
a stronger signal then KQKE -- and driving alongside a PG&E "distribution" line (not "transmission" but "distribution" lines) kills KQKE.

I would go back to daytime KGO in a heart beat if they would drop their day times "moderates" and pick up AAR and Jones ("Big Ed").

In the evening I switch between KGO and KQKE. If Bernie has been on the juice I switch to KQKE - then switch back for Ray Taliafero. (Bernie is good when he is sober).
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cyberpj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:24 PM
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12. I'm 1/2 hour away from Philly and could rarely get the signal. nt.
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MrSlayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:27 PM
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13. It was on a weak station to begin with. Going to miss it though.
It sucked that we only got the two shows and that they were on a really weak station but it was better than nothing. Maybe after I hit the Powerball tomorrow night I'll put them on a better station.
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