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Air America Idiot Yanked From Stations

I didn’t think they would start collapsing this fast. Sure, I said they were doomed, but c’mon! Two weeks? And after receiving a fairly glowing revue from NPR’s Ombudsman, whose listeners you were precisely aiming to swipe? What the hell happened?

Arthur Liu, owner of Multicultural Radio Broadcasting, which owns Air America affiliates WNTD-950 AM in Chicago and KBLA-1580 AM in Los Angeles, said Air America bounced a check and owes him more than $1 million.

A-ha! Filthy lucre! Obviously, the media overlords decided you folks needed a good whomping.

“They bounced a check today,” Liu said. “It’s a default. They have paid only a very small portion of what they owe us.” Liu declined to say how much Multicultural is owed, but did say he is holding $1 million in checks that Air America has asked the company not to cash.

Of course, Air Idiots have a different take on the matter. From Chairman Evan Cohen’s press release:

“MultiCultural Radio Broadcasting’s conduct in this matter has been disgraceful. To shut off a broadcast that listeners rely on without warning and in the middle of discussions is the height of irresponsibility and a slap in the face of the media industry. In addition, it is a clear violation of their contractual obligations, and we are seeking legal remedies against them in court.”

The amount of Idiotarian hubris contained in that second sentence, Evan, astounds me. If you have become Radio Crack for your listeners this quickly, good for you. So how come the ad revenue wasn’t flowing into your coffers to keep your checks from going Spaldeen? I can understand being pissed that your landlord ignored your pleas to hold onto the check…if you were some asshole college kids. But this is business, boyos. Your motley crew is operating on a half dozen stations (with six more affiliates announced yesterday, which, BTW, doesn’t add up to 16) and has been getting press out the wazoo…where the hell was your advertising staff?

“They’ve been saying, ‘We’re going to get you the money’ for the past two months,” Liu said, referring to a security deposit that he said Air America was supposed to have prepaid in advance of its launch. “They’re not honoring our agreement.”

Wait a minute. According to Bloomberg:

Air America, supported by as much as $60 million from investors including RealNetworks Inc. Chairman Rob Glaser, will offer 24-hour programming on five radio stations and on XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.’s pay service.

Yeah, RealNetworks. Internet money. Assholes! You guys bragged about all the streams you were serving. Too bad they make zippo bucks. You pack of fucking amateurs.I live in NYC and the only way I get a clear signal from you dolts is through a stream…you couldn’t even co-opt a decent station withput bolloxing the deal? No, you had to drill a favored small market station to get your shit across. Who is the racist party here, you weirds?

I figured you to last until the election, and then fold your tents and skulk off into the shadows. So, what I want to know is this: Did Franken, Garofalo & Co. make sure their checks cleared? Or are a bunch of celebrity agents about to get reamed for allowing their nitwit clients to sign on to this shit ride that leaves them looking like total tools?

UPDATE-4/15/04: Air Idiot produced this Drudge parody [link switched to something ironic] this morning, written in the only style the station has in its arsenal: Snark. (Interesting they went after Drudge, the liberal whipping boy, but ignored the Chicago Tribune, who broke the story.) They really should clear these kind of things with their lawyers; they’re just feeding Liu’s crew ammo to use when they get into court with crap like this. Oh, and they “OWN Portland.” Woo-Hoo! Screw Chicago and LA…we got Birkenstock! The Rachel Corrie audience is ours!

If you read past the snarkitude, they’re calling Liu a liar and a cheat who deserves a beating…which will earn them no end of good will if they get to the arbitration table they were howling about yesterday. Then again, after reading the papers they filed asking for an injunction and return to the stations they were yanked from, I wouldn’t call their legal beagles the sharpest knives in the drawer. Half of the petition reads like a press release. The actual legalese doesn’t say anything to back up the station’s assertions to “the truth” of the matter.


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