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Air America Idiot Update

In a Wilmington Journal article published today, titled 2004: The Black Year in Review, there’s this odd little snippet listed under the month of April’s highlights:

The liberal Air America radio network featuring comedian Al Franken, kicks off with five stations nationwide.

That’s all they said. What’s odd about it is there is no mention that three of the five stations where Air Idiot debuted (two of which summarily kicked their asses out the door when they couldn’t pay their bills) were stations serving minority communities. Air Idiot did the same thing when they established a signal in the Philadelphia market back in August.

I mean, if those stations’ programming honchos had kicked the minority audience into the gutter to run Limbaugh, O’Reilly et al, there would be outraged howling coming out of Wilmington… but all they do is makes this throw away mention about Air Idiot’s debut, and for the life of me, I can’t see how this rates as a “black” moment whose backstory is left uncommented upon.

They have a grand total of two black on-air staffers, Mark Riley and former NWA leader Chuck D., both of whom (at least in NYC) are in hellhole time slots that guarantee they get slaughtered in the ratings, and neither of whom matter jack shit to Air Idiot’s PR department, who constantly push Franken, Garafola, and to a lesser extent Randi Rhodes, so how the (white) devil does Air Idiot’s arrival on the media landscape qualify as a “black” thing? I mean, jeez, even the author of the article ignored the only brothers the station bothered hiring!

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