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Air America Idiot Update

This freak show only gets better with age….

First, this is way overdue:
The numbers are in…
The NYC Arbitron Abbattior 01/09/07:
WABC (Rush, Hannity): 3.3 (.2 loss); 10th overall
WOR (O’Reilly, Savage): 1.8 (.2 loss); 19th overall
WWRL (New Air Idiot): 0.8; (previously non-existent) 27th overall

Air America Radio, in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings since October, will be rescued at the 11th hour by Manhattan real estate developer Stephen L. Green.

Al Franken, the best-known host of the liberal network, will announce his expected departure on his show later today, to explore a run for the U.S. Senate from Minnesota.

Green is the brother of Mark Green, the New York Democrat who served as the city’s public advocate in the 90s and ran for mayor against Michael Bloomberg in 2001.

He has already signed a letter of intent, and plans to finalize a purchase agreement within the week.

I’m guessing the brainy one [NOT MARK] of the Green Brothers is thinking, “WTF? We can buy this thing and get a toe into that sweet, sweet Bloomberg media action (without being public access whores), and I can get my dumbassed brother off my back, give him something to do, in one fell swoop.

All I gotta do is spend some money.”

His shareholders probably won’t give a damn as long as the dividends keep coming, but really: do any of the three of you yahoos who read my screeds really believe this is an investment a realty company should be getting involved with?

UPDATE: It’s a WHAAH-bu-lance!

UPDATE:

Woodhull suggests that as a network, Air America simply doesn’t have enough shows to produce healthy revenue from ad sales.

Network radio is like stacking midgets,” he says. “You need a lot of shows that can do modestly well because there are so few home runs.”

CUE CAPTAIN OBVIOUS

“None of those shows succeed because the hosts are well-intentioned. They succeed because they work as a business.”

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