The end of Air America

posted at 11:09 am on October 13, 2006 by Michelle

The Associated Press publishes a brief dispatch on the failed liberal radio network’s move to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Rundown over at mm.com.

See HA affiliate Brian Maloney for background on yesterday’s desperate, collapsed negotiations for a takeover by the weirdo far-left Drobnys.

Finally, it might be worth tuning in to Air America today.

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Stick a fork in ‘em cause they’re done…well reorganizing.

Ennuipundit on October 13, 2006 at 11:20 AM

Will this actually put them off the air?

DaveS on October 13, 2006 at 11:21 AM

Well it seems like the only thing more often reported than the demise of AA is the capture of the #2 Al Q guy.

honora on October 13, 2006 at 11:22 AM

But… but… I thought they weren’t having money problems. I thought the news of them filing for bankruptcy were right-wing lying liars.

But… but… OMG THE WORLD IS ENDING! /sarcasm

Enoxo on October 13, 2006 at 11:23 AM

If Democrats take back Congress, I wonder if Air America will suddenly get non-profit status ala PBS. At which point, they’ll start getting federal dollars. And since people will “need” to hear them, will the fairness doctrine come back too?

Something else to look forward to in addition to higher taxes.

CT on October 13, 2006 at 11:24 AM

Goodbye, Air America, hello Fairness Doctrine.

Kid from Brooklyn on October 13, 2006 at 11:24 AM

What is Air America? Has anyone ever heard of it?

dallas94 on October 13, 2006 at 11:28 AM

Kid,

Fairness Doctrine = PBS

dallas94 on October 13, 2006 at 11:28 AM

If Democrats take back Congress, I wonder if Air America will suddenly get non-profit status ala PBS. At which point, they’ll start getting federal dollars. And since people will “need” to hear them, will the fairness doctrine come back too?

Something else to look forward to in addition to higher taxes.

CT on October 13, 2006 at 11:24 AM

I’ll get it on the “To do” list. Right below releasing all the terrorists and above boarding up the Pentagon.

honora on October 13, 2006 at 11:32 AM

Kid,

Fairness Doctrine = PBS

dallas94 on October 13, 2006 at 11:28 AM

No, dallas94, the Fairness Doctrine has to be applied to channels that people actually WATCH. I’m thinking Fox News and talk radio. And the Internet, not long after that.

Kid from Brooklyn on October 13, 2006 at 11:36 AM

this better be the end of them, i’m tired of hearing of this crap

Defector01 on October 13, 2006 at 11:36 AM

Don’t forget impeaching Bush, honora. You know, the “important” stuff.

CT on October 13, 2006 at 11:38 AM

Don’t forget impeaching Bush, honora. You know, the “important” stuff.

CT on October 13, 2006 at 11:38 AM

Positively. Luckily, we have a template for it.

honora on October 13, 2006 at 11:39 AM

Heard much hot air in corporate life, but none like this:

“Nobody likes filing for bankruptcy,” Elberg said in a statement. “However, this move will enable us to concentrate on informing and entertaining our audience during the coming months.”

Entelechy on October 13, 2006 at 11:44 AM

Couldn’t have happened to a nicer radio network.

Christoph on October 13, 2006 at 11:45 AM

On Drudge: Assets 4.3 millions, Liabilities 20.2 million.

Ouch! No wonder liberals hate capitalism. No one wants to buy their ideas. They have to force people to listen through a captive audience: Public schools (liberals hate the idea of school choice) and a monopoly on network news (Fox and the Internet freak out liberals).

januarius on October 13, 2006 at 11:46 AM

Not surprising but I was hoping they’d stick around because of the “Fairness Doctrine” that’s already been mentioned above.

The liberals couldn’t get more than a few people to listen to their opinions and so now conservative talk radio will be attacked like never before. Hold on your hats Rush, Boortz, Ingraham, etc.

Benaiah on October 13, 2006 at 12:03 PM

…this move will enable us to concentrate on informing and entertaining our audience during the coming months.

It’s never too late to start.

jdpaz on October 13, 2006 at 12:48 PM

Ho ho ho.

Hee hee hee.

Ha ha ha.

(wish I had a clip of Cartman doing a “nyah nah nah nuh naaah naaah in Kyle’s face to put here, but you get the idea).

thirteen28 on October 13, 2006 at 1:04 PM

Pithy quotes from Honora:

“Well it seems like the only thing more often reported than the demise of AA is the capture of the #2 Al Q guy.”

“I’ll get it on the “To do” list. Right below releasing all the terrorists and above boarding up the Pentagon. ”

“Positively. Luckily, we have a template for it. ”

Having a rotten day, Madame?

;^)

georgej on October 13, 2006 at 1:04 PM

“Well it seems like the only thing more often reported than the demise of AA is the capture of the #2 Al Q guy.”

Heh.

Pablo on October 13, 2006 at 1:11 PM

“I ask you Air Amerika, tear down this wall!”

If Al Franken starts sobbing at the end on the radio, please put it up on Hot Air. It would rank right up their will the Dean scream.

Kokonut on October 13, 2006 at 1:16 PM

“Well it seems like the only thing more often reported than the demise of AA is the capture of the #2 Al Q guy.”

Heh.

Pablo on October 13, 2006 at 1:11 PM

Priceless!!!

thirteen28 on October 13, 2006 at 1:19 PM

Is someone’s underwear in a wad?

Mwuhahahahahahahhahahahahahahaha!

Thank you Michelle and Radio Equ., for a job well and truthfully done.

tormod on October 13, 2006 at 1:22 PM

Having a rotten day, Madame?

;^)

georgej on October 13, 2006 at 1:04 PM

yea, between the demise of Air Amerika and the shrinking deficit, record-low unemployment, the Dow Jones at an all time high, Friday the 13th sucks for her.

it’s goooooood to be a conservative!

pullingmyhairout on October 13, 2006 at 1:25 PM

This time the source is the AP, not just some lefty blog… I would assume that means that’s it credible.

Then again, it is the AP.

E L Frederick on October 13, 2006 at 1:34 PM

What was the liberal mantra when they went on the air?

“Its like a breath of fresh air”

Bye Bye Breath Of Stale Air.

gradyman on October 13, 2006 at 1:39 PM

If liberals can’t run a radio station how can they run a country?

dougless on October 13, 2006 at 1:50 PM

Honora sez: Well it seems like the only thing more often reported than the demise of AA is the capture of the #2 Al Q guy.

You make it sound like thats a bad thing.

.

GT on October 13, 2006 at 1:52 PM

I just yelled out my window and reached a larger audience.

I saw two people.

JammieWearingFool on October 13, 2006 at 1:59 PM

Pablo, my friend, you got us thinking…10+ Google pages and counting…

Entelechy on October 13, 2006 at 2:12 PM

You gotta go see how the moonbats over at http://www.thinkprogress.org are taking this.

If you can mentally take the insanity, it’s worth the trip.

BacaDog on October 13, 2006 at 2:16 PM

Rather obvious and not easily forgotten…especially after Nov. 02, 2004.

Entelechy on October 13, 2006 at 2:16 PM

Contrast Pablo and Entelechy with googling “reid scandal” here

Hardly a word.

BacaDog on October 13, 2006 at 2:21 PM

Yep, BacaDog, in liberals’ reasoned logic, if you’re a conservative you’ve got no place on a dancing contest organized in Hollywood…go figure! How come the show organizers missed this point from the get go?

Entelechy on October 13, 2006 at 2:21 PM

How come the show organizers missed this point from the get go?

Entelechy on October 13, 2006 at 2:21 PM

Entelechy, who cares? As long as they want to blame their problems on some VRWC rather than the fact that nobody gives a crap about their hateful message, they’ll never get it.

BacaDog on October 13, 2006 at 2:25 PM

BacaDog, I tried to narrow down the Reid search (there are so many Reids and scandels out there…). Looks like it’s pretty prevalent on the net. As with anyting, just the number of hits is not always telling the entire picture…I’m with you on the ‘dancing’ comment.

Entelechy on October 13, 2006 at 2:35 PM

MM:

Finally, it might be worth tuning in to Air America today.

Just tuned in to the Al Franken show. He’s talkin’ ’bout to a democrat running for congress. BORing!

Randi Rhodes is coming on next… this should be exciting!!!

EFG on October 13, 2006 at 2:49 PM

Well it seems like the only thing more often reported than the demise of AA is the capture of the #2 Al Q guy.
honora on October 13, 2006 at 11:22 AM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA……ROFLMAO ROFLMAO ROFLMAO ROFLMAO…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

HA!

Soothsayer on October 13, 2006 at 2:51 PM

Ughhh..just finished the Al Franken show. No report of bankruptcy when he finished his show.

This is tougher than I thought.

BUT…www.ipeachbushgame.com is a commercial I just listened to. It’s a board game about …impeach bush.

Go figure.

EFG on October 13, 2006 at 3:00 PM

Randi does a commercial saying that we should all subscribe to the NYT cuz it’s so wonderful. Hmmmm.

More lame ass commercials…

Here it is…Randi Rhodes!

CRAP!!!

They lied to me! Randi Rhodes won’t be live on Air America. She will be live on Monday. Today I’m listening to “The best of Randi Rhodes.”

Jeeze. What a rip…

EFG on October 13, 2006 at 3:07 PM

“Bounce your boobies”

Yeah. That’s what they’re playing.

This is Randi’s best. And she loves to play this thing. Some old comedy sketch.

Not kidding. She plays it alot.

Bounce your boobies. Repeat 20 times. Add some silly ass comments. Piano plays in background.

Sigh….

EFG on October 13, 2006 at 3:10 PM

Kid from Brooklin has it right. AA’s ideas need to be available to the public where they can be challenged. The Dems are looking for any little excuse ram through the Fairness Doctrine. AA’s failure to make it in the marketplace should be the subject of a serious comparison of business models. I am out of touch with the schadenfreude of my Hot Air compatriots today!

RushBaby on October 13, 2006 at 3:18 PM

“Bounce your boobies”

Sounds like a ripoff of the Opie and Anthony’s WOW.

Running a business is like running a radio station is like running the country and they have run it into the ground.

Your actions speak for you Libs.

Now go an get a real job and a life.

Kini on October 13, 2006 at 3:20 PM

Well, they’re playing nothing but Randi’s old clips of the Foley/Hastert scandel.

That’s it! I’ve had it! No more.

Finally, it might be worth tuning in to Air America today.

(Clearly this is a job offer to live blog this)

Michelle, I quit. Peddle this stuff off on AP. What you are paying me ($0.00 a comment) ain’t worth it.

Great. Another lunch wasted. I’m going back to work.

EFG on October 13, 2006 at 3:24 PM

Franken & company might have fared better with a different name for the network.

I mean, come on now, why would anyone expect hard non-working liberals to tune in to a network with the word “America” in it.

Air Pinko Commie …. woulda, coulda, shoulda.

fogw on October 13, 2006 at 3:55 PM

I could read about 40 posts of the moonbats from thinkprogress.org before my eyes started to lose focus.

allie on October 13, 2006 at 4:30 PM

End of air america? Not a moment too soon.

chow on October 13, 2006 at 4:31 PM

If liberals can’t run a radio station how can they run a country?

Ditto

SouthernGent on October 13, 2006 at 4:44 PM

Here is something we’ll never hear from Randi Rhodes on the radio show mocking NYT:

RR: “Pull!”

*whoosh!..flip..flip..flip..(NYT rolled up newspaper fliping in the air)….flip..flip..flip..

Randi Rhodes raises her shotgun and take aim

RR: “Blammo!”

Just a joke…right?

Kokonut on October 13, 2006 at 6:32 PM

Frankenstein will go on Letterman and get another pity party

Drtuddle on October 13, 2006 at 6:34 PM

The end? When did it ever really begin?

After years of begging for money to keep themselves on the air, years of finding no one would waste their advertising money on the lame effort, years of hearing from the MSJM hos successful the Air America effort to squash conservative commentators, taking monies targeted at the poor, supported by Soros; after so many failures they finally declare bankruptsy.

This is news? Hahahaha…

DannoJyd on October 13, 2006 at 6:49 PM

The end of Err America.

Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving bunch of loudmouthed liars.

Schadenfreude.

doingwhatican on October 13, 2006 at 6:55 PM

By, By, Al and Randi and I fervently hope that I will never hear another hateful word form either of your mouths again. You both suck!

NEMETI IN SYRACUSE on October 13, 2006 at 7:58 PM

Cheer up everybody. I’m sure we’ll have a retrospective on CNN, PMSNBC, CBS, ABC, ect for all the ‘great things’ Air America accomplished. Maybe Olberman will come up with some frothing conspiracy blaming the neo cons. We’ve still got a lot of undeserved buttkissing to sit through. Get your barf bags ready.

austinnelly on October 14, 2006 at 10:48 PM