Air America pulls the plug

posted at 5:25 pm on January 21, 2010 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Omen of the day.”

It is with the greatest regret, on behalf of our Board, that we must announce that Air America Media is ceasing its live programming operations as of this afternoon, and that the Company will file soon under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code to carry out an orderly winding-down of the business.

The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America’s business. This past year has seen a “perfect storm” in the media industry generally. National and local advertising revenues have fallen drastically, causing many media companies nationwide to fold or seek bankruptcy protection. From large to small, recent bankruptcies like Citadel Broadcasting and closures like that of the industry’s long-time trade publication Radio and Records have signaled that these are very difficult and rapidly changing times…

When Air America Radio launched in April, 2004 with already-known personalities like Al Franken and then-unknown future stars like Rachel Maddow, it was the only full-time progressive voice in the mainstream broadcast media world. At a critical time in our nation’s history — when dissent on issues such as the Iraq war were often denounced as “un-American” — Air America and its talented team helped millions of Americans remember the importance of compelling discussion about the most pivotal events and decisions of our generation.

The boss has been predicting their implosion since practically day one of Hot Air. Like she says, given their longstanding financial nightmares, the only surprise is that they lasted this long. Cause of death, per our favorite liberal: Suckage.

Exit question: Brown wins, ObamaCare’s on life support, McCain/Feingold gets gut-punched by SCOTUS, now this. What happens tomorrow? Does Rupert Murdoch buy the Times or something?


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Jeeze, I can’t believe Franken Fraud didn’t through em’ a bone….although he’s been pretty much invisible lately….

BigWyo on January 21, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Through????

Jesus…

BigWyo on January 21, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Now that’s the biggest reduction in air pollution this country’s achieved in years.

chickasaw42 on January 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM

The final straw, from what I understand, was when a certain manufacturer of adult diapers pulled the plug on their advertising dollars, saying ‘even they couldn’t handle the amount of BS coming out of Air America.’

Sad day.

Thunderstorm129 on January 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM

look out, it’s the speeeeling police!

viviliberoomuori on January 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM

What’s Air America?

uknowmorethanme on January 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Somewhere in the afterlife Marconi is laughing..

Man this has been one heck of a week. Please God don’t let me wake up and find
it was all a dream.

vinceautmorire on January 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Let’s hear it for pendejo-free airwaves.

princetrumpet on January 21, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Quick!! Someone tell Rush!

newton on January 21, 2010 at 6:37 PM

ALAS! ALACK! and FORSOOTH!!!

(Feighned Shakespearian Drama) It seemed like only yesterday HBO had their great big, huge and gynormous, condescending documentary on this pellucid coven of sanctimonious fire brands who were going to change the pimple faced America’s Talk Radio!!!

I hope their stations are either bought up by a Rush consortium. Or the stations are relegated to Hell of third~world ‘Diverstity’ formats.

Just my two cents.

Jack.

Jack Deth on January 21, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Jed – Listen to XM 202 Sirius 197 The Virus Ron and Fez 11-3 East

Are my guns safe now?

igglesphan on January 21, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Quick!! Someone tell Rush!
newton on January 21, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Trust me. He knows.

kingsjester on January 21, 2010 at 6:38 PM

I may be mistaken, but I thought they already went out of business before.

What did they have, like maybe 3 radio stations that carried ‘em?

I remember a couple of years back I tuned into them for about 5 minutes (on the internet) and couldn’t take it for very long. Sounded like a bunch of high-school/college dropouts whining about the evil Buuuuuush.

RedbonePro on January 21, 2010 at 6:42 PM

The very difficult economic Progressive (read Liberal) and dishonest environment has had a significant impact on Air America’s business.

uknowmorethanme on January 21, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Now that’s the biggest reduction in air pollution this country’s achieved in years.

chickasaw42 on January 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Thread winner!

Or Co2 reduction at its finest.

Rovin on January 21, 2010 at 6:51 PM

What’s going to happen next you ask? From, Not Another Imus Blog.

It was recently announced that Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal has talked to Rupert Murdoch about investing in Murdoch’s news conglomerate. Personally, I welcome his involvement. Why, you ask? Take a look at a picture of the Prince, when he was in Bulgaria getting some award, and you’ll see why Not Another Imus Blog.

Dr Evil on January 21, 2010 at 6:52 PM

..buh-bye, don’t let the door, etc.

Lessee. Next on the list:

(2) NPR (maybe we can get a tax rebate)

(3) Chris Matthews (who’ll be tingkling on the redhead’s leg while they both wait in the unemployment line)

(4) Kieth Oberbite (fulminating while bumming quarters on a steam grate and drinking sneaky pete out of a paper bag)

(5) Rachel Maddow (also bumming quarters to buy battries for her vibrator)

..I could go on, but you get the idea.

VoyskaPVO on January 21, 2010 at 6:56 PM

After listening to that station last week and hearing a 10 minute screed about Linsay Graham (during Sotomayor hearings) and how white men suck and are bastards and MF’n aholes (exact language). I can’t say I’m shocked they are down the crapper!

ihasurnominashun on January 21, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Air America is now OFF THE AIR AMERICA! GOOD RIDDANCE!

BobAnthony on January 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM

What happens tomorrow?

I can’t wait to find out! ;-)

Mallard T. Drake on January 21, 2010 at 7:01 PM

What happens tomorrow? Does Rupert Murdoch buy the Times or something?

I’m going with Helen Thomas getting up in front of the White House press and announcing that GWB wasn’t so bad after all! :-0

Seriously though, is this really a story? Couldn’t Maddow simply be asked to call both listeners personally and thank them for their support?

highhopes on January 21, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Now if only NPR would go away..

Urban Infidel on January 21, 2010 at 7:10 PM

RIP Piece of Shit radio. Next up: Olberman, Maddow, David “lightintheloafers” Schuster.

Cleveland Steamer on January 21, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Wow it is seriously a bad week for Obama!

The liberals did win a big election just one year ago didn’t they? In a way all this good news is beginning to feel as fake as the bad news. I’m getting that rabbit hole feeling again.

petunia on January 21, 2010 at 7:16 PM

“We are flaming swords of justice,” Franken told a cheering crowd at a party to launch the network Tuesday night. “BushAir America is going down, he is going down, he is going down. And we’re going to help him.”

thebrokenrattle on January 21, 2010 at 7:16 PM

I’m laughing like Jim Carry did at the hitman he fed the peper to in Dumd and Dumber.

Ha ha haHa ha ha

Ha ha ha

TheSitRep on January 21, 2010 at 7:20 PM

What the heck is/was Air America?

GreenBlade on January 21, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Air America Who? Has-beens who never were.

Philly on January 21, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Seriously though, is this really a story? Couldn’t Maddow simply be asked to call both listeners personally and thank them for their support?
highhopes on January 21, 2010 at 7:09 PM

This is so good, I’m stealing it!

lovingmyUSA on January 21, 2010 at 7:31 PM

No stimulus money for that liberal freak show?

The Free Market at work.

BottomLine5 on January 21, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Reality catches up with Marxism yet again.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 21, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Air Americas affiliate here in the TC area has billboards that read:

“The voice of the Obama Generation”.

Sweet, eh?

Bruno Strozek on January 21, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Somewhat OT – if you think about it, Scott Brown undid what the Hateful Clown did – HC was the 60th vote, now he isn’t any more.

I smell a bailout coming – c’mon Nancy and Hairy, get crackin’

darwin-t on January 21, 2010 at 7:48 PM

what a nice ending to my day….

cmsinaz on January 21, 2010 at 7:54 PM

The irony is once they go off the air, the radio static will have higher ratings than at any time of their 5 year run.

mizflame98 on January 21, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Now if we could just find a way to pull the plug on Franken….

kcd on January 21, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Good bye Error America

Highplains on January 21, 2010 at 7:59 PM

I hope that both of their listeners aren’t unduly inconvenienced.

Jerricho68 on January 21, 2010 at 8:02 PM

I wonder if Mike Malloy ever broadcasted on Air America. I sure hope he did tonight.

mizflame98 on January 21, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Air America pulls the plug

Isn’t there going to be a recount?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on January 21, 2010 at 8:35 PM

SHA-NA-NA-NA! SHA-NA-NA-NA! HEEY! HEEY! GOOD-BYYYEE!

Virus-X on January 21, 2010 at 8:36 PM

You people are shockingly insensitive. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves, making light of this situation. This is a tragedy…millions of Americans will now have to find something new on the radio to not listen to. I hope you’re proud.

fusionaddict on January 21, 2010 at 8:37 PM

You mean that sidewalk won’t be beating up that drunk b1tch anymore??? OH THE HUMANITY!!!

Roy Rogers on January 21, 2010 at 8:39 PM

Did they run out of Boys Clubs to steal from?

gbear on January 21, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Air America pulls the plug

All hail the Death Panel.

Left Coast Right Mind on January 21, 2010 at 8:47 PM

Mildly entertaining movie, horribly constipated radio network. Good riddance!

jbtripp on January 21, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Inevitable, though it took a lot longer than I expected.

JackOfClubs on January 21, 2010 at 8:57 PM

hahaha

Can ya see us now??

Ugly on January 21, 2010 at 9:22 PM

Exit question: Brown wins, ObamaCare’s on life support, McCain/Feingold gets gut-punched by SCOTUS, now this. What happens tomorrow? Does Rupert Murdoch buy the Times or something?

This new year has me feeling very optimistic to be sure though still guarded.

Politically things are gong very well thus far and my January will end on an even more awesome note when Mass Effect 2 comes out next week. Except for all the snow, ice, fog and gray weather in general, things are going pretty well thus far in 2010. I hope it’s a sign and more is in store for myself and the nation as a whole.

Yakko77 on January 21, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Air what?????? Heartbreak!!!!!!!!! The Air Unamerican station is no longer on the airwaves? Rats.!!!! As with everything else–Blame Bush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ranzofola on January 21, 2010 at 9:39 PM

You mean that sidewalk won’t be beating up that drunk b1tch anymore??? OH THE HUMANITY!!!

Roy Rogers on January 21, 2010 at 8:39 PM

Oh, I have a feeling that mean sidewalk is going to be extra mean, tonight.

Heh, Scott Brown, the gift that keeps on giving. :-)

MNHawk on January 21, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Where is that America in the air?

TheAlamos on January 21, 2010 at 10:25 PM

This is a tragedy…millions of Americans will now have to find something new on the radio to not listen to. I hope you’re proud.

fusionaddict on January 21, 2010 at 8:37 PM

This is the funniest thing I’ve ever read here at HotAir!!!!

Lanceman on January 21, 2010 at 10:42 PM

This past year has seen a “perfect storm” in the media industry generally.

Limbaugh, Beck, Fox and the WSJ are doing OK.

ddrintn on January 21, 2010 at 10:45 PM

The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America’s business.

Another victim of friendly fire.

unclesmrgol on January 22, 2010 at 12:25 AM

I will not gloat. I will not gloat . . . HELL, I am going to GLOAT!

WannabeAnglican on January 22, 2010 at 6:32 AM

At a critical time in our nation’s history — when dissent on issues such as the Iraq war hating America were often denounced as “un-American” — Air America and its talented team (of idiots) helped millions dozens of Americans Communist Party Members remember the importance of compelling discussion whining about the most pivotal silliest, cherry-picked events and decisions of our useless, stuck-up, overrated, stupid, self-centered, entitled generation.

Airhead America, you will be missed (by tens of people).

Squiggy on January 22, 2010 at 6:39 AM

Hmmmmm? Air Amerika . . . dead.
Hannity – going strong.
Rush – huge.
Beck – enormous.
Levin – still the great one.
Things that make me go “Hmmmmm”

DuctTapeMyBrain on January 22, 2010 at 6:56 AM

Former employees of Air America – - Don’t despair. You may qualify for one of those mystical green jobs of the future promised by your maximum leader! Anybody know how to turn BS into sustainable biofuel?

kens on January 22, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Quick!! Someone tell Rush!

newton on January 21, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Exactly. Last I heard, El Rushbo is doing pretty well and his advertisers are happy to shell out copious quantities of cash to peddle their wares on his show. Go figure.

SKYFOX on January 22, 2010 at 10:26 AM

I love this section …

when dissent on issues such as the Iraq war were often denounced as “un-American” — Air America and its talented team helped millions of Americans remember the importance of compelling discussion about the most pivotal events and decisions of our generation.

Air America fans are the the same ones now calling those who challenge Obama’s policies “racists.” So much for the patriotism of dissent.

BrunoMitchell on January 22, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Exactly. Last I heard, El Rushbo is doing pretty well and his advertisers are happy to shell out copious quantities of cash to peddle their wares on his show. Go figure.

SKYFOX on January 22, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Citracal?

abobo on January 22, 2010 at 11:26 AM

If newly unemployed AA workers think they’ll be able to pull an Al Franken and “steal” an election somewhere, they’d better take a look at what’s happened post-Hopey/Changey in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusettes

Sweet_Thang on January 22, 2010 at 1:56 PM

MM has a cool pic of a container ship listing hard to port, nearly on it side.

Appropos.

ted c on January 22, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Air America wasn’t much different than Meltdown with Keith Uberdouchebag… It’s just Porn for Stupid People.

ronnyraygun on January 22, 2010 at 3:04 PM

In Boston Clear Channel put Air America & libtalk on AM 1200 and 1430 and the ratings were awful so they switched to Spanish. In Providence and New Haven, Clear Channel’s Air America stations also dumped it, in favor of conservative talk and ESPN respectively.

Boston prog talk fans (well, they still had NPR) had to wait till some guy bought time on a small sports station (the guy now hosts morning drive there and bans opposing views; they don’t show up in the ratings at all). Meanwhile, the Clear Channel AM 1200 station here boosted power and moved their tower closer to Boston and word has it by April they will start running talk hosts from CC’s
Premiere division: Beck, Hannity, and eventually Rush.

Hosts whose shows make money. The prog talk fans now can only shake their heads at the thought that the signal that used to be theirs will now be, as they put it, “right wing hate radio”.

But Boston isn’t much of a liberal town, is it? :)

raccoonradio on January 22, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Jake Tapper’s twitter feed….

job loss is sad, no matter what the ideology of the institution. Ppl laughing at Air America’s demise — get some perspective and grow up

Um, Jake… the people promoting the system that is killing the economy (read: employers) just lost a voice. Why shouldn’t I laugh?

Should we fight for more government jobs simply because they’re jobs?

mankai on January 22, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Another one bites the dust……..and another one down, and another one down, another bites the dust!!

SWChance on January 22, 2010 at 4:22 PM

AP it would have been 10x better had you included this image with the “bye” message

http://www.wordforge.net/images/smilies/CurlyBill.jpg

Benaiah on January 22, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Dead Air America!

cableguy615 on January 22, 2010 at 4:49 PM

David “lightintheloafers” Schyster.

Cleveland Steamer on January 21, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Fixed.

cableguy615 on January 22, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Time for NPR to step it up a notch now.

Dick Turpin on January 22, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Air America pulls the plug

(Headline FIXED!!)

landlines on January 22, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Like someone posted in another thread the other day… This is really turning into B!tch-Slap a Liberal Month. I say, “Lets make a year of it”.

ronnyraygun on January 22, 2010 at 8:44 PM

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Anybody know how to turn BS into sustainable biofuel?

kens on January 22, 2010 at 10:00 AM[/quote]
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Turn it into a socialist community organizer and then elect it as President? Or was that more a rhetorical question?

Air America appealed to a far left minority who never paid for air time, preferring instead to congratulate themselves on their “enlightened” abilities to live off the very system they denigrate as proof of their own intellectual elitism.

Chumps…

Roy Rogers on January 23, 2010 at 10:27 AM

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