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

How about Murdoch buys NBC! Or maybe G.E.?

Ohhhhhh this year is shaping up in ways I never imagined.

upinak on January 21, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Too bad it wasn’t MSNBC.

tommer74 on January 21, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Finally! And in honor of Al Franken!

Dhuka on January 21, 2010 at 5:28 PM

that’s it, blame the economy. Look at how badly Rush, Beck and all those “right-wing extremists” are doing…lol

It’s the CONTENT, STUPID.

viviliberoomuori on January 21, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Ha ha!

RarestRX on January 21, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Love how this comes right on the heels of Brown’s victory.

darii on January 21, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Oh dear. Now we have to make some laws requiring equal access, so the libs can have their say….

unclesmrgol on January 21, 2010 at 5:29 PM

boo freakin hoo

Defector01 on January 21, 2010 at 5:29 PM

I need ccr6 to tell me why this is somehow a good thing for liberals.

BadgerHawk on January 21, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Fox is doing just fine. Have you tried not airing crap?

Ronnie on January 21, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Now they join their Conservative radio brethren that are also crashing and burning left and right in this “perfect storm”…

oh…wait…

ClassicCon on January 21, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Good riddance – That’s one way to clean up air-polution…

texan_forever on January 21, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Even liberals won’t notice.

Cody1991 on January 21, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Wow!Karma is now flowing upon the lips of those mighty libbies…..
Eat crap and die libbies…ha ha ha

hawkman on January 21, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Expect libs to start bitching about the fairness doctrine again.

Mark1971 on January 21, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Capitalism in action. The market decided.

Beaglemom on January 21, 2010 at 5:30 PM

What happens tomorrow?

What happens tomorrow is a new administration push for “local control” and “diversity” laws regulating conservative talk radio out of existence.

American Elephant on January 21, 2010 at 5:30 PM

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.

I swear these people are stuck in the 1960′s. Let it go already.

gleep on January 21, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Now if we can get Obama’s hands off the economy’s neck, 2010 will be a great year.

WashJeff on January 21, 2010 at 5:31 PM

The thing about Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money (Margaret Thatcher). It evidently happens when you advocate it, too.

kingsjester on January 21, 2010 at 5:31 PM

So, there’s a limit to what Soros will sink money into and he’s not going to salvage this.
This week just keeps getting more and more divine.

TwilightAuthor on January 21, 2010 at 5:31 PM

A.
M.
F.

greggriffith on January 21, 2010 at 5:31 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

WisCon on January 21, 2010 at 5:31 PM

How much more racism can this country take?

Kafir on January 21, 2010 at 5:32 PM

What’s with this week? It’s like karma came back from vacation and decided to open up on liberals.

amerpundit on January 21, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Their listener will be upset.

Spote the Roman on January 21, 2010 at 5:32 PM

did Obama stump for Air America’s advertising dept or something?

viviliberoomuori on January 21, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Not enough skits about Cheney getting shot, that’s what did it, or maybe they really thought that fake muggings of their broadcasters by conservative thugs would bring in the ad dollars.

Bishop on January 21, 2010 at 5:32 PM

I love watching the wholesale crackup of the Democrat/Liberal party.

Sharr on January 21, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Dancing on their ashes!

HornetSting on January 21, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Oh, and Air America’s business model? Good, solid B+.

amerpundit on January 21, 2010 at 5:32 PM

BWAHAhahahahahahahaha….

First Brown’s elected, then /SocializedMedicineObamaCare’s dead, now this?

Everything afterwards is just gravy….

What next? A clone of Reagan is found in an underground lab? Scientists discover a type of beer and fast food that make you lose weight?

Mental note: buy a lottery ticket today.

CatsGodot on January 21, 2010 at 5:32 PM

I guess people would rather be tea-bagged than fisted.

John the Libertarian on January 21, 2010 at 5:32 PM

I just saw Ron Reagan standing on the freeway offramp with a “Will blame Bush for food” sign.

Mark1971 on January 21, 2010 at 5:33 PM

More jobs Obama could not create or save.

HA!

Disturb the Universe on January 21, 2010 at 5:33 PM

I need ccr6 to tell me why this is somehow a good thing for liberals.

BadgerHawk on January 21, 2010 at 5:29 PM

I the memory of crr:

“The propaganda of capitalistic infrustructure concerning commercials to PAY air america, is not what we think is good for us!”

upinak on January 21, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Too bad it wasn’t MSNBC.

tommer74 on January 21, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Don’t worry, it’s on the way.

RWLA on January 21, 2010 at 5:33 PM

What a great week this has been! I wonder if next week will break this well.

BetseyRoss on January 21, 2010 at 5:34 PM

BLOODBATH 2010 !!!!

stenwin77 on January 21, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Although, to be fair, I thought Air America went bellyup a few years ago anyway. Heheheheh…

Their listener will be upset.

Spote the Roman on January 21, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Are you sure about that? I’m sure that the static that is now on that station will probably be just as entertaining.

If not, said listener can probably throw a shoe into a dryer and watch it tumble around. I’m willing to bet that that will hold their attention for a solid hour. About as mentally stimulating as well.

CatsGodot on January 21, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Obama will bail them out.

They’re too microscopic to fail.

Daggett on January 21, 2010 at 5:34 PM

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

Haha. Meanwhile, Conservative talk radio is through the roof. For the record that has nothing to do with the message. Oh look–SQUIRREL!

conservative pilgrim on January 21, 2010 at 5:34 PM

I wonder how long NPR Radio would survive without the government teat? Ta ta, Air Amerikka.

GnuBreed on January 21, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Now where are all those journalism students supposed to work…?

Seven Percent Solution on January 21, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Both of their listeners will be really disappointed.

Daggett on January 21, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Air America lost their 2 listeners, Growfins and crr6, because they spent too much time on blogs spouting nonsensical tirades. Shame on you trolls! It’s all your fault!

viviliberoomuori on January 21, 2010 at 5:35 PM

What a week!

Missy on January 21, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Soros lost the faith?

portlandon on January 21, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Obama will bail them out.

They’re too microscopic to fail.

Daggett on January 21, 2010 at 5:34 PM

*snort*

Missy on January 21, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Time for a bailout.

Knucklehead on January 21, 2010 at 5:36 PM

What’s with this week? It’s like karma came back from vacation and decided to open up on liberals.

amerpundit on January 21, 2010 at 5:32 PM

a case of whoop @ss?

upinak on January 21, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Fox is doing just fine. Have you tried not airing crap?
Ronnie on January 21, 2010 at 5:29 PM

That’s all they have

____

Happy New Year to me!

Branch Rickey on January 21, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Have you tried not airing crap?

Ronnie on January 21, 2010 at 5:29 PM

I don’t think they gave that a single thought. They were trying to follow the NPR programming model, but without Car Talk or the food lady.

notropis on January 21, 2010 at 5:37 PM

That’s going to disappoint almost a hundred people.

jukin on January 21, 2010 at 5:37 PM

When Air America Radio launched in April 2004… it was the only full-time progressive voice in the mainstream broadcast media world

Yeah, other than NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, the WB, UPN, PBS, CNN, Headline News, MSNBC, Bravo, A&E, USA Network, TNT, TBS, Sci-Fi Network, Court TV, the Food Network, NPR, and the majority of all printed publications, there was nobody in the media offering liberal-slanted content. I’m surprised that Air America couldn’t find an audience in that environment.

ScottMcC on January 21, 2010 at 5:37 PM

What a week it has been so far!

ohiobabe on January 21, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Even liberals won’t notice.

Cody1991 on January 21, 2010 at 5:30 PM

:)

sisterchristian on January 21, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Hey MSNBC, got two words for you!

YOU’RE NEXT!!!!!

pilamaye on January 21, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Looking for Franken, (for sentimental reasons) to offer a life line to Air America, by sponsoring legislation to prop it up, in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1……..

capejasmine on January 21, 2010 at 5:38 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdCUpiI1MSA

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on January 21, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Aside from me returning everything I ate last night and missing work…….. It`s been an awesome day!

ThePrez on January 21, 2010 at 5:39 PM

That’s going to disappoint almost a hundred people.

jukin on January 21, 2010 at 5:37 PM

ROFLMAO!!!

capejasmine on January 21, 2010 at 5:39 PM

BEST. WEEK. EVER.

Chuck Schick on January 21, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Wow!Karma is now flowing upon the lips of those mighty libbies…..
Eat crap and die libbies…ha ha ha

hawkman on January 21, 2010 at 5:30 PM

+ 1 !!!!! It’s been such a good week!

4shoes on January 21, 2010 at 5:39 PM

If we succeed in 2010 and/or 2012 in gaining super-majorities in both houses, Item 1 on the agenda should be pulling the plug on the other liberal rado network: NPR.

TXUS on January 21, 2010 at 5:40 PM

That’s what happens when you broadcast a message no one wants to listen to.

kingsjester on January 21, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Content had nothing to do with it, yeah, right.

Torch on January 21, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Bwahahahahahahaha!!!!

Another delicious helping of schadenfreude!

csdeven on January 21, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Obama will bail them out.

They’re too microscopic to fail.

Daggett on January 21, 2010 at 5:34 PM

ROFLMAO!!!

Man I love reading all of the comments, when I can. Some are just so funny!!!

capejasmine on January 21, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Does Rupert Murdoch buy the Times or something?`
Thats soooo efin funny and yes messed up nbc is on the choppin block

driver on January 21, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Air America pulls the plug.

Who cares? Americans pulled the plug on them years ago.

rvastar on January 21, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Now, where do their five listeners go.

rjoco1 on January 21, 2010 at 5:42 PM

It was only a matter of time. You see, the majority of talk radio listeners listen on the way to and from work.

JusDreamin on January 21, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Wasn’t Al Franken some putz that spat statist Utopian BS on Air America? Thought he was. Can’t see how the drones are going to get their message on what corner to get free cheese, gubmint money or state sponsored crack rations now.

ted c on January 21, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Yeah, other than NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, the WB, UPN, PBS, CNN, Headline News, MSNBC, Bravo, A&E, USA Network, TNT, TBS, Sci-Fi Network, Court TV, the Food Network, NPR, and the majority of all printed publications, there was nobody in the media offering liberal-slanted content. I’m surprised that Air America couldn’t find an audience in that environment.

ScottMcC on January 21, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Hey, I take exception at that.

When has Alton Brown or Mark “I was the host of Double Dare!” Summers ever have a liberal bias?

………granted, those two shows, along with the occasional Iron Chef (Japanese, not US) are the only shows I ever watch on that channel.

Syfi, though….ever notice that SuperMegaSnake was a Christian Conservative? Same thing with ZombieMegaRaptor. Doesn’t come up much in the story, but it’s there…

CatsGodot on January 21, 2010 at 5:42 PM

This was inevitable. Liberals do not pay for anything, including supporting sponsors. If they can’t have it GIVEN TO THEM FOR FREE,they don’t want any part of it.

Thus endeth the lesson.

PappaMac on January 21, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Watch for another nauseating wave of calling for the Fairness Doctrine.

John the Libertarian on January 21, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Speaking of pompous arrogant pr!cks… I was just listening to Bawney Fwank on MSDNC talk about Financial Wefowm. Not really sure what he was saying. He talks like he has a mouth full of Tea Bags.

ronnyraygun on January 21, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Does Rupert Murdoch buy the Times or something?

He buys Hot Air.

MadisonConservative on January 21, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Good riddance. Now if only the entire shout-show genre would go the way of the dinosaurs.

Dark-Star on January 21, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Ahhh, how sweet.

OmahaConservative on January 21, 2010 at 5:43 PM

At least they’re not burdened with the hypocrisy of making evil profits.

Daggett on January 21, 2010 at 5:44 PM

When Air America Radio launched in April, 2004 with already-known personalities like Al Franken and then-unknown future stars like Rachel Maddow

Rachel Madcow is a star? I haven’t seen her on any network.

davek70 on January 21, 2010 at 5:44 PM

30,000 more leftist media outlets to go!

faraway on January 21, 2010 at 5:44 PM

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

Yeah, the economic environment where advertisers finally realized the audience was close to zero.

KS Rex on January 21, 2010 at 5:45 PM

He buys Hot Air.

MadisonConservative on January 21, 2010 at 5:43 PM

DUDE! liquid exploded out of my mouth and on to a screen!

upinak on January 21, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Air America pulls the plug.

That’s gross

faraway on January 21, 2010 at 5:47 PM

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

Hope, meet reality.

ted c on January 21, 2010 at 5:47 PM

My wish: Obama develops chronic laryngitis.

OhioCoastie on January 21, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Just think of all the “carbon credits” we have built up with these blowhards closing. Save the planet Air

neoSon of Liberty on January 21, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Air America Bankrupt! Just like the ideas of it’s listener(s). Uh, was there ever more than one or two listeners?

glennbo on January 21, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Not to worry. I’m sure Jeanine Garafalo will be holding some kind of bake sale or telethone to keep this turd afloat.

PappaMac on January 21, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Dogs and cats live happily together.

kringeesmom on January 21, 2010 at 5:50 PM

How about Murdoch buys NBC! Or maybe G.E.?

Ohhhhhh this year is shaping up in ways I never imagined.

[upinak on January 21, 2010 at 5:27 PM]

I had checked MSNBC on Wiki earlier and it notes that Comcast is in the final stages of buying controlling interest of NBC-Universal from GE.

It will be interesting to see if they make changes.

Dusty on January 21, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Well, it wasn’t a total loss.

If Air America was not on the air, Franken would not have been elected as the 60th Senator.

If that bad comedian wasn’t the pivotal vote on health care, Ted Kennedy’s progressive grave site would not have been robbed Scott Brown.

I say it has all been worth it.

tommylotto on January 21, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Curly Bill: Hey Johnny, what did that Mexican mean by a sick horse is going to get us?

Johnny Ringo: He was quoting the Bible, Revelations. “Behold the pale horse”. The man who “sat on him was Death… and Hell followed with him”.

Mr_Magoo on January 21, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Will anyone even notice?

MainelyRight on January 21, 2010 at 5:52 PM

I demand to know…. Where is their bailout???? Are they not too big to fail???? Don’t we need the diversity???

kringeesmom on January 21, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Air America was no different than Meltdown with Keith Uberdouchebag… It’s just Porn for Stupid People.

ronnyraygun on January 21, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Dead Air America, what a shame.

NPR should have their feed tube pulled. It subsists off of us much like a parasitic worm.

Geochelone on January 21, 2010 at 5:52 PM

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