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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Someone over at bigjournalism.com just asked why nobody told’em it was “B**ch-slap a Liberal Month”…

viviliberoomuori on January 21, 2010 at 5:53 PM

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

Sorta like the audience for Matthews and Olby. MSNBC is next and the Slimes too. I don’t see bailouts for them at this point. The dems know they woke a sleeping giant and filled him with terrible resolve.

dogsoldier on January 21, 2010 at 5:53 PM

it was the only full-time progressive voice in the mainstream broadcast media world

Huh?

Yep, it was the only voice (not counting movies, television, newspapers, magazines).

reaganaut on January 21, 2010 at 5:53 PM

In related news, MoveOn.org negotiated with a witch doctor to bring Paul Harvey back to life, in an attempt to recruit him for the foundering Air America Network. The deal fell through when the zombified Harvey bitchslapped Ron Reagan and spat on Bill Press.

MadisonConservative on January 21, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Looks like we were right to simply give them enough rope.

ronsfi on January 21, 2010 at 5:54 PM

I’m lovin it. What a great week.

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

Rhambo decides to take one for the team. I can hope right?

Brat4life on January 21, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Wyatt Earp: What makes a man like Ringo, Doc? What makes him do the things he does?

Doc Holliday: A man like Ringo has got a great big hole, right in the middle of him. He can never kill enough, or steal enough, or inflict enough pain to ever fill it.

Wyatt Earp: What does he need?

Doc Holliday: Revenge.

Wyatt Earp: For what?

Doc Holliday: Bein’ born.

Mr_Magoo on January 21, 2010 at 5:54 PM

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.

The ONLY progressive voice? What about See-BS and NBC and MSNBC and taxpayer-funded NPR?

Chrissy Matthews’ leg must be tinkling right now…

Steve Z on January 21, 2010 at 5:54 PM

The EPA is going to have to recalibrate pollution base lines and the sufferers of COPD will save on medications. And these are only the supplementary benefits of this demise.

PaCadle on January 21, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Honestly, I didn’t even know they were still on the air.

Midas on January 21, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Its Bush’s fault

tommer74 on January 21, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Wyatt Earp: I just want you to know it’s over between us.

Curly Bill: Well… bye.

Johnny Ringo: Smell that, Bill? Smells like someone died.

Mr_Magoo on January 21, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Does Rupert Murdoch buy the Times or something?

Be still my bleeding heart.

MarkTheGreat on January 21, 2010 at 5:55 PM

What a trifecta of a week!!

bernzright777 on January 21, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Dead air America.

RobCon on January 21, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Marxist Meltdown?

faraway on January 21, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Who’s going to clean up all these dead unicorns after this week?

Looks like one of those “shovel ready” jobs we’ve been hearing about.

Cody1991 on January 21, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Color me genuinely surprised; I thought Air America pulled the plug years ago.

Erich66 on January 21, 2010 at 5:56 PM

“B**ch-slap a Liberal Month”…

viviliberoomuori on January 21, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Ya’ it is. I say lets drag it out for at least another year.

ronnyraygun on January 21, 2010 at 5:56 PM

What ?
No bailout for Air America ?
Oh com’on Hussain, they did so much for you
can’t you do something for them ?

macncheez on January 21, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Air America is now shovel ready

faraway on January 21, 2010 at 5:56 PM

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

Cats and dogs sleeping together!

Wanderlust on January 21, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Wait. What? They went bankrupt? Why?

Why didn’t they just go confiscate some of Rush’s money?

/s

UnderstandingisPower on January 21, 2010 at 5:56 PM

I have to agree it was economics that ruined AA, insofar that sponsors didn’t want to squander limited advertising budgets on a station that (a) had few listeners, and (b) had hosts advocating the ruination of those sponsors through higher taxes and deeper regulation. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

Liam on January 21, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Air America Business Plan:

Phase 1: Air whining, boring, self-righteous programming
Phase 2: ???
Phase 3: Profit

For the life of me, I can’t see why it failed.
/sarc
/schadenfreude

Abelard on January 21, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Three questions I have:

1. They were still on the air?

2. Who did they think would be interested enough in this to issue a press release?

3. They were still on the air?

TugboatPhil on January 21, 2010 at 5:57 PM

No saved jobs?

ted c on January 21, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Kirsten Powers!!!!!!

blatantblue on January 21, 2010 at 5:57 PM

OT but juicy: Beck starting to unleash his attack on the collectivists.

John the Libertarian on January 21, 2010 at 5:57 PM

UnderstandingisPower on January 21, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Oh, don’t worry, they are feverishly trying to kneecap MahaRushie with the Fairness Doctrine…

Wanderlust on January 21, 2010 at 5:57 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?

The March for Life is tomorrow. And may I say, I hope there’s some blogging on this event here on Hotair.

Goldenavatar on January 21, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Oh yeah, the real third question:

3. Were there no youth clubs in Brooklyn left to extort?

TugboatPhil on January 21, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Now this is change I can believe in!

Zippy_Slug on January 21, 2010 at 5:58 PM

After reading the preceding comments, I have nothing to ad but DITTO!

orlandocajun on January 21, 2010 at 5:58 PM

This SCOTUS ruling is verry verry interesting today.

ted c on January 21, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Please people. It’s in times like these that we must take to mind the people’s voice. We’re all just colors in a rainbow. So, let me ask everyone to take a moment to stand, fold our hands, close your eyes, lean your head back and belt out a BWWWAAAAA HHAAAA HHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
thank you.

oakpack on January 21, 2010 at 5:58 PM

The liberals are in batspinning mode.

Definition of batspinning: Standing baseball bat on end, bending over to place forehead on end of bat and go around in circles.

hamradio on January 21, 2010 at 5:58 PM

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

Yes, yes, please, please do. That ought to be good for an additional 30-40 incumbent Dems being thrown out in November, on top of the dozens who are already dead men (& women) walking.

texasentrepreneur on January 21, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Holy Crap Batman! Does this presage the demise of MSNBC?

GarandFan on January 21, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Both hannity and greta outperformed BOR on election night. All the rest of the slugs were at the bottom of the barrel on msnbc.

ted c on January 21, 2010 at 6:01 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?

Rapture.

juanito on January 21, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Hard to believe [snarc]

Hening on January 21, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Next up, MSNBC.

echosyst on January 21, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Buh-bye! This ain’t gonna help The Unprecedented’s jobs “created or saved” numbers.

ya2daup on January 21, 2010 at 6:02 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?

A gift every day…feels like Hanukkah…and I’m not Jewish.

Erich66 on January 21, 2010 at 6:02 PM

I’m sure a lot of liberal talks stations will flip to something else, but many liberal talkers like Ed Shultz, Stephanie Miller and Thom Hartman weren’t part of Air America so some stations might try to stick with the format with these losers.

All and all, it has been a bad week to be a liberal.

aaron31 on January 21, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Did I somehow accidentally wander into the Vault? Or has Air America, against all odds, been pumping out the “quality” programming they are known for all this time? Geeesh….I thought that rattletrap network had sunk long ago…..again I guess, untill the next life saving Government bailout occurs. Because even though no one listens to it, it needs to be on because that is the programming people want.

A thought just occured to me however….what will Alan Combs do now!!!!

Koa on January 21, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Wait, no bailout for AA?

Erich66 on January 21, 2010 at 6:04 PM

It’s about time. If I forgot to turn off my clock radio for Saturday, my local station would be drowned out by the Air America station 500 miles away. It was always someone ranting and foaming at the mouth.

Blake on January 21, 2010 at 6:04 PM

/waves

rollthedice on January 21, 2010 at 6:04 PM

It’s a good thing they put this on the website; otherwise nobody would have known.

Vashta.Nerada on January 21, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Next up, MSNBC.
echosyst on January 21, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Now that’s Hope and Change I can sign on for!

ya2daup on January 21, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Good grief, I thought Err America went belly up years ago. Must have been living off Soros bailouts.

Toodle-loo, losers.

petefrt on January 21, 2010 at 6:04 PM

They’ve pulled the plug on America? How deflating.

Rod on January 21, 2010 at 6:05 PM

This SCOTUS ruling is verry verry interesting today.

ted c on January 21, 2010 at 5:58 PM

What’s so wild about that story is the reaction by such people as Chuck U. Schumer. When he’s this p*ssed off, you know that SCOTUS did something right.

Del Dolemonte on January 21, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Another “Unexpected”* rise in unemployment.

*if you’re a progressive

Lily on January 21, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Wyatt Earp: I just want you to know it’s over between us.

Curly Bill: Well… bye.

Johnny Ringo: Smell that, Bill? Smells like someone died.

Mr_Magoo on January 21, 2010 at 5:54 PM

HAHAHAHAAA!!!! Just posted a clip of that at my place.

doubleplusundead on January 21, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Three questions I have:

1. They were still on the air?

2. Who did they think would be interested enough in this to issue a press release?

3. They were still on the air?

TugboatPhil on January 21, 2010 at 5:57 PM

ROFLMAO!!!

capejasmine on January 21, 2010 at 6:07 PM

That musta been that 481,999th and 482,000th on the list.

oakpack on January 21, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Liberal ideas expressed honestly and openly are rejected by the American people. It was a matter of time.

daesleeper on January 21, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Look for a mad rush of their “talent” to NPR (or AA lite).

ya2daup on January 21, 2010 at 6:07 PM

I love it when you link to old posts with great laugh lines such as:

Memo to Chris: you’ve made yourself a very powerless enemy, my friend.

Ann on January 21, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Biden know about this? They were on the saved jobs list.

seven on January 21, 2010 at 6:08 PM

… on Air America.

someone should probably pull the plug on me before I make a bigger fool of myself.

Rod on January 21, 2010 at 6:08 PM

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

darii on January 21, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Maybe that gave them a sign that there would be no free money for government propaganda. So they pulled the plug.

the_nile on January 21, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Guess this cinches it for Mark Loyd, or Loyd Mark, or whatever the name is of the FCC Diversity Czar. All radio will be either taxpayer-supported or taxed heavily soon.

petefrt on January 21, 2010 at 6:08 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

Comcast is VERY bottomline oriented and, unlike GE, doesn’t need a liberal, pro-green propaganda machine for it’s future growth.

The executives there won’t tolerate a money pit like MSNBC, which never has posted a profit. They will either fix it with a more Fox like programming or shutter it and stop the bleeding.

TXUS on January 21, 2010 at 6:08 PM

One less source of CO2.

seven on January 21, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Turds circling the bowl…B-E-A-Utiful! Did Christmas come early or late this year?

Claypigeon on January 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Wow! I didn’t think this many people even knew they were on the air. Who da thunk???

oakpack on January 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM

I’m gonna check in at InTrade to see the odds of Randi Rhodes getting drink tonight.

Bahwahahahaha. . . . .

BigAlSouth on January 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Conversation at MSNBC:

Executive #1 – See? Rachel Maddow leaves Air America, and they fold!

Executive #2 – Right. Extend her contract and give her more money. Now.

joejm65 on January 21, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Dangit. Getting “drunk” tonite.

. . Miss Rhodes, might I suggest a nice Boons Farm Strawberry Hill . . . .

BigAlSouth on January 21, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Can’t wait for Rush tomorrow! What’s next? NYT belly up this weekend?

I’m lovin’ 2010!

Bruno Strozek on January 21, 2010 at 6:12 PM

seven on January 21, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Ding. And if we plug Al Gore at both ends Global Warming is singlehandedly stopped.

Holger on January 21, 2010 at 6:12 PM

it was the only full-time progressive voice left-wing noise machine in the mainstream broadcast media world

FIFY

Richard Romano on January 21, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Air America pulls the plug

The listener must be very sad.

RadClown on January 21, 2010 at 6:13 PM

This has definitely been a good day. We could sure use a few more like this one, though.

bitsy on January 21, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Damn, Gore was correct. Global Warming. Liberals melting down, everywhere.

Yoop on January 21, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Who will notice?

Saltysam on January 21, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Obamacare… dead.

Cap and Tax… dead.

Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda… dead.

McCain Feingold… dead.

Air America… dead.

How sweet the smell of death. And all in a week, a week to remember.

TXUS on January 21, 2010 at 6:13 PM

This is just turning out to be a wonderful week :) And there is still one more day to go! Maybe someone will make Gibbs cry in the morning. Cause that would be perfect.

nwpammy on January 21, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Thank God we’ve still got MSNBC to provide us with intelligent counterpoints.

Thunderstorm129 on January 21, 2010 at 6:15 PM

This week is turning out to be an epic week.

Holger on January 21, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Wow what a great week. It feels like Thanksgiving when you just can’t eat another bite, and then mom comes out of the kitchen with pumpkin pie.

Ted Torgerson on January 21, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Is this what it felt like in Berlin in 1989?

Saltysam on January 21, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Can’t wait for Rush tomorrow!
Bruno Strozek on January 21, 2010 at 6:12 PM

If I remember correctly, Rush offered to HELP Air America when they first launched. I think Al Franken was the target of his generosity. Air America refused, and now they’re gone. Look for Rush to mention this tomorrow.

joejm65 on January 21, 2010 at 6:17 PM

I find this very funny
from 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

HAHAAHA you got that? grow up ppl!

rslancer14 on January 21, 2010 at 6:17 PM

It feels like Thanksgiving when you just can’t eat another bite, and then mom comes out of the kitchen with pumpkin pie.

Ted Torgerson on January 21, 2010 at 6:16 PM

+1 LOL!

Saltysam on January 21, 2010 at 6:17 PM

well, I guess it’s back to the comedy station on XM when I need a few laughs.

Jed_Eckert on January 21, 2010 at 6:19 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?

I didn’t check the first page of comments but if the New York Times keeps its promise to start charging for it online content—(basically going behind a wall), we can say goodby to another liberal media rag along with their jackels of journalism.

Talk about a great week for living in a free country!

Rovin on January 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Does this mean that ED “cheat to keep the bastards out” SCHULTZ is off the radio?

tru2tx on January 21, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Air America pulls the plug

The listener must be very sad.

RadClown on January 21, 2010 at 6:13 PM

How do to you know for sure they had a listener? Oh, yeah, simplesimon.

TXUS on January 21, 2010 at 6:23 PM

I find this very funny
from 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

HAHAAHA you got that? grow up ppl!

rslancer14 on January 21, 2010 at 6:17 PM

LOL!

Tapper’s the one that needs to lose the knickers. He thinks the economy was the problem?

Jake, let me help you out, son. Nobody was listening. They sucked. They couldn’t make it in a boom economy.

Saltysam on January 21, 2010 at 6:24 PM

When nobody buys what you are trying to sell, you go out of business.

This is just the beginning.

Del Dolemonte on January 21, 2010 at 6:25 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

hopefully that babbling incompetent fool in the White House will announce a pressing and extended vacation in Hawaii and give America a chance to recover by shutting the hell up for a while.

elduende on January 21, 2010 at 6:25 PM

I actually hope PMSNBC stays afloat for the simple reason that we need them to remind people what libtards are all about. As far as AA goes, buh-bye. It’s been a great week.

chewmeister on January 21, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Don’t know how they missed a bailout. They’ll likely be back in the name of diversity once Obama starts implementing his FCC regulatory plan.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 21, 2010 at 6:26 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

The problem I see with this tweet is the possibility that the employees of Air America haven’t been getting paid lately. I highly suspect their suppliers haven’t been getting paid either. I wouldn’t actually define those situations as jobs, but as liabilities.

Yoop on January 21, 2010 at 6:29 PM

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