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Liberal Talk Radio Network Looking for New Affiliates in Chicago, LA
By Jimmy Moore
Talon News
April 21, 2004NEW YORK (Talon News) -- A new liberal talk radio network announced on Tuesday that they will be looking for new affiliates in two of the largest markets in America after failing to come to a resolution over a financial disagreement with the previous radio station owner.Air America Radio, which was lauded as the liberal alternative to conservative talk radio when it was launched a few weeks ago, will cease to air on Chicago's WNTD-950 AM on April 30.In addition, the liberal network has remained off the air at Los Angeles-based KBLA-1580 AM since a dispute with the same owner over payment last week.Talon News reported last week that the liberal talk radio network was abruptly pulled from the air in both Chicago and Los Angeles, the second and third largest radio markets in the United States because of more than $1 million in unpaid fees to Multicultural Radio Broadcasting.Arthur Liu, who owns the radio stations in both Chicago and Los Angeles, said Air America Radio was in "default" and had "paid only a very small portion of what they owe us."Air America had struck back by calling this "an outright lie" and even filed a lawsuit against Multicultural Radio Broadcasting.The announcement on Tuesday settles the dispute and places the burden on Air America Radio to find replacement stations to broadcast Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo in Chicago and Los Angeles.This is a stunning setback to the already struggling liberal radio network.

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Liberal Talk Network "Air America" Out of Cash, Pu

That's ok though - they will still do well in the People's Republic of Maine...maybe Maine Democrats can get Franken his own beach home and provide him with free meph treatments.DRUDGEAfter just two weeks on the air, Air America Radio, the fledgling liberal talk-radio network featuring Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo, appears to have encountered serious cash-flow problems. The CHICAGO TRIBUNE is developing a story, insiders tell DRUDGE, on how the network was pulled off the air this morning in Chicago and Los Angeles, the network's second- and third-largest markets, because, the owner of both stations said, the network bounced a check and owes him more than $1 million! Developing...

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I guess Ben & Jerry's and Granola bars can't provide the needed ad income. ;)[ 04-14-2004: Message edited by: Tom O ]

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Latest news.DRUDGEA Chicago source familiar with the situation said a Multicultural representative showed up at WNTD's offices Wednesday morning, kicked out Air America's lone staffer overseeing the network's feed to the station from New York, switched over to a Spanish-language feed, and changed the locks on the doors... Developing...

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Thomas O
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quote: duh.....what happened?

Guess the bullfrog croaked, uh? :p

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Chicago Tribune

By John Cook
Tribune staff reporter
Published April 14, 2004, 1:45 PM CDTAfter just two weeks of broadcasting, Air America Radio, the fledgling liberal talk-radio network featuring Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo, was pulled off the air this morning in Chicago and Los Angeles, the network's second- and third-largest markets, in a dispute over payments for airtime.Arthur Liu, owner of Multicultural Radio Broadcasting, which owns Air America affiliates WNTD-950 AM in Chicago and KBLA-1580 AM in Los Angeles, said Air America bounced a check and owes him more than $1 million.

Air America and Multicultural had entered into a time brokerage agreement in which the network was essentially renting Multicultural's airtime, Liu said."They bounced a check today," Liu said. "It's a default. They have paid only a very small portion of what they owe us." Liu declined to say how much Multicultural is owed, but did say he is holding $1 million in checks that Air America has asked the company not to cash."They've been saying, 'We're going to get you the money' for the past two months," Liu said, referring to a security deposit that he said Air America was supposed to have prepaid in advance of its launch. "They're not honoring our agreement.""That is an outright lie," said Evan Cohen, Air America's chairman, in a statement. "Multicultural Radio Broadcasting's conduct in this matter has been disgraceful.... [I]t is a clear violation of their contractual obligations."Air America filed a complaint today in New York state Supreme Court charging Multicultural with breaching their contract and seeking an injunction to force Multicultural to restore the Air America broadcast on both stations.Listeners who tuned into WNTD-950, Air America's Chicago affiliate, Wednesday morning heard Spanish-language talk radio instead of "Morning Sedition" and "Unfiltered," the network's morning talk shows.A Chicago source familiar with the situation said a Multicultural representative showed up at WNTD's offices this morning, kicked out Air America's lone staffer overseeing the network's feed to the station from New York, switched over to a Spanish-language feed, and changed the locks on the doors.Liu said the same thing happened at KBLA in Los Angeles.

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Being good liberals, they are waiting for a hand-out...preferably from the government (meaning those of us who pay taxes)!

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"Pay? You mean we have to pay? Paying is for the little people!"

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My, my the silence is deafening from the liberal hacks isn't it?

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Did anyone really think it was going to float anyway? If you look over Franken's head they have the number of listeners,callers,or maybe that's Frankens real name.[ 04-14-2004: Message edited by: Snowalker ]

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No, there is no silence, I and many liberals like me knew this thing was destined for utter failure. Franken writes a great book, but he's annoying as hell on the air... I can't stand him for more than 30 minutes... And Geraffeflow??? Gimmie a break. This was the absolute dumbest idea in broadcase history.chris.

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eg. Franken's book is STILL in the top 10 - outliving any other political hack book...c.

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This was posted today on the Air America web site. Do you think this was written by a stable individual?[url=http://www.airamericaradio.com/pub/resNews.htm]http://www.airamericaradi...After just two weeks on the air, Air America Radio, the fledgling liberal talk-radio network featuring Al Franken, Janeane Garofalo, and that really loud woman from Florida, appears to have encountered serious cash-flow problems. Stop the presses!!! There’s nothing more exciting than half a story from a third hand source!!!!Insiders tell SLUDGE, that the reason the network was pulled off the air this morning in Chicago and Los Angeles, the network's second- and third-largest markets, was because, the owner of both stations, Arthur Liu of Multicultural Broadcasting, said, the network bounced a check and owes him more than $1 million! The run-on sentence, tortured grammar and the exclamation point clearly means it’s true!!Only it isn’t. Normally we’d let this go because “habitual liars” like Drudge are laughable, and ridicule is our business.But Arthur Liu --- not funny. He lied to us, he ripped us off and now we’re chasing him down with a pipe wrench. It’s a metaphor.Here’s what really happened:This Liu-ser was ripping off our boss Evan Cohen big time (he can’t do that, that’s our job). Evan found out about it and he stopped payment on a check to keep Liu-cifer from ripping him off even more. You can touch Evan for the occasional meal or drinks but a million bucks is crossing the line. And if we ever get low on cash, we can always call Barbra Streisand. Or any of the
Baldwins. Except Stephen.So we got screwed, Liu’d, and tattooed. How Liu can you get? In Liu of payment. Liu’d and lascivious behavior. These write themselves. What we’re getting at is that we hate him.So now everyone’s saying we’re going down the dumper in Chicago and Los Angeles, but what they don’t tell you is that we’re still on in Portland. And we OWN Portland. And let’s not forget Riverside and Plattsburgh. And New
York. And streaming on the internet. And XM. And Sirius. Actually we’re fine. So cool your jets. Air America Radio isn’t dead, we’re in court and we’re going to slam Liu’s head in a car door. Another metaphor. We hope to be back on the air tomorrow or the next day in those markets.In the meantime, why don’t you give Arthur a call at (212)966-1059, or check out his website [url=http://www.mrbi.net]www.mrbi.net[/url]Arthur Liu, I wouldn’t show your face around here.Or Riverside. Or Plattsburgh.

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Someone is paying for this tripe. It is not investors as there is no advertising. That leaves true believers OR the DNC. I'd rather have these losers funding radio that no one listens to than funding the latest series of Moveon.org attack commercials, seen by millions.I am amused that once again, when the world dose not favor them, they left is running to the courts. I wonder which pet judge they will find to get them back on the air? A judge that will force a broadcast owner to provide the service for nothing. ;)

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quote:Originally posted by Lewiston Liberal:
[b]eg. Franken's book is STILL in the top 10 - outliving any other political hack book...c.[/b]

Thanks to the generousity of the good folks at the DNC. :D They've managed to prop Hillary up pretty well too! ;) Make a donation to the DNC and get an autograghed book. Hmmm! :p Oh! and let's not forget his/her/their buddies at Teamsters, ALF-CIO, SEIU, ASFME, ... :roll: Al

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I have been listening since last night. It’s so bad – I thought it was a parody at first.This morning, I heard [b]“Morning Sedition”[/b] (They really call it that!) Again, it’s so poor, you might think it was a parody!They kept repeating the phone number, over and over, begging people to call in. When they would get a call – they were so excited!! “HEY – WE ACTUALLY HAVE A CALLER!!! TOM IN DETROIT, YOU’RE ON THE AIR!!!!”One of the “Morning Sedition” hosts was such a stereotype liberal whack-job, you could practically hear the bong-hits between his sentences. Interviewing a disgruntled former CIA employee today: [i]“Yeah dude, like wow. (puff - puff) ..Hey, good talkin’ to ya, man.”[/i]I couldn’t make this up!Soooooo... before it is off the air forever, give a listen to AM-870 and the Air America liberal talk radio! Drudge reports they’re already being pulled of the air in major markets like LA and Chicago for not paying their bills...Which isn't a surprise because there are NO commercials! I listened last night in Evening Drive time, and in Morning Drive time today, and have not heard a paid spot yet. (Imagine that!) Plenty of PSAs and station promos. If you want to sample this bizarre programming, better hurry because it is clearly Dead On Arrival.

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I found the post on their website particularly bizarre. They make veiled threats against the owner of the network (Multicultural) 3 times, "slam his head in a car door, better not show his face" etc. and insult him numerous times, someone who they are supposed to be doing business with! (?)Then they mention how they "own" Portland. Of course, they neglected to mention the state, so everyone thinks it is Oregon, not Maine.It's like someone mentioned earlier in a joking way, they almost are acting like they expect free air time, just because they are who they are.

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Air America to Return to Air in Chicago Thu Apr 15, 8:15 PM ETNEW YORK - A new radio network aimed at liberal audiences expects to be back on the air in Chicago on Friday, but its signal problems in Los Angeles — and a business dispute with a partner — have yet to be resolved.

Air America Radio's signal was pulled Wednesday from two stations in both cities by MultiCultural Radio Broadcasting Inc. following a disagreement over payments. Air America said Thursday it had obtained a temporary restraining order against Multicultural "forcing them to put us back on the air." The order, which was filed in New York where Multicultural is based, does not apply to Los Angeles, however. Air America chairman Evan Cohen said the company had not asked the court to act in Los Angeles, and was pursuing other options there, including finding a new "more responsible and mature" business partner. Efforts to contact MultiCultural for comment were not successful. Earlier this week, The Chicago Tribune quoted the company's owner, Arthur Liu, as saying that Air America bounced a check to them on Wednesday. In its lawsuit, Air America said its payments were up to date and claimed that MultiCultural removed the network's signal in Chicago without notice and changed the locks on the station's offices. Air America Radio launched March 31 in five cities around the country and on XM Satellite Radio with a slate of left-leaning talk radio and political satire, headlined by comedians Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo. The network is still broadcasting in New York, Portland, Ore., and on a different station in Los Angeles, KCAA. It plans to add the Chapel Hill, N.C. market beginning Monday.

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