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    In other news: Broadcaster Seeks $1.5M From Err America

    [B]Broadcaster Seeks $1.5M From Network

    BY DAVID LOMBINO - Staff Reporter of the Sun
    August 19, 2005[/B]

    An attorney whose client is suing the Air America radio network said yesterday that the May litigation is part of a larger attempt by the client, an owner of radio stations, to collect more than $1.5 million it says it is owed.

    The attorney, Randy Mastro, with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, represents MultiCultural Radio Broadcasting, one of the largest minority-owned broadcasting companies in the country. Mr. Mastro served as a deputy mayor in the Giuliani administration.

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    Is Al having trouble moving ad minutes?

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    [QUOTE=jetswin]Is Al having trouble moving ad minutes?[/QUOTE]

    Have you watched "Current TV" at all?? Cripes- watching grass grow is more exciting...yet another failed gore venture.

    [QUOTE]Until a few weeks ago, the biggest worry for executives at Air America was what to do about the liberal radio network's alarmingly low ratings. Launched amid much hype on March 31, 2004, Air America, with Al Franken, Janeane Garofalo, Randi Rhodes, and a host of other anti-Bush personalities at the microphone, has, with the exception of a few cities, had great difficulty finding an audience. Even in New York, where the network's true-blue message should be welcome, its daily average ratings are actually lower than those of the Caribbean talk-and-music station it replaced a year and a half ago .........


    The ratings have not been kind to Air America's flagship station, WLIB in New York. In spring 2004, when WLIB broadcast a mixture of Caribbean music and talk, it won a 1.3 percent share of the New York audience. In summer 2004, after the much-advertised switch to Air America, WLIB's share rose to 1.4 percent. Then it fell to 1.2 percent in fall 2004, and stayed at that figure in winter 2005. Spring 2005, which ended on June 30, has seen its rating fall further to 1.0 percent significantly below spring 2004.

    The situation is similar in a number of other cities, although Air America is on the air only in about 70 markets just a fraction of those reached by conservative radio king Rush Limbaugh. Given its expenses Al Franken, for example, is paid at least $1 million per year Air America almost certainly needs better ratings than it currently attracts if it is to survive.

    It is not surprising, then, that network executives are a little sensitive about the ratings. For all the positive coverage they have received in venues like the New York Times, Air America executives feel that the network has not been given a fair shake in a number of articles about the ratings including some in National Review. So NR asked Sinton to list five places where the network is doing well. He was happy to answer. "Portland, Oregon, is a big success," he said. "We are especially happy about Denver. . . Miami is a great success story. . . Phoenix had a nice increase. . . We absolutely love the growth in Los Angeles."

    Portland, Oregon perhaps America's most liberal city is indeed a big success for Air America. The station KPOJ had a 3.7 share of the audience in spring 2004, before switching to liberal talk. It rose to 4.0 percent in summer 2004 with Air America. Then, after falling a bit in the next two quarters, it surged to a 4.5 share in spring 2005 a clear improvement over its pre-Air America performance.

    Denver is another bright spot. In spring 2004, KKZN had a 0.5 percent audience share. It switched to Air America during the summer 2004 period, and its share rose to 0.9 percent. Then it jumped to 1.6 percent in fall 2004 and then to 2.0 percent in spring 2005.

    In Miami, WINZ has gone from a 0.7 percent share to 2.0 percent under Air America. In Phoenix, KXXT went from what was essentially zero percent of the market to a 1.1 percent share. And in Los Angeles, where Air America has been on the air only since February, KTLK has gone from 0.3 percent to 0.8 percent.

    As Sinton said, all those numbers indicate growth. But in a number of cases, they indicate growth that began virtually at zero. For example, a recent Air America press release touted "73 percent growth" in one audience segment in Los Angeles. But that growth began at a very, very low baseline almost no audience at all. So Air America could improve greatly on that number double or triple its audience and still not attract enough listeners to make money. And whether this type of increase can sustain the network is an open question.


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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY]Have you watched "Current TV" at all?? Cripes- watching grass grow is more exciting...yet another failed gore venture.



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    How successful was Arbusto or the Texas Rangers?

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY]Have you watched "Current TV" at all?? Cripes- watching grass grow is more exciting...yet another failed gore venture.[/quote]

    Come on now CBTNY, the internet and the movie "Love Story" aren't failures.... ;)

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY]Have you watched "Current TV" at all?? Cripes- watching grass grow is more exciting...yet another failed gore venture.

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    I was being sarcastic...should have used a smiley :rolleyes:

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    [QUOTE=jetswin]I was being sarcastic...should have used a smiley :rolleyes:[/QUOTE]

    so was I ;)

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    in all honesty there seems to be more conservatives paying attention to what's going on with Air America so they can attack it then there are liberals who actually support it.

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    [QUOTE=bitonti]in all honesty there seems to be more conservatives paying attention to what's going on with Air America so they can attack it then there are liberals who actually support it.[/QUOTE]

    and therein is the problem....the MSM broadcasts news of a "DeLay contributor convicted"...yet fail to mention Jack Abramoff also gave substantial amounts of money to people like Harry Reid and other rats....

    the rats and their counterparts will talk incessantly, calling Rush Limbaugh, "the most dangerous man alive" or do an expose' on Fox News....yet algores liberal radio station rips off children and Alzheimer's patients and it slips by with little notice.

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    CBNY as I have said before two wrongs don't make a right. Just because Harry Reid is a crook too doesn't mean Tom Delay is innocent.

    FWIW the MSM you love to criticise has handled this war in Iraq with kid gloves for years. Only now are they saying anything remotely negative. White House spokesman Scott McClellan clearly lied to the media (or was lied to) and they don't care. He's still a "great guy." helen thomas is the only white house beat reporter who has the balls to question bush and she has been totally ostracised from any real access to the Prez.

    Conservatives love to cry about the mainstream media - meanwhile Fox News is by far the #1 news channel in the world. Rush Limbaugh, Savage and Hannity beat the bag out of Air America or any other talk radio. National Review and Free Republic are far more successful than Mother Jones and The Nation. Newsmax is an internet gauntlet.

    answer me this: How liberal is the main stream media when the most successful aspects of that group are all unabashedly Republican supporters?

    there might be more liberal leaning sources but they are all getting killed in ratings! power in the media is directly related to ratings. If all the conservative shows are getting seriously great ratings and all the liberal shows are in the toilet - how can the media be considered such a malevolent force?

    it seems to me the right wing won the battle for the media a long time ago but they would rather pretend they are losing because it's been their recipe for success for so long. Between blaming the liberal media and blaming the democratic party you might as well be blaming invisible gnomes for all the real world impact these groups have.

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    [QUOTE=bitonti]CBNY as I have said before two wrongs don't make a right. Just because Harry Reid is a crook too doesn't mean Tom Delay is innocent.

    FWIW the MSM you love to criticise has handled this war in Iraq with kid gloves for years. Only now are they saying anything remotely negative. White House spokesman Scott McClellan clearly lied to the media (or was lied to) and they don't care. He's still a "great guy." helen thomas is the only white house beat reporter who has the balls to question bush and she has been totally ostracised from any real access to the Prez.

    Conservatives love to cry about the mainstream media - meanwhile Fox News is by far the #1 news channel in the world. Rush Limbaugh, Savage and Hannity beat the bag out of Air America or any other talk radio. National Review and Free Republic are far more successful than Mother Jones and The Nation. Newsmax is an internet gauntlet.

    answer me this: How liberal is the main stream media when the most successful aspects of that group are all unabashedly Republican supporters?

    there might be more liberal leaning sources but they are all getting killed in ratings! power in the media is directly related to ratings. If all the conservative shows are getting seriously great ratings and all the liberal shows are in the toilet - how can the media be considered such a malevolent force?

    it seems to me the right wing won the battle for the media a long time ago but they would rather pretend they are losing because it's been their recipe for success for so long. Between blaming the liberal media and blaming the democratic party you might as well be blaming invisible gnomes for all the real world impact these groups have.[/QUOTE]

    Not to mention claiming networks such as ABC have a liberal bias. ABC, owned by Disney, who owns and operates most of the right-wing radio stations.

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    [QUOTE=Section109Row15]Not to mention claiming networks such as ABC have a liberal bias. ABC, owned by Disney, who owns and operates most of the right-wing radio stations.[/QUOTE]

    And of course Disney- the company that started events such as "gay day" and offered benefits for life partners of gay employees....very ardent non-liberal issues... :rolleyes:

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY]And of course Disney- the company that started events such as "gay day" and offered benefits for life partners of gay employees....very ardent non-liberal issues... :rolleyes:[/QUOTE]

    Are you claiming Disney, as a company, is Liberal? They hired Rush Limbaugh to cover the NFL for ESPN. They broadcast Limbaugh/Hannity/etc across the country. They refused to release Fahrenheit 9/11 because they didn't want to offend Jeb.

    John Roberts defended queers, does that mean he is a liberal?

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    [QUOTE=Section109Row15]Are you claiming Disney, as a company, is Liberal? They hired Rush Limbaugh to cover the NFL for ESPN. They broadcast Limbaugh/Hannity/etc across the country. They refused to release Fahrenheit 9/11 because they didn't want to offend Jeb.

    John Roberts defended queers, does that mean he is a liberal?[/QUOTE]

    They refused to release morre-on's movie cause Eisner was trying to save his a$$, plain and simple- they was a buyout option from Comcast and the stockholders wanted his neck....

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