While Air America Radio's loss of two affiliates in Phoenix and
Missoula, Montana is generating news this week, the company itself probably
hasn't been able to give either city a second thought.
Why? In a
development sure to rip the heart right out of the liberal radio network's
already ailing body, it appears extremely likely their leased New York City
flagship station WLIB-AM will soon abandon Air America programming.
worse, litigation looks probable over the station's lease.
what’s brought Air America to the edge of its grave?
Some blame Al
Franken. He’s not funny or interesting.
Others ask whether even liberals
wanted to listen to Bobby Kennedy Jr’s rant about environmentalism once they
learned he owns three large homes, flies private jets, and opposes wind energy projects
in coastal waters near oceanfront properties he owns in Massachusetts and New
And, of course, the company’s shady financial dealings
drove away potential investors whose money might have helped Air America
hire talented people.
While all that’s true, it doesn’t get at the most
important reason for Air America’s impending demise: It’s failure to woo enough
liberals away from their favorite liberal talk radio network: the giant,
government subsidized National Public Radio.