posted on Oct, 15 2006 @ 01:08 PM
Originally posted by jsobecky
All I ever got from Air America was whining about how bad Bush is. I tuned it out very early in it's lifetime, and whenever I would occasionally
check back in to see if they had improved, I heard no difference in their programming. I am not surprised they went under.
I had a similar experience.
I find programs like Limbaugh's and Hannity's to be quite amusing, and while I don't listen to radio much (I pretty much gave it up with TV), if I
want to hear conservative spin delivered in a relatively entertaining manner, I know they will deliver.
They make me laugh.
On the other hand, I found Air America very hard to listen to for any significant period of time. It just didn't appeal to me.
It's not that I didn't want to hear liberal spin delivered in a relatively entertaining manner, because I most certainly would love that as a
counterpoint to the right-wing talking heads.
Rather -- and in spite of the fact that I've been a big fan of Al Franken as a comedian for about 30 years now -- the programs just weren't
Al Franken's political sermons were almost uniformly forced and didactic, and all the examples I've listened to over the past year or so had a
bitter, pedagogic tone which was a real turn-off for me.
How much of "Bush is a poopie head" can an adult listener be expected to take?
For me, anyway, Air America just wasn't fun to listen to. It wasn't entertaining.
Conservative talk radio evolved over many years in response to a demand for that kind of programming by listeners.
Liberal talk radio was concocted as a "countermeasure" that sought to gin up its own market and, instead of evolving to meet the demands of
listeners, presumed to tell them what they wanted to hear.
Ultimately, the market decided Air America's fate.
Oh the irony.