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Air America

I’ve been listening to Air America today online (I’m not in one of the few markets that has it). Air America is the first attempt at nationwide Liberal talk radio, and it’s been an interesting few hours listening to it.

I heard the last half of the "O'Franken Factor", and I wasn't initially impressed. When I signed in, Franken was interviewing Michael Moore, and it wasn't long before Al Gore himself called in. The conversation was nicely liberal, but I could tell that Franken was experiencing his first day as a radio broadcaster. He definitely knows what he wants to say, but it'll be a while before he's smooth enough to be entertaining to listen to.

I'm about halfway through Randi Rhodes' show, and she's much more comfortable as a radio host. However, her tone is nastier than I was expecting. She's joked a couple times that she slept with James Baker III and used similar jokes about a couple other men. She also just yelled at Ralph Nader for the duration of an interview until he hung up on her. Fortunately, her conversation with Secretary Albright was much calmer. Her tone will appeal to a lot of people, but she seems too similar to the Savage/Ingraham mode, just on the liberal side.

There have been a few technical glitches, but I'd expect that on the first day. There's a lot of money tied up in this ($30 million in investments and $30 million in loans) and I wish them the best. I hope they work out the bugs soon and provide a strong, nation-wide challenge to Savage, Hannity, Limbaugh, Ingraham, etc.

(You can listen to Air America Radio live online here [direct .rm link]. --Ed.)

Posted by LawnBoy at March 31, 2004 5:56 PM