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Checked the Randi Rhodes board this am to find this diary posted:
Randi Rhodes Canceled?

Listening at 8:35 PST on KKGN in SF, announcer John Scott just broke into the Rachael Maddow show to say that Air America has ended Randi Rhodes' contract with the network.

Further checking, via the LTR blog gives us a post from yesterday...

Less than a week since Air America Radio suspended Randi Rhodes, what is not resolved is when, if ever, Rhodes will return. Or with who, as rumors are flying that Rhodes is no longer with the network, and that one of her affiliates will continue airing her show regardless.
The network will issue some sort of statement regarding the situation Thursday (April 10), according to Radio & Record


Well, it's pretty clear to anyone who has ever listened to AAR, that they've been pretty poorly managed from Day One. Anyone recall those heady days? Months and months after announcing they were going to start, having plenty of time to get things together, and yet the talent had to deal with studios with no air conditioning, lousy technology, etc. I recall Rhodes storming out of the studio one day, early on, when things just got too difficult (headphones screwed up, audio etc.). They were reports of the talent not being paid, and general lousy management.
then they declared bankruptcyand later moved on with new ownership, the Green brothers.
Unfortunately, none of those involved in the enterprise had any media or radio background.
And now, after changing and losing so much talent (and replacing them with hacks) they lose their one Star, Randi Rhodes.
Yesterday, Green960, the station that sponsored Rhodes' appearance, the one that got her suspended for calling Clinton a f**king Whore, announced that they are bringing Rhodes back on the air, Air America or no Air America.

John Scott, Program Director of Green960, speaks out:
"We have been very frustrated the past few days in our efforts to rectify the Randi Rhodes Situation (her suspension by her network, Air America Radio). It is our understanding that today (April 9th) she is no longer an employee of Air America. So we are bringing her back."
Monday, April 14th at 4pm... it will be our pleasure to announce the return of Randi Rhodes to the Green 960 family.

Like her or hate her (and I know there are many here who don't like her, Randi Rhodes is a strong progressive voice for America. No, she's not always right - who is? And, yes, sometimes she puts her foot in her mouth (who doesn't?), but her suspension was a bit over the top. All Air America had to do was make a statement that the event was not broadcast, was for a private audience, and that while Rhodes comments do not reflect that of AAR management, they recognize her right of free speech, etc.
But no.  
We all know who runs AAR don't we? Mark Green, Hillary supporter. So I guess free speech in his realm means agreeing with him.
The LTR blog mentions:

Michael Hood at blatherWatch quoted a source at the network as saying she would be gone for several weeks. A suspension period of that length seems par for the course in the broadcast industry, as both David Shuster of MSNBC and Dana Jacobson of ESPN returned after two weeks following their own verbal gaffes. Personalities such as Don Imus and Opie and Anthony were suspended, then released outright by CBS Radio following controversial bits aired on each of their shows. The Rhodes appearance was not broadcast.

Yes, Air America, and Mark Green, THE RHODES COMMENTS WERE NOT BROADCAST, you fool.

Now I'll say that I didn't think that Rhodes bit was all that funny. It's the kind of thing you'd hear and probably groan. The choice was bad. But Randi's no professional stand-up. A good stand-up comic knows how to skewer without a degrading, sexist, comment. And I think she could have gotten her point across without the "W" word. But it was her choice and her right to say it.

But to suspend her indefinitely? Come on. When are we going to get a spine and allow people their right to say things, to express their own opinions, without being fired or suspended? Where is the backbone of the left, who can't seem to be able to tell the difference between speaking for a corporate entity or speaking for yourself. Why does the left feel the need to apologize for speaking the truth - even if it is uncomfortable? I seem to recall D4emocratic members of congress having to apologize for saying something truthful, all because the right got their knickers in twist.
More recntly, Ed Schultz called John McCain a "warmonger." Now McCain's upset and people are calling for Schultz's head. Fuck that. John McCain IS A WARMONGER.

In any event, speculation is that Rhodes will be broadcast from Green960 and then land either at the Jones Network (home of Schultz and Stephanie Miller) or, perhaps, even at NovaM Radio, where her good friend, John Manzo (and the one she credits for her success), is CEO.

Suffice it to say, there's an announcement coming up today, and until then, we won't know what's going to happen. But Rhodes is pissed (I don't blame her)

"They are in breach of my contract and have damaged my hard won excellent reputation in the broadcast industry," she told blogger Jeff Norman at Huffington Post last week.

Air America worked hard to build her show:

Since former air personality Al Franken departed the network early last year, Rhodes has been positioned by the network as their highest profile air talent. Air America has especially worked hard at lining up affiliate stations to carry her show. An outright dismissal could be messy for the network, and further upset a rather shaky alliance with radio stations.

And now, becuase Green can't separate his own political feelings, or because the Clinton team forced his hand (backbone, Mark,backbone) Rhodes may be leaving.

I have no doubt that she'll be back somewhere. Like her or not, we can use a bold, brassy broad who doesn't take shit from anyone. Like her or not, she doesn't lie to her listeners and encourages those with right wing opinions to call in. She also recommends people research her points if they think she is wrong. There are a lot of listeners who credit her with raising their awareness of what is happening to our country, with instilling them with an appreciation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Don't like her? Don't listen. But at least fight for her right to free speech. it's the American (but not Air America) way.

Originally posted to MA Liberal on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 08:38 AM PDT.


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  •  couple of other diaries today (3+ / 0-)
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    rhetoricus, JVolvo, nowheredesign

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 08:41:52 AM PDT

  •  This would be a bad business decision (5+ / 0-)

    on the part of AAR.

    Do you have contact info for them?  Perhaps it's time for a little "support Randi" call to action.

    Before you win, you have to fight. Come fight along with us at TexasKaos.

    by boadicea on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 08:42:02 AM PDT

  •  I'll double check, but (2+ / 0-)
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    rhetoricus, sephius1

    I heard Green960 last night announce that Randi's coming back on Monday!

  •  Tip Jar? (11+ / 0-)

    I know there is another diary on here, but I thought I'd leave this up for the extra links to other sites.
    If folks think I should delete, I will. But I hope to update if I get any more info before it scrolls off...
    (plus, I'm at work and doing this surreptitiously!)

    "The truth shall set you free, but first it will piss you off!" - Gloria Steinem

    by MA Liberal on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 08:48:14 AM PDT

  •  I was only half-right (2+ / 0-)
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    Green960 is bringing her back on Monday, not AAR. Ah well.

    •  How does that work? (0+ / 0-)

      She doesn't have her own studio, far as I know. She was using Air America's studio.

      How we know Daffy Duck is Republican: "It's mine, understand? Mine, all mine! Get back down there! Down down down! Go go go! Mine mine mine! Mwahahaha!" --BiPM

      by rhetoricus on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 11:43:34 AM PDT

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  •  If AAR loses Randi, that'll leave... (4+ / 0-)
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    tankej, TracieLynn, resa, MA Liberal

    Thom Hartman and Rachel Maddow as the only shows worth listening to. And if she gets a gig on MSNBC, it'll be bu-bye AAR.

    Dumb... very, very dumb.

    Cynicism is a sorry kind of wisdom. -- Barack Obama

    by Jimdotz on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 08:49:58 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for the diary (1+ / 0-)
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    but you got the time wrong - it is PDT now, not PST - time changed last month

  •  Yeah.... (1+ / 0-)
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    ....AA can pretty much do what it wants, as most of the affiliates mix and match their commentators anyway. Randi will probably be fine and the chances are pretty good that you'll still be able to hear her.

    Every good Christian should line up and kick Jerry Falwell's ass. - Barry Goldwater, 1981

    by Doug in SF on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 08:54:56 AM PDT

  •  What is it about the NY Dem party? (1+ / 0-)
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    MA Liberal

    Mark Green, Dinkins, Spitzer, Paterson, Schumer, Cuomo, Robert Kennedy Jr., all Hillary supporters.  Why?

    The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

    by lysias on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 08:55:47 AM PDT

  •  Mark Green, president owner of AAR (4+ / 0-)
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    casablanca, IndyScott, MA Liberal, JVolvo

    is a huge Hillary supporter.  He is on cable often for Hillary.  He delivered Randi's head to Hillary on a platter.  Shameful.

  •  Mark Green is a DLC/Clinton lap dog (5+ / 0-)

    who is well on his way to running AAR into the ground.

    •  If the jaw-dropping Lionel isn't the worst (4+ / 0-)

      radio host ever perpetrated on the listening public, I don't know who is.  Randi screwed up, but a sincere apology should get her back on the air.  Someone with that many facts and figures and that kind of commitment to ferreting out all the little details of this or that issue needs to be on the air.
      As to the above question re Hillary supporters in N.Y., well, you have to consider AIPAC and their pervasive influence.

  •  Replace her with The Young Turks. nt (5+ / 0-)
  •  Not Sure It'll Ever Really Fly (2+ / 0-)
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    I've always thought that liberal radio was an uphill battle.

    The righties (notably Rush Limbaugh) do well in this format because the essence of conservatism is being intellectually lazy. They're sheep. They don't ask questions. They don't demand answers. They don't attempt to understand complexity.

    They sit there for three hours and they listen to everything Limbaugh says. They accept it as fact. And they repeat it. It's just wingnut stenography day after day.

    Liberals are different. We don't always trust authority. We're interested in fact-checking. We live in the reality-based community. We believe in basic science. We're leaders -- not followers. We're independent. And we don't accept something as absolute truth simply because Randi Rhodes or Sam Seder said it was so. We're partisan, but we're not blindly partisan.

    Again, radio is sort of a "sheep" format, and the wingnuts have a lot more than we do.

    They've done studies, you know. 60% of the time, it works every time. -- Brian Fantana

    by IndyScott on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 09:03:20 AM PDT

    •  But, I think (1+ / 0-)
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      there is a market for information and enlightenment such as Thom Hartmann does.  Randi, before the non-stop primary talk, did this as well.

      The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. - 9th Amendment

      by TracieLynn on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 09:44:14 AM PDT

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    •  Yeah, but it could work (0+ / 0-)

      AAR and Jones has disseminated information to the American sheep that they haven't heard before. I think it's one reason (in addition to blogs like Kos, etc.) that we got the majority (however slim) in 2006.
      And, funny thing, when they were new and doing quite well, ClearChannel began to flip some of its conservative formats to liberal. WE win in '06 and suddenly the liberal stations were being flipped back, or to sports, or Hispanic radio.
      Getting the info out there is possible - and it's possible in a liberal format.

      "The truth shall set you free, but first it will piss you off!" - Gloria Steinem

      by MA Liberal on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 10:25:54 AM PDT

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  •  Is Randi in jail, too? (3+ / 0-)
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    This has nothing to do with free speech.  Stop trying to portray it as such.

    •  Randi's free to blog here any time. (4+ / 0-)
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      And most anywhere. She's got a lot more freedom to spread her ideas than most of us do, in fact.

      Unlike most of us, she's portable. Her current employer doesn't like her - too bad for them, she can walk.

      So they moved first, forcing her out? 1) That's radio/business, and 2) She won't be starving.

      Wes Clark for VEEP!
      Obama/Clark: You want a side-order of Realignment to go with that Change?

      by pat208 on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 09:06:36 AM PDT

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    •  Free speech (1+ / 0-)
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      You're right, from a legal standpoint. "Censorship" is something I think only the government or its minions can enforce.

      Many people have argued, though, that freedom of speech should be an ethic of communications companies if its employees were not on the air.

      I support Air America's right to set its limits. But I think they shot themselves in the foot here.

      How we know Daffy Duck is Republican: "It's mine, understand? Mine, all mine! Get back down there! Down down down! Go go go! Mine mine mine! Mwahahaha!" --BiPM

      by rhetoricus on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 09:31:10 AM PDT

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      •  So shoudl they set limits on what she can and (0+ / 0-)

        can't say when not on air, in a private venue?
        Seriously, this is like companies who can fire you for smoking - in your own home.

        "The truth shall set you free, but first it will piss you off!" - Gloria Steinem

        by MA Liberal on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 09:32:36 AM PDT

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        •  Depends on the contract (0+ / 0-)

          ...and some contracts have deliberately ambiguous language that makes suing them difficult in situations like this one.

          I think Thom Hartmann works independently of Air America, but they buy rights to air his show or something. I hope Randi can find a venue where she can be herself.

          How we know Daffy Duck is Republican: "It's mine, understand? Mine, all mine! Get back down there! Down down down! Go go go! Mine mine mine! Mwahahaha!" --BiPM

          by rhetoricus on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 09:45:18 AM PDT

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        •  They sure can when it's a promotional event (0+ / 0-)

          for the company.

          When you're on company time, whether on air on at a promotion, your conduct reflects on the company.

          And giving Hillary and Geraldine hell for their conduct reflects one way on the company. Using language Randi used reflects another.

          •  It wasn't a promo event for AAR (0+ / 0-)

            it was a promo event for Green 960. They sold the tix, they reaped the profits, they paid for her to show up. It was a private event and, again, NO on air. Big difference.

            "The truth shall set you free, but first it will piss you off!" - Gloria Steinem

            by MA Liberal on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 11:51:15 AM PDT

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            •  It's still an affiliate (0+ / 0-)

              And she's appearing in the capacity of one of Air America's hosts, not as a private individual. And as such, her conduct and comments can be reasonably be construed to reflect on Air America. She is (was) primarily billed as an Air America host.

              On the air or not, she was acting as an Air America rep, and they have thus legitimate interests in how she represents them.

              Yes, it was skeevy that Larry Johnson took proprietary video, edited it to show the most offensive bits, and disseminated it. We all know he did it because he's an anti-Obama nutbar and Clinton shill, and we know he did it out of pique to get back at a celebrity who was vocally anti-Clinton. I'm aware that the hammer came down extra hard because of AAR management's ties to Clinton.

              But that doesn't change the fact that any legitimate company should be horrified that someone representing them would make comments like she did. Her suspension was perfectly legitimate.

              •  But you don't suspend for that (0+ / 0-)

                What you do is put out a statement that says the remarks made by Randi Rhodes at a private function last week in no way reflect the views of Air America or its management.
                That's what you do when you have balls.
                Her comments were, again, NOT ON THE AIR.
                I just don't understand why people don't get it.

                "The truth shall set you free, but first it will piss you off!" - Gloria Steinem

                by MA Liberal on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 12:54:22 PM PDT

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                •  Not on the air = irrelevant (0+ / 0-)

                  What is relevant is that she said them in the capacity as a representative of AAR.

                  If she had just railed against HRC and GF, there would be no problem.

                  But in a campaign where charges of racism and sexism run fast and loose, she called two prominent women "a fucking whore", in the capacity of a representative of AAR.

                  If AAR feels, as a company, that this is bad for them, it is appropriate for them to take action. Randi acted incredibly unprofessionally. That's the language you use acting as a private individual, not as a corporate rep.

                  I don't have a dog in this race; I loathe HRC and her DLC buddies as much as anyone here, and I don't think much of RR (prefer Hartmann's and Maddow's styles myself). But what AAR did is what any responsible company would do when a rep seriously embarrasses them and acts in a way that could hurt their brand image.

    •  It does when you lose your livlihood (1+ / 0-)
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      over something you said in a private venue.

      "The truth shall set you free, but first it will piss you off!" - Gloria Steinem

      by MA Liberal on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 09:31:15 AM PDT

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      •  No. (0+ / 0-)

        Companies can enforce etiquette standards of its employees on or off-time. Fortunately, Randi is portable, and I'd like to see her hired by someone who lets her be herself.

        How we know Daffy Duck is Republican: "It's mine, understand? Mine, all mine! Get back down there! Down down down! Go go go! Mine mine mine! Mwahahaha!" --BiPM

        by rhetoricus on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 09:37:04 AM PDT

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        •  Companies are forcing standards on their (1+ / 0-)
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          employees for far more than that. They should have no right to control absolutely everything we do - especially in private. Unfortunately they seem to have more rights than individuals.

          "The truth shall set you free, but first it will piss you off!" - Gloria Steinem

          by MA Liberal on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 12:08:59 PM PDT

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  •  Not really a big fan (1+ / 0-)
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    of Randi's.  I stopped listening to the network long ago after they decided not to bring back Marc Maron and then they took the Majority Report off the air.  AAR is crap as far as I'm concerned.  The only show that I mildly enjoy is the Rachel Maddow show.

  •  it's official... (5+ / 0-)


    Last week
    Air America suspended Randi Rhodes for abusive, obscene language at a recent
    public appearance in San Francisco which was sponsored by an Air America
    affiliate station.

    Air America Media was informed last night by Ms.
    Rhodes that she has chosen to terminate her employment with the
    We wish her well and thank her for past services to
    Air America.

    We will soon announce
    exciting new talent and programming that will accelerate Air America’s growth in
    the future.

    •  Thanks. could you link that? (0+ / 0-)

      I figured she quit.  

      "2009" The end of an error

      by sheddhead on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 09:31:29 AM PDT

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    •  Holy Crap! (0+ / 0-)

      That's it then.  I hope they give Seder her time slot.  Or Rachel is she really wants it.

      I voted "take her or leave her" in the poll, so I don't think I'll miss her all that much.

      •  Doubt it. "Exciting, new talent" isn't someone (0+ / 0-)

        who they have (stupidly) demoted three or four times by now.  

        I wasn't a huge Randi fan, but AAR is now officially screwed.  She was their cornerstone talent, and their biggest ratings getter.  Considering the "talent" (ahem) they've gotten (Lionel, axing the morning drive time show entirely, etc.), they are in deep, deep trouble.

    •  Last time they announced "exciting new talent"... (0+ / 0-) was the awful "Lionel" (a.k.a. Michael LeBron).

      If Gavin Newsom is some of that "exciting new talent" (as I hear), count me out.

      My idea of "exciting new talent" is:

      a)  Give Sam Seder the PM drive time slot Monday-Friday

      b)  Pay Marc Maron a signing bonus equal to what he was shafted out of in the bankruptcy plus accumulated interest, and give him a nighttime show.  Let him hire some sidekick talent; bring back Jim Earl and Kent Jones and give him Kris LoPresto on the board.

      If they do a) and b), I'll hang onto my premium membership.  If not, it's sayonara, baby.

      Meanwhile, I joined NovaM as a founding member this morning. Stomping monsters since 2004

      by hackwriter on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 12:21:03 PM PDT

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  •  AAR has a nasty habit .... (5+ / 0-)
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    ... of fucking over their talent.

  •  AAR released a statement. She quit (1+ / 0-)
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  •  "Affiliates will air her show." (1+ / 0-)
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    Do you know what this means? Does this mean she'll podcast? I get Steph Miller through a podcast. I hope there's some way I can pick Randi up. She's a gauche hothead, and rude sometimes, but her research is awesome, she's very integrous in her bombastic way, and her guests are fab.

    How we know Daffy Duck is Republican: "It's mine, understand? Mine, all mine! Get back down there! Down down down! Go go go! Mine mine mine! Mwahahaha!" --BiPM

    by rhetoricus on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 09:48:10 AM PDT

    •  ReplayAV (1+ / 0-)
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      Pick up a copy of ReplayAV and you can set it up on a timer to record her show.  You'll have to FF through commercials, but at least you can get it. Stomping monsters since 2004

      by hackwriter on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 12:21:55 PM PDT

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