Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Air America comes to Akron/Cleveland

WJMP AM/1520 in Akron will start airing the liberal talk-humor network Monday, May 2.

The network, which launched in March 2004, is billed as an alternative to the conservative voices dominating talk radio. It features Al Franken, Randi Rhodes and Janeane Garofalo and recently added Jerry Springer. It's on 53 stations nationwide but was slow coming to Ohio.

"We're targeting the NPR crowd," said Bill Klaus, vice president of Media-Com, which owns WJMP, WNIR FM/100.1 (America's monophonic, FM-talk wonder) and two TV stations. "There's an audience out there looking for a different viewpoint."

Liberal talk is a minor radio trend. Last month, Clear Channel-owned WTAM AM/1100 dumped Glenn Beck in favor of Springer in its 9-11:30 morning slot. On WJMP, which can broadcast only from sunrise to sunset, Springer will be on from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by Franken from noon to 3 p.m. and Rhodes from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Anonymous said...

Bring back sports radio 1350 in Akron, Ohio!!!

Anonymous said...

Who wanted more liberal radio. I'll never stop listening to 1100.

Anonymous said...

Northeastern Ohio desperately needs a voice of reason, and that voice is Air America. Unawareness and apathy have led our nation astray where we have more and more people getting killed in Iraq, more jobs being sent overseas or lost to corporate mergers, and ignorance and intolerance spreading like wildfire through pseudo- Christianity and the Wingnuts under GOP control. This is a DEMOCRATIC city by heart and thank god we have a heartbeat now with Air America...listen and learn, become an enlightened individual by opening your minds at least. It does no hard to listen to other points of view. I sure did for years, as I heard Rush and other rightie talk hosts. It is their right to voice an opinion, but it is also OUR right as well. There is a LOT of misinformation out there that is being's time to open up and let the light of truth into our lives.

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