Thursday, September 04, 2008

Ron Reagan added as permanent Air America host

Air America Media adds a new show next week when former first son Ron Reagan is added to the regular programming schedule. “The Ron Reagan Show” will air weeknights from 8-9P ET beginning Monday, September 8. The new gig carves an hour off of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which airs from 6-8P ET. Maddow begins a new weeknight show on MSNBC next week as well in the same timeslot.

Reagan has been reporting from the 2008 Republican National Convention on all Air America programs originating from Minneapolis-St. Paul and co-anchoring the evening coverage with David Bender. He also is a regular panelist on Air America’s “7 Days in America,” and guest-hosted “American Afternoon” in the spring.

“Sitting next to Ron this week as he co-anchored our coverage at the Republican National Convention made me realize his biting commentary and unique experiences were a ‘must’ addition to our talk line-up,” said Bill Hess, senior vice president of programming for Air America Media. “Our affiliate stations will benefit from his insight, story-telling talents and entertaining style during this historic election season and beyond.”

“There are too few progressive voices in the media and Air America plays an important and vital role,” said Reagan. “I’m proud and pleased to be involved as Air America expands and solidifies its position in the media landscape.”

Previously, Reagan hosted a midday talk radio show on KIRO-AM in Seattle and the weekly syndicated television program “The Ron Reagan Show,” and co-hosted “Connected: Coast to Coast” and “After Hours” with Joe Scarborough on MSNBC, “Front Page” on Fox, AENTV/Publishers Weekly’s ”Publishers Weekly Minutes,” and CNet Television’s “” He’s also appeared on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “Buchanan and Press,” ABC’s “20/20” and “Good Morning America,” and Discovery’s Animal Planet. Reagan has contributed to Newsweek, The New Yorker, Playbook, Los Angeles Times, Interview, Esquire and He is also an advocate for stem cell research, encouraging research and federal funding, and an active member of the Creative Coalition, a first rights amendment group.

“The Ron Reagan Show” will originate live from the studios of KPTK in Seattle, the city where Reagan currently resides.


NYLefty said...

"Her new gig carves an hour off of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which airs from 6-8P ET. Maddow begins a new weeknight show on MSNBC next week as well in the same timeslot"

The same timeslot? No, she'll be on MSNBC from 9 PM to 10 hour after the Reagan show.

NYLefty said...

I meant that Rachel will be on MSNBC in the hour (immediately) after the Reagan show, not "an hour" after Reagan.

mmrules said...
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shelaghc said...

I'm a *little* disappointed about losing an hour of Rachel on the air, but frankly wondered how she was going to go straight from her radio show to the TV show.

And considering her three hour show has included R4TtWH for the last few months, we haven't had the full measure in a while.

ltr said...


Oops, my bad. I live in the central time zone, so I get a little confused at times. By default, I try to go by eastern time here.

As for how she goes from gig to gig, parts of her radio show are often prerecorded. She has even admitted this.

shelaghc said...

ltr - Rachel, as other radio show and TV hosts, sometimes pre-records interviews to accommodate the schedules of guests. Sam Seder's show, with the Sammy Cam, revealed how seamless the process can be with a good production team.
During the DNC and the RNC, the Rachel Maddow Show had a similar video cam setup and we had the opportunity to see and hear her record the last few minutes of the broadcast so she could leave to get primped for her MSNBC duties.

Most likely these kinds of pre-recordings are what she was referring to. Otherwise it would be *very* obvious if, in the middle of what we assumed was a live show, some sort of tragedy occurred and there was no mention of it at all.

This is, of course, somewhat speculative on my part but based upon viewing the last two weeks' TRMS.

FSL said...

The failed ballet dancer is on his way to become a failed talk show host (a title originally given to Mr. Maloney). The company which deserves to fail hires a Hollywood brat who deserves to fail.

ltr said...


So what have you done with your life? Aside from jerking off to Sarah Palin pictures and pissing and moaning on radio blogs?

And I don't recall Ron Reagan ever working in Hollywood. He was in New York during his ballet years.

ltr said...

Shelaghc -

Prerecording shows is certainly not unusual in radio. Many hosts record parts or sometimes all of their shows.

I don't see anything wrong with it. After all, it's about what's on the show, not how it's put together. I don't recall anyone ever complaining about Leno or Letterman taping their shows a few hours in advance.

FSL said...

Of course he never worked in Hollywood. He completely lacks talent. I said he is a "Hollywood Brat," meaning his daddy worked in Hollywood and his mommy worked the casting couches.

What do you jerk off to? Schwarzenegger pictures?

The Station Agent said...

Ron Reagan may not be the best choice for air time, but he's already better than about half the hosts already on AAR.

Until they return Maron to the air, I'm done with that outfit. This is yet another slap in the face.

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