Thursday, January 15, 2009

Rachel renews

Here's the press release, which just landed in my email box. As it looks, Maddow's show will feed in mornings (for an hour) and Ron Reagan expands his show to 6-9P ET. Evidently, this will compliment her busy schedule, with the MSNBC show taking priority.

NEW YORK – Rachel Maddow has reached a new agreement with Air America Media to extend her tenure with the company’s Radio Network and Interactive Division. “The Rachel Maddow Show” will air as a one-hour program to be presented in morning drive time on the network’s affiliates and streamed on airamerica.com.

“Rachel is a unique talent with an unlimited future,” said Air America CEO Bennett Zier. “We are delighted that Air America remains her radio home.”

“We’re elated with Rachel’s continued commitment to Air America,” added SVP/Programming Bill Hess. “As millions of Americans now know, Rachel has become a breakout star and our affiliates and listeners will continue to benefit from her wit, intelligence and insight.”

Simultaneously, “The Ron Reagan Program” will expand to three hours, airing weekdays from 6-9pm EST, also beginning February 2. After co-anchoring for Air America during the 2008 Republican National Convention, appearing as a regular panelist on Air America’s “7 Days in America” and guest-hosting “American Afternoon” in 2008, Reagan joined the company as a permanent host in September.

“The response to Ron Reagan’s one-hour program has been outstanding and we’re very happy to offer listeners, viewers, and readers even more of Ron’s perspective in 2009,” added Hess.

UPDATE AND CLARIFICATION: Maddow's show will be offered in morning drive by the network, to be fed three times, during the 6, 7 and 8A hours. The show will feature radio-only content, as well as a few bits from her MSNBC show. As with the other shows, affiliates will more or less be free to air it whenever they want.

4 comments:

FSL said...

Somehow I don't think Bill Press should be worried. Will stations dump out of Press for an hour just to take this (and then go back for more Press or for Stephanie)? Is she going to get up early do morning drive radio after doing prime time cable TV? Even if the show is not recorded the night before, with the radio show be anything other than a rehash of the TV show? AAR does not have a lot of money to spend and they probably used what they have to keep Rachel from pulling her name off AAR's marque. That means nothing left over for a staff to do show prep for her it. Curious that other hosts with TV shows manage to do a full length radio show. Maybe an hour is all AAR could afford. Or maybe like a lot of women and minorities who have broadcasting careers handed to them, she just isn't willing to work that hard (in pursuit of "having it all").

Brian said...

Rachel - not willing to work?!?!
I heard more than 1 talk show host - all of them male - say she's the hardest working person they know in broadcasting.

ltr said...

Brian -

Pay no mind to that asshat. He just makes shit up as he goes along and pretends to be some kind of 'expert' or something. Mostly, it's a bunch of narcissistic rants.

Trust me, you know more about broadcasting than he does.

Lu Cifer said...

Why can't Air America ever have a friggin station list that's more up-to-date than 6 months, or worse?!
Like those of us who travel are going to spend time surfing the dial until we're blue in the face?!
(Meanwhile, Nova M, Randi & Malloy's sites ALL have theirs' *for the more part* on target--a few foul ups, ie. still listing DC, and this Grand Rapids station which from my source is a DEAD deal.)
Memo to whoever runs AAR:
YOU HAVE TO GET YOUR CRAP TOGETHER SOMETIME!
1) You have NO MORNING SHOW! WTF is that?!
2) You've done a CRAP job of syndicating Lionel. Time to either ram it up (like ANYTHING can take on Stephanie Miller in that 9 am to NOON ET slot!) & promote him or something, or find a new time slot! He had 80 or so stations when he was on nights!
3) PAY WHAT YOU OWE YOUR FORMER TALENT! To have THAT bad blood STILL out there is sickening. That's the kind of backstabbing type shit that REALLY pisses me off...
4) PUT SAM SEDER BACK ON THE AIR WHERE HE BELONGS, AND LET *ME* DO YOUR DAMN WEBPAGE!
5) WAIT WAIT WAIT A FRUKING MINUTE! Y'all are GIVING away RACHEL to your affiliates FOR FREE, ON TAPE DELAY, IN THE MORNINGS?! Instead of promoting the living hell out of Rachel's show for when it airs live on radio (which, having a goddamn station list would be a START) you GIVE AWAY your network's MOST VISIBLE TALENT, FOR MORNING DRIVE?! You nutbags, com'on, you're kidding me here, ok really, ha ha, very funny, that was a good one. You actually had me going there for a minute.
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Let the WAR CRIMES TRIALS begin...


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