June 01, 2004

It's Good To See Al Franken Finally Getting Paid What He's Worth...

...that is to say, nothing:

The comedian Al Franken, the flagship host for Air America, has agreed to work without pay to help the fledgling liberal talk radio network over its acute financial difficulties.

. . .

At one stage in April it virtually ran out of money, and Franken's decision to forgo his salary and become "an involuntary investor" suggests that Air America's financial troubles are not over.
I don't think there's anything I need to add here.

Posted by Chris at June 1, 2004 08:43 AM

Category: Media Stupidity

Benji to Roseanne??? Holy crap, that is EVIL...

Posted by: chess h at June 1, 2004 12:20 PM

Well, there's a little more to say. Like he's beating Rush. From the Chicago Tribune:

But in New York, where Air America still broadcasts over WLIB-1190 AM, the network beat Limbaugh's station, Disney-owned WABC, among both 25-to-54-year-olds and 18-to-34-year-olds during the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. period. In the 25-to-54 demographic, WLIB garnered a 3.4 share to WABC's 3.1; among 18-to-34-year-olds, WLIB won sevenfold with a 2.9 share to WABC's 0.4.

Posted by: at June 2, 2004 12:35 AM

How's he doing in Chicago?

Posted by: Chris of Dangerous Logic at June 2, 2004 07:06 AM

What, you didn't think I'd read the whole article?

'The April audience estimates, which are the first data indicating whether or not Air America's brand of liberal talk radio can find an audience, come from a third-party analysis of Arbitron data, called "extrapolations."

Insiders cautioned that, while it is standard to use extrapolations as a guide to the performance of a station, they are preliminary and prone to a certain margin of error.

"They're like a second-inning score in a baseball game," said Tom Taylor, the editor of Inside Radio, a trade publication. "But you have to say that the visitors are on the scoreboard."'

So Franken MAY be beating Rush among the most politically-chowder-headed demographic, in the second-most-liberal city in America. I guess you take what you can get...

Posted by: Chris of Dangerous Logic at June 2, 2004 07:08 AM