Friday September 30th 2005, 6:40 pm
Filed under: Media Watch
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Al Franken and Randi Rhodes are getting the boot from Philadelphia airwaves, as WHAT-AM (1340) is pulling off programming from Air America, the liberal talk-radio network.
Today is the last day. A new WHAT lineup will begin Monday, said general manager Kernie Anderson, who said “things were not working out” with Air America after about a year.
In a hybrid of local and national programming, WHAT aired Air America from noon to 7 p.m. weekdays. Air America, heard on about 70 stations nationwide, also is streamed on XM satellite radio and carried at www.airamericaradio.com.
WHAT, which bills itself as the voice of Philadelphia’s African American community, will add a 1-to-5 p.m. call-in show from Philadelphia Daily News columnist Elmer Smith. Mary Mason will continue from 6 to 9 a.m. Her producer, Albert Butler, will get his own show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thera Martin-Connelly will host from 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; Tavis Smiley’s syndicated show will air from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays. Bev Smith will do 7 to 10 p.m. weekdays, followed by Reggie Bryant from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Progressive “Air America” does better in some markets than others. Stations also add and drop right-wing shows, like Rush Limbaugh’s.