(56 posts) Sat Jun-05-10 07:22 PM
Original message Progressive talk radio: third time's the charm?
Edited on Sat Jun-05-10 07:52 PM by anthroguy101
I know that some of us here are sad at the second loss of Air America, but in truth I feel that they were a failure from the start. There were many major flaws and lots of bad planning from beginning to end. All they were doing was blowing raspberries at the right without making arguments for themselves. In addition, they let themselves be controlled by Clear Channel (gee, I wonder how that would go over) and other outside influences.
Their effort was not unified, and neither was their programming. There was plenty of "let the local stations--" which lead to deviations from station to station. They got a bunch of celebrities (most of which you could already watch on TV) while shutting out average Americans. They also did not have any noteworthy promotions, nor did they encourage growth and expansion of their network. In short, Air America was fail.
What progressives need to do is form their own independent network with their own hosts, none of which are the slightest bit familiar. We need people more interested in sharing their perspective more often than blasting those of others. There should be people capable of making constructive criticism of their opponents, rather than those who want to fan the flames. There needs to be a diversity of people, and it needs to be inclusive when it comes to race and religion. We need to try and view things from the other side so that we understand how we can share our views with right-wingers. Most importantly, we need people that will take this seriously and without the influence of Clear Channel. Otherwise, it will be Air America all over again.
(I also made this thread so people could share their own ideas)