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New Liberal Radio Network "Air America Radio" Funny as Hell & Informative
11 Apr 2004
Modified: 08:32:00 AM
I've been listening to the new "Air America Radio" since it started and I wanted to give my first impressions.
I learned about the proposed "Air America Radio" (see web site on some news programs on TV months ago... it seemed an impossible dream - a whole national network devoted to "Liberal" (i.e "progressive" or "relativly left") talk shows in the United States? Most talk radio I have listened to is overwhelmingly right-wing... even Howard Stern's free-market (fake) "Libertarian" hip posturing came down to insulting people with little or no social power for fun in the name of "Political Incorrecness" (the tried-and-true label to conveniently hide behind when you're just an a**hole)... along with his usual "t*ts-and-a*s" outragousness - never mind Rush Limbaugh and Mike Savage's authoratative arrogance. With our government who's leaders have always been pretty darn conservative (even the "Democrats"), how much could someone truly "liberal" get away with on the public airwaves? Well, I'm pleased with what I have been able to listen to so far - a mixture of facts, irony, humour, sarcasm, and ethical commentary/tidbits spread pretty evenly.

It feels really wierd to hear a mainstream radio station like this. Even NPR doesn't get this good - inevitably many of the people they interview on NPR make a big deal about how they "Found Jesus" - or when something they say goes against the grain of the corporate status quo the host quickly posits a rhetorical question that sends the listener safely back on the correct road of not challenging things-as-they-are. And sadly, "Democracy Now" and Pacifica Radio are always hard for me to find on the College Radio stations and the Community Cable TV stations around the country... and Indymedia Radio programs or Newspapers seem to be hard to track down and inconsistant. ... soooo, this new Network is really filling a void, because let's face it, everything else on TV, the Radio, and the major US news web sites is CORPORATE CRAP.

One little qualm is I think Al Franken, while being quite intelligent, needs to work on his Radio "voice" - he sounds a bit mumbly and self-conscious. He's a pretty neat guy though, and often enough scathingly funny. Other show hosts are a mixed bag... some really in-your-face and others a bit dry with the candid tone. I believe that humour is the best weapon these people have, because the American People are so jaded and have such short attention spans that the real challenge is to figure out how to keep the people's attention while encouraging them to THINK CRITICALLY and strive to be smarter and ask questions... the ONLY thing that will preserve democracy and save our country, and our world, from whatever problems humanity creates for itself. Check out Air America Radio for yourself, and listen over the web with the free Real Audio player if there isn't a station in your area.

My personal message to the station is: Keep it up, Air America Radio, and remember - we don't need someone's idea of "The Truth" shoved on us so much as we need the tools to think critically, ask important questions, and get better at learning what is true ourselves, as Americans in what is supposed to be a "Democratic Republic".
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