Air America

Air America, the progressive talk-radio station that launched Rachel Maddow’s national career and featured the voices of other liberal personalities like Al Franken, has folded. Filing for bankrupty, Air America will cease its programming and go off the air at 9:00 pm EST on Monday, January 25.

Air America was a great and hopeful alternative to all the conservative talk radio out there (again, I think I mentioned that it aired the Rachel Maddow radio show? I still miss the “Ask Doctor Maddow” segments.) So I actually take back the whole rest-in-peace thing. I am actually hoping for some unrest―more progressive voices fighting for a place to be heard, in local and national media, in independent and mainstream media.

The beginning of Air America’s official statement:

“It is with the greatest regret, on behalf of our Board, that we must announce that Air America Media is ceasing its live programming operations as of this afternoon, and that the Company will file soon under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code to carry out an orderly winding-down of the business.

“The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America’s business. This past year has seen a “perfect storm” in the media industry generally. National and local advertising revenues have fallen drastically, causing many media companies nationwide to fold or seek bankruptcy protection. From large to small, recent bankruptcies like Citadel Broadcasting and closures like that of the industry’s long-time trade publication Radio and Records have signaled that these are very difficult and rapidly changing times.”

Read the rest over at the Air America website.