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Is this how LIBERALS do business?

el Guapo

Don't take checks from the following people:

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US liberal radio flames out in LA, Chicago over billing dispute


NEW YORK (AFP) - A liberal radio start-up touted as a counterweight to right-wing talk radio has been yanked from the airwaves in two of its top markets amid an acrimonious billing dispute, according to network representatives.

The broadcaster that rents air time to Air America in Los Angeles and Chicago pulled the plug on the network in those two cities Wednesday, just two weeks after its much-ballyhooed launch.

Executives with Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Inc., which owns Air America affiliates WNTD-950 AM in Chicago and KBLA-1580 AM in Los Angeles, claims Air America bounced checks and fell behind on its payments, and now owes it more than one million dollars....

When you get used to using other people's money to fund your agenda I can see how you might get pissed if people react negatively when your checks bounce. After all your entitled to that air time because your doing good works.

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Cyburbian Plus
Hey Guap dont lump all us liberals in there. Some of us pay our bills, on time, with REAL money-that we worked hard to earn.

*gulp* that sounded wayyyyy to Republican ;-)


Dear Leader
Staff member
The liberal control of the media we're always hearing about is obviously a pretty slipshod operation. They should have gotten some advice from the Jews. B-)

Air America was pulled from two stations, one in Chicago and one in Santa Monica. Air America Radio's side of the story is that Arthur Liu (whose media group owns both stations) broke their contract by leasing the time on the Santa Monica station to a different company after signing an agreement with AAR. After discovering this and stopping payment on their check to Liu, Liu pulled AAR from his Chicago station as well.

From the New York Times:

Mr. Cohen, however, said that Multicultural owed money to Air America. He said that Mr. Liu's company had recently deposited a check from Air America for $315,000, and that it had cleared. But Mr. Cohen said that Air America had stopped payment on a second check, for $156,000, after Air America discovered that Multicultural had leased air time on its Los Angeles station to another programmer in February and March, before Air America went on the air on March 31.

While not broadcasting during that time, Mr. Cohen said, Air America had already leased that time from Multicultural and was thus entitled to any fees collected.

By the way, it's not Omarosa Stallworth. It's Omarosa Maginault-Stallworth, Proud Nubian Queen.


and the saga contiunes...

Air America restored in Chicago

By John Cook
Tribune staff reporter
Published April 16, 2004

In a rapid reversal of fortunes, Air America Radio won a temporary restraining order Thursday requiring the owner of its Chicago affiliate to restore the fledgling, liberal talk-radio network's broadcast, one day after it was thrown off the air in Chicago and Los Angeles.

"We've just won Round 1," said Evan Cohen, Air America's chairman. "Arthur Liu received a clear message: Temper tantrums are not the way to conduct business."

Cohen said the network expects to resume broadcasting Friday on WNTD-950 AM in Chicago.

Liu, whose Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Inc. owns Air America's Chicago and Los Angeles stations, pulled the network off the air in both markets Wednesday and changed the locks on the doors. He told the Chicago Tribune that Air America had bounced a payment check and owed Multicultural more than $1 million.

But New York state Supreme Court Judge Marylin G. Diamond found Thursday that Air America had fully paid for airtime in Chicago and ordered Multicultural to begin broadcasting Air America's programming again.

Air America remains off the air in Los Angeles, where it had been broadcast on Multicultural's KBLA 1580 AM.

A person answering the phone Thursday at Multicultural said the company had no comment.

The dispute between the two companies began Wednesday morning, when Multicultural employees kicked Air America staffers out of the Chicago and Los Angeles stations and began airing Spanish-language programming. Liu claimed Air America had defaulted on payments for airtime.

But Air America executives said they were withholding payments for the Los Angeles station because Liu had been "double-dipping," or reselling airtime that the network had bought and paid for, prior to the network's launch a little more than two weeks ago.

Cohen said Thursday that Air America is considering its legal options regarding the Los Angeles station and would be "doing something within the next 48 hours."

Diamond scheduled a hearing on Monday to get a response from Multicultural.

No matter how the dispute is resolved, it seems unlikely that Air America will continue to broadcast on Multicultural's stations. The public relations battle became personal very quickly on Wednesday, with Liu accusing the network of insolvency, and Cohen calling Liu "disgraceful and unprofessional."

"Is this a relationship we want to continue?" Cohen asked. "Over the next couple of days we're both going to be doing a lot of thinking."

Cohen said he is "exploring other broadcast options with a partner who is more responsible and mature."

Copyright © 2004, Chicago Tribune

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