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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Media Matters: 90 Major National Ad Accounts Blacklist Air America Radio


This afternoon, Media Matters of America posted this story concerning a request by Hewlett-Packard to block thier ads from Air America Radio programming.


An internal ABC Radio Networks memo obtained by Media Matters for America,
originally from a listener to The Peter B. Collins Show, indicates that nearly
100 ABC advertisers insist that their commercials be blacked out on Air America
Radio affiliates. According to the memo, the adverstisers insist that "NONE of
their commercials air during AIR AMERICA programming." Among the advertisers
listed are Bank of America, Exxon Mobil, Federal Express, General Electric,
McDonald's, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, and the U.S. Navy.


Some of the advertisers that have requested to not appear on AAR programming include:



  • Allstate

  • American Heart Assn.

  • Avon

  • Bank Of America

  • Cigna

  • Cingular (AT&T)

  • Clorox

  • Coke AND Pepsi

  • Denny's

  • Discovery Channel Netwrks

  • eHarmony.com

  • Epson

  • expedia.com

  • ExxonMobil

  • Farmers Insurance

  • FedEx

  • GE

  • Goodyear

  • Home Depot

  • JCPenney

  • Johnson & Johnson

  • Kohl's

  • Kraft Foods

  • Masterfoods

  • McDonald's

  • MGM (Sony Pictures)

  • Microsoft

  • Nestle

  • Nissan USA

  • Office Depot

  • Outdoor Life Network (now known as Versus)

  • Paramount (Viacom)

  • Red Lobster

  • Sherwin-Williams

  • Sony

  • State Farm

  • Toys R Us

  • US Navy

  • US Postal Service (USPS)

  • Visa

  • Walgreens

  • Wal-Mart

  • Wrigley

This is just a partial list. The full list is here.


Nicole Laprena is shown in the note as the contact for ABC. There has been no comment from ABC, AAR, or any of the companies listed.


One would assume that, since ABC/Cumulus has no ownership in AAR, this was probably an adviso to make sure that ABC Owned and Operated stations do not mistakenly put any spots for thier products within any AAR programming run on either thier stations or any ABC Network affiliates.


Also, to be fair, there was no indication that Media Matters checked out the vailidity of the document, though the font style is consistant with that which ABC Radio has used for years (I should knowm because I worked for two ABC affiliates in mt radio career-pb).


The link to the full story is in the title.


Air America's parent company filed for Chapter 11 earlier this month. The Houston Chronicle is reporting that the company is talking to several companies about a buyout and may reach a deal by Thanksgiving.


As Drudgie would say.......developing.......

Friday, October 20, 2006

The American Taliban Strikes Again



I am beginning to wonder if there is anyone left in America with any backbone.

The American Xian Taliban, under thier censorship arm....The American Family ASSociation...has chalked up another victim: The National Broadcasting Company.

Next month, NBC plans to air a video version of Madonna's "Reinvention Tour." The crowning piece of the concert is a scene where Madonna, dress demurely with thons on head, stands on a stylized cross and sings "Live to Tell."

As always, Ms Ciccione knows how to put on a show, and make a point....a point not shared by Rev. Donald "NoNeck" Wildmon and his Mississippi Mudhens of the AFA. They put on thier usual full court press, and after weeks of standing firm, the Peacock acaputulated.

Note the statement that fouled my mail this morning:

AFA supporters have won a great victory!

The efforts of AFA Online
supporters has forced NBC to cancel a scene in the upcoming
Madonna special in which she mocks the crucifixion of Christ! More than 750,000
AFA supporters emailed NBC asking for the scene to be deleted from the special
which is scheduled to air in November.

NBC saw a potential loss of
$25,000,000 and decided to edit out the scene. We were effective because we
stuck together and combined our voices. Our supporters not only emailed NBC, but
they also called their local NBC stations.

Those stations contacted NBC
and the network listened. The scene is gone!

Another one bites the dust.

And do not think these are just shocked faithful who managed to change NBC's thinking. Note the language: not persuaded, or got them to rethink. the word they used...the word THEY used is FORCED. The AFA, IMHO, is nothing more than and intellectual Al Quida, reaking terror on companies that do not capitulate to thier warped way of thinking.

And before any judgment is passed, here is the scene in question. It was taped by a fan at the concert, so pardon the quality, but you get the idea.




Did this offend you? That's unfortunate, but it's your right. And it is your right to not watch it or turn away. But viewers will not have that right, thanks to the AFA. And that is exactly the point. These people do not believe you have any rights. That you must think they way they think whether you like it or not. They do not even look at the point of the scene: that if we are TRUE Christians we have to do something to help His Creation who cannot help themselves. But where are the true Xians of the AFA. They're worried that some pop singer is mocking Christ.





Look at the full scene. It is not Madonna who is mocking Christ. It is Donald Wildmon.





For the last six months I have been posting about NoNeck and the AFA. And there are time that I wonder if anyone listens. This is the second time a year that NBC has bowed to this idiot. Boycotting doen't work because they'll just attack you. This is how they work. They do not care about you. They do not even care about Christ. They care only about thier narrow, perverted view of Chritianity and thier want to force every living being to think like they do. Not just every living American. Every living being.





Whether they like it or not.





And these vermin has infested themselves into some of the highest places of business, goverment, education. These are the clowns that are running the White House for God's sake.






But there is one company is showing backbone. Ford Motor Company, crippled by slow sales, wondering if they will even survive, is holding firm against these clowns.

In a mailing just a few days ago, NoNeck bemoaned the fact that Ford refuses to sit up and beg"

Ford Motor Company continues to financially support the pro-homosexual
agenda.

The latest issue of The Advocate, a homosexual publication, heavily
promoted Shortbus, a new film containing graphic, explicit pornographic
homosexual sex. Ford, as it has done for years, supported The Advocate with a
full-page ad.

Ford told AFA they would pull their advertising support for homosexual
media, then reneged on the agreement after a handful of homosexual leaders
confronted Ford.

Ford also refused the request of 44 pro-family groups to remain
neutral in the battle over homosexual marriage. Ford has decided to support the
homosexual agenda rather than remain neutral. Ford's actions have made it
perfectly clear that the company has no intentions of ending its support for the
homosexual agenda, regardless of the economic loss to the company.

From redefining family to include homosexual marriage, to giving hundreds
of thousands of dollars to support homosexual groups, to forcing employees to
attend "diversity" training on how to promote the acceptance of homosexuality,
to sponsoring Gay Pride Day parades, to sponsoring a "commitment (marriage)
ceremony," to giving thousands of dollars to support homosexual magazines, Ford
leads the way.

The goal of every homosexual organization supported by Ford is to legalize
homosexual marriage. For detailed information on Ford’s total commitment to the
homosexual agenda, go to BoycottFord.com. Ford brands include Ford, Mercury, Lincoln,
Mazda, Volvo, Jaguar, and Land Rover.


May I repeat: Ford brands include Ford, Mercury, Lincoln, Mazda, Volvo, Jaguar, and Land Rover. That means, go out and buy one! Or two!

It is time, long time, that this decaying fecal clump is dealt with. And there is, at least, one way.

AFA operates, supposedly, under the 503c tax-exemption code. However, the BBB's charitable watchdog agency says that the AFA fails to meet 4 very impottant standards out if 20 set for charity accountability:

  • Board members are compensated
  • They REFUSE to make public audited financial statements
  • They REFUSE to make public an annual statement
  • They REFUSE to link to thier most recent IRS 990 form.

On top of that, according to www.give.org, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, finances, solicitation materials, donor privacy, and fundraising disclosures and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 11 Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 3, 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, and 20.

Full report can be found here: http://charityreports.give.org/Public/Report.aspx?CharityID=678

That odor eminating from Tupelo is definatly the smell of cod.

What this means is that the AFA may......and I stress this....may.....have some challenges in this area. Challenges that maybe the Senate and the Congress should look into.

If Wildmon and his cronies are willing to force companies to do thier bidding, we as citizens must force Wildmon and the AFA to be accountable.

You might want to write them and strongly request that they come clean with thier finances...especially if you disagree with the points of this blog and want to contribute. The leas you would want would be full disclosure, right?

American Family Association
107 Parkgate

Post Office Drawer 2440

Tupelo, MS 38803

662-844-5036
www.afa.net

You may also contact your Congressperson and Senator, and ask them to look into this. Especially if they're up for re-election in a couple of weeks.

Also, you may want to contact NBC and let them know your displeasure over this and maybe they would reconsider....remember there are more of us than there are of them. Go to http://www.nbc.com/Footer/Contact_Us/, scroll downand select "movies and specials."

And finally, Ford would need your support. Buy thier cars, yes, but you can also send them a short message telling them how positive it is that you are standing up to these goons. https://secure.ford.com/en/support/EmailUs.htm?&strTopic=Other&strQuestions=&strFirstName=&strLastName=&strEmail=

I asked earlier if there is anyone left with backbone. Let's see.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Ok....AAR Files Chapter 11....now the GOOD news!

By now you probably know that Air America Radio has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

And I know that many of you neocons are dancing in the streets right now. But before you get run over by that oncoming bus that should arrive in about three weeks, a few things you should know.

First, the following companies have filed for Chapter 11 as well:

+KMart
+Covad Communications
+Delphi Automotive
+Delta Airlines
+Atkins (the heath food company)
+Pacific Gas and Electric

Shall I go on?

Well, I'll just mentions that all of these companies have been able to continue operations and many have eventually gotten out of BK.

Second, what happens to a company that goes BK11. Here is an explanation from SFGate.com:

The fate of a corporation in bankruptcy — whether it goes out of business
or is reorganizing in order to recover from crippling debt — is determined by
federal bankruptcy law. The bankrupt corporation (i.e., "the debtor") can use
Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code to liquidate or Chapter 11 to reorganize the
business in hopes of turning things around and becoming profitable again.
In Chapter 11, management continues to run the daily business operations,
but the bankruptcy court must approve all significant business decisions.
Publicly held companies usually choose to file under Chapter 11 rather than
Chapter 7 because it allows them to continue to run their business as well as
maintain some control over the bankruptcy. The U.S. Trustee appoints one or more
committees to represent the creditors and stockholders in working with the
corporation. A reorganization plan is developed to get the company out of
debt.

The plan must be confirmed by the court and agreed to by the creditors,
bondholders, and stockholders. The court can confirm the plan over the rejection
of the creditors or stockholders if it finds that the plan treats them fairly.
The plan relieves the corporation from paying a portion of its debt so that the
company can make a recovery. A committee is formed to represent the unsecured
creditors, including bondholders. An additional committee may be created to
represent stockholders. The trustee may also create a committee to represent
other creditors, such as secured creditors and employees.

After the committees develop a plan with the corporation, the bankruptcy
court must find that it complies with the Bankruptcy Code before the plan can be
implemented. Known as plan confirmation, this process is usually completed in a
few months.


More can be found at http://allbusiness.sfgate.com/article.asp?ID=2976053&CenterID=31&CatID=1799

Now what does this all mean, dear lib radio fan. It means that, for the time being, AAR is not going anywhere. In fact, its future may not be brighter. Here's why.

First, the ratings are good. In most major markets, AAR-affiliated stations are either leading or staing competive. AAR has doubled the numbers in L.A. as opposed to the previous sports format. In NY, the numbers are competitive and solid. And they are killer in Portland. That equals money.

And that brings me to second: If AAR is sold, and I would assume that the ownership is going for a sale, there would be at least two interested parties. Jones Radio Networks, which syndicates Stephanie Miller and Ed Jones, two staples at many midwest and western AAR stations would be one. The other.....sit down for this gang....Clear Channel. Yes, the Evil Empire. Well, it seems that we libs have a lot to thank the Mays boys for...you see CC OWNS many AAR affiliates, including the aforementioned ones in Portland and LA. They make a lot of money for CC, and an AAR demise would not be something they would look forward to. Also, Racheal Maddow's show uses a lot of feeds from ABC Radio. Would the Cumulus/Disney partnership be interested?

My prediction: IMHO, Jones, CC, or a partnership will buy AAR, hire programmers to fix things. Al Franken stays until he starts his Congress/Senate run, Randi Rhodes and Rachael Maddow would be kept. The sound would be cleaned up a lot, and AAR would be relaunched with a massive campaign would directly involve its stations. And that won't happen until at least 2007, anyway.

Also, you might note that if Cumulus/ABC to a run at AAR, there is Keith Olbermann, who I think would be a cinch to replace Franken. I say that because ABC Radio has K.O. radio contract.

Oh and another very outside possibility is NBC. Now realizing that exiting radio was a huge mistake, AAR could be thier re-entry point. They have K.O. on contract for TV, and they can simply renegotiate ABC Radio deal, while they take back ownership of their old radio network from CBS. (OK, that one is on the wishful thinking path.)

Meanwhile, my NeoCon friends, the bottom line is that AAR is still on the air, whether you like it or not. And with the coming tsunami that will overtake most non-Teutonic-accented Republicans, the landscape may very well change in the nest few years.

Sorry to ruin that party for ya boys.


Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Video Village 10/11

Well, now that Google has bough YouTube.....enjot this while you can guys.

First, a nice little ad about our favorite makkan, George Allen..


Happy Coming out day folks!




Finally, Jon Stewart has announced he is NOT running for President. THANK GOD!

Friday, October 06, 2006

My Friend, the Porn Goddess

This is a friend of mine...Nina Hartley. Not only is she the sweetest person I know, she is a adult film actress par excellance. She also has a new book out called Guide to Real Sex.

I have been trying to find some video that I can cleanly post in celebration of the book's release next week...the best I can find is an apperance on a Bay Area cable show awhile back.

The band sucks. BUT you get to see why this is a person whose friendship I treasure.

Enjoy.