Tuning in to the real liberal media

By Geraldine Sealey
Published March 31, 2004 5:41PM (EST)

The Air America Radio network debuted today at noon ET, and you can listen in to live programming on its Web site, although don't be surprised if the audio player crashes because apparently lots of other people are trying to listen. If you live in the following six cities, you can tune in the old-fashioned way:

New York - WLIB 1190 AM
Los Angeles - KBLA 1580 AM
Chicago - WNTD 950 AM
Portland, OR- KPOJ 620 AM
Inland Empire, CA- KCAA 1050 AM
Minneapolis MN - WMNN 1330AM

Or if you've got XM Satellite radio, it's on Channel 167.

In related, liberal media news, Jesse Jackson is getting his own show, too -- "Keep Hope Alive With the Rev. Jesse Jackson" -- on the radio giant ClearChannel, which has fielded criticism lately for funding Republicans and banning Bush critic Howard Stern from its radio stations. Clear Channel also plans to test programming from Air America, in the Portland, Ore., market, the Wall Street Journal reported today.

One media analyst told the Journal that Clear Channel appeared to be "making a concerted effort to appease the Washington establishment" after taking hits for its conservative edge. But Clear Channel told the paper it hired Jackson because he could draw listeners. "We run the radio division for our local markets," said John Hogan, who heads Clear Channel's radio division. "We don't run it for Washington."

Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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