Air America finds it's way to Boston

Joseph Pappalardo
Thu Sep 30 21:33:29 EDT 2004

>From BRW...

Liberal talk radio's Air America Radio network has
found a home in the Boston area Starting midnight
Thursday, it will be heard on Medford's WXKS AM 1430
and Framingham's WKOX AM 1200. Both stations will
launch a new talk format on Monday morning (October
4th) at 6am and will be nicknamed"Progressive Talk AM
1200 and 1430'. Fans of WXKS-AM 1430's nostalgic
"Boston's Original Hits" format which has been on that
frequency, in one form or another, since January 1980,
will have to look elsewhere on the dial to hear the
similar format.

Air America Radio, which has been on the air since
March 31 and started with a handful of affiliates, has
lately been adding new markets, including San
Francisco, Phoenix, San Diego, thanks to an unlikely
source -- Clear Channel Communications, the country's
largest radio station owner, which has put the network
on several stations, including the new Boston
affiiliates -- WXKS-AM and WKOX-AM . The San
Antonio-based company, which has often been linked to
conservative politics, also syndicates shows by
conservative talk-show hosts Rush Limbaugh(heard on
WRKO AM 680) and Dr. Laura Schlessinger(heard on WTTT
AM 1150).

In addition to the Air America lineup, which includes
Franken, comedian Janeane Garofalo and Florida talk
show host Randi Rhodes, WXKS and WKOX  will also
feature Ed Schultz, a fiery liberal talk show host
from North Dakota. Clear Channel has already had
success broadcasting Schultz on one of its stations in
Portland, Ore. And another non-Air America's show that
will be heard WXKS and WKOX is LA-based
comedienne-turned-radio talk-show host Stephanie
Miller midday show which launched on September 7th.

Director of Marketing for WXKS-FM and WJMN-FM, Dennis
O'Heron will ovesee programming WXKS-AM and WKOX-AM.

The weekday line-up for WXKS/WKOX simulcast :

6a-9a  "Morning Sedition: with Mark Riley and Marc
Maron(Air America) 
9a-12p - Stephanie Miller(WYD Media Management)

12-3p - Zero Spin Zone" wtih Al Franken and Katherine
Lanpher(Air America)

3-6p -Ed Schultz(Jones Radio Network)

6-10p - Randi Rhodes(Air America)

10-1a -The Majority Report with Janneane Garofolo and
Sam Seder(Air America)

Joe Pappalardo

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