August 23, 2006


The following item appears in a trade publication:

Air America will switch its flagship station, WLIB (1190 AM), to a 24/7 black gospel music station as of September 1. The station, under its new "Praise and Inspiration" format, will air only gospel music for its first month and then intersperse the format with new hosts. WLIB chose this format over two others, oldies and country.

I thought the Air America types hated religion....oh well, you've got to pay the bills....

Posted by Glenn Dryfoos at August 23, 2006 12:29 PM

Perhaps they have plans to subvert it. "Darwin and Meaninglessness." Yeah, that's the ticket!

Posted by: Ed Bush at August 23, 2006 2:22 PM

They should have tried Christian rock.

Posted by: ratbert at August 23, 2006 3:02 PM

The quoted ariticle is highly misleading. Air America's agreement with WLIB (1190 kHz) expires 8/31 and the owners (Inner City Broadcasting) will not renew it. Instead Air America is moving their programming to WWRL (1600 kHz) effective 9/01.

It is the owners of WLIB who are changing to religious programming, not Air America.

Posted by: jd watson at August 23, 2006 7:59 PM

And Air America will what----hang out a sign that says, "Temporarily closed for remodeling" ??

Posted by: ray at August 23, 2006 8:04 PM

AAR signed a deal with WWRL -- up near, but not quite at, the police scanner frequency of the radio station in George Carlin's old routine. It also has to power down at night, making its signal fairly useless outside of the area right near its antenna (of course, I suppose you could say putting AAR on in the first place makes the signal totally useless, whether its at 50,000 watts or 1,000 watts of power).

Posted by: John at August 23, 2006 10:17 PM