It's a sad day ... the last day for Air America Phoenix. Or at least the last day at it's current digs, 1010 KXXT. Rumored to be off the air by the end of January, the actual end date was today. KXXT was sold to a Christian broadcasting company. Is the sale just business (it was sold for twice what stations of it's size usually go for) or is there something more nefarious going on? There are already 8 Christian broadcasting stations in the Valley. Bringing another one in seems ludicrous. From strictly a business standpoint, wouldn't you rather be the only station of your type in the 6th largest metropolitan area in the country? Air America has had done a great job of becoming profitable in just over a year. Other major news outlets in the Valley, like KFYI, took years to get to the same point. In a town of conservatives, KXXT, gets better ratings than the local homes of Laura Ingraham and Michael Medved,The Patriot and Michael Savage, KFNX.
This whole thing reeks of politics instead of ratings. Like the Armed Forces Radio fiasco of last year, righties are afraid of an open forum of ideas. They're looking for sycophants instead of debate.
The station manager promises that Air America Phoenix will find a new home. There is a banner on their website, KXXT, indicating a special announcement at a listener appreciation party tonight. We can only hope it is an announcement of a new home. In the meantime, it'll be internet streaming for me and:
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