BlueNC Radio premiers tonight

This evening at 6:30, we're planning to experiment with something new. BlueNC Radio. You're welcome to join us.

At first blush, it seems pretty simple. We line up an informed guest, you follow this link and it takes you to the BlueNC BlogTalkRadio page. Then we all have a good conversation. You can listen through your computer, chat, or call in live to talk. If you don't have free long distance on your cell phone, email me or use the BTR chat function.

Whether it is that simple or not, we'll see. I'll be there for sure and I think Steve will be joining me for a discussion of called, "Corporate influence and the progressive agenda." We'll use his Sunday Thinking post as a jumping off point.

Wish us luck ... hope to see you there.

UPDATE: Here's the show.

PS Next week we'll be talking about the state of the campaigns for all three Senate races from the online-activists point-of-view. Then the following week we'll have a special edition called, "I married a political blogger," featuring the fabulous Dr. Jane Delano Brown.


Fair warning

Never having tried this before, I fully expect it to not work smoothly. And while it's tempting to test the idea out of the public view, I always lean in the direction of transparency. We're all in this together, right?


Should be fun

Then again, I thought chaperoning my daughter and her 4th grade classmates to Carowinds would be fun, but by the end of the day, I was in need of intensive therapy. :O

I heard a little of this

Maybe 2 minutes of it, but the browser kept loading and the radio kept buffering :-(

Will there be a podcast?


It was a good test run ... definitely enough to convince me to give it a whirl for a few more weeks.

Thanks for trying to get in, loftT. Much appreciated.

I think I missed the party

just got back from eating. But I'll try to tune in next week, any discussion of campaign politics easily entangles me. =)

"Scuse me for not being a "talker"

Hope that venue goes well, but I am not much of a talk-show contributor.

I do think that it may be successful, however.

Were you a listener?

Hey Foxy, I would have said you weren't much of a blog contributor six months ago ... and now look at you! Come on in, the water's fine.


True, James

Hope I will not make an idiot out of myself :(.

Talk next Mon....I think.

Very great!

See you then!

I would love to be a contributor...

I love talk radio. I listen to it all day long. WWRL in NY the Errol Louis Show, The Stephanie Miller Show, The Thom Hartmann Show and I will listen to The Ed Shultz show when Thom is out.

Spreading the word is the key. I would say model the show after Thom Hartmamn and you can't go wrong.

Anthony D. Hall,

Fighting for Truth, Justice, Freedom and the American Way!

BlueNC Radio, Air America, & WCHL

It is with the greatest regret, on behalf of our Board, that we must announce that Air America Media is ceasing its live programming operations as of this afternoon, and that the Company will file soon under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code to carry out an orderly winding-down of the business.

The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America's business. This past year has seen a "perfect storm" in the media industry generally. National and local advertising revenues have fallen drastically, causing many media companies nationwide to fold or seek bankruptcy protection. From large to small, recent bankruptcies like Citadel Broadcasting and closures like that of the industry's long-time trade publication Radio and Records have signaled that these are very difficult and rapidly changing times.

Those companies that remain are facing audience fragmentation as a result of new media technologies, are often saddled with crushing debt, and have generally found it difficult to obtain operating or investment capital from traditional sources of funding. In this climate, our painstaking search for new investors has come close several times right up into this week, but ultimately fell short of success.

With radio industry ad revenues down for 10 consecutive quarters, and reportedly off 21% in 2009, signs of improvement have consisted of hoping things will be less bad. And though Internet/new media revenues are projected to grow, our expanding online efforts face the same monetization and profitability challenges in the short term confronting the Web operations of most media companies

When Air America Radio launched in April, 2004 with already-known personalities like Al Franken and then-unknown future stars like Rachel Maddow, it was the only full-time progressive voice in the mainstream broadcast media world. At a critical time in our nation's history — when dissent on issues such as the Iraq war were often denounced as "un-American" — Air America and its talented team helped millions of Americans remember the importance of compelling discussion about the most pivotal events and decisions of our generation.

Through some 100 radio outlets nationwide, Air America helped build a new sense of purpose and determination among American progressives. With this revival, the progressive movement made major gains in the 2006 mid-term elections and, more recently, in the election of President Barack Obama and a strongly Democratic Congress.

Laws have changed for the better thanks to this revival.....but all the same our company cannot escape the laws of economics. So we intend a rapid, orderly closure over the next few days. All current employees will be paid through today, January 21. A severance package will be offered tomorrow to full-time current employees with more than six months of tenure.

We will strive to assist affiliates and partners in achieving a smooth transition. Starting at 6 pm EST today, we will provide our affiliates, listeners and users a selection of encore programming until 9 pm EST on Monday, January 25, at which time Air America programming will end.

We are proud that Air America's mission lives on through the words and actions of so many former radio hosts who are active today in progressive causes and media nationwide. In the years ahead, as we look back, we should all be proud of our passionate determination to assure that our nation's progressive voice would be heard loud and clear. Through the hard work and dedication of current staff, and those who preceded you, a lasting legacy was forged which will now continue through other voices and venues.

Thank you.

Sad to see them go. I also thought, doesn't WCHL broadcast a lot of Air America stuff? And will they have a progressive void to fill?

I just posted this idea on James' & Ron Stutts' facebook walls. I have no idea if this is feasible, but given todays SCOTUS ruling, I think it is a conversation worth having to keep some progressive voices alive in our community.

Ron said it was an interesting idea

& that he'd get back to me on it.

And I'd love to see this happen. It would you give a larger platform for interviewing people about the 2010 senate campaigns, about the corruption of Art Pope, and continue the presence of a progressive radio voice here in the triangle area.

I hope you two can have a conversation about this soon =)