Air America Hits the Air Wednesday

Mon. March 29, 2004 12:00 AM by Kevin Wayne

New Liberal Network on Chicago's WNTD 950AM

Chicago, IL - Air America, the long-awaited liberal alternative to conservative radio launches this Wednesday on affiliates in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco, and on the Web at

The big name on Air America is Saturday Night Live alum turned political pundit Al Franken. His weekday program will air from noon to 3 p.m., directly opposite conservative king pin Rush Limbaugh. Franken’s show is dubbed "The O'Franken Factor," a swing at conservative Bill O'Reilly's Fox News Channel program “The O’Reilly Factor.” Franken has authored “Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot" and its follow-up, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them."

The new radio network will hit the Chicago airwaves on WNTD 950am.

Air America Radio's program lineup is as follows:


Morning Sedition: 6:00-9:00am
This is a fast paced morning show that will entertain and engage audiences with wit and political satire. It will feature the latest news, offering up to-the-minute interviews with newsmakers, analysis and strong opinions.
Co-Host: Marc Maron
Co-host: Sue Ellicott
Co-host: Mark Riley

Unfiltered: 9:00am- 12:00pm
Air America’s midmorning program is a showcase for conversation about the political and culture state of the union. Unfiltered introduces listeners to fresh new voices not available in mainstream media.
Co-host: Lizz Winstead
Co-host: Chuck D
Co-host: Rachel Maddow

The O’Franken Factor: 12:00-3:00pm
After debunking right-wing propaganda in his bestselling books Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them and Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot, Al Franken is taking the fight to America's airwaves--and he's doing it drug-free. With his co-host, veteran radio personality Katherine Lanpher, Franken will deliver three hours a day of fearlessly irreverent commentary, comedy, and interviews. Franken and Lanpher have a mean streak a smile wide. The O'Franken Factor will energize fans, infuriate liars, and deliver the truth--in what Al Franken likes to call the Zero Spin Zone.
Host: Al Franken
Co-host: Katherine Lanpher
Producer: Billy Kimball

The Randi Rhodes Show: 3:00-7:00pm
Randi Rhodes has spent the last 20 years burning up the airwaves in southern Florida with her pointed and provocative brand of talk radio. Combining live interview, call-in and commentary, Randi engages her audience with a passionate presentation.
Host: Randi Rhodes

So What Else is News?: 7:00-8:00pm
Based in Los Angeles, this is a one-hour program showcasing the intersection of politics, media and popular culture. This program will feature analysis and reports from the presidential campaign, as well as a daily reporters’ roundtable on how the news of the day is affected and reflected by the media. Marty will also cover the spinning of the news with a regular segment called “The Corrections.” This is also the place to hear the political voice of Hollywood, with celebrity guest interviews from the entertainment industries.
Host: Marty Kaplan

The Majority Report: 8:00pm-11:00pm
This program will introduce new, younger voices and opinions, with live guests from the world of politics, the arts and entertainment.
Host: Janeane Garofalo
Co-host: Sam Seder

Saturday and Sunday

Air America Radio’s weekend line-up will offer more original programming, like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Mike Papatanio’s “Champions of Justice,” a program that brings a fresh and entertaining perspective to talk radio from the top legal and social issues focused minds in the country. Additional programming will include Best-of Air America Radio and Best-of-O’Franken Factor as well as other original programming to be announced soon.