Air America In Just One Northeast City

Air America launches today, but only in NY, LA, Chicago (Chiaquihuacan), Portland, and San Bernadino. Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo among others will begin to take on certain pill popping bloviators.

I don’t understand why they couldn’t get some air time here in Boston, where NPR shows like Morning Edition and All Things Considered get played in simulcast on WBUR and WGBH. WGBH stinks because they fill most of their day with stuff even I, Professor Baron Von Smartypants, finds pretentious, like jazz and a radio tour of the stereoscope museum, while ignoring programs like Talk of the Nation and Fresh Air.

I know their goal is to get a liberal point of view on the air in the swing states like PA and OH, but it wouldn’t hurt to build up a following in some of the blue states to get things going. I have no problem with NPR; I listen to it all the time. However, despite what some blowhards claim, it is not liberal radio, and it is certainly not the place I turn to for humor. The only time it makes me laugh out loud is during This American Life and there was one time when Robert Smigel, as Triumph, was being interviewed by Terry Gross.

I’d even settle for a streaming feed, but the Air America Radio site is pretty spartan and is getting whacked with all the press today.

It would also be another option for background noise as I slave away at the cartoons. I have a shitload of CDs, but they’re starting to get as repetitive as cable news. I’d say how many I listen to in the course of making a cartoon, but then you’d be able to figure out how slow I am.