This link is to the Media Week article explaining that former Democracy Radio CEO Tom Athans has joined AAR's new syndication outlet.
A sample of the article is posted below:
As the co-founder and former CEO for Democracy Radio, Athans was responsible for developing and producing two of Progressive Talk’s most popular shows, The Ed Schultz Show, currently syndicated by P1 Productions on more than 100 stations and The Stephanie Miller Show, developed in association with WYD Media.
In his new position, Athans will head up Air America’s new syndication division and develop new programming to expand AAR’s lineup. He will also head AAR’s Washington, D.C. office.
This is an interesting move. Two groups that kinda split on philosophy during the idea forming stage for Air America Radio and Democracy Now have now started working together.
Well, this should be hopefully a resource that can be put to good use. If only he could "hijack" Stephanie Miller to AAR that would be great. But seriously, it will be interesting to see how Athan's beliefs will inter-mesh with the AAR management team. Hopefully they will be able to mutually find some pursuable goals. The goal is always to grow progressive radio. I hope they will remember that during this transition.