Boy, talk about 'spin'. As if 'Airhead America' is responsible for creating the 'progressive(liberal) talk format' that employed talent like Malloy who was broadcasting in Atlanta in 1997
In all fairness, AAR does deserve credit for creating the progressive talk format
Excluding the short-lived UAW network, which hardly anyone heard or heard of, there was no such thing as a progressive talk (or liberal talk, for those who prefer) format before AAR launched.
There were some liberal hosts (going back to Michael Jackson on KNX in the early 60s). When Rush started on WABC, he was sandwiched between two liberals (Lynn Samuels, now on Sirius, and Joy Behar, now on The View).
Mostly, liberal talkers on the same station with conservative talkers did not do well and many in the industry concluded that liberal talk shows would not get an audience.
AAR, to their credit, realized that progressive talk is a distinct format. Music radio learned in the late 50s and early 60s that it does not work to mix music styles on a station schedule; AAR realized it does not work to mix talk styles either.
I suspect at some point AAR will not continue as an independent entity (although some shows will - just as Democracy Radio's two shows continue); but the concept of the progressive talk format will be its legacy.
I'm glad someone saw this item someplace other than Radio Equalizer and posted THAT first; otherwise, we'd just be arguing about how Maloney hates AAR and you can't believe anything he says.