Friday, March 26, 2004

U.S.: Ah, Democrats, stepping on their constituents again

For Caribbean-Americans, it's the day the music died.

Starting Wednesday, Air America Radio - the so-called "liberal radio network" that will feature talk shows hosted by Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo - will displace WLIB's Caribbean-centric programming at 1190 AM.

"It's a big loss for the community," said Roy Hastick, president of the Caribbean-American Chamber of Commerce. "That station was one-stop shopping for Caribbean people - music, cricket scores, news, advertising and immigration information."

WLIB station manager Kernie Anderson refused to comment yesterday. But in a recent interview with Carib Times, he and interviewer Tony Best voiced dismay at the Air America format.

The switch to Franken and Co. is "like a death in the family," said Best.
Well, Caribbeans in NY will just have to brace themselves for lies, damn lies, and the lying liars who tell them, to paraphrase Al Franken's delightfully named book. Do it for the sake of the party, you know.

Then, there's the deliciously sweet irony of this.
Opponents of the Air America deal will hold a rally on April 1 at the Abyssinian Baptist Church to protest what organizers call racism in the radio industry.
Schadenfreude? Nah. Ok. Just a tad. WLIB was good, though.

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