Here's what happened in 2006.

1949-1995 1996-2003 2004 2005 - 2006 - 2007 2008


  • 02 - Keeping It Real with Will and Willie, starring Will Durst and Willie Brown, debuts on KQKE in San Francisco.[1]
  • 23 - Saga Communications' WVAX In Charlottesville, VA flips to liberal talk.[2]


  • 06 - Entercom Communications' WWKB in Buffalo, drops oldies for progressive talk, with a mostly non-Air America lineup. Has another station in the market reserved that programming?[3]
  • 13 - WHLD (1270AM), in Niagara Falls, NY, also in the Buffalo market, flips to liberal talk with mostly Air America lineup.
  • 28 - The sale of KXXT in Phoenix is official, and the station flips from liberal talk to religious programming.[4]
  • 28 - KKNS in Missoula, MT drops liberal talk and becomes 105.9 Jack-FM. Though the station had strong ratings, advertising sales were underwhelming.[5]


  • 08 - The New York Post speculates that Air America and WLIB may part ways.[6]


  • 03 - Liberal talk returns to Phoenix after a month as Sheldon Drobny signs a local marketing agreement with KPHX.[7]
  • 04 - The birth of the Drobnys' Nova M Radio.[8]
  • 06: CEO Danny Goldberg announces that he'll be leaving Air America after a little more than a year.
  • 10 - Peter B. Collins' self-syndication effort gathers steam as he picks up KSAC in Sacramento and the new KPHX.[9]
  • 17 - The Marc Maron Show debuts on KTLK, in a trial run for syndication.
  • 28 - The rumors were true. WLIB and Air America will sever ties on August 31. WLIB may remain a liberal talker, and they allegedly are negotiating with Randy Michaels, who's company owns [{The Ed Schultz Show]].[10]


  • 01 - Nova M Radio obtains a signal in Little Rock, AR, as KDXE hits the air.[11]


  • 11: WWAA in Atlanta, GA) drops all Air America programming except for Al Franken. Later adopts WMLB call letters.[12]
  • 11 - Signs of trouble at WCKY in Cincinnati, as Ed Schultz complains rather vocally about conservative efforts to force him off the air there.[13]
  • 23: president Gary Krantz announces that he'll be leaving Air America after a little more than a year


  • 07 - Liberal talk moves down the dial to WSAI (1360AM) in Cincinnati. Sports moves to 1530AM. It's a lesser signal, but one that isn't interrupted by all-night paid religious programming.[14]
  • 14 - Janeane Garofalo's last day as co-host with Sam Seder on The Majority Report
  • 18 - Air America hits the FM airwaves in Sheridan, WY. However, it's on an HD Radio subchannel of KYTI (93.7FM).[15]
  • 22 - The Time Is Now debuts as a weekend offering on Air America.[16]


  • 02 - Air America strikes a deal with WWRL New York to become the network's new flagship affiliate starting September 1.[17]
  • 07 - KPTR in Palm Springs launches progressive talk format.[18]
  • 09 - Ed Schultz lashes out on-air at WSAI in Cincinnati, this time over sloppy operations, poor promotion and many technical glitches. Both parties are reported to have a sour relationship, and WSAI even dropped Schultz temporarily.[19]
  • 17 - Another switcheroo in Burlington, VT, as WVAA's liberal talk programming moves back down the dial to WTWK (1070AM).[20]
  • 18 - Clear Channel looking to deal off WLBY in Ann Arbor to Cumulus Media.[21]
  • 18 - Rachel Maddow announces on her show that she will move to evenings soon, displacing Majority Report.[22]
  • 23 - Further hints at lineup changes at Air America, as Sam Seder will move to late mornings.[23] Fate of Jerry Springer's show in that slot is unknown.[24]
  • 23: WDOD Chattanooga [drops liberal talk to return to adult standards.[25]
  • 30: Mike Malloy is abruptly fired by Air America Radio.[26]


  • 01 - Air America moves to WWRL.
  • 01 - Malloy asks his loyal listeners to stop harassing his temporary replacement, Peter Werbe.[27]
  • 06 - The post-Malloy era continues at Air America, with Jon Elliott and Laura Flanders filling in. Malloy is making the rounds of other talk shows, airing his side of the story.[28]
  • 12 - Gloria Steinem and others launch Greenstone Media, a new talk radio network targeting women.[29]
  • 13 - Think Progress publishes rumor that Air America will declare bankruptcy.[30]
  • 14 - As Think Progress retracts their story, several people at Air America do acknowledge cash flow problems.[31]
  • 18 - At Air America, a radical roster shakeup takes place.Mark Riley will remain after all, on the air from 5-6A. The Young Turks will do mornings. Randi Rhodes loses her fourth hour, Rachel Maddow moves to evenings. The Majority Report is no more, as remaining host Sam Seder moves to late mornings, displacing Jerry Springer, who's shuffled over to the network's syndication arm]. Two hour-long shows, EcoTalk and Politically Direct will air in nights. Jon Elliott and Peter Werbe take turns filling the late night shift.[32] Many affiliates shuffle their lineups.[33]
  • 18 - KRFT in St. Louis picks up The Randi Rhodes Show. KXIC in Iowa City adds Thom Hartmann (they're already airing Rhodes).
  • 18 - Mike Malloy realizes he still has access to his blog on Air America, and posts message for his listeners. Air America deletes his page the next day.[34]
  • 20 - Springer On The Radio is slowly fading away, as he is currently on only three or so affiliates.[35]
  • 20 - KXEB in Dallas is sold, will flip to Spanish-language religious programming.[36]
  • 25 - WSRQ in Sarasota, FL drops Jerry Springer and all other talk shows to simulcast with its FM sister station in Tampa.


  • 01 - KXEB Dallas switches to Catholic radio as part of Guadalupe Radio Network.
  • 02 - KQKE San Francisco drops Will and Willie, begins airing Stephanie Miller.[37]
  • 04 - The owner of KOMY in Santa Cruz announces that he will definitely, maybe, probably drop liberal talk from the station.[38]
  • 06 - Clear Channel, The Center for American Progress, Jones Radio Networks, and MSS, Inc, announce a nationwide search for "The Next Progressive Talk Radio Star." [39]
  • 11 - KEZX in Medford, OR will flip to a mix of liberal and conservative talk, adding Al Franken.[40]
  • 13 - Air America Radio files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.[41]
  • 16 - Nova M Radio announces the formation of a new radio network, anchored by Mike Malloy. Flagship station will be KPHX in Phoenix.[42]
  • 19 - Mike Malloy returns to Air America (sort of) to do two day fill-in for Jerry Springer.[43]
  • 19 - Former Air America executive Tom Athans launches new syndication service, Talk USA Radio.[44]
  • 20 - WKBF in Davenport, IA sold to right-winger from Wisconsin, will pick up a Christian-based religious format.[45]
  • 27 - An alleged advertiser 'black list' surfaces via the Peter B. Collins show.[46] The blogosphere erupts over it, but it turns out that it is merely just traffic directions for radio stations airing national commercials. Other talk show hosts, including Thom Hartmann, discount the whole 'blacklist' meme.[47] And the network, ABC, and some advertisers on the list claim it is incorrect.[48] In fact, several companies on the list do indeed advertise on progressive talk programs and stations.
  • 30 - First day of Nova M Radio and the relaunched Mike Malloy show, in the 9P-12A slot.[49][50]
  • 31 - Air America is on the selling block.[51]


  • 01 - In a rather odd move, Nova M Radio's newest daily offering will come from John Loftus, a somewhat conservative former Justice Department prosecutor with a background in intelligence gathering.[52]
  • 01 - The Young Turks announce the hiring of activist, ambush journalist and liberal prankster Mike Stark.[53]
  • 06 - Amid rumors of Franken's eventual departure from radio, KQKE San Francisco drops him and adds Thom Hartmann in his place.[54]
  • 08: WSMB New Orleans drops progressive talk, as they flip to a time-shifted simulcast of WWL in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The WSMB call letters move to a [WWTQ|sister progressive talk station] in Memphis.[55]
  • 05 - KQKE San Francisco host John Scott forwards a rumor that Al Franken will leave radio come December 10. The rumor turns out to be false.[56]
  • 10 - The management of highly-rated WXXM Madison announces that they will flip the station to sports on January 1.[57]
  • 12 - Free Republic poster arrested for sending phony anthrax threat letters to Keith Olbermann, Jon Stewart, incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Shumer (D-NY).
  • 13 - WYOS in Binghamton, NY and WRVC in Huntington, WV flip to sports.[58] WRVC's sister station WCMI takes over progressive talk programming from WRVC.[59]
  • 16 - Clear Channel Communications announces deal to sell to a pair of venture capital firms.[60]
  • 16 - Listeners and radio personalities are rallying to save WXXM in Madison, with petitions and rallies planned.[61]
  • 30 - Ed Schultz announces intention to move to earlier time slot, head-to-head with Al Franken and Thom Hartmann.[62]


  • 05 - As sale becomes official, WKBF Quad Cities drops liberal talk.[63]
  • 06 - Rumors begin to surface regarding the fate of WXKS and WKOX in Boston.[64]
  • 08 - As his remaining affiliates make plans to drop him,[65] Jerry Springer ends his radio show.[66]
  • 11 - The Ed Schultz Show begins airing in earlier time slot.
  • 11 - WSAI Cincinnati drops progressive talk for lifestyle talk.[67]
  • 12 - Rally held to support WXXM.[68]
  • 18 - Mike Malloy picked up for Sirius Left.[69][70]
  • 18 - WHLD Niagara Falls drops liberal talk for gospel music. KTXX-FM San Antonio switches to Spanish-language programming.[71]
  • 20 - Longtime Akron talker Joe Finan, formerly at WARF dies at the age of 79.[72]
  • 21 - Boston, MA progressive radio listserv launched
  • 21 - The Clear Channel bloodbath continues. WKOX and WXKS Boston switch from progressive talk to Latino music.[73]
  • 21 - Due to strong listener response, WXXM management reconsiders, will keep liberal talk.[74]
  • 23 - WTPG Columbus announces intention to drop progressive talk for conservative talk in January.[75][76]
  • 23 - Air America founder Sheldon Drobny publishes op-ed in Huffington Post blasting the management of the network and their attempt to declare bankruptcy.[77]
  • 26 - Columbus, OH progressive radio listserv launched
  • 27 - First meeting of "Save Boston Progressive Talk"
  • 28 - Ed Schultz reveals he is negotiating with new owner of KFGO Fargo about returning to do local "News and Views" show, and to bring his syndicated show back to the station.[78]
  • 29 - WLBY Ann Arbor sale paperwork filed with FCC.[79]
  • 30 - First meeting of "Air America for Nashville"


  1. "KQKE/San Francisco to debut new morning show", LTR. Retrieved on December, 2005. 
  2. "New liberal talker comes to Charlottesville, VA", LTR. Retrieved on January 24, 2005. 
  3. "Two Buffalo, NY area stations flip to liberal talk", LTR. Retrieved on February 7, 2006. 
  4. "KXXT/Phoenix drops progressive talk format", LTR. Retrieved on March 1, 2006. 
  5. "Missoula’s Progressive Talk Radio Goes Off the Air", LTR. Retrieved on March 1, 2006. 
  6. "Air America on the defensive (re: New York affiliate)", LTR. Retrieved on March 8, 2006. 
  7. "Grassroots effort results in new Phoenix station", LTR. Retrieved on March 27, 2006. 
  8. "Air America Founders Seek Their Own Stations", LTR. Retrieved on April 4, 2006. 
  9. "Two new syndicated shows available", LTR. Retrieved on April 4, 2006. 
  10. "Air America To Lose New York Flagship", LTR. Retrieved on April 28, 2006. 
  11. "Air America arrives in Arkansas", LTR. Retrieved on April 28, 2006. 
  12. "WWAA/Atlanta drops Air America", LTR. Retrieved on June 23, 2006. 
  13. "WCKY/Cincinnati in trouble?", LTR. Retrieved on June 12, 2006. 
  14. "Progressive talk moves to 1360 in Cincinnati", LTR. Retrieved on June 30, 2006. 
  15. "Air America gets an affiliate in Sheridan, WY - sort of", LTR. Retrieved on June 18, 2006. 
  16. "Air America Radio Expands Weekend Lineup", LTR. Retrieved on July 18, 2006. 
  17. "Air America's new flagship: WWRL-AM in NYC", LTR. Retrieved on August 2, 2006. 
  18. "Palm Springs, CA's new liberal talker: AM1340 KPTR", LTR. Retrieved on July 28, 2006. 
  19. "Ed Schultz Rips Cincy Affiliate", LTR. Retrieved on August 10, 2006. 
  20. "Programming shift in Burlington-Plattsburgh, NY", LTR. Retrieved on August 17, 2006. 
  21. "WLBY/Ann Arbor among stations to be dealt by Clear Channel", LTR. Retrieved on August 18, 2006. 
  22. "Schedule shakeup at Air America", LTR. Retrieved on August 18, 2006. 
  23. "Seder moving to mid-morning slot on AAR", LTR. Retrieved on August 23, 2006. 
  24. "Springer's AAR show up in the air", LTR. Retrieved on August 23, 2006. 
  25. "WDOD/Chattanooga drops liberal talk", LTR. Retrieved on August 22, 2006. 
  26. "Mike Malloy fired from Air America", LTR. Retrieved on August 30, 2006. 
  27. "What's next for Malloy and Air America Radio?", LTR. Retrieved on September 1, 2006. 
  28. "Air America and Mike Malloy - Update #3", LTR. Retrieved on September 6, 2006. 
  29. "Steinem and company to launch "Greenstone Media", a network targeting women", LTR. Retrieved on September 6, 2006. 
  30. "ThinkProgress: Air America To Declare Bankruptcy?", LTR. Retrieved on September 13, 2006. 
  31. "Air America Radio acknowledges some layoffs, cash problems", LTR. Retrieved on September 14, 2006. 
  32. "Air America Radio's new fall lineup", LTR. Retrieved on September 11, 2006. 
  33. "Liberal talk radio stations shuffle lineups", LTR. Retrieved on September 14, 2006. 
  34. "The continuing adventures of Mike Malloy", LTR. Retrieved on September 18, 2006. 
  35. "Where's Jerry?", LTR. Retrieved on September 20, 2006. 
  36. "KXEB sold, "Air America Dallas" to end", LTR. Retrieved on September 20, 2006. 
  37. "Morning shakeup at "The Quake"", LTR. Retrieved on September 28, 2006. 
  38. "KOMY/Santa Cruz to finally drop Air America, so will the Zwerlings finally just shut up?", LTR. Retrieved on October 4, 2006. 
  39. ""The Next Progressive Talk Radio Star"", LTR. Retrieved on October 6, 2006. 
  40. "KEZX/Medford, OR flips to progressive talk (sort of)", LTR. Retrieved on October 11, 2006. 
  41. "Air America Radio files Chapter 11", LTR. Retrieved on October 13, 2006. 
  42. "Nova M to start new liberal talk radio network with Mike Malloy", LTR. Retrieved on October 16, 2006. 
  43. "Mike Malloy coming back to radio (almost)", LTR. Retrieved on October 12, 2006. 
  44. "Ready for another liberal talk network? Introducing... Talk USA Radio", LTR. Retrieved on October 19, 2006. 
  45. "WKBF/Quad Cities sold, will flip to Christian talk", LTR. Retrieved on October 19, 2006. 
  46. "Internal document reveals Air America advertiser blacklist", LTR. Retrieved on October 31, 2006. 
  47. "UPDATE: More advertisers respond to AAR blacklist accusations", LTR. Retrieved on November 9, 2006. 
  48. "ABC, REI respond to Air America blacklist memo", LTR. Retrieved on November 1, 2006. 
  49. "Malloy, Nova M gearing up for debut", LTR. Retrieved on October 30, 2006. 
  50. "Malloy, Nova M take to the airwaves today", LTR. Retrieved on October 30, 2006. 
  51. "Internal document reveals Air America advertiser blacklist", LTR. Retrieved on October 31, 2006. 
  52. "Nova M to add another weekday show", LTR. Retrieved on November 1, 2006. 
  53. "The Young Turks hire ambush reporter Mike Stark", LTR. Retrieved on November 3, 2006. 
  54. "More tremors at The Quake, as Hartmann will go live", LTR. Retrieved on October 30, 2006. 
  55. "Democrats win, but New Orleans progressive talk listeners lose", LTR. Retrieved on November 9, 2006. 
  56. "RUMOR: Franken leaving Air America December 10", LTR. Retrieved on November 6, 2006. 
  57. ""The Mic" to shut off in Madison, flip to sports talk", LTR. Retrieved on November 10, 2006. 
  58. "WYOS, WRVC flip to ESPN", LTR. Retrieved on November 11, 2006. 
  59. "WRVC and WCMI do a switcheroo in Huntington/Ashland", LTR. Retrieved on November 13, 2006. 
  60. "Clear Channel: Under new ownership", LTR. Retrieved on November 16, 2006. 
  61. "Rally for The Mic", LTR. Retrieved on November 28, 2006. 
  62. "Ed Schultz to go head-to-head with Limbaugh, Franken, Hartmann", LTR. Retrieved on November 30, 2006. 
  63. "A little of this, a little of that", LTR. Retrieved on December 5, 2006. 
  64. "Mixed signals in Boston", LTR. Retrieved on December 6, 2006. 
  65. "Stations start shuffling lineups, Springer might leave radio", LTR. Retrieved on December 1, 2006. 
  66. "Springer to end radio show", LTR. Retrieved on December 4, 2006. 
  67. "The 'Revolution' is over", LTR. Retrieved on December 7, 2006. 
  68. "Full house of listeners, advertisers on hand to save The Mic", LTR. Retrieved on December 12, 2006. 
  69. "____ ______ to be new Sirius Left night host", LTR. Retrieved on December 12, 2006. 
  70. "UPDATE: Malloy's joining Sirius Left", LTR. Retrieved on December 13, 2006. 
  71. "WHLD/Niagara Falls drops liberal talk", LTR. Retrieved on December 18, 2006. 
  72. "Joe Finan (1927-2006)", LTR. Retrieved on December 20, 2006. 
  73. ""Boston's Progressive Talk" flips to "Rumba" on Thursday", LTR. Retrieved on December 19, 2006. 
  74. "The Mic lives!", LTR. Retrieved on December 21, 2006. 
  75. ""Changes are Coming" to WTPG", LTR. Retrieved on December 15, 2006. 
  76. "Those "Changes" to WTPG/Columbus are a format change", LTR. Retrieved on December 23, 2006. 
  77. "Sheldon Drobny on Air America Radio: An example of ego and crony capitalism", LTR. Retrieved on December 23, 2006. 
  78. "Ed Schultz ponders local Fargo show", LTR. Retrieved on January 2, 2007. 
  79. "WLBY/Ann Arbor sale paperwork filed", LTR. Retrieved on December 29, 2006. 

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