Air America, the long-suffering progressive talk radio network, abruptly shut down on Thursday, bowing to what it called a “very difficult economic environment.”
Although it lacked a substantial audience, the network catapulted a number of progressive media personalities into stardom, most notably Rachel Maddow, who now anchors a prime-time program on the cable news channel MSNBC.
Al Franken, now a Democratic senator from Minnesota, hosted an Air America show from 2004 to 2007, before running for office.
Air America started to play rerun programming rather suddenly Thursday evening. The company said it would sign off completely next Monday night.
Who is up next to bite the big one? The Democratic Party?