"I’m thrilled to have Randi on the Air America Washington team…it’s about time we were reunited.” says Air America’s program director Bill Hess.
Rhodes will do PM drive at WZAA, AAR's new progressive talker in Washington DC.
Hess says her “entertaining, aggressive style makes her the perfect fit for the ride home in Washington, where she’s now based.”
It's kissy-lips now, but it was ugly when they split up.
That was in April of last year and Randi Rhodes, (KPTK m-f, 6-9p) one of the original talents at Air America, called Hillary Clinton a "big, fucking whore" in a boozy off-air speech at a station promotion in San Francisco. She was suspended by AAR.
A couple of days later, Randi responded: "You can't fire me, I quit!" She then went to the ill-fated Nova M Network,(another AAR spin-off) until it went bust, then spent a few months wandering in the off-the air desert.
In April, however, the popular Randi Rhodes Show was picked up by the prestigious Premiere Networks the syndicator of Everyone Big, Owned by Clear Channel, it's the company that syndicates Rush, Beck, Hannity, and Casey Kasem for god's sake.
It was a big break for her, and has put her back on the dial in Seattle and in a hundred or so markets nationwide.
(Many doubt the hugely indebted Clear Channel, the nation's largest media conglom will survive past the first quarter of 2010. Terrestrial radio is a dying industry in the grips of a deep recession, and CC isn't the only biggie in the shit.
No one knows what bankruptcy, restructuring, and/or liquidation of the Mothership will look like, but the bitter fruits of duopoly and consolidation, many be finally coming home to roost).