Additions: As before, Reagan will not be live in Seattle... he'll still be delayed. NorMAN GoldMAN has bought himself onto the radio and hopes to catch on before he runs out of money. It's unsustainable, he will fail.
Ring of Fire (Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Mike Papantonio, and David Bender) has signed with Westwood. They're back on the air ... although it's unclear where.
This, after Air America suddenly folded Thursday.
Producer Tina Nole says the staff knew stuff was coming down to a "go or no" decision that day, but she was called to a "no" meeting by Program director Bill Hess at 4:30p.
It was pretty emotional, Tina says. "I lot of us had been pinching ourselves because we had a radio job that allowed us to live in New York," great impetus, she says for staffers to make AAR "the best radio operation possible."
Because AAR went down fast and without warning, a few affiliates quickly replaced the RR show, but most stuck with it on the assurance that Ron would be there live Monday.
The show that had been growing fast (42 affiliates) so after the company failed, Reagan had to get a satellite uplink and quickly so they could keep the promise of continuity. "So we're working for free," Tina said, as they get re-affiliated and syndicated.
Reagan lives in Seattle, uses KPTK studios, while Tina produces from New York.
As for the other AAR talent: Montel Williams will take a hiatus to think about life; Anna Marie Cox is on the beach so to speak (she still writes a column for Playboy) Jack Rice, the very promising ex-CIA agent cum talk host is making himself very available. (Tina says Rice will be the next break-out star like Rachel Maddow)
Tina Nole is from Olympia and produced for Reagan and Dave Ross simultaneously at KIRO, and, in their pre-KIRO years, Ron and Don.