new radio network: an effort to compete with Pacifica?

Mike Friedman mikedf at
Tue Feb 18 16:48:06 MST 2003

Is this proposed new liberal network supposed to be a "centrist"
alternative to Pacifica? How does it fit in with NPR?


Entertainment - Misc
Liberal-Leaning Radio Network Planned
Tue Feb 18, 1:23 PM ET

By WILL LESTER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - A group planning a liberal-leaning radio network says
the idea hasn't caught on in previous attempts because it wasn't
marketed properly and wasn't entertaining enough.

Now venture capitalists from Chicago and an Atlanta radio executive
are behind an effort to start just such a radio network that would
offer an alternative to conservative talk show hosts like Rush

"We believe this is a tremendous business opportunity," Atlanta radio
executive Jon Sinton said Monday. Sinton, who would be the network's
chief executive, added, "There are so many right-wing talk shows, we
think it's created a hole in the market you could drive a truck

The group, led by Anita Drobny, consists of investors who have
financially supported Democratic candidates. Hoping to start the
network by this fall, they are talking with comedian and author Al
Franken about working with the network and hope to attract other
entertainers and political guests.
Michael Friedman
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City University of New York

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