January 29th, 2007 5:33 pm | by Isaac Kaplan-woolner News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

Air America Gains Owner, Loses Star

Well, the choir can finally breath a sigh of relief: the preacher has been saved. Liberal soapbox Air America Radio, bankrupt since October 2006, has finally found a new buyer. It was announced today that the network, broadcasting since March 2004, will be sold to Stephen L. Green, founder of the SL Green Realty Corp. Green is also the brother of well known New York politician Mark Green.

The other big news for the lefty talk network is that its star, Al Franken of SNL fame, has announced that February 14th will be his last day on Air America (leaving us on Valentine's Day?!?). Portland's own Thom Hartmann will replace Franken, filling in the funnyman's three-hour daily timeslot. Hartmann features WW Editor Mark Zusman on Wednesday mornings.

Franken's motivations for leaving Air America have not been reported, but the punster-cum-pundit has been seriously considering a bid for US Senate in his home state of Minnesota. While he has yet to officially announce his candidacy, Franken has reported on his show that he will make a decision in the near future.

In a statement released today, Franken said he would miss working at Air America. He went on to say, “the network will be in good hands with the Green brothers: Mark, my friend for years and a committed liberal who understands the mission of Air America as well as anyone, and his brother Steve, who is very wealthy.”
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