A Randi Rhodes Air America Reunion?

It’s been far too quiet lately on the Randi Rhodes front, but there have been some recent rumblings about a return to national syndication for the lighting rod talk radio host. Much of the whispering involves a reunion with, hold on… Air America Media. Some mighty bridges have burned down here, but there is a whole new regime since Bennett Zier took over the progressive talk network and Randi, when she’s right, on the right stations, has been a ratings magnet. Is anybody willing to take a chance here?

30 thoughts on “A Randi Rhodes Air America Reunion?

  • January 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    That would be great! I love that show. Can’t wait.

  • April 27, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    being nice to someone who kicks u in the face isnt being smart. we have been kiced in the face repeatedly, ad nauseam, by conservative talkers, for decades, who have suffered no consequences for doing and saying things ten times worse than randi has, because they have the backing.for example, el rushbos oxy contin flap..imagine if that was randi or any other liberal talker….
    the greatest thing we have missed in the conversation about randi is how her simple grain of truth , along with the other rag tag liberal talkers, versus the conservative goliath, help inspire one of the biggest political victory in the history of this country…thats what i call… truth to power…..ya mon

  • April 23, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    We just heard confirmation that Rhandi Rhodes will be back on the air in San Francisco on KKGN (Green 960 am) very soon. Although I can’t access the station’s webpage from work for the exact date/time, she is coming back. Yea

  • April 22, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    I love Randi’s intelligence and funny wit. I have listened for two years by podcast, nightly. I drive a tractor & trailer and together we conduct class while traveling the highway. Please let the truckers know when Randi Rhodes is back. Amen

  • April 20, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Yeah…, I miss her,too! Here is a copy of my email to AAR Support – Bob Drummond. Not that he knows anymore than the rest of us, but it’s sorta comforting to know someone at AAR hears the rumors, too!


    I just read a rumor that there might be a Randi Rhodes/Air America reunion> at the web site listed below.

    Is there any truth here? If so, you sign me up to reactivate my subscription. It would give me great peace to know that Randi Rhodes and Air America can let bygones be bygones. You guys would be setting a wonderful example for the rest of liberal America by doing so. I am awaiting your reply.


    I’ve heard the same rumors, but I haven’t heard anythingdefinite yet.


    Bob Drummond Air America Support

  • April 19, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    I sure would like to know what is up with her. I hope she’s ok. I know she has a few rough edges, but WTF, compared to Limbaugh and most other right wing shills for corporatism, she’s a shining beacon of trustworthy informed opinion. I miss her well researched rants, her brilliant observations, and even her sarcasm.. Can’t some wealthy liberal help us here? Randy is head and shoulders above the rights talent, and Thom Hartman is wonderful but can’t match Randi’s passionate takes on unfolding issues. We need her voice, I hope it’s still there.

  • April 19, 2009 at 4:52 am

    I have listened to America Left on XM Radio for the past 2 years. I was a daily listener to Randi Rhodes until she left. Randi is the best. She is well informed, entertaining,and yes at times irreverent. It would be tremendous if there were some way for her to return. She has been missed.

    Earl Williams

  • April 17, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    I’ve been listening to Randi since she was local here in S. Florida in 1990!! She had a funny show at night and just used to goof off a lot. I’ve followed her for years, even after she got so political. Like someone else said, I’m worried about her. I’ve always respected her willingness to do the research and communicate it to others. Who cares if she’s harsh? Anyone ever hear Neil Rogers? He practically trained her in talk radio! She’s an immense talent that needs to be back on the air!!

  • April 17, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    As much as I like Randi and agree with her most of the time she is rude to her callers (even those trying to agree with her) and every place she works she leaves a trail of bitter feelings and disaster. She pulls ratings but after being dropped from the radio twice in one year, well how many sponsers are really willing to give her a third chance? Especially in a recession.

  • April 16, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Randi is perfectly capable of letting her devoted followers know what’s going on with her latest drama.

    Why is it she hasn’t posted something on her webpage, or anywhere else letting her dwindling groupie base know what she’s up too?

    AAR has been run incompetently in the past, but I’m hoping they’re not still stupid enough to do something like put Randi back on the air. That bridge was burnt, and stomped into the ground long ago…

    Maybe Randi should work for TMZ, it’s more fitting for her subject matter and potty mouth anyway…

  • April 16, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    How disconcerting to see my own words from the message board quoted here, taken out of context and not in the spirit I wrote them. Randi has been part of my afternoons for years now, and I miss her and worry about her, just as I would anyone whom I haven’t heard from in a while. I hope she’s OK, working out a deal and ready to return if it’s AAR or some other network.

  • April 16, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    No, thank you. More smearing rants against Al Franken, verbally convicted of serious charges never spelled out? More bitter, obvious jealousy of Maddow, Shultz and anyone else who enjoys success in, through and after radio? More claims that her every woe is brought about, not by her reckless self, but by Hillary Clinton? More imagining that the Republican party is deathly afraid of her and monitors her activities and words? More pledges that she watches C-Span 24/7, except when watching every reality show, Sex in the City, GG re-runs and rambling about them on-air endlessly? More nonsense about being “America’s # 1 Liberal Talker” when no ratings book or even professional subjective ranking supports that she’s even among the top 5? More breathless descriptions of how much Melissa, Susan & Tim and so many others adore her and invite her over? More talk about whose stylists suck and whose she loves? More complaints about how badly CNN and MSNBC treated her? More about how she MADE Keith Olbermann, and MADE Lou Dobbs, only to have them turn on her? More about how her short time in the Air Force – cut shorter when she took the deal to get out early – taught her all about the military? More about the latest surgical procedures? More about the latest boyfriend? More about her selflessness in raising her niece? More name-calling against former pals? More screaming at and shouting over callers because she didn’t listen and doesn’t realize they’re AGREEING with her? More of her telling listeners she can document her claims with all her “homework,” but telling courts she’s just an “entertainer” whose charges and accusations are only satire and hyperbole? More describing an underling’s pass-through MediatMatters and Huffington as her own “in-depth” research that brings her listeners facts no one else can get? More fans who imagine conspiracies against her each time she loses a gig? More dupes who call her “Goddess,” and really believe it? MORE message board drama?

    No, thanks. Really, the left does NOT need its own Hannity or Limbaugh. I hope she can find happiness and a comfortable living OFF the air waves.

  • April 16, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I check everyday to see if there is news. This is the first day I have found anything positive.

    Bring back Randi!!! The sooner the better.

  • April 16, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    That would be one of the smartest things Air America could do right now. I haven’t listened to them since the “misunderstanding”.

  • April 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    I SO miss Randi’s homework assignments. I always learned so much from her. Yes, she is a loudmouth. So what? She gave us the information to back-up her rants.

    I hope to hear her on the radio soon. I really do.

  • April 14, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    We are not hearing Randi Rhodes because the FCC has allowed monopoly in media ownership. Corporations do not want liberal voices like Randi talking incontinent truth to their power. They use their money and power to silence the opposition.

    Media ownership varies with mergers, trades and other transactions, but from five to seven corporations control all that we see hear and read. Clear Channel Communications Inc., for example, owned 173 radio stations in 1997. In 2004 Clear Channel owns 1,207 radio stations or 1,400 worldwide. They grow still. Clear Channel is about the only giant owner that will allow some liberal talk on their thousands of stations. Still, Clear Channel has a bad habit of flipping highly successful liberal stations to obscure sports that generate no profit or ratings. They are wealthy and large enough to operate at a loss, especially when the result is taking people like Randi Rhodes off the public air.

  • April 14, 2009 at 5:40 am

    Love Randi…….miss her……..come back!

  • April 13, 2009 at 6:16 am

    Amen, Dessalines! We need Randi to preach the truth. As a progressive, I am hard pressed to find anyone speakingthe truth on the air. Randi feeds my soul – I long to hear her again!

  • April 13, 2009 at 4:34 am

    There are no compelling radio personalities that stay on the radio because they are nice.

  • April 13, 2009 at 4:32 am

    Randi Rhodes is one of the most compelling progressive personalities to grace the airwaves period. She is entertaining and informative. As “nice” a persona as Nancy Skinner may present, if she left the airwaves tomorrow she would be forgotten in a week. Thats just reality. Randi can literally bring a station back from the dust bind.

  • April 9, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    It isn’t necessarily “either/or” between a Randi Rhodes and a Nancy Skinner. Thom Hartmann, for example, is a passionate truth seeker who seldom allows strong progressive views to affect his civility—even with invited right-wing guests. That, plus the high intellectual tone of his program, is reminiscent of Bill Buckley’s old “Firing Line” TV show.

  • April 9, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Nancy Skinner in NO way, can ever fill Randi’s shoes! What we DON’T need more of, is bland, centrist bulljive! Why do we need to listen to the same jerks who practically hijacked this country with their hate, greed, and war mongering?! Skinner is often a talking head on Faux News and she can’t stop talking about it!

    What we DO need, in mass supply, is passionate, left of center, truthseekers, like Randi Rhodes and Mike Malloy!

  • April 9, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Nancy Skinner is a more reasonable host than Randi. She treats everyone with respect, unlike Randi, who often screamed even at people who agreed with her. She’s far more upbeat, and she’s bringing in a lot of listeners who didn’t like Randi’s harshness and moodiness. Don’t get me wrong — I was a regular listener to Randi’s show and a fan, but I can certainly see the difference. Maybe in the age of Obama what we need is someone who can listen to both sides without blowing a gasket.

  • April 9, 2009 at 11:01 am

    I am legal immigrant who moved to Florida long ago. I remember Randi when first she started her show, beating Rush Limbaugh in the ratings over 2 to 1. I was very careful though as to who I allowed to hear me listening to her, because some friends seemed very upset. But I still listened, and soon learned that Rush Limbaugh was a liar, while Randi a beacon of truth.
    And yet, the Clear Channels station (the same that burned Dixie Chicks publically)who owned her contract admitted that they would never make her national because of their political views. I suspect that this is true all across America.

    This is the true reason for her not being on the air now, I believe, since her last backers were forced into bankruptcy, thus leaving her in a lurch. I despise the lies that I see of political hacks accusing her through such implications as “beginning to think she’s in a rehab” or of having a “meltdown” without a scrap of evidence. Nothing but mere conjecture. This is not the America I come to know, where “wishful thinking” is of importance, or of enough importance to libel a fellow citizen needlessly.
    Do the research. Be objective. And maybe then you will also come to find the insight of Randi is infinitely better than the inciting of Glenn Beck, who greatly inspired a crazy man in Pittsburgh to kill 3 policeman last week.

  • April 9, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Thank God that the right-wing centrists are starting to see these lies for what they are. Just yesterday, a republican veteran called in to chastise Rush Limbaugh for his stance on torture, and when Rush accused the man of being ignorant, the man reminded Rush that Rush himself had never served in the military while he had served in both the marines and army, therefore implying that Rush was the ignorant one of torture. He reminded Rush that we fought WWII against Nazis that would torture people and asked him if that was what Rush had become.
    All of these things were seen by Randi Rhodes years ago, and perhaps she has been helpful in returning this republican, who voted for McCain, to finding his voice against torture.
    We need Randi back. She’s an inspiration to us all.

  • April 9, 2009 at 5:41 am

    **Merely by having all radio stations owned by republicans…*

    Where do you get your information that “all radio stations are owned by Republicans”?

  • April 9, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Randi Rhodes is too unstable to be reemployed.
    While her own “Rhodes Scholars” meltdown:
    I’m wondering what all of you, in your heart of hearts, no joking or kidding, what do you really think is going on with Randi?
    I am beginning to think she’s in some sort of rehab facility. I can’t think of any other reason she would not be communicating with her listeners, not even a contractual problem.
    I hope she’s OK, and if it is a mental-emotional-physical problem, she’s getting lots of care and will return stronger and happier.

  • April 9, 2009 at 1:33 am

    We need and deserve Randi’s own TV show…pronto.


  • April 9, 2009 at 12:57 am

    Let us hope this is true, for the right-wing are laughing at how easy it is to constantly disrupt our liberal stations, just by having a lock on the market of radio station owners. Merely by having all radio stations owned by republicans, they are able to thwart the growth of liberal talk radio despite the rise in demand. What we need is a left-wing Rupert Murdoch, who suffered losses in the billions trying to get Fox News to take off. Except our Rupert Murdoch would just own the stations, allowing the station managers to do thier jobs as journalists, thus guaranteeing the truth to come out, rather than some sick, demented Rupert Murdoch version of it.
    Yes, we need Randi Rhodes back, so lets hope that we can find more people willing to finance the stations.
    It’s a shame when the mere fact that you have more money than God can mean that you can try, and in some cases succeed, to brainwash an entire electorate.
    After all, where would Bill O’Reilley and Sean Hannity be without Rupert?
    And all of them are quaking in their boots at the prospect of Randi Rhodes returning to the radio. So Air America is hopefully driven by truth rather than any vendetta.

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