January 27, 2006

Wilde: They Broke The Mold

Wendy Wilde is gone from Air America Minnesota.

The reason is one of the best I've seen:

For the first 8 months my office was in the same moldy
basement so I was spending 8-9 hours a day in the moldy air,
and I have developed an extreme allergic reaction to mold.
Management had the grounds graded to try and stop the
frequent basement flooding, and since September when the
basement walls and moldy carpet were removed, it actually got
worse for me. I have been on numerous courses of antibiotics
for sinus infections, and working with blinding headaches and
other symptoms. When I am away from the basement studios I
gradually get better again with a lot of bedrest. That is no
life, and my family misses my company and attention. I was
willing to broadcast from an upstairs office or even from
home, but I was no longer willing to work sick. I offered my
resignation over the holidays, and was asked to wait, but
when I got sick again this week I realized my health needed
to come first, and resigned.
I gotta confess - I'll miss the hystrionic shrieking, the half-informed commentary, and the frothing arrogance.

That's not really true.

According to rumors (I haven't listened to the station since Nick Coleman bailed, they've put Ember Reichgott Junge - a pleasant-enough person, albeit one with some very noxious beliefs, who does a weekend show that the NARN has been beating like a piece of laundry for the past year. Here's a compliment for Wilde and Coleman; either of them would be better-suited to do a major-market (let's be charitable and call Janet Robert's operation "major-market") morning show than Reichgott Junge.

Posted by Mitch at January 27, 2006 06:47 PM | TrackBack

Heh, her description of the fabulous and spacious AirScamerica studios sounds like what I picture the bottom of the dumpster that Eva and her cohorts inhabit look like!

More likely, when Al Franken moved in everybody else had to move into the flooded basement.

They're lucky Al allows them to enter via the front door..or perhaps they are required to slide in down the coal chute.

Posted by: swiftee at January 27, 2006 05:49 PM

Do you think her story is legit, exaggerated, or total fabrication?

Posted by: badda-blogger at January 27, 2006 06:27 PM

Actually I understand that Franken is broadcasting from a studio in the Foshay tower. It figures that Franken is wasting money on expensive digs while the hired help are toiling away in a fungal swamp.

So why doesn't Franken share his studio with AM950? Why downtown, instead of a stripmall in SLP, where he could save the network some change?

The Irony.

Posted by: rick at January 27, 2006 07:05 PM

It's always fun to watch Dave Thompson of AM1500 make mincemeat out of the smug little Ember whats-her-face Sunday mornings on At Issue with Tom Hauser.

Posted by: Vicki at January 27, 2006 10:28 PM

I surfed the Air America Minnesota site for pictures of the Blue State Ball that occured last weekend. No pictures or reports. Did that event suck as bad as last summer's picnic?

Posted by: rick at January 28, 2006 10:00 AM

Let's see....Kathryn "Lewis made me cry like a little school girl" Lampher exits ErrAmerika radio's Frankin-fraud program...because she has to devote SOOOOOOO much time to her book. And that book was to be released in January? Gee...time flies, when you have to LIE.

Now, Wendy-Windy-Wilde brings us a new excuse: The Allergy Made Me Do It. Anybody smell anything funny in THIS excuse?

Let's face it: Liberals have a problem just admitting the truth. They suck at radio.

Posted by: Dave at January 28, 2006 10:21 AM

When did Lampher cry? I gotz to hear this.

Posted by: badda-blogger at January 28, 2006 03:12 PM

Ember R-J's sing-songy delivery of DFL talking points will send their handful of listeners back to MPR. Make Willie Clark an offer!

Posted by: R-Five at January 28, 2006 05:46 PM

Hey kids: AA-MN has new advertisers (other than unions and tribal casinos)!

Snips from an AA-MN email I received Friday:

"Air America Minnesota is proud to introduce five new advertisers to our station. We believe in partnering with independent, locally owned businesses in Minnesota. With your support of AM950 advertisers, we will be able to bring you the important progressive programming that can't be heard on any other station in the Twin Cities. Thank you!"

The National Forest Lodge
Superior National Forest

Bellaluna Boutique, Hopkins
"Bellaluna Boutique is a magical shop with great energy, offering unique one of a kind gifts...hand made, vintage and new. They also have Caldrea, wind chimes, candles and crystal balls..."

Robert Wilkinson Hypnotherapy
"Robert Wilkinson is a certified clinical Hypnotherapist, serving the entire metro area..."

Sunny Sky, St. Paul
"Come explore the authentic Chinese imports at Sunny Sky, while sipping a cup of hot green tea..."

Thistlerose Tea Shoppe, Dassel, MN
" Take a leisurely drive to the Thistlerose Tea Shoppe in Dassel, Minnesota for a relaxing afternoon of High Tea and shopping..."

Posted by: Nancy at January 29, 2006 11:45 AM




"So why doesn't Franken share his studio with AM950?"

Because (sources say) the network's management *hates* Janet Robert for her odd amalgam of beliefs (pro-life, pro-gun) and the dodgy future of her operation. They don't want to show support for her, and they are prudently concerned that she might leave 'em high and dry (although the question might be who'll leave whom dangling?)

" Why downtown, instead of a stripmall in SLP, where he could save the network some change?"

Because Air America is like a dotcom; 'take care of the luxuries, and the necessities will take care of themselves'.

Posted by: Mitch at January 30, 2006 06:47 AM

You gazillion Lakes lunkheads, you!

You think Air Idiot is funny up in the Great Lileks North?

Come to my city: NYC. no one can honestly find them on the dial unless they(like me) are a hard core radio junkie.

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