Air America considers airing conservative propagandist Williams

by Emily Heil, The Hill

Is cash-strapped Air America radio veering to the right?

The liberal media outlet, which recently filed for bankruptcy, is said to be considering syndicating conservative commentator Armstrong Williams’s radio show.

The possible deal hinges on the relationship between Air America and WWRL, its new flagship station in New York.

Williams’s show, co-hosted with liberal Sam Greenfield, is already heard on WWRL during morning drive time and a source said there have been serious discussions about broadening Williams’s audience.

Air America struck a deal this summer to move its New York home from WLIB to WWRL. The source said that as part of the deal, WWRL wants the Williams/Greenfield show syndicated on Air America radio. Such a deal would bring in more cash to WWRL, and word is that Air America is on board. But Air American does not want to syndicate the Williams show before the elections, which would presumably rile its liberal listeners.

WWRL Program Director Rennie Bishop was mum on the topic. Asked when he would comment, Bishop said, “Call me after the elections.”

Williams, who recently settled his case with the Department of Justice on his controversial payments from the Bush administration for touting the No Child Left Behind law, said, “I keep hearing the rumor it’s coming and it couldn’t come any sooner because they need a little diversity there.”

Williams’s business card has “Air America radio” already on it because of his affiliation with WWRL.

Air America spokeswoman Jaime Horn said, “We have no plans to syndicate Armstrong Williams at any time.” But the company’s previous denials have rung false. In mid-September, Air America denied reports that it was going to file for bankruptcy. A month later, the radio station filed for Chapter 11.

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