Saturday, February 25, 2006


If you liked Air America Radio's Morning Sedition, there's good news. I wrote earlier about how the show I helped launch (as its co-creator and first producer) was cut off at the knees, rather than supported, by new AAR CEO Danny Goldberg (whose explanations for his decision-making I've previously addressed). To his credit, Goldberg did give Rachel Maddow (whom I also produced) more exposure. But his canning of Morning Sedition was universally panned, both outside Air America and inside. Well, Goldberg's apparently been forced to address his mistake, albeit in a slightly face-saving way. Morning Sedition lead host Marc Maron is back. And, no, I've actually got no inside information on this, but from AAR's release, it looks like Maron's new show will return to the airwaves most, if not all, of what people liked about Morning Sedition.

The Cardinal is back.
So is Lawton Smalls.
Even Johnny K. Street, against all odds.

And I'm pretty sure that uber-producer Brendan McDonald is on board, too. Most importantly, though, Maron's getting two hours, rather than just one. I know that many of the people who praised Morning Sedition cited the chemistry of the on-air pairing as a crucial element. And, yes, it was fun. But please trust me when I say that the chemistry was not the catalyst for the show's unique identity. The chemistry was merely a prerequisite for two people to share the mike. With one person owning the mike, chemistry is no longer relevant -- and if you liked Morning Sedition, I can pretty much guarantee you'll like the new show just as much, if not more. (To get a sense of just how electrifying Goldberg's Maron-less mornings have proven, check out the fiery energy on full display at the show's web site.)

Not surprisingly, AAR's release doesn't make clear exactly where or when Maron's show will air, outside Los Angeles. But it apparently will be available through alternate venues, as a podcast, at least. Although we created Morning Sedition together, I can't pretend to know Maron's mind. But I do suspect that, without having to work as part of a team -- and to honor that on-air partnership -- Maron is capable of exploring territory and plumbing depths on his own that might not have been appropriate for a duo. In other words, if you thought Morning Sedition was groundbreaking radio, The Marc Maron Show has the potential to take groundbreaking to new heights.

It starts Tuesday. Please post your thoughts here if you get a chance to hear it.


Anonymous said...

Hmmm... let's check ol' Google, shall we?

"Marc Maron" = 163,000 Google hits.

"Rush Limbaugh" = 9,300,000 Google hits.

Hurts, don't it?


Anonymous said...

Look out now! Some clever liberal is gonna make a crack about Rush's short-lived pain killer situation. Yes, they're STILL trying to hold onto that!

Jill said...

Geez, some wingnut thought it was really important to note that a guy who's on like 5000 high-wattage stations nationwide and has been doing this for 15 years gets more google hits than a guy who was on for a year and a half, on stations with weak signals, whose own network didn't stand behind him.

They're terrified of AAR....and of Maron in particular. I get trolls on my blog doing something similar.

Jon, you need to pat yourself on the back a bit for this. I saw in "Left of the Dial" what you went through to help turn Maron into the radio cult leader he is today. We all owe you a debt of gratitude -- you and Doug Kreeger and Jon Sinton, who obviously did an end run on Danny the Putz to get our guy on the air again.

Ol' Zeb said...

Don't worry, Jill, that's Sparky our bashful(l) poster. He's not nearly as dim as he pretends to be -- he just like to play here.

Anonymous said...

Why, thank you Zeb. I appreciate your above comment (sincerely). I do enjoy playing... and I hope you do (with me) as well. Despite what may seem like vitriol between us (to casual observers), I do hope you view it as all in good fun/sport, as I do... liberal douche.
(See what I do?!)

Your Pal,

Anonymous said...

<< it was really important to note that a guy who's on like 5000 high-wattage stations nationwide and has been doing this for 15 years >>

Jill, you make it sound like this power was some kind of "gift" just handed to Limbaugh.

It wasn't a gift.

There's a REASON he's on "like 5000 high-wattage stations nationwide and has been doing this for 15 years"

It's called "extreme success and popularity."

Ol' Zeb said...

C'mon Sparky, admit it: You've been channelling Sammy the Stem Cell, haven't you?

Robert Carnegie said...

I'd like to declare that in practical terms, I do not know who Rush Limbaugh is, and I just read his biography.

Okay, he went to law school or something and he's on the radio and he's your worst nightmare for neighbour.

I looked him up to evaluate the possibility that he actually was influenced by Adventure Comics #326, featuring the Legion of Super-Heroes, November 1964. I established that Rush was around age 13 then.

And why? Because this is "The Revolt of the Girl Legionnaires", when the female members of the Legion of Super-Heroes rise up and murder their male comrades, under the influence of hypnotic mind control by Queen Azura, ruler of an all-female alien planet. I haven't read this, I'm just going by descriptions online.

Anyway, the name of the planet is Femnaz. And you may have noticed from the description that if you're a boy aged 13, this is probably the finest literature in the world, since it is full of pictures of girls, and outer space.

But I think you want to know where you can buy it.

Incidentally, "Rush Limbagh" just out-googles "Mark Maron".

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