The conventional wisdom, a term refering to incorrect wisdom, states that liberal talk radio doesn't work. Conservatives like to beat up on Air America after that networks early flounderings.
One year ago Air America was indeed floundering, with mismanagement and bad cashflow. Little is ever said about FOXNEWS losing $142 million in its first year, and that it continued to loose money for the next several years.
Air America started out with less than 10 stations nationwide. Today they have 67 in every major market in America. At the current growth rate, Air America, in two years will surpass 300 stations.
Now if this was the only dog and pony show out there even those numbers would be sad. However AA is only the largest liberal network. It is not the only game in town.
Ed Shultz, a former conservative talker, is heard on over 100 stations and also in the top 10 radio markets. There are also dozens of other liberal and progessive talkers outthere with small audiences but who are also gaining.
The fast is that progressive and liberal specific talk has as broad a reach as conservative talk.
I am not tring to stick up for all that is said on these stations. They are as spun as the rightwing crapmeisters.