Sunday, April 8, 2007


It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that this week will be the last week of the Sam Seder Show on Air America. As you know, Air America recently came out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the new management wants to go in a different direction with the 9-Noon (est) time slot. However, as much as I would like to spend more time with Alberto Gonzales’ family, he will be doing so shortly, freeing me up to do a Sunday afternoon show on Air America Radio. The show is tentatively known as Seder on Sundays and I am excited to get it started.

I am very proud of the three years I have broadcast on Air America Radio. I am particularly proud of the Sam Seder Show. We started the show as AAR was entering bankruptcy, when things around here were pretty hectic and insecure. The Sam Seder juggernaut, as no one but me called us, was able to maintain all of our affiliates that stayed with the progressive format through our bankruptcy. While it’s a bit early to judge, (our first full “book” is out in a couple of weeks) our ratings were looking pretty good and we dramatically increased AAR’s streaming numbers during this time slot. Most importantly, though, was the support and response we received from you, our audience. You'll never know just how helpful and motivating your comments, calls, emails and letters have been to me and my family and I greatly appreciate it.

I hope all of you will join me when I begin the Sunday show in the next month and a half or so. Of course, I’ll be maintaining this blog and continuing to promise to fix it. ( I mean it this time, I am serious!) I actually have some rather large plans for this site and its offerings but am not prepared to discuss them at the moment.

Anyway, over the next week I’ll be posting more about my plans, this site, Seder on Sundays and reflecting upon the last three years.

My email address is posted in the left hand column of this blog— drop me an email if you want to receive updates in the future. And tune in this week! I really don’t know how I am going to break this to Dewey.


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Bunky said...

Sam, I am absolutely devastated that I will not be able to listen to your show everyday Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon EST. This is such a disappointment. I just don't understand what's going on with the new management.

I have been listening to you since the beginning. It's been great to watch your grow. I think you are one of the best interviewers on AAR. You do your homework.

I'll be listening this week and I am anxious to hear more about your new show on Sunday. Really, you are so much fun. The Bush years have been very depressing, but I always know that I can get a laugh out of you and your team.

I wish you all the best in the future.

Tony Clifton said...

Of course, I’ll be maintaining this blog and continuing to promise to fix it. ( I mean it this time, I am serious!) I actually have some rather large plans for this site and its offerings but am not prepared to discuss them at the moment.

Carl said...

Sam, you are one of my favorite Air America hosts (along with Rachel Maddow). You are smart and funny. I have listened to every show, and I have enjoyed every one. You and your staff have done a great job.

We recently lost our local AAR station. It was run by people who don't have a clue what they were doing. AAR management needs to focus on building a stable network and stop tinkering with the shows. Canceling your show is just one more example of AAR management incompetence, now 2.0.

I will keep listening to you on Sundays, and I hope you find something even better in the future. Thanks for helping me keep my sanity in a country that has become FUBAR.

Anonymous said...

Sam you're awesome! My name is Lauren and I'm 15 years old. I've listened to your show for about a year and a half. I just wanted to let you know that your really cool and I love your show.

Anonymous said...

ha ha sorry for the typo

i said...

Damn, Christine is going too. I really like her style and personality.

Charlie said...

This sucks!

maxine kaufman said...

Ican't believe that once again a much loved show is taken from us.
Other stations keep their popular
shows on for years. Seems like AAR
finds that very Show we the public
really enjoy,and off they go.

Cat Chew said...

SEDER said...
Of course, I’ll be maintaining this blog and continuing to promise to fix it.

I knew it!
The blog is a 3-years-long April Fools' Day prank.
Nertz! >:(
Glad the show was not an extended bad joke.
Hilarious and informative.
Now that's a good trick to pull off!
I've said this before, but,
congratulations for surviving so long
in an unstable environment.
Thriving is the best revenge.

* * *
btw: "Bite me!"

Anonymous said...

don't y'all doubt the Bob Marley eva again!!!!

Or Dr...hard to tell

Happy Jesus EVe y'all!

now to go back and read Sammy's post


Anonymous said...

//( I mean it this time, I am serious!)//

that does it!

Sam for PROPHET!

throwing old un laundried underware at the stage...


jk, sam I'd wash my underwear any day for your

wooooooooooooooot! woooooooooooooooooooooooot!

fresh laundrie underthings are pending....wooooooot!
woooot! woooooooot!


toniD said...

Just got home and read Sam's post.

Going to miss Sam in the morning :(

I wish him the best. Always!

i said...

Just got home and read Sam's post.

Going to miss Sam in the morning :(

I wish him the best. Always!

April 8, 2007 10:05 PM

Actually the mornings were a bit early for me. Maybe Sam will have a weekly show again on Nova M Radio? Just speculating.

billy mumphrey said...

I'd Just Like To Say Hello
To My Uncle!

Anonymous said...

hey BILLY!

stick your UNCLE UP YOUR ASS!


Anonymous said...

sam is a gift to progressives and a mensch as well. He will thrive wherever and however he fights the good fight.

robert greenwald

Jill said...

Sam, you were the only thing that made the loss of Morning Sedition not feel so awful. Now there's no reason to listen to AAR at all. Don't those idiotic Green brothers know that? God knows they're ignoring their e-mail; all the Seditionisti have been e-mailing, to no avail.

Damn right we'll be there on Sundays. And hey, I hear there may be a spot opening from 6 AM - 10 AM on WFAN, simulcast on MSNBC soon...there's a lot of pressure to fire Imus. Just thought you'd want to be first in line for that one. ;)

Just one thing, Sameleh -- there IS no left-hand column of this blog...

Anonymous said...

Sammy: God, how I love you and your show and your crew. I will listen for you on Sundays. I wish all good things for you and your family.

Athena in Camas, WA

toniD said...

Sunday, April 08, 2007
Seder says goodbye... for now

Whad'ya know? Just got home, decided to surf the web a little while my Easter dinner digests (damn these holidays are brutal...), and lo and behold - Sam Seder has just posted a goodbye message on his blog, announcing the end of his weekday show and the pending debut of his new Sunday show. Here's an excerpt:

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that this week will be the last week of the Sam Seder Show on Air America. As you know, Air America recently came out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the new management wants to go in a different direction with the 9-Noon (est) time slot. However, as much as I would like to spend more time with Alberto Gonzales’ family, he will be doing so shortly, freeing me up to do a Sunday afternoon show on Air America Radio. The show is tentatively known as Seder on Sundays and I am excited to get it started.

I am very proud of the three years I have broadcast on Air America Radio. I am particularly proud of the Sam Seder Show. We started the show as AAR was entering bankruptcy, when things around here were pretty hectic and insecure. The Sam Seder juggernaut, as no one but me called us, was able to maintain all of our affiliates that stayed with the progressive format through our bankruptcy. While it’s a bit early to judge, (our first full “book” is out in a couple of weeks) our ratings were looking pretty good and we dramatically increased AAR’s streaming numbers during this time slot. Most importantly, though, was the support and response we received from you, our audience. You'll never know just how helpful and motivating your comments, calls, emails and letters have been to me and my family and I greatly appreciate it.

Continued at blog.

Sam can be reached by email via his blog, or you can leave a comment there as well.


Bob26003 said...

I had a feeling AAR was in trouble when they fired Malloy and Maron and then Janeane left.......

I prolly have my timetable wrong....

Randi is great......

But after all those people left that left alot of weight on Seder's shoulders.

Now that Seder is going, all AAR has to do is get rid of Randi and they will have successfully got rid of all the cool at AAR.

Might as well cut AAR's hair and send it to rehab. :D

Anonymous said...

Damn, Sam!
That is FUBAAAHED (FU'd beyond anything Air America has ever done).

Who did the Green Bros. hire to make programming choices? Monica Goodling?
(I say that not because she's a Bush Repub or because she needs a new job, but rather because she looks like someone who doesn't get jokes and wouldn't understand, apparently like AA's management, that your show was smart, funny, entertaining, informative and insightful.)
Good luck on Sundays and the TV show you'll get one day.

--A Fan

toniD said...

Yea, Sam needs to be on TV. He can put together a great political humor with a bite show.

Bob26003 said...

Damn, Randi is talking about how they are shipping Pregnant Woman to Iraq.

WTF is wrong with those People!

Sending injured troops too!

Bob26003 said...

Wasn't Sam a TV writer before the show?

Terry said...

We will be there on Sundays with bells on, Sam.

Good luck.

zeek said...


You were really all that was left of the best of the AAR heyday. I can't imagine what they are planning to do. Run away as hard and as fast as your legs will carry you.

Thanks for everything. You deserve better. Hopefully the Sunday show will be available for free download while I try to get the local to pick it up. That will probably not happen unless you sell some snake oil.

All the best. We love you. I cannot wait until Sam Seder is back in full effect somewhere that you are appreciated, supported, and (cha-ching effect) remunerated.

Anonymous said...

I will miss the show. I hope Sam goes to Nova M. I am so disgusted with AAR.

John said...

Fuckity fuck fuck!

toniD said...

From Nova M's front page....

We are currently in talks with several hosts from around the nation. Watch for announcements of new talent and new shows to our line up.

Bob26003 said...

Hey ToniD........

I was thinking about frying some Fish: What I was thinking was mixing egg and milk, then dipping the fish in that, then rolling it in bread crumbs and tossing it into the oil.

Is there a better way?

toniD said...

Sounds good to me Bob. What kind of fish?

zeek said...

I was getting ready to fry some fish, too. I hope this answer is swift.

I usually go fish into milk, into seasoned flour, into egg, back into seasoned flour, then into hot oil skillet.

Bob26003 said...


I figure the egg will make the bread crumbs stick.

Last time I didnt have eggs, so I just used milk and the the break crumbs came off the fish and floated in the oil :/

Bob26003 said...

That sounds good zeek. Any problems with the breading sticking?

toniD said...

Or you could bake the fish. Mush more healthy.

Good white fish like Cod or Talapia.

Squeeze lemon on fish. Place in baking dish.
Spread bread crumbs thickly on top of fish.
Add Salt & Pepper and Garlic powder and Fresh or dried parsley.

Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in micro (about 30 sec. ). Drizzle on top of the breadcrumbs.

Add abput 2/3rds cup of Chicken Broth.

Bake at 350 for 1/2 hour.

toniD said...

Sorry for the typos. Arthritis kicking in tonight big time.

Bob26003 said...

Today is Easter. I think I am supposed to Fry fish today..... or something

Bob26003 said...

Fried Fish is a treat for me ToniD ;)

Anonymous said...

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(304) 233-1733

toniD said...

Then zeek is right. the egg holds the flour and the crumbs on the fish.

zeek said...

Hello, Wheeling.

I just decided to mix the eggs and the milk and just take two passes in the flour. The batter usually sticks. The oil needs to be very hot.

tonid bake concept is a very good one, too. I use parchment or foil to keep fish intact

toniD said...

Harman On Iraq: We Should Take ‘Success’ Out Of Our Lexicon; ‘Survival’ Is More Logical »
ThinkProgress recently sat down with Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), a senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee. Asked about her prognosis for the future of Iraq, Harman said, “I don’t think that the surge will succeed because I think our combat mission cannot succeed. And putting more good lives after good lives, as I put it, doesn’t make any sense to me.” She recommended, “we should take the word ’success’ out of our lexicon. ‘Stability’ and ’survival’ are more logical.”

Harman noted she “does not want us to leave Iraq.” Rather, she explained, “I’m someone who supports an ongoing mission in Iraq. But I don’t think a combat mission is the right mission.” Watch it:


RussKC said...


Yours was the ONLY show I could not miss on my iPod. This sucks.


toniD said...

That's right Zeek. The oil needs to be very hot.

When I have time, I chope up som celery, carrot, onion, garlic and fresh parsley in a food processer.

I put that on top of the fish b4 I put on the bread crumbs. Then the butter, then the chicken broth and bake. Great with mashed potatoes and broccoli on the side.

m the a-c said...


Let the petition BEGIN!

ShelaghC said...

Just tell us the time and when you're starting and I'm there!

I may not be a regular on the blog, but I've been listening since the start of AAR and you can count on me to stay tuned!

Bob26003 said...

King of Queens is an awesome show! :)

And tonight, I fry Fish!

hcbspk said...

This makes me so sad I can't speak. First Maron, now Sam...why are they getting rid of all the smart people?

My daily connection to reality, dammit.


nut-meg said...

So mad at Air America...

hcbspk said...

I, too, am concerned for Dewey and other conservative callers. Where will they find their outlet if not for you Sam? They are not welcome elsewhere...where else they securely question the conservative mindset? Sniff....I need to talk to Lawton Smalls.

Sorry, different show...

Deborah said...

Hi Sam ....I've written to the Greens (I included a BCC for you and Ms. Drobny) and to your g-mail and now your blog. I'm like all the other bloggers here .... this is very sad. has a blog site, which list you as No. 5 top liberal radio talker. Geezz .... what is it about competence that companies don't appreciate? I think you're great and I've learned a great deal from your show. Whatever happens, you'll be fine. :) :) Takecare .... Peace

nut-meg said...

THe Greens suck

Catharine said...

OK. Well, onward and upward, Sam ... I say that you are likely to get more offers for all kinds of things, and now you will be able to do them, and STILL be able to do your political show.

Hey, if its good enough for Bobby Kennedy and Mike Papantonio ( who had a financial stake in Air America)... then you are in good company Sam.

You are busy busy busy!

BTW, who is Dewey?

I must have missed that one.

Anonymous said...

Oh Sam-we are stunned to hear about the lost of your weekday show. You are an amazing part of the liberal and progressive community and we all have learned so much from your logical, clear, and insightful understanding of our country. Thanks for all that you do for us as we find ways to rightfully take our country back and for keeping the Dems focused on what's really good for America. We were certainly be listening on Sundays. Maxine (Phonicslady)

Lord Foppington said...

We lost our Air America station a little more than a week ago in Fresno, CA and, as I could not live without your show, I started podcasting the Sam Seder show this past Monday. This sucks. You are my favorite.

Catharine said...

I would also like to say that Al Franken and Janeane are the ones that lured me here... but then I found you ... *sigh* ... and I am not the sentimental type. I am not the type to ever tune into one show; on tv, let alone on the radio. I never even listened to talk radio before Air America. I never put Scott Baio, Bucky Dent, or Andy Gibb posters on my bedroom walls... [so uncool]...

And now I have turned into a "fan". All of us fans you take with you. No matter what you go on to do.... film, books, whatever ...

And by the way, I really have more attention for you on Sundays...

what time is the show going to be anyway?

Catharine said...

April 6-8, 2007 -- The CIA's Counter-Proliferation Division (CPD) and British intelligence have evidence that then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney lost three nuclear weapons in 1991. This was later used as a pretext to create the phony Niger yellowcake uranium story in the event the nukes showed up in Iraqi hands. At least one of the nukes, however, ended up in the hands of North Korea. WMR has been told by a well-placed intelligence source in Britain that in early February 1991, the Pentagon sent out an emergency message rarely seen: three "Broken Arrows," or lost nuclear weapons in U.S. possession, were jettisoned in the Indian Ocean by a U.S. Air Force B-52, which had caught fire en route from Diego Garcia with three weapons of mass destruction being transported from South Africa after that nation began dismantling its nuclear weapons program.

TheBrotherHoodofThieves said...

Fuck that shit Sam!!!
Im not gonna put up with this for a goddamn second and I really dont know why you are!! Damnit!

Catharine said...

On a return emergency route back to the U.S. base on Diego Garcia, the crew of the aircraft disposed of the bombs to avoid a cook off of their heat-triggered fuses. The B-52 later crashed. The three bombs landed in shallow waters off the Somali coast. Rather than retrieve the weapons, Cheney and the Bush I administration sat on their hands. In May 1991, the bombs were allegedly recovered by mercenaries working for Zimbabwean arms dealer John Bredenkamp, who is close to the regime of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. The North Koreans have had a long standing military relationship with Mugabe and Bredenkamp.

Catharine said...

WMR has learned that, although there was speculation the lost nuclear weapons ended up in the hands of Iran (and a strong but false belief by Cheney and his neo-con advisers that they went to Iraq), at least one was transferred to North Korea. Dr. Stephen Dresch, a former Michigan legislator and head of Forensic Intelligence, Inc., who helped criminally link FBI agent Lindley DeVecchio and mobster Greg Scarpa, Sr. of the Colombo crime family, discovered that the lost U.S. nuclear weapons wound up on the international black market and his report on the incident reached MI-6 in December 2003. Dresch also attended, along with a professional photographer, the coroner's inquest of British Ministry of Defense weapons of mass destruction expert Dr. David Kelly in 2004. There is reason to believe that Kelly was fully aware that one of the lost nuclear weapons was transferred to North Korea by international arms smugglers and that this information was also known to Vice President Cheney. Dresch died last August at age 62 of lung cancer.

Catharine said...

On August 21, 2006, WMR reported the following: "As the Bush-Cheney administration gears up for a planned military attack on Iran, there is renewed interest by European intelligence analysts in the July 17, 2003 reported "suicide" of British Ministry of Defense weapons of mass destruction (WMD) specialist and UN Iraq weapons inspector Dr. David Kelly. In what is widely believed to have been a Blair government cover-up, Lord Hutton, in his official report, concluded that Kelly committed suicide in a wooded area near his Oxfordshire home using a dull knife to cut his left wrist and ingesting 29 over-the-counter analgesic tablets.

Catharine said...

With the Bush administration now using the Iraq playbook to justify an attack on Iran, Kelly's knowledge about the disappearance of two South African nuclear-tipped missiles from a U.S. B-52 that crashed in the Indian Ocean in February 1991 may have sealed the British scientist's fate. The two tactical nuclear weapons, being shipped to the United States for de-arming after South Africa's minority government of President F.W. DeKlerk scrapped the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal, created by the apartheid government with the technical assistance of Israel, were lost after a U..S. Air Force B-52 carrying them from the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia to the United States crashed as a result of multi-engine failure off the Somali coast. The plane had developed electrical problems after leaving Diego Garcia and was attempting a return to the island with its sensitive cargo. Three crew members of the B-52 parachuted to safety but three others were killed when the plane crashed into shallow waters off the Somali coast.

Catharine said...

Kelly was a British security services asset who knew about the South African nuclear weapons program. He was also aware that a neo-con disinformation story that the two South Africans tactical nukes were retrieved by weapons dealers, sent to Oman, and sold to Iran for the cannibalization of their weapons-grade uranium was false. In fact, Kelly knew that then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney was well aware of the loss and subsequent retrieval of the nuclear weapons by covert U.S. intelligence assets but failed to warn the United Nations pursuant to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as required under U.S. law. The United States was a party to the NPT at the time of the "loss" of the South African weapons. Moreover, all of the countries reported to have been involved in the weapons shipment -- South Africa, Oman, and Somalia -- were also parties to the NPT. It is feared that the weapons-grade uranium from the South African nukes will be used as a "smoking gun" to show Iran's possession of nuclear weapons -- perhaps in a dirty bomb "found" entering Lebanon to Hezbollah forces from Syria. Such an event would give the neo-cons justification for simultaneous attacks on Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran."

Catharine said...

British intelligence assets met with the arms smugglers in an attempt to have the three W-69M-type nuclear warheads bought back by apartheid South Africa using false shipping documents. However, there was no interest in selling the nuclear weapons back to the outgoing apartheid regime, so the Bush I administration finally decided to act. One of the reasons George H. W. Bush and Cheney decided to send Delta Force and the Marines into Somalia in February 1991 was to try and recover the lost weapons. But they were too late. The nukes had already landed on the international black market. Bredenkamp's network was soon supplemented by additional players, including Russian smugglers like Viktor Bout and members of the post-Soviet Russian-Israeli Mafia. The lost South African warheads were plutonium devices and the North Korea N-test was a plutonium blast, not a uranium test.

Catharine said...

There were three, not two, missing nuclear weapons. Although there was an attempt by the British to secure the weapons, they were never recovered. Bredenkamp's offices and home in Britain were searched last October by the British Serious Fraud Office allegedly for bribes paid to Saudi princes in return for lucrative Saudi arms and defense systems deals for British companies to which Bredenkamp was linked. However, WMR has learned that the Saudi bribe story was a cover and that the actual investigation was to uncover records of the smuggling of the three nuclear devices. WMR has also learned that a major reason for Cheney and Scooter Libby falsifying the Niger yellowcake uranium documents was to provide an explanation for the presence of the lost nuclear weapons in Iraq, even though had this been the case, the nuclear material would have been plutonium, not uranium. There is also informed speculation that all three missing nukes are accounted for, but that all three were obtained by the North Koreans.

Sunshine said...

eya Sammer,

good you're recovering from the dump.

as you know adapting to what is is the trick.

bounce back with vigor and know we care and are standing by.

let's take the blog somewhere good.

and give your family our best.

enjoy the time off.

Catharine said...

Although WMR has learned that the lost nuclear weapons did not go to either Iraq or Iran, Cheney could have been caught up in a major scandal of his cover-up of the three lost nukes in 1991. WMR has learned that British Prime Minister Tony Blair was informed about the lost U.S. nukes before the Iraq War in 2003. He was also informed by British intelligence that these nuclear weapons had not ended up in Iraqi hands and that the massive U.S. military build-up against Saddam Hussein was a product of Cheney wrongly believing that the lost nukes were in the possession of the Iraqis. Cheney also later falsified intelligence to show that the North Korean bomb was procured from a DIY (do-it-yourself) kit obtained from the A Q Khan nuclear smuggling network in Pakistan.


Can you imagine.... All this shit that Cheney is doing .... think of what kind of a world he is living in ... the coverups are beyond complex ... how that must be weighing on a persons soul... even if you are a Dick that doesn't have one.

Sunshine said...

evening Catharina!

that is an interesting story is'nt it.

wonder how many nukes got away from cheney and the Boyz in total?

Catharine said...

OOooh... it gets better....


Cheney chose to attack and roll up Valerie Plame Wilson and her Brewster Jennings and Associates non-official cover firm network in an attempt to throw them off the trail of the missing nukes. There is speculation that missing retired Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and FBI agent Robert Levinson, a private investigator who recently disappeared on the Iranian free trade island of Kishn on a trip from Dubai, may have been tracking the lost nukes. Levinson is a veteran of investigating Russian-Israeli mobsters, weapons smugglers operating out of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and drug smuggling. Levinson is quoted in the late Robert Friedman's trailblazing book on the Russian-Israeli Mafia, Red Mafiya: How the Russian Mob Has Invaded America.

Catharine said...

eya Jim!

Very very interesting ...

well he's only talking about 3 nukes, but ... god only knows ...

well actually, a few other people know too, and the trick is to get the evidence before Cheney offs them.

Sunshine said...


businessmen in canuckistan use their russian mob contacts as enforcers.

Sunshine said...

or try to.

a few of em have been fished out of the fraser.

Sunshine said...

the value of human life in those circles can less than zero.

just a different set of rules.

and they try to make their own...

dada said...

The pride and glory of the US Empire. (In Iraq, from NYT)

Thanks Angry Arab News Service. You really should read his blog.

Catharine said...


it makes my own problems seem small. very small.

I can sleep fairly well.

Can't imagine Dick can.

Sunshine said...

i lost my great grandfather to the syndicate.

they spent a decade trying to ruin my great grandma.

quite a tragedy, we recovered, and we remember.

Sunshine said...

eya Dada,

be here now eh?

dada said...

ya jim... no time like the present!

Dotto Dranken said...

Sam, this sucks beyond the suckiest suck. Randi and Rachel are great, but other than that, AAR will be dry as dust with you gone from the weekday lineup.

You'd think with all the money they're saving with Franken quitting that they'd have the $$ to pay Sam what he's worth (or at least what he's asking.)

I'll follow you anywhere, Sammy...

dada said...

"Pelosi said that she discussed women's issues with the King of Saudi Arabia. I believe that. I am sure that she and the King discussed the various schools of feminism. The King, it turns out, leans toward existential French feminism."

hee hee.

Sunshine said...


shit's hitting the fan already.

gonna be a wild ride i figger.

Catharine said...

Sunshine said...

i lost my great grandfather to the syndicate.

they spent a decade trying to ruin my great grandma.




nut-meg said...

JIm, what's gonna be a wild ride?

Catharine said...

April 6-8, 2007 -- St. Louis industrialist and major GOP donor Sam Fox, who contributed money to the anti-John Kerry Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004 and who received a recess appointment by George W. Bush as U.S. ambassador to Belgium, after having his name withdrawn by the White House, should have an interesting time dealing with the CIA Station in Brussels. Fox is also a charter member of the Lewis "Scooter" Libby Defense Fund. Libby was found guilty of lying and obstructing justice in a Justice Department investigation of the disclosure of the covert CIA status of Valerie Plame Wilson and her CIA non-official cover company, Brewster Jennings & Associates. That fact will not sit well with the CIA Station in Brussels, which among other things, tracks the flow of illegal money, diamonds, and nuclear material from Africa to Antwerp, some of which involves the Russian-Israeli Mafia. Fox's close ties to the Likud Party of Israel and Israeli intelligence circles will also, undoubtedly, make his relationship with the CIA officers in Brussels even more testy.

Sunshine said...

got to say that Sam has continued to improve since the start.

pretty dam good show.

i'm glad J drops in occasionally.

i think she's getting better too, she has a deft touch with irony.

Catharine said...

April 6-8, 2007 -- Delusional neo-cons. Herbert Meyer, who was the Special Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence and Vice Chairman of the CIA's National Intelligence Council during the Reagan administration, has penned a "Global Intelligence Briefing" for CEOs. Some highlights from the monograph, a copy of which was obtained by WMR: "the underlying strategy behind the war is to use our military to remove the radicals from power and give the moderates a chance. Our hope is that, over time, the moderates will find a way to bring Islam forward into the 21st century. That's what our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan is all about."

"It won't be long before the Chinese have an aircraft carrier sitting in the Persian Gulf . . . The question is, will their aircraft carrier be pointing in the same direction as ours or against us?" . . . "There are many people working whose work is not listed as a job. As a result, the economy is perking along better than the numbers are telling us." . . . "In some ways, the war is going very well. Afghanistan and Iraq have the beginnings of a modern government, which is a huge step forward." . . . "If we don't defend Taiwan, every treaty the U.S. has will be worthless."

Europe and Japan are dying because their populations are aging and shrinking. These trends can be reversed if the young people start breeding." . . . "Europe and Japan are dying because their populations are aging and shrinking. These trends can be reversed if the young people start breeding." . . ."We are becoming one of the last holdouts of the traditional Judeo-Christian culture. There is no better place in the world to be in business and raise children." . . . "If we give up our Judeo-Christian culture, we become just like the Europeans. The culture war is the whole ballgame."

The above sums up just about all of the neo-con talking points we hear from the White House, Fox News, Pat Robertson, and the Republican National Committee. The spirit of Dr. Strangelove lives on.


Sunshine said...

the rest of our lives Meg.

wonder if we'll live to see the pendulum swing back.

Sunshine said...


great gramma was a classy lady.

learned how to deal with assholes through that experience, was incredibly nice, and as firm as a mountain with decisions.

dada said...

"For several years now, U.S. defense spending has outpaced the military expenditures of all the rest of the world combined, but somehow the average American feels short-changed. The staggeringly large budget -- featuring a spending rate of $1.75 billion per day - seems to have too little room for maintaining vermin-free veterans' care facilities, or putting better armor on all humvees in Iraq. So a natural question is, "What is the Pentagon buying with its countless billions?" About half of the budget goes to maintain weapons systems and to pay personnel. A quarter goes to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Most of the remainder is spent on trying to figure out the kinds of weapons that will be needed in future wars and to develop them."

One major project that receives billions in support involves using force without killing: so-called "nonlethal weapons." These include a wide range of new devices mostly intended to achieve control over unruly crowds.

Added to the rubber bullets that have been around for a long time are rubber grenades. These were developed because crowds can set up mattress barricades to fend off rubber bullets and shotgun-fired bean bags. But a grenade can be tossed over the mattresses, shooting out hard little rubber balls in every direction when it explodes.

Another crowd-control device is known by the typically opaque Pentagon moniker "active denial." This is a system designed to use millimeter-length directed energy waves to overheat skin. The idea is that a crowd will quickly find that it literally cannot take the heat of a confrontation with our troops.

... Beyond rubber-pellet grenades and super-heating devices, there are weapons that shock with sound, some that temporarily blind, even sticky foams designed to freeze people in place."


I'm developing a blog that brainwashes people. Gotta plan for the wars of the future.

Sunshine said...


I'm developing a blog that loves people. Gotta plan for the recovery of the world.

Sunshine said...

i'd say a good defense from crowd control is:

stay home,

don't spend money.

drive as little as possible.

learn how to fix bicycles

help those around you

get to know your

neighbors and

bide yer


timing is everything.

Catharine said...

April 6-8, 2007 -- WMR has learned that a number of high-level British government officials were fingered by the FBI in the anti-pedophile law enforcement investigations Operation Ore (UK)/Avalanche (US). Fleet Street newspapers were threatened by the Tony Blair government with immediate D-Notices, censorship orders, if they pursued the story when details of British politicians' involvement first surfaced in 2001 and 2002. The re-emerging scandal could adversely affect the future prospects of Blair's heir apparent, Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, as well as other top Labor Party officials.

Catharine said...


Sunshine said...

only an inexperienced person would do what they want you to do.

Sunshine said...

the art of war

is also the art of peace

every ying has it's opposite yang.

Star Vox said...


dr said...

(Adopting, for the second time, the response formatting-for-clarity -- I is been won over; dashes betwixt the two parties, solid line demarcating yer own post --

Gots to go.

April 8, 2007 5:29 PM

I know that you see owls dropping lines on the blog. Apparently, you now see a swoopin' pixie dropping lines and dashes too!

I am a bit concerned about your well-being. (By the way, have you seen an optometrist recently?)

Will you be backson, dr? Checking owl mail?

p.s. Thanks for the compliment. Magical pixie dust works well on owls. (Hat tip to Tinker Bell).

Sunshine said...

evening Voxxer!

one more good day over, every one as precious as a gem.

Sunshine said...

night gang,

sleep easy and well.

dada said...

Night jim.

You too

JohnnyG said...

They should've given you two weekend shows, like Laura Flanders has, Saturday and Sunday nights. I hope you at least get a 4 hr show on Sunday. I have to admit I did stop listening to you when you moved to mornings, because I was just never in the mood for a hard-hitting political show at that time of the day. They should've left you in the evenings, you were perfect for early evenings.

Lilith said...


I like the idea of Sam on Sundays. I can actually hear him then, as long as my 1090 am station carries him. Anyway, he can always be streamed online.

I look forward to Sam cleaning up and fixing the blog, too. I actually believe he'll do it!

Star Vox said...

Sunshine said...
evening Voxxer!
one more good day over, every one as precious as a gem.

April 9, 2007 2:53 AM


Sunshine said...
I'm developing a blog that loves people. Gotta plan for the recovery of the world.

April 9, 2007 2:29 AM


Sunshine Jim,

Absolutely! It sounds like a good idea.

New blogs by Seder and Sunshine!

bridge said...

Cat Chew said...

SEDER said...
Of course, I’ll be maintaining this blog and continuing to promise to fix it.


ok lol
Bonne chance ;-)

WaitingForCicero said...


This is the network's show that: appeals to the youngest demographic; interfaces with, and features members of left blogistan; has some of the best guests; has some of the best interaction with it's listeners and bloggers; has some of the best commentary on current events; has the most current news and discussion topics (based, in large part, on it's interaction with the blogging community).

And the Green's have decided to cancel it.

I'll be listening on Sundays, but I want to take a moment to offer some thoughts for now.

Fuck you, Scott Elberg. Cutting the budget wasn't enough, eh fucker? You're hemorrhaging cash, why not start losing listeners. You stupid twat.

Fuck you, Mark Green. You had a golden opportunity to help secure AAR's place in radio, and opted instead for "less substance". I've had enough infotainment, and if that's the direction you're taking AAR, allow me to add, "rot in hell", to my, "fuck you".

Fuck you to every single one of the ignorant assholes that helped poison the well at AAR. Winstead, Chuck D, Maron, Garofalo, Malloy, Seder. What the fuck is the matter with you? I'd trade ten Frankens for any one of those people.

Fuck you, Evan Cohen, Danny Goldberg, and Ed Schultz, for everything that you are, and every thing that you stand for.



Cat Chew said...

K├╝bler-Ross model applied to Sam Seder Show

The stages are:
Denial - "Nooooooooooooooooo!"
Anger .: Break stuff - Limp Bizkit
Bargaining .: "Maybe if we all wrote to AAR..."
Depression .: "Fuck AAR. Why bother?"
Acceptance .: I will follow him - Little Peggy March


Ohhh... I appreciate the rant, WfC!
I'm still in the Limp Bizkit stage myself...
I prefer it to the
"AAR suits didn't just kick me in the gut again, did they"
denial thingie.

(Thanks to Nobody for introducing me to Break Stuff.
So often it's just the ticket!)

Anonymous said...

I'm very upset with this.

WaitingForCicero said...

Hiya, Mme. Chew. Thanks for the link and the happy thoughts you posted at my place. That UK version is nice.

As for the rant, well it's not even close to the shit I wanted to express, but I is no dr, as I've said before.

I'm so fucking mad right now. Sam is so popular in Portland that play his how twice a day. WTF?

And I know Markos just had a baby, but where the fuck are the uber-bloggers, who've been guests so many times? Why the fuck aren't Duncan, Jane, and Scher raising holy hell about this? Who else has helped promote the work they do as well as Sam? Why isn't Markos front paging this, with an attached action diary?

Fuck, I can't even start doing this again, or I'm gonna pollute this thread with even more bile.


WaitingForCicero said...

Here Comes Your Man, The Pixies

WaitingForCicero said...

Killing In The Name Of, Rage Against The Machine

Guerrilla Radio, Rage Against The Machine

Cat Chew said...

Why the fuck aren't Duncan, Jane, and Scher raising holy hell about this?

My guess, I think they might be taking a cue from Seder. I posted a one minute sound clip in the file section at MRR Pics at Yahoo Groups. Seder says "I don't want to have this blow up into some big show..." I remember he was outspoken about getting support late last summer when they were jerking him around about his contract and the move to better hours. He was outspoken about the rotten decision to can Malloy. He might've just had enough by now and decided to plan in different directions. That's my guess.

I've been meaning to drag out some Pixies ever since Senator Harris was on Friday. :)

WaitingForCicero said...

Bulls On Parade, Rage Against The Machine

Might hafta c&p this, it's from tripod.


I hope that's it, Mme. Chew. I hope he's just being gracious about it.

"Where Is My Mind" is on Deck for Mr. Green, et all.

WaitingForCicero said...

Where Is My Mind, The Pixies

WaitingForCicero said...

Back another day.

Cat Chew said...

Been doing chores...
Thanks for the tunes, WfC.
Just loaded them into the player.
Hope to see you back here soon. I'm out, too.

WaitingForCicero said...

Post script:

I posted those tunes, but "Break Stuff" is still the one that best represents my mood at the moment.

It's just one of those days.

David said...

My life continues to lose meaning every day...

Anonymous said...

:( my fav show

David said...

Who on earth is AAR's target audience? It's obviously not me...

Anonymous said...

David said...
Who on earth is AAR's target audience? It's obviously not me...

That's a good point.I'm confused at who they're going to be shooting for after all this, certainly not me. Sigh, see you on Sundays, Sam, hope this isn't your milton-moment--I guess we just have to look at AAR's record to know.....shit.

i said...

Sam, take the Sunday show, but get your agent to set up a personal hotline to Nova M. :)

I'll sign any petition to get you hired there.

Anonymous said...

hey, am I missing something? I searched Sam Seder on airamerica and I got nothing about his show ending. Obviously it is, so are they just not commenting at all?

i said...

David said...

Who on earth is AAR's target audience? It's obviously not me...

April 9, 2007 7:15 AM

The fact that they keep changing management can't help them define their audience.

I'm listening to Bill Press on Nova M right now, until Sam is on at AAR.

Just feed this URL into your realplayer (open it, and go to file > open, paste it in and hit enter on your keyboard - just for the newbies):


Mike Malloy is on there too.

mark "mad genius" green said...


David said...

Who on earth is AAR's target audience?

April 9, 2007 7:15 AM


Excellent question, young David, delighted you asked.

Your plaintive query, young man, is based upon an entirely false presumption.

Our target audience is not of this earth.

We speak to and for posterity.

And we speak for forbearing forbears' forbearance.

And for bears.

And for AARPeeps.

And for that ever-so-elusive ("but we know it's out there!") oxymoron: the politically-engaged Jerry Springer viewer.

That, kind sir, is the Holy Grail of liberal radio.

Learn it. Know it. Live it.


Mark "Am I Not a Mad Genius?" Green

War Dog said...

AAR needs Ad Sales..

Just that simple..

Listeners without Ad Sales is worthless..

Advertisers want to sell to mainstream American..

Unless you are opening a nationwide chain of Bong Shops...

AAR in it's present format is not the Ad vehicle for you..

AAR wants off the Black List...

That means Main Stream American Values..

Capitalism at work..!!!

Learn it..

Live it...

Love it..!!!

Anonymous said...

War Dog said
Capitalism at work..!!!

Learn it..

Live it...

Love it..!!!

wow, a more depressing viewpoint than my own...goodbye ideals, goodbye young hope, bye bye Sam Seder Show

Seal Pool said...


Anonymous said...

Seal Pool said...

Not sure what you're getting at...Actually I prefer NPR, especially of late, considering I can trust they'll have a stable lineup, or at least warn me themselves when a change is coming.

dr said...


War Dog said...

AAR wants off the Black List...

That means Main Stream American Values..

Capitalism at work..!!!

Learn it..

Live it...

Love it..!!!

April 9, 2007 8:09 AM


Look, Dog, I ain't got time for your jingo-was-her-name-o nor for your war porn.

I is got some trim awaiting my attention, so I must go (and oh how I wish I were speakin' metaphorically, but durned if I ain't bein' disappointing literal).

Will say this, tho':

Capitalism is a fine and wunnerful thing, imo, just so long's free-market fundamentalists (like yourself) ain't allowed to run things.

Otherwise, capitalism tends to eat its own, which is one of the very few things Karl Marx got right: capitalism, left to its own amoral self-seeking devices, is but one very large fish (or an oligarchic few) that's inexorably drawn to eat its own young.

Nature of the beast. It's why regulations and protections that free-market fundamentalists exist: so capitalism don't eat its own, so we might all enjoy its blessings.

Last time liberals saved this country from itself (and, specifically, from people like you), it were in busting up the trusts (etc., etc.) during the first Roosevelt admin.

Second time liberals saved this country from itself (and, specifically, from people like you), it were during the second Rooosevelt admin. w/the New Deal.

I will leave you w/this thought, for which I am intimating nothing about you personally, War Dog, just something to consider about how propagandists seldom is the ideal they breathlessly project.

The most historically famed simple-minded jingoist working to advance the unmixed blessings of capitalistic boosterism, Horatio Alger, was a notorious pedophile.

Ragged Dick is but one of many instructive lessons in the subtle art of appearance versus reality.

toniD said...

Plans for Bush library stir Texas-size tempest

By Mark Silva
Tribune national correspondent
Published April 8, 2007

DALLAS -- For Southern Methodist University, the alma mater of First Lady Laura Bush and a proud, nearly century-old institution, the prospect of housing the George W. Bush Presidential Library would seemingly be an honor.

Yet the possible advent of the Bush library -- and especially an ideological think tank planned as part of it -- has split the SMU faculty, feeding a debate that simmers beneath the serenity of the leafy campus. At an institution dedicated to scholarly achievement and academic freedom, many fear the work of the Bush Institute would forever associate SMU with a right-wing political agenda.

The vision of a Bush-backed think tank at a campus owned by the United Methodist Church has exposed emotional rifts within a church already divided over the war in Iraq. Bishops and other clergy critical of the pre-emptive war and the administration's treatment of enemy combatants are protesting what they view as a memorial to Bush, a Methodist whose policies they say are "antithetical" to their teachings.


dr said...

edit for clarity:

It's why regulations and protections that free-market fundamentalists [despise and deplore] exist:


Morning, dews.

toniD said...

Morning dr!

~capitalism tends to eat its own, which is one of the very few things Karl Marx got right: capitalism, left to its own amoral self-seeking devices, is but one very large fish (or an oligarchic few) that's inexorably drawn to eat its own young.~

Yep! Has been happening for years now, secretly, silently. From the mentally handicapped stewartship of Reagan with a similar admin as Dubya.

punditfight said...

It interesting to re-listen to Sam's last interview with Marc Maron on AAR (March30th). Turns out Marc was not only speaking for himself when commenting about AAR

Paul T said...

Sam, F aar - its biggest bone-head move of its existence. I strongly encourage you and Marc to talk to the Nova M folks... Relegating you to weekends is another nail in the coffin of aar.... your shows are/were the best of all on aar.... what a shame, such a bloody shame.

Anonymous said...

I will definitely be listening to the Sunday show. Someday, AAR will be smart enough to give you a new weekly show.

toniD said...

The big news story is Don Imus today. I've seen it on CNN, MSNBC and C-SPAN. Don't watch Fox so I am not aware of what they are reporting but it wouldn't be odd that they are asking why Imus appologized.

toniD said...

Professor who criticized Bush added to terrorist 'no-fly' list Michael Roston
Published: Monday April 9, 2007

A top Constitutional scholar from Princeton who gave a televised speech that slammed President George W. Bush's executive overreach recently learned that he had been added to the Transportation Security Administration's terrorist watch list. He shared his experience this weekend at the law blog Balkinization.

Walter F. Murphy, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Emeritus, at Princeton University, attempted to check his luggage at the curbside in Albuquerque before boarding a plane to Newark, New Jersey. Murphy was told he could not use the service.

"I was denied a boarding pass because I was on the Terrorist Watch list," he said.

When inquiring with a clerk why he was on the list, Murphy was asked if he had participated in any peace marches.

"We ban a lot of people from flying because of that," a clerk said.

Murphy then explained that he had not marched, but had "in September, 2006, given a lecture at Princeton, televised and put on the Web, highly critical of George Bush for his many violations of the Constitution."

The clerk responded, "That'll do it."

Murphy was allowed to board the plane, but warned that his luggage would be "ransacked." On his return trip, his luggage was also lost.

Murphy is a decorated Marine who served in the Korean War and was a reservist for 19 years. Mark Graber, who presented the blog post, adds that there were other reasons that Murphy was an unlikely terror suspect.


toniD said...

Calls for Imus to be fired increase days after he called black women "nappy-headed hoes"
by John Aravosis (DC) · 4/09/2007 08:42:00 AM ET

He called a female basketball team, made up of a large number of black players, "nappy-headed hoes."

But hey, so what if this is his umpteenth racist remark on the air over the years. CNN host Glenn Beck is a racist, homophobe, misogynist and that's why CNN hired him. Then there's FOX News - the entire network is bigoted, but the Congressional Black Caucus Institute is sucking up to them big time, wooing them for a few presidential debates.

Bigotry sells. It is ironic, though, that a media so concerned about not offending George Bush has no problem hiring racist bigots. More from Media Matters.


dbgulfstream said...

How about Sammycam all week???? and a little "all you fascists" please

Anonymous said...

If this is a sign of the way the new magament is taking Air America, god help us. I will miss you during the week. Look forward to your Sunday show.

David said...

you will be missed sam.

on the imus issue, he has politicans of all stripes on. John Edwards, John Kerry, Harold Ford, and even Bill Clinton have been guests on his show.

he has apologized for his comments, I believe quite sincerely.

there are greater things to worry about I think we should all move on.

georgia said...

Is Tim Griffin getting the 9-12 spot?

Karlyn said...

Sam you have the best show on Air America. I'm so upset that you won't be on to brighten my mornings every day from 9-12. Air America is making a mistake with this one....

Anonymous said...

Sam, I adore you. I would follow you to the ends of the earth, so I wll certainly follow you to Sundays.

toniD said...

Tens of thousands in Iraq
march against US occupation
The rally was ordered by powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who a day earlier issued a statement ordering his militiamen to redouble their battle to oust American forces, and argued that Iraq's army and police should join him in defeating "your archenemy."


dbgulfstream said...

Imus is and has always been a jerk.. I never understood why he was on the air at all, unless.....all the people that like his show are jerks too.

i said...

I'd take the 'Nigerian Letter'. There's more future in it than Air America Radio.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all your efforts, and welcome to the wonderful world of broadcasting (where we eat our young!.)

While I'm sure you're certainly frustrated, I hope you keep trying to get the message out. Don't ever lose your passion for the work and I will be certain to keep a sharp lookout.

P.S. Whither the newsletter, i.e. "The Seder Feeder"?

Be well,


Anonymous said...

oh no-- another one of my shows is going away from aar. mike malloy was first-- and luckily i can hear him with nova m now, but if htey keep taking the best progressive voices away, what are we going to be left with? who is going to replace you in the mornings, sam?! no more coffee and sam seder show in the mornings for me...dammit...

dbgulfstream said...

Sam make sure your Sunday show is a free podcast....I can't listen on Sundays and I will need to download it just like Ring of Fire... I'm cancelling my AAR premium and spending my money at NOVA M..

toniD said...

GOP-issued laptops now
a White House headache
When Karl Rove and his top deputies arrived at the White House in 2001, the Republican National Committee provided them with laptop computers and other communication devices to be used alongside their government-issued equipment.


Chris Peterson said...

Please do NOT take Sam Seder off the air on weekday mornings. He is one of the best informed, witty on air hosts that you have. We need Sam in the morning.
Please reconsider.
Chris Peterson
Springfield, IL

Jason said...

What am I going to do with no daily Sammy??? This really sucks! Can you at least do a daily podcast???

And where does Sen. Katherine Harris go??

mo lib said...

Sam, I am so sad to see you go from my morning routine. It was great to get your take on the day's news and with humor. I loved how you talked with the callers, both liberal and conservative. There is no one better. And, you have been an instigator for political activism and at the forefront of introducing bloggers to the radio.

I am mad at AAR for being so short sighted. First Maron and then you.
I guess they have a real need to keep moving toward the mediocre.

You have my support wherever you go!!

Cat Chew said...

Waiting for Cicero came up with the word: gracious.
Class act, Mr. Seder.

I'm still steamed. This is going to take the fun out of weekday radio for me. Hope Sam gets another daily gig in the near future.

G'morning, Toni.
Heartening to see more fans on the blog today.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I was hoping for smarter mgmt decisions from the new Air America owners. Sam, your show is the best thing on AA now. Smart, funny, cutting (without being rude)... I dont know what they are thinking.

Anonymous said...

Air America, this change stinks!!! I love listening to Sam's insight and wit in the daily 9-12am EST time slot. I hope AA knows what a big mistake this is, right at a time when the progressive voice needs to continue with strength and consistency. BIG, BIG MISTAKE TO TAKE SAME OFF THE DAILY SLOT.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe I renewed my Premium subscription a week ago ... what a waste. And I've got the damned "Gold Superpass" thing, bought it when there was a solid lineup of Maron, Malloy, Seder.

I just cancelled it, I'm stuck with it for another year. I guess I'll download Thom Hartmann on occasion but that's so much like going to church ... on second thought, I probably won't. I've heard enough of the dry daily debates with the guy with a lisp from the "Ayn Rand Institute."

This is dreadful, jerking us around between XML and Sirius, then this cutting each decent program one by one. As a computer programmer I've had plenty of experience of being on board these failed endeavors that die when the business school types grab the helm and start jettisoning the crew.

I sincerely hope Seder and Maron can appear somewhere, anywhere on satellite radio. I've found that I listen to Maron's streaming rerun channel off and on, I miss the quality radio so much.

Maron bulk emails me on occasion, I hope Seder can do the same thing (since I signed up for his short-lived "newsletter", I hope he uses that for keeping me up to date).

Anonymous said...

Sam, I love your 9-12 show. Every day from 9-12 I perform tedious accounting duties. You and podcasting have helped make the job enjoyable. I will miss you, however, I think a Sunday show could be very successful. The Sunday TV shows need real-time rebuttal, you could offer that.

As a protestant husband of a Jewish wife, I truly appreciate your outing of Lieberman. You have helped us explain and realize the immense difference between Judaism (a peaceful religion) & Israeli nationalism (a deadly excuse for war and fear mongering).

I am a shareholder and subscriber to Sirius. I intend to write their program director and request they add you to their line-up. Not certain if I had any effect, but when Air America fired Mike Malloy, I wrote Sirius and 2 weeks later, he had a show.

If losing this gig bothers you (could be a blessing in disguise) I am sorry. Otherwise, you are obviously too bright to remain underemployed for long. Best wishes!

PS: JR & Dewey are cowardly idiots.

Defeatocrat said...

I am devastated. Sam, you have absolutely made my weekdays since The Sam Seder Show started. First Malloy and now you, AAR seems to be intent on getting rid of the most brilliant minds and most exhaustively prepared shows on the station. I guess Rachel is next. I am through with Air America. Except on Sundays, of course.

Thanks so much for all your hard work and insight. You made us feel sane in a FUBAR world.

Todd Slater

Gina-Louise said...

Maybe we all should send a letter to Mark Green? I really doubt that AAR management is reading this blog.

Pat said...

I will really miss you Sam. Your show is the only one that I really look forward to listening to on the AAR. You are so smart and witty. I was glad that you took over some of Al's regulars that I enjoy listening to. I still miss Tom Oliphant on Franken. I certainly will keep track of you. I will watch where you are going and follow. I'm here, Sam, Pat

toniD said...

On the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad and the toppling of Saddam’s statue, up to one million Iraqi Shias summoned by Moqtada al-Sadr “have gathered in the holy city of Najaf for a mass demonstration calling for US-led troops to leave Iraq.”


Anonymous said...

Sam, you are one of the few hosts that has made me laugh out loud. I've become an addict to your show in the last few months.

This is very disturbing. First no Franken (I know that it was his choice, but still), and now no Seder. I've listened to AAR from the beginning (and went to bat when our local station wanted to stop carrying AAR two years ago), but I may stop listening. New ownership should realize that listeners aren't that fickle.

Good luck, Sam. We'll be watching for you.

Laura S.
Portland, Maine

Anonymous said...

I really miss Al Franken, but I understand his desire to entire national politics, and I support that. But if this removal of Sam from the daily 9-12 is AAR's decision and not Sam's, then I can hold out no hope that AAR management has any chance to survive in the long term. Thanks, Sam, you have been a pure delight on my weekday mornings.

Jason said...

Sam, can you post how you REALLY feel about moving to Sunday? We know the touchy feely good stuff about AAR but can you explain why all the good programming keeps getting cut? Are they going moderate? WTF?

crunchyknee said...

blah, darn it, heck, shoot!

The Seder Show is a great listen in the morning. I am going to miss the show.

Here in Denver I have to stream it because our local AAR station carries a boring Jaba the Schultz sycophant named Jay Marvin. Anyways, this sucks.

Good luck Sam! I agree with what someone said earlier...please make your Sunday show available via podcast.

-V- said...

I wrote a long letter to Mark green on friday expressing my disgust with removing sam from aar.i find it mind boggling that the new owners of AAR feel they need 'less substance'on thier network.

thats like NASA saying they need 'worse parts' for thier space shuttles because the ones they're using now work too well.

Your show sam is one of the best on AAR and i will certainly listen on sundays.

if i were you i would steal all the office supplies before you leave,with AAR's budget that might just break them,

toniD said...

Morning Cat Chew!

I am still steamed at this...

They want a morning show with "less substance".

I want substance. I can watch TV news if I want less substance!!

El Cid said...

As someone on the Laura Flanders blog pointed out, every show the listeners grow to like on AAR get canceled.

So we need to all pretend like we really, really hate shows we actually like.

Sunshine said...

mornin gang!

life goes on (and on)

Anonymous said...

This is a sad day for me. I recently joined the premium club just so that get your show on the days that I miss. I joined only for you. I was devastated when Mike was abruptly fired and now they are letting go of the only other person they have with the passion, humor and smarts that you have.

Here's a comment that I made in response to a poll in someone's diary on daily kos over the weekend:

"Sam Seder (2+ / 0-)

on AAR. Too funny! Too smart! He's their best since Malloy was fired. Unfortunately, there is some talk that he may be fired soon too. A caller asked him about it on the air and he wouldn't respond. If he goes, AAR is doomed.

Sam I Am. Sam I Am. Sam I am - in love with you man! I could love you in a boat. I could love you in a moat. etc etc, etc.

by Aint Supposed to Die a Natural Death on Sat Apr 07, 2007 at 05:05:54 AM PDT"

R said...


Glad to hear Alberto's kids will be learning some morals, but sad to hear less from you.

It's been a pleasure to listen to you grow and evolve as a radio host, and I'm sure your talent will bring you more great things.

Why don't they just give you a cohost or two?

It's just the continued deJewification of AAR!


Take care, Sam, and


Rosie said...

Hate to see you go Sam. I listen to your show everyday while having my coffee and now I have to change my MO. Too bad. My husband and I will miss you.

Guess we will have tune in to that other show on Pacifica.

Anonymous said...

"Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you."

Matthew 7:6

tellybelly said...

Oh, forget about Dewey! Think about me!

Seriously, I am going to miss your show like crazy. First Marc Maron, then Al Franken, now you. Does the management(whoever they are today) just hate comedy?

I look forward to your show every weekday morning and there is just no way I can catch a radio program on Sundays, so I am doubly sad about this "revoltin' development."

I wish you the best. You are funny and sharp and I will miss so many things about your show that it is depressing just to think about it.

I also wish that Air America would get management that has a clue.

The current management, like the previous one, apparently hasn't got one...

Love you, Sam. I'm gonna miss you, big guy.

Bill Curnutt a/k/a tellybelly

AFN said...

I am really pissed. I love Sam. He and Randy are my favorites. Why are they removing one of AARs best shows? I'd really like to hear a plain, clear answer. GRRRRR.

realitythink said...

Air America has been steadily declining ever since they fired Maron and Malloy. I find myself listening less and less and once Sam is gone I see no reason to listen at all. Maybe a little of Thom Hartman every so often but that is it. Sam should talk to the people at Nova M, maybe they can resurrect his show somehow.
I will miss you Sam, good luck.

Anonymous said...

I sent this to

To Whom It May Concern:

I have been listening to Air America since its inception. I understand that you are a commercial entity and endeavor to turn a profit off your programming. I have never written to a media organization before, though I was tempted through my earlier frustrations with some of your program changes. This time I am driven not only by my personal interests with regard to your programming, but also because I think you are making a ridiculous business decision as well. Sam Seder is the only host you currently air with a proclivity for seasoning intelligent political commentary with humor. He is the closest thing you have to replace Al Franken. While I enjoy Thom Hartmann’s program, he appeals to the academic side of my interests which we all know is (unfortunately) a tiny demographic. Sam Seder is the only host you have that can articulate the conceptual acuity that Thom Hartmann represents with the broad appeal that Al Franken brought. Unless you have some incredibly dynamic, engaging, personalities in the wings to replace half of your programming, I fear you will continue to fail to reach the ratings numbers you seek. In my opinion, you should be promoting Seder, not demoting him.

Norton, VA

Anonymous said...

been listening to you from the beginning - i can't believe this. your shows are always educational, entertaining and insightful. i really don't understand AAR anymore. i know it is important for progressive radio to survive and succeed, but continuously removing the most talented hosts (maron, malloy and now sam) seems like a good way to lose the already dedicated, albeit small, fan base. i'm gonna go cry now.

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Anonymous said...

I guess 1 of the irrelevant people at jones network might join. I really have the feeling that Sam's impending firing has to do with Ed Schultz and pissing off a few big money DLC democrats. When are these loosers going to realize that their so called strategy will never work? Or are these people 5th column republicans trying to destroy us? I think the second...

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear it Sam. I've enjoyed it and youve become a real radio personality.

Damn, now the only thing left on AAR that I want to listen occasionally to is Maddow. When's she going to be axed for a soporific?

Brian said...

What are they going to put on here at 9 am?

John Elliot?
I cannot listen to that guy... so annoying.

Lose Sam at all of our peril.
(except for the closet door slur, I'm all for Sam)

Anonymous said...

Why is Air America shooting itself in the foot again. Sam Seder has hosted a great show, and I look forward to streaming him every day.

They held on to Jerry Springer for more than a year when I found him most of the time to be boring. Can't they give Sam a little more time?


Cat Chew said...

I can watch TV news if I want less substance!!

I'm spoiled now. I want substance and fun!

Anonymous said...

I am sad & confused...What is going on? What are the Greens doing? Whatever it is, I don't feel good about this sudden change in programing...The present line up is dynamite...Young Turks in the early morning, then Seder, Then Thom & Randi...What's better than that? I work from home & stream you guys all day...

I shouted, "Hallalujah", when I first heard the Greens were bailing AAR out...If this is their idea of making the station better, well it's distressing.

Anonymous said...

I am very sad that Air-America is removing my Favorite Show Sam Seder to only once a week. That was a VERY BAD DECISION MADE BY AIR-AMERICA!!! I LOVE SAM SEDER!!!I AM VERY OFFENDED BY YOUR DECISION AIR AMERICA!!!

Anonymous said...

I have been a loyal fan of you and AAR from the early days. You have all of my support in your new position at the network. I have one simple question though....WHAT THE HELL IS GREEN/AAR THINKING?!! Malloy/Maron/Seder all gone?! So, all the most liberal voices on the network have been eliminated. And by "different direction" you mean that AAR will now buy programing 'off-the-rack' that is not as threatening to the Corporate Sponser Cabal, right? First, XM won't put Hartmann on, then AAR gets rid of SEDER...what's next?
There is no reason for me to maintain my XM subscription after this week or my AAR Premium Service. Green has successfully killed the last reason for me to listen on anything other than the Ring of Fire stream. I suppose that they are next for the axe...
It's a sad day, come Friday.

Anonymous said...

Sam, you rock dude. l'll miss you man. Thanks for keepin it real.

Marje said...

I need to hear you every day. This situation is not acceptable. Please get a job... same hours, different radio station. I'll follow you anywhere!

Jason said...

First, "Morning Sedition" was untimely cancelled. Then "The Majority Report" was 86'ed. Now comes the disheartening news that "The Sam Seder Show" will be no more. Sam, there aren't enough words to convey just how amazing you've been. These days, your show is the only one on AAR I listen to with any consistency and has been for a very long time. Good luck with "Seder On Sundays" and I wish you much well-deserved success with the new show and any and all future endeavors. Wherever you go, we will follow! :)

Seal Pool said...

Comments at AAR don't seem to be reaching anyone. Does anyone have email for Green directly, or for his brother's real estate company?

Anonymous said...


You are the best! I don't why the Green Bro's are moving you to Sunday. I would think at least Mark, would be into your approach, but maybe even if that's the case, it's not as simple as that.

Anyway, good luck on Sunday, and we look forward to keep listening to you!

Batcrap Crazy said...

I'm going to be fucking sick. I've been wanting to subscribe to podcasts for a while now. Shit like this makes me rethink that move every time. You want that, mr. free fucking market?





Anonymous said...

I don't know what I am going to do without Sam. Even my 85 year old mother loves you!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm a steady Air America listener, and it pains me to admit that the one consistent thread in programming has been the cluelessness of every management team. Ave atque vale, Sam! (And I'll throw in a gratuitous slam at the Portland affiliate KPOJ, which carries the annoying Ed Schultz live while putting Randi on delay...)

pinellas said...

I already sent my emails to AAR.

I hafta say, I'm a bit surprised nobody in AAR mgmt has seemed to grasp the notion that they have something no one else on radio is doing as well as AAR - that is HUMOUR - LIBERAL POLITICAL HUMOUR, to be precise.NOBODY on radio is doing anything as smart, hip & FUNNY as the AAR pros they keep sidelining.

TV has The Daily Show crew & Colbert - but who else on radio is doing real liberal satire in such quantity & quality?

But who's gonna listen to me?I'm just a nobody..... = (

Oh hey - who was watching 60 minutes on Easter Sunday anyway?We were busy having a family Easter dinner.TV was on in another room, but sound was off & nobody was watching.....

bibimimi troll'p said...

I really don’t know how I am going to break this to Dewey.

How about with a crowbar?

Already sent my 'i8u, mark green' e-mail.

I am SO gonna miss THIS show.

toniD said...

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Anonymous said...

The Sam Seder Show is the best show Air America has. What "new direction"? More Army and Sammie???

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