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Monday, March 27, 2006
Did you all see the Creative Loafing feature on the uncertain future of our own 1690 - Air ATLANTA?? Please go take a look: http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A39651. I can't think of a sadder piece of news from the perspective of political strategy than Air Atlanta leaving the local am dial. Well, maybe Ralph Reed dropping out of the race. But seriously. The voices of Sam Seder, Al Franken, Rachel Maddow, et al, however faint, are vitally important to our political efforts here in Georgia. Not only do they offer an alternative to Rush and Neal (important) but they give local progressives - maybe even YDAtl one day - a chance to produce media. A viable local station also gives local advertisers a chance to reach out directly to progressive listeners, and gives all of us a chance to patronize those companies that advertise on the station. Not to despair yet - the CL feature ends with a call to action for all of us: "GET INVOLVED: To help Air America find a potential new home in Atlanta, write letters to and call local radio stations to ask them to consider Air America programming."
Semi-awkward segue: in the vein of "patronize the blue merchants" we should all make reservations for our next nice dinner at Sotto Sotto. I constantly hear them as key supporters of WABE. Cool. But get this: the owner closed both Fritti and Sotto Sotto on Friday in support of their Hispanic workers who were observing the Day of Dignity one-day work stoppage. The article I read said the restaurants stood to lose about $20,000 by closing down. But it was the principle of the thing. Bravo! Bravissimo!