Randi Rhodes Out At Air America, In At Nova M
April 10, 2008 at 3:48 PM (PT)
RANDI RHODES is out at AIR AMERICA RADIO, but will be back MONDAY, syndicated 3-6p ET weekdays by NOVA M RADIO NETWORK, where her former producer JOHN MANZO serves as CEO.
MANZO said, "I just can’t stop smiling - RANDI is simply the biggest and the best. RANDI RHODES and MIKE MALLOY under one roof – talk about TALENT!"
RHODES added, "With MANZO at helm of NOVA M, I am truly going to work for the best of the best. He is radio elite…and I am too (laughs). I’m home, I’m home, I’m home!"
News Breaks From San Francisco Affiliate
Late WEDNESDAY, CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KKGN-A (GREEN 960)/SAN FRANCISCO PD JOHN SCOTT posted a note on the station's website that read, "We have been very frustrated the past few days in our efforts to rectify the RANDI RHODES situation (her suspension by her network, AIR AMERICA RADIO). It is our understanding that TODAY (APRIL 9th) she is no longer an employee of AIR AMERICA. So we are bringing her back."
"MONDAY, APRIL 14th at 4pm ... it will be our pleasure to announce the return of RANDI RHODES to the GREEN 960 family."
It was in an appearance for KKGN on MARCH 22nd that RHODES made her comments about HILLARY CLINTON and GERALDINE FERRARO that drew her suspension from AAR.
Air America Responds
AIR AMERICA Chairman CHARLIE KIREKER and President MARK GREEN released this statement TODAY (4/10):
"Last week AIR AMERICA suspended RANDI RHODES for abusive, obscene language at a recent public appearance in SAN FRANCISCO which was sponsored by an AIR AMERICA affiliate station.
AIR AMERICA MEDIA was informed last night by Ms. RHODES that she has chosen to terminate her employment with the company. We wish her well and thank her for past services to AIR AMERICA.
We will soon announce exciting new talent and programming that will accelerate AIR AMERICA's growth in the future."
ALL ACCESS hears that comedian/actor (and former WNBC-A/NEW YORK personality) RICHARD BELZER will be hosting in RHODES' old slot on AIR AMERICA.