Air America Loses Phoenix, Missoula Affiliates
March 1, 2006 at 5:43 AM (PT)
SIMMONS MEDIA Talk KKNS (105.9 KNS, NEWS AND PROGRESSIVE TALK)/MISSOULA, MT dropped the format and its AIR AMERICA RADIO affiliation TUESDAY and is going to a music format. PD/ND LESLEY LOTTO has exited and the station's website carries a farewell message that states "while we had excellent ratings and incredible listeners, there simply weren't enough businesses sponsoring the station to pay the expenses let alone make a profit, like any good, responsible business should. Again, thank you for listening. We've sincerely enjoyed our time with you - our friends and neighbors - here in a truly progressive area."
And the expected end of AIR AMERICA PHOENIX on KXXT-A/PHOENIX came TUESDAY as COMMUNICOM closed on the station and the liberal talk format bade its farewell. A statement from exiting GM ROBERT CHRISTY thanked outgoing owner JIM HILLIARD of JAMES CRYSTAL ENTERPRISES ("a special company") for taking a chance on the format and said that he had tried to raise the money to buy a new station for the format in the PHOENIX market and made offers on two stations but one had an inadequate signal and the other was "laughably overpriced."