Air America on Corporate Ad Blacklist? ( AM 1150 in Los Angeles)
An internal memo from ABC Radio Networks to its
affiliates reveals scores of powerful sponsors have a
standing order that their commercials never be placed on
syndicated Air America programming that airs on ABC
The October 25 memo was provided to FAIR by the Peter B.
Collins Show, a syndicated radio show originating on the
Headlined "Air America Blackout" and addressed "Dear
Traffic Director"referring to the radio station staffer
who coordinates programming and advertisingthe memo
gives the following order to affiliates:
Please be advised that Hewlett Packard has purchased
schedules with ABC Radio Networks between October 30th
and December 24th, 2006. Please make sure you blackout
this advertiser on your station, as they do not wish it
to air on any Air America affiliate.
The directive then advises ABC Radio Network affiliates
to take note of a list of other sponsors who do not want
their programming to run during Air America programming.
Please see below for a complete list of all advertisers
requesting that NONE of their commercials air within Air
The list, totaling 90 advertisers, includes some of
largest and most well-known corporations advertising in
the U.S.: Wal-Mart, GE, Exxon Mobil, Microsoft, Bank of
America, Fed-Ex, Visa, Allstate, McDonald's, Sony and
Johnson & Johnson. The U.S. Postal Service and the U.S.
Navy are also listed as advertisers who don't want their
commercials to air on Air America.
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