More Troubles At Air America

A new development for Air America, the nation’s liberal radio programming. The CEO of the fledgling company is stepping down to a smaller role in the company. In his place, Beloit College grad David Goodfriend, currently legal counsel for the network, will become interim CEO, according to fellow Beloit College graduate Evan Montvel-Cohen.

The other big shake-up is the departure of the programming director, Dave Logan, a long time radio professional. His duties will be assumed by the network’s morning show host, Liz Winstead. I like what San Francisco DJ Rick Stuart has to say about this affair: “Doesn’t seem like a good move and might be another sign of money problems dumping Logan and not replacing his salary. Clearly there was a rift with Walsh and Logan and other staffers. Do you think high paid comics take to programming direction well? Me neither.”

Stuart also posts an article taken from the Chicago Tribune about the changes at the network, and focuses in on Evan Montvel-Cohen:

With Walsh’s departure, Cohen has become the liberal network’s key spokesman and public advocate. He has an unlikely past for the role: He began his career as a Republican operative in his native Guam, serving as spokesman for Guam’s Republican Party and as chief of staff for Sen. Tommy Tanaka, a pro-life Republican legislator.

Tanaka pleaded guilty to corruption charges last year.

‘I am a progressive,’ said Cohen, adding that Guam’s political climate is quite different from the mainland’s. ‘Republicans in Guam are to the left of [late Democratic Senator] Paul Wellstone,’ he said.