Air America, the left-wing talk radio network that tried to compete with the more established right-wing icons of the airwaves, closed down Thursday — a victim of dashed hopes, mangled programming and lofty goals that were never met.
In a statement posted on the network’s web site, Air American said it ceased operations in the afternoon and will file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation.
While the failure was no surprise, the abrupt end did catch some by surprise. One moment, the network was on the air. A few minutes later, it was not.