Two top Air America execs ankle

Insiders confirm Walsh was never intended to stay

Politically progressive Air America Radio suffered more setbacks this week, with CEO Mark Walsh and programming chief Dave Logan both stepping down.

Insiders have confirmed that Walsh, a longtime Democratic Party operative who co-founded the country’s first liberal radio net, never intended to stay in the top post past the initial launch period.

Walsh will remain at Air America in a senior advisory role. Radio net got under way last month.

Air America Radio general counsel David Goodfriend will take over in an acting position for Walsh. No replacement was named for Logan, temporary or otherwise.

The circumstances surrounding the abrupt departure of Logan, who served in the role of VP of operations and programming, were murkier and came after the net was bumped from stations in Los Angeles and Chicago because of a financial dispute.

Owner of the two stations said it took Air America off the air after the net bounced a $1 million check.

A spokesman for Air America said Wednesday the net expects to announce new station leasing deals for both L.A. and Chicago later this week.

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