Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Al Franken tones down radio show's name

Al Franken's radio show, the O'Franken Factor, is changing its name to The Al Franken Show.

The new, more typical, show name was chosen over candidates such as "The O'Limbaugh Factor" and "The O'President Bush Factor," Franken said.

Franken's daily three-hour show on the liberal talk radio network Air America Radio was dubbed The O'Franken Factor in a jab at Fox News host Bill O'Reilly.

The 53-year-old comedian said he's changing the name because "no matter how hard we tried, conservative entertainer Bill O'Reilly wouldn't sue us."

O'Reilly had no comment.

Last year, a judge threw out Fox's request to ban Franken from using the slogan "Fair and Balanced" on the cover of his book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. The ruling turned into a bonanza of publicity for Franken.

Air America Radio is betting that a menu of left-leaning political commentary, current affairs talk and satire will resonate with those opposed to the Bush administration.

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