Now that it is available in Austin I find myself listening to Air America on my commutes. NPR isn't on all the time and I rarely hear anything worth listening to on the music stations. What's interesting about Air America is that it's a hybrid between good and evil. On the one hand, it is definitely promoting liberal and often progressive values, which is always a good thing. Another plus is that the format probably attracts a lot of people who otherwise wouldn't care about politics. On the other hand, there are as many ads as your average Clear Channel station and you have to put up with the usual radio "personality" bits. It's just like right-wing hate radio, only they're not lying about the bad things the other side is doing.
I wish there was a station that would combine the overt liberal bias of Air America with a toned-down presentation. I don't need the fancy sound effects, or the producer who occasionally chimes in with playful banter, or the three-minute intro and exit music. A radio equivalent of a political opinion magazine like The Nation would make my day.