Morning Sedition

Morning Sedition was a three-hour radio program that premiered April 1, 2004 and ran until December 16, 2005, in the United States. It was hosted by comedian Marc Maron and New York radio veteran Mark Riley.[1] Prior to June 2004, the show was also hosted by radio and television journalist Sue Ellicott.[2] The show combined live interview, call-in and commentary with a liberal slant. The name is a parody of the popular NPR program Morning Edition.[3]

The show aired from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM Eastern Time from Monday to Friday, with a "Best of Morning Sedition" on Saturdays from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM Eastern Time on Air America Radio.[4] It was available via Internet streaming through Windows Media Player or the RealPlayer. The show was also available in MP3 podcast format for use with iTunes and the iPod.

Co-hosts Marc Maron and Mark Riley (AKA Marc and Mark), mixed a fast paced dialogue with discussion and interviews.[3] With Mark Riley playing straight man to Marc Maron, serious political issues were framed by comedy.

Rachel Maddow and Wayne Gilman split news reader chairs at the top of the hour. The show was produced by current Doing Time with Ron Kuby producer Dan Pashman.

Recurring sketches

Morning Sedition featured daily comedic skits by former Daily Show writers.


On Monday, November 28, 2005, Marc Maron announced that Morning Sedition would last air on December 16, at which point Mark Riley would host a new morning show of his own.[5]

Morning Sedition was replaced with a four-hour program, Air America Mornings, with Riley hosting the first two hours (5-7 AM) and Maddow hosting the second two hours (7-9 AM), in an effort to bolster Air America's ratings for its morning programming.[6] Maron had a new show, The Marc Maron Show, that debuted February 28, 2006. The show was broadcast from Burbank, California, on KTLK, Progressive Talk 1150 AM. Its time slot was 10:00 - 12:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time, and the show included several sketches that had previously appeared on Morning Sedition.

There was a great outpouring from Morning Sedition fans, including thousands of e-mails to Goldberg, other AAR hosts, and AAR board members. Additionally, over 6,300 fans signed an online petition calling for the renewal of Maron's contract and the Morning Sedition program.


  1. Zaino, Nick A. (2004-12-10). "He's Always Up For More Conversation". Boston Globe.
  2. Shaw, David (2004-04-18). "All-left radio is lacking the right stuff for success". Los Angeles Times. p. E17.
  3. 1 2 Haberman, Clyde (2004-04-01). "Left? Right? At This Hour, Who Can Tell?". The New York Times.
  4. Beckerman, Jim (2004-03-28). "Franken and Friends Get a New Launch Pad for Liberalism". The Record (Hackensack, New Jersey).
  5. Philips, Matthew (2006-12-17). "Dead Air?". Newsweek.
  6. Edel, Ramond A. (2005-12-16). "'Mike & Mike' land on ESPN2". The Record (Bergen County, NJ).

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