Archive for June 2012

Wisconsin Talk Radio Accused of Not Offering Equal Time in Recall Election

June 4, 2012

The Wisconsin recall election being held Tuesday already have an effect on talk radio, which liberals claim hasn’t been fair to Democrats, Talkers Magazine reports.

The liberal groups claim Clear Channel’s WISN  and Journal Broadcasting’s WTMJ — both in Milwaukee — have not followed the Federal Communication Commission’s rule on equal time for political candidates within 60 days of an election.

Talkers Magazine legal editor Steven J.J. Weisman believes the radio hosts will likely be protected by the “news interview” exemption. But that is not a certainty, he said.

It remains to be seen how big a role talk radio has played in the Wisconsin race and the fate of Gov. Scott Walker. But this wouldn’t be the first recall election that talk radio played a major role in. In 2003, it was state and local conservative talk radio shows that mobilized California residents to sign the recall petition for Gov. Gray Davis. The Right Frequency, to be released in August, gives a detailed account of how talk radio led to Davis’s demise in the Golden State.  The book is available for pre-order now.

 

Legend Neal Boortz Retiring in January — Herman Cain Filling Spot

June 4, 2012

National Radio Hall of Famer Neal Boortz, a legend on the Atlanta airwaves before going national in the late 1990s, announced that he will be retiring in January.

Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and one-time presidential candidate Herman Cain will take his place.

“I’m going to miss everything associated with doing a talk show,” Boortz said on air. “…I am not doing  this because I’m fixing to die. I have absolutely no health problems period.”

This is big, big news in the talk radio business.  Boortz is a legend who was not only inducted into the Hall of Fame, but was inducted at the ceremony by Rush Limbaugh. He and Sean Hannity competed in the same time slot in Atlanta at a time when both were local hosts there.

Boortz’s career is profiled in Chapter 4 of The Right Frequency, available now for pre-order.

Rusty Humphries Talks Dangers of the Fairness Doctrine

June 1, 2012

Rusty Humphries, nationally syndicated talk show host with Talk Radio Network, was a recent guest on “Politichicks” to talk about the dangers of the Fairness Doctrine, Talkers Magazine reported. The program discussed,  “current environment of talk radio as well as why conservative talk radio has become a focus of attack by the mainstream media and liberal politicians.”

The problems created by the Fairness Doctrine and the efforts to end it are talked about in chapters 5 and 6 of The Right Frequency, available now for pre-order at a 30% discount, signed by the author.