Archive for May 2013

‘Powered by the Widening Scandals’

May 26, 2013

One News Page reported on The Right Frequency’s rise to #1 in two separate Amazon categories.

“Standing alone at Number One above such classics as the audio of the award winning Les Miserables, it is at the very pinnacle in the Radio category where it also beats book by and about media celebrities Rush Limbaugh, Larry King and Wendy Williams,” One News Page reports.

“Powered by the widening scandals with Benghazi and the Internal Revenue Service, interest in public commentary has turned attention to The Right Frequency pushing it far beyond such books as former President Bill Clinton’s Back to Work to the Number One spot the Public Affairs category,” the website said.

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Townhall: Talk Radio, Immigration Reform and Running America

May 26, 2013

Townhall.com ran a recent excerpt of The Right Frequency, regarding how hosts impacted the immigration reform debate.

“The Senate Judiciary Committee sent a version of a comprehensive immigration reform to the full Senate on Tuesday,” Townhall said. “In 2007, talk radio was credit/blamed for helping to defeat similar legislation. The following is an excerpt from The Right Frequency: The Story of the Talk Radio Giants Who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment.

Click here to read the excerpt in Townhall.

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GOP Historian: The Right Frequency ‘An Excellent Book’

May 26, 2013

Republican party historian Michael Zak recently hailed The Right Frequency as “an excellent book,” on his website, Grand Old Partisan.

“From pioneers such as Walter Winchell to Rush Limbaugh and beyond — they’re all RIGHT here,” Zak writes.

Zak, is the author of Back to Basics for the Republican Party, that chronicles the GOP’s heritage of free people and free markets from President Lincoln through President Reagan and beyond.

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IRS Targeted Talk Radio Enemies

May 23, 2013

A politicized IRS is nothing new, as explained in this Wall Street Journal piece. The Journal article makes mention of President Franklin Roosevelt’s issues with Father Charles Coughlin, the radio priest.

“Roosevelt also dropped the IRS hammer on political rivals such as the populist firebrand Huey Long and radio agitator Father Coughlin, and prominent Republicans such as former Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon,” the Journal article says.

The Right Frequency, available on Amazon now for a special deal through Memorial Day, provides a detailed account of the love-hate relationship between FDR and Coughlin. Coughlin was a super political radio priest with 40 million listeners who idolized Roosevelt, even  spoke at the 1932 Democratic National Convention, before viciously turning on the president when he felt the New Deal didn’t go far enough.

The book also explains how the IRS hunted down another popular talk radio voice in the Rev. Billy James Hargis, a controversial conservative figure.

“The IRS alleged his tax-exempt church, which went from revenue of $63,000 in 1957 to about $1 million in the early 1960s, was involved in political activities. Christian Crusade lost its tax exempt status in 1964,” The Right Frequency said. “Hargis said he was being ‘persecuted’ and that ‘This action doesn’t affect our corporation, only the contributors to our cause. And even so, our average contribution is $4. Now what would tax-exempt status mean to these 250,000 people? They are not big-money.’”

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Tea Party Movement Pushed by Talk Radio

May 23, 2013

Americans have learned the Internal Revenue Service has targeted tea party groups and other conservative organizations. The Tea Party movement, that helped sweep many constitutional conservatives into office was heavily driven by talk radio, as described in this excerpt from The Right Frequency: The Story of the Talk Radio Giants Who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment, available for a special deal on Amazon through Memorial Day.

Townhall.com recently posted an excerpt from The Right Frequency on how talk radio helped boost the tea party movement.

“… During the Obama years, talk radio played a vital role in the formation of the Tea Party movement. They railed against a Democratic health care bill that eventually passed. They also were leading advocates for Republicans during the 2010 elections, which led to a new majority in the House. …”

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Talk Radio Scandal Coverage Past and Present

May 18, 2013

This week President Barack Obama’s administration was hit with three scandals — new revelations on Benghazi, the IRS targeting of conservative groups and the seizure of the Associated Press phone records.

Townahll.com recently ran an excerpt of The Right Frequency, available now for a special offer until Memorial Day, looking at how talk radio handled Clinton scandals in the 1990s.

President Bill Clinton, perhaps forgetting he had the most powerful platform in the world, became irate during one radio interview with KMOX in St. Louis in May 1994.

The piece is headlined, “Talk Radio and Another Scandalous Democratic President.

“I have determined that I’m going to be aggressive about it. After I get off the radio today with you, Rush Limbaugh will have three hours to say whatever he wants and I won’t have any opportunity to respond, and there is no truth detector. You won’t get on afterward and say what was true and what wasn’t,” Clinton said.

Clinton’s remark launched one of Rush’s enduring catchphrases. After the interview, Limbaugh said, “I am the truth detector.” Limbaugh has since referred to himself as “America’s Truth Detector,” among his many informal titles.

Clinton, and all the baggage he brought with him from Arkansas, was a true gift to talk radio. Whitewater, Filegate, Travelgate, Chinagate, Monicagate and various other matters would plague the Clinton presidency for eight years.”

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Talkers Magazine Reports on The Right Frequency’s Ascent to Dual #1 Ranking on Amazon

May 18, 2013

Talkers Magazine, the bible of the talk radio and news talk industry, reported on The Right Frequency hitting #1 on two Amazon Best Seller Lists.

For the week of May 14 through May 17, The Right Frequency was firmly in the #1 position in the Radio category. On Friday, it hit #1 in Public Affairs & Administration category.

Talkers magazine reports: “Fred Lucas’ book about talk radio, The Right Frequency (History Publishing 2012) is soaring high on two of Amazon’s Kindle best-seller lists. The book is #1 in the Public Affairs category as well as #1 on the digital texts chart [Radio]…”