Talk Radio Hosts Move From Behind Mic to Ballot

In Minnesota, talk radio is moving to the forefront of politics.

Former conservative talk radio host turned state Sen. Dave Thompson is running for governor of Minnesota, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The paper reports

“Thompson, who grew up in greater Minnesota but now lives in suburban Lakeville, built a following as a conservative talk radio show host. Thompson acknowledged the shows could provide opponents campaign fodder, but he said they won’t find a trove of edgy comments.

“I really said the same stuff on talk radio that I say now. There’s a reason for that: I believe it,” Thompson told the newspaper. “I wasn’t a shock guy. I tried to call it like I saw it.”

He isn’t the first talk radio host to move beyond just commenting on politics, as explained in The Right Frequency, an Amazon best seller.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a former U.S. House member, was also a talk radio show host. Conservative talker Martha Zoller, who wrote the forward for The Right Frequency, was a candidate for U.S. Congress in Georgia in 2012. Liberal radio host Al Franken was elected to the U.S. Senate from Minnesota in 2008. In 1977, conservative talk show host Barry Farber was the Conservative Party nominee for Mayor of New York.

The book also talks about other talk radio hosts who strongly consider political campaigns, such as Bob Grant and Dennis Prager.

Click here to order a copy of The Right Frequency.

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