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What happened Between Virginia and Mississippi? A Talk Radio Assessment

June 27, 2014

Sen. Thad Cochran beat back challenger Chris McDaniel’s challenge Tuesday.

Thad Cochran

(Cochran.Senate.gov)

McDaniel, a former talk radio host himself, beat Cochran in the original Republican primary, but Cochran won the runoff mostly with Democratic votes in the open primary state.

The Cochran comeback was an upset, as many political observers expected talk radio to propel another Tea Party insurgent to victory as happened in Virginia where economics professor Dave Brat beat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

From one election to the next, the question went from whether talk radio is a kingmaker to whether talk radio matters.

Two talkers Laura Ingraham and Michael Smerconish give their perspectives.

From Politico:

“McDaniel focused on standard tea party issues of balanced budget, Obamacare repeal, ballooning debt…and he won among Republican voters,” Ingraham said in an email. “Had he followed the Brat template—and focused on how Mississippi’s working class has been harmed by the Establishment’s failure to secure the borders, harmed by its addiction to cheap foreign labor, harmed by crony capitalists who game the system for their own benefit—he might have blunted the effect of the Democrat turnout for Cochran.”

On her radio show on Wednesday, Ingraham said there couldn’t always be a victory like Brat’s. “There’s no magic pill you can take,” she said.

CNN and centrist talk radio host Michael Smerconish said he thinks the role of talk radio had less of an impact in the Cochran-McDaniel race because there already was intense media and voter interest ahead of Tuesday’s runoff.

“Where talk thrives as a political force is in that low-interest election where the establishment is caught unaware by the groundswell talk has created in its demographic,” Smerconish said.

To learn more about where talk radio has succeeded and where it hasn’t, read The Right Frequency.

 

Sean Hannity, Mark Levin Talk About Rallying Around a 2016 Candidate Early

June 1, 2014

In 2008 and 2012, the Republican nominated moderate candidates for president in part because conservatives split the vote. This week, top talk radio stars Sean Hannity and Mark Levin talked about how conservatives should get behind a conservative candidate early.

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz (Photo Credit: Cruz.Senate.gov

From Real Clear Politics:

SEAN HANNITY: What about guys like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, you know the more conservative, Mike Lee, and these guys. What about these guys? Are you looking at them for maybe 2016? Is there anybody you’re looking at? Is there anybody that stands out in your mind?

MARK LEVIN: Yeah, those guys are great. What I’ve decided and said on the radio is, look, at some point — and we can’t wait forever — we cannot allow the neo-statist establishment, the Republican dug-in ruling class, to pick off our candidates one by one by one. We’re going to have to get behind one of the solid constitutional conservatives relatively early on, bring our differences together, get behind that candidate, and fight off the people that have brought us loss after loss. Whether it’s Romney, whether it’s McCain, whether it’s Dole, whether it’s Ford. The whole crowd. We need to take back the Republican party and use it to try to save the country, try to establish constitutional conservatism.

To learn more about Hannity and Levin and the impact they’ve had on the conservative movement, read Chapter 9 and Chapter 12 of The Right Frequency.

Limbaugh: Obama Makes U.S. Seem Powerless in Boko Haram Kidnapping

May 11, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the White House weekend address about the more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian school girls by the terrorist Boko Haram.

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh

But this past week, Rush Limbaugh ripped the administration for its failure to do anything meaningful on the matter.

“The most powerful man in the world looks impotent and pathetic and then so does this country when the twitter hashtag becomes the instrument here,” Limbaugh said.

He added, “It’s unbelievable…what message does this send?” he said. “Is the United States really this powerless? And then if you answer yes, we are really this powerless, then isn’t Obama to blame?”

Limbaugh typically is critical of the Obama administration, so much so that the White House once developed a strategy to target Limbaugh as the “leader of the Republican party,” as detailed in The Right Frequency.

For more information about the Limbaugh vs. Obama rivalry, read The Right Frequency.

Top 10 Again! Right Frequency Climbs Amazon List

September 7, 2013

The Right Frequency on Friday hit the #6 spot on Amazon’s History & Criticism category.

The book was also #25 in the overall radio category.

This makes four consecutive months that The Right Frequency has been on an Amazon bestseller list.

Click here to order a copy of The Right Frequency.

 

 

One Year After Release, The Right Frequency a Bestselling Radio Book

September 1, 2013

One year after its release, The Right Frequency stands strong on Amazon.

The Right Frequency, released in August 2012, reached the Top 20 over the past week on Amazon’s Radio History & Criticism category for Kindle books. This book reached the top 10 on Friday, Aug. 30. The Right Frequency also returned to the bestseller list in Amazon’s Radio category.

The Right Frequency paperback edition also returned to the bestseller list for Amazon’s History & Criticism category.

The book, that chronicles the history of talk radio from the days of Walter Winchell through Rush Limbaugh, has been an Amazon bestseller for four consecutive months.

Click here to order a copy of The Right Frequency.

Boston Globe post on National Radio Day

August 20, 2013

The Right Frequency was featured on The Boston Globe’s website in a posting about National Radio Day, Aug. 20.

Of the day, the article said, “[O]ne trend that appears obvious is the shift to talk radio away from music radio due to the demand for music being satisfied by iPods, YouTube and a variety of electronic factors.”

“And when it comes to talk radio, one of the very few experts on the subject, Fred Lucas, author of ‘The Right Frequency,’ a history of the remarkable influence talk radio has had on Conservative politics in the United States, is well aware of the trend.”

“Radio is becoming more widely used than ever before,” Lucas said. “There are more portals through radio, and I mean talk radio, flows today than ever before. When one considers the portable electronic devices in use today, the numbers are staggering. Talk radio influence appears to be never ending.”

Click here to order a copy of The Right Frequency.

Hannity, Limbaugh Cumulus Drama Now Including Savage?

August 18, 2013

It was a roiling week for talk radio as three of the biggest names made news regarding the negotiations with Cumulus.

For weeks, speculation over where the top two hosts in the United States, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity stood with their contract with Cumulus.

Now, according to unconfirmed news reports this week, Limbaugh is sticking with Cumulus, Hannity isn’t and Michael Savage — the antagonistic voice on the air — expects to move into Hannity’s coveted 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. drive time slot.

This is the latest in the chaotic careers of the hosts who are all profiled in The Right Frequency, an Amazon Kindle bestseller for more than three months running.

Politico reported:

Sources familiar with the negotiations confirmed that Cumulus and Hannity were expected to end their affiliation. Meanwhile, the sources told POLITICO that Limbaugh was likely to re-up his affiliation with Cumulus in “virtually” all markets indicating a change in talks since late July, when Cumulus has threatened to drop both hosts.

But Talkers, the talk radio industry bible, reported that Hannity essentially fired Cumulus.

“Hannity is fed up with the Dickey Brothers and the alleged bullying culture of Cumulus Media saying privately, ‘The Dickey Brothers are the single worst operators in the history of radio.'” 

Savage, who has made a career of lambasting his on-air competitors, made a gleeful prediction.

“I predict, right here, right now, that I Michael Savage and the Savage Nation is going to take over The Sean Hannity Show time slot by the end of the year. I am the heir apparent to afternoon drive on the east coast and around America on Cumulus stations, which have the most powerful stations in the radio world.”

Click here to order a copy of The Right Frequency.