Archive for the ‘Local Talk’ category

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.

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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.”

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‘Radio Has the Best Pictures’

August 18, 2013

A post on One News Page discussed the upcoming National Radio Day and The Right Frequency.

“Radio communication was around since the 1800s in some form, but became a commercial force in the 1920s, when commentators such as H.V. Kaltenborn ruled the airwaves. The story of these early radio voices through the current talkers such as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck is told in “The Right Frequency: The Story of the Talk Radio Giants Who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment” by Fred Lucas (History Publishing Co.),” the post says. 
It continues, “National Public Radio enthusiastically declared in 2011, ‘That’s right – one day is set aside to celebrate radio. At NPR, we honor it every day, but we’re happy to have an excuse to pay it extra special attention.’ Seeking to answer the question, “Why would anyone want to celebrate radio in this digital age?” NPR asserted three points: 1.) “Radio is one of the nation’s most accessible forms of media.” 2.) In times of crisis, radio can be the only source for emergency information, and 3.) Quoting NPR correspondent Susan Stamberg, “Radio has the best pictures.”
The Right Frequency explains how radio talkers spanning two centuries from Walter Winchell, Bob Grant and Sean Hannity have painted the clearest pictures, rarely leaving ambiguity on the hot political and social issues of the day.”

Radio Surived and Thrives Through Media Revolutions

August 18, 2013

Silobreaker, a publication on technology, carried a recent posting on The Right Frequency.

The article said, “The book explains how radio not only survived but thrived despite various media revolutions over the past 90s years. It also details milestones in the radio era such as the Payola Scandal of the early 1960s and the end of the FCC’s Fairness Doctrine in the late 1980s, both of which contributed in its own way to the proliferation of talk radio.”

The piece was posted just days before National Radio Day on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

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Talk Radio Hosts Move From Behind Mic to Ballot

June 29, 2013

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.

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Poll: Radio News Reporting Increases 8.8 Percent

June 23, 2013

The RTDNA/Hofstra University poll of ratio stations was released last wee that showed a slight up tick in the number of radio stations reporting local news, Talkers magazine reported.

This is considered a near record. (Click here for poll results.)

The article quotes Hofstra professor emeritus Bob Papper saying, “As I do each year, I would urge caution on those numbers.  The numbers are based on stations that return the survey, and since it’s a news survey, stations that run news could well be more likely to return the surveys than stations that do not.  It’s possible those percentages are too high.”

The overall percentage is up a surprising 8.8% from last year, with AM stations up 9.8 points and FM stations up 4 points, according to the survey, as 77.7% of radio stations run local news — 78.8% of AM stations and 77.2% of FM stations. ”

The A.M. dial become more of a domain for the news talk format, as reported in The Right Frequency, at about the time of the rise of Rush Limbaugh when he saved A.M. from extinction during the early 1990s. Today, with consumers increasingly turning to devices such as iPods for music, the FM dial is moving to the news talk format.

“The percentage of stations reporting an increase in news fell from 30.1% last year to 22% this time around.  The percentage reporting a drop edged up from 4.9% to 6.7%,” Papper said. “Non-commercial stations were a little more likely to increase the amount of news; so were stations in the biggest markets.”

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