Posted tagged ‘H.V. Kaltenborn’

‘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.”

World War II and Radio’s ‘Dean of Commentators’

June 9, 2013

(Americans marked the anniversary this past week of the invasion of Normandy. One of the leading advocates in the early days of the war for U.S. intervention was H.V. Kalenborn, one of the earliest talk icons. Below is an excerpt from The Right Frequency, an Amazon Best Seller, about Kaltenborn’s commentary and reporting on World War II.)

H.V. Kaltenborn had a progressive streak. Though it was not necessarily clear cut, as such labels have a different meaning today than in the 1920s. He was not aligned with the Democrats or Republicans. He was critical of organized labor, but was smitten with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. One might also call him hawkish on military intervention— as he wanted to enter World War II well before Pearl Harbor. But the Republican party of that day was largely defined by a strong isolationism.

Almost half of American homes tuned into his broadcast in September 1939 as Kaltenborn reported the outbreak of World War II, or the conflict that most Americans insisted was a European matter.

Kaltenborn was not most Americans, and in 1940 began demanding the officially neutral United States enter the war to aid Great Britain. CBS news chief Ed Klauber was not happy with this line of commentary, and the two clashed. Klauber asked him to make the commentary less personal. Instead of saying “I think,” say, “there are those who believe,” or “some experts say.” It seemed like a reasonable compromise to Klauber. Kaltenborn found it unacceptable and just went to NBC, a station all too happy to take the competitor’s big star.59 His NBC commentaries in 1941 were almost exclusively about the need for American interventionism, and even warned of an aggressive action by the Japanese before Pearl Harbor.

After America entered the war in response to Pearl Harbor, the then-63-year-old Kaltenborn took a microphone to broadcast from the battlefields in Europe, and interviewed soldiers and politicians.

After the war ended, he was recognized with the 1945 DuPont Radio Award, and then with nine other awards the following year.

After the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki ending the war, the great World War II correspondent warned, “For all we know, we have created a Frankenstein! We must assume that with the passage of only a little time, an improved form of the new weapon we use today can be turned against us.”

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Book on Talkers Political Legacy Hits an Amazon Bestseller List

February 21, 2013

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It has been sandwiched between books on Paul Harvey. It has been ahead of a biography of Rush Limbaugh and a book by Larry King on the on Amazon’s Best Seller List for Radio History and Criticism.

The Right Frequency: The Story of the Talk Radio Giants who Shook up the Political and Media Establishment hit the list again this week, reaching the top 20 at one point.

The Right Frequency goes beyond a single radio personality, but spans a history of radio commentators from the days of H.V. Kaltenborn and Walter Winchell, into the era of Joe Pyne and Bob Grant to the modern day of Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck. Readers learn how voices on the air shaped public opinion on matters going back to the New Deal, McCarthyism, the Clinton impeachment, the war in Iraq and current partisan warfare in Washington.

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Lynn Woolley Show Talks About The Right Frequency’s Story of Radio from H.V. Kaltenborn to Rush Limbaugh

February 16, 2013

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The Lynn Woolley Show, which is broadcast across Texas featured The Right Frequency author Fred V. Lucas on the program Friday.

They talked about well known radio legends in the current era such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity of today.

Further, they discussed radio icons of a previous era such as H.V. Kaltenborn and Walter Winchell.

Woolley, who co-authored a book on the Fairness Doctrine, talked about the FCC rule with Lucas. The Right Frequency details how President Lyndon Johnson used the ‘Challenge and Harass” strategy against conservatives on the radio to silence critics. The Right Frequency also features an interview with President Ronald Reagan’s FCC Chairman Mark Fowler, who dismantled the Fairness Doctrine in the 1980s.

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Review from the Left: The Right Frequency Does an Excellent Job Describing History and Impact of Fairness Doctrine

February 3, 2013

The left-leaning website Prairie Fire had nice things to say about The Right Frequency in a review from the left of a book about conservative talk radio.

The influence on the political landscape of Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and their long line of conservative predecessors is the subject of Lucas s book, which explores the history of talk radio in America. … Lucas leans heavily right in his assessment of commentators throughout radio history whose names H.V. Kaltenborn, Walter Winchell, Father Charles Coughlin, Fulton Lewis, Jr. Billy Hames Hargis, Joe Pyne, Bob Grant — may or may not ring a bell. … Lucas does an excellent job of describing the history and impact of the so-called Fairness Doctrine adopted as part of the 1934 Communications Act; but it was never really a law” but a rule adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

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Radio World: The Right Frequency Explains How ‘Conservative Politics Found a Home and Moved In’

October 6, 2012


Radio World, a magazine that covers the radio industry, reported on The Right Frequency, a book that chronicles the rise of talk radio as a political force.

The article explains The Right Frequency begins with “Walter Winchell and H.V. Kaltenborn but no doubt that the emphasis of the book will be on the modern era, beginning with Bob Grant and Rush Limbaugh. After that the roster of conservative talk radio hosts, local and nationally syndicated, lengthens almost exponentially. The book makes use of interviews and shows how ‘conservative politics found a home and moved in.’”

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Radio World on Right Frequecy: ‘This is for you’

October 6, 2012

Radio World, a magazine covering the radio industry, featured The Right Frequency among its suggested winter reads.

“The book is a light breezy read, no heavy lifting here; but if you are interested in how Rush Limbaugh ‘saved the AM dial’ and about radio talkers who came before and after him — Kaltenborn, Couglin, Hargis, Grant, Dobson, Boortz, Liddy, Reagan, Hannity, Bennett, Beck — this is for you,” said Radio World.

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