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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


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.



TRN’s Battle Over Ingraham, Savage Continues

June 29, 2013

Talk Radio Network is continuing its legal fight over the loss of their two biggest starts continues.

Laura Ingraham and Michael Savage after years of wrangling with TRN, bolted the netowrk for Dial Global and Courtside Entertainment, respectively. The often contentious relationship the two hosts had with TRN is talked about in The Right Frequency.

An article in Talkers magazine says the following.

“In the original suit TRN filed against numerous radio syndication and ads sales organizations alleging antitrust violations Courtside Entertainment was a defendant but a California judge removed Courtside from that complaint ruling it was not connected to the antitrust allegation.  Now, TRN files a complaint in United States District Court District of Oregon Portland Division against Courtside and Dial Global alleging tortious interference with both TRN’s contract with Michael Savage and Laura Ingraham.  The suit seeks unspecified damages plus legal fees other and further relief.”

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Rubio, Ryan Try to Salvage Immigration Reform on Talk Radio

June 22, 2013

Over the past week, Republican politicians fanned out across conservative talk radio shows seeking to sell the immigration reform package in the Senate, who in 2007 helped “sound the amnesty alarm,” to kill the immigration bill, as explained in Chapter 9 of The Right Frequency.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., were the leading figures this week defending the bill.

Rubio told host Bill Bennett, “My goal here is not politics. I don’t believe that this is the salvation or the doom of the Republican Party. This is an issue that confronts our country, and it has to be solved because it’s bad for America. That’s why I’m involved in the issue.”

Rubio, a likely GOP presidential candidate in 2016, continued, “Now you mention legalization, I think there’s confusion. Permanent residency in the United States, a green card, that’s what permanent residency is. In this bill, that does not happen until there is an E-Verify system that is fully implemented, until there is an entry-exit system that is fully implemented, and until there is a border security plan that is fully implemented.”

Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, hit both the Mark Levin and the Laura Ingraham programs this week to attempt to persuade the conservative listeners of both shows to back the bill. He did very little to win either host over.

“Not now but in the future we’re gonna have labor shortages,” Ryan told Ingraham. “Immigration in a decade or so can help us. That means we need to get an immigration system that works.”

Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh told listeners there is a reason for the border enforcement amendments that appear likely to be accepted, even after the supporters of the bill previously rejected such language.

“There’s a reason all these amendments are being offered,” Limbaugh said. “They don’t have the votes yet.  They are trying to sweep up votes.  They are Hoovering votes. They are coming up with amendments to get Republicans that are on the fence.  But there are some Democrats that have to run for reelection 2014, and they know what their constituents are thinking about this.  So it’s hard every day.”

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Laura Ingraham: First Lady of Conservative Radio

December 1, 2012

This week Laura Ingraham and her distributor, Talk Radio Network, parted ways, leaving Ingraham off the radio airwaves. That’s only a matter of time, as Ingraham is the highest rated female host and one of the overall biggest talkers. Below is an excerpt profiling Ingraham’s career from The Right Frequency. Click here to order a copy of The Right Frequency.

The most listened to woman on talk radio scoffs at the idea of simply doing politics, frequently talking about entertainment, the culture and “pornification” of America, her dog, her adopted children and family in general. Of course all of these things have some connection to politics, or at least to conservative philosophy. She also has one of the funniest programs on air, plays pop music leading into commercial breaks, goes off on irreverent chats with her staff in the studio, making fun of them, and they her. She is heard on more than 350 stations nationwide with 5.5 million listeners per week. She interviews occasional celebrities as well as politicians, and carries segments such as “Lie of the Day.”

“I would shrivel up and die if my show was entirely focused on politics,” she said in 2003 after the publication of her second book “Shut Up and Sing” an indictment of the entertainment industry. “I think you win hearts and minds with facts, passion and humor. And you win young minds by knowing the culture, not just by trashing it. I’m a huge [Bruce] Springsteen, Coldplay and Ryan Adams fan … and they are all hopelessly left-wing. Hence the title, ‘Shut Up and Sing.’”

She led a successful on-air campaign in 2007 that prompted Verizon, the telecom giant, to drop its sponsorship of rap artist Akon, over his obscene on-stage performances. She also lets the pop culture have it, suc critiquing the absurdity on display at the MTV Video Music Awards.

“You have this spectacle of narcissism, materialism, lack of talent and sheer stupidity all coalescing on one stage in one hideous Las Vegas venue and not one of these freak shows mentioned the military.”

Ingraham said. “None of these talentless bubble brains mentioned the sacrifice of these men and women or referenced 9/11. You contrast the image of Britney [Spears] with the lieutenant from Newark with 80 pounds on his back with 120 degree heat walking the desert and that tells you how much we are disconnected from that notion of sacrificial consequences.”

The notoriety has launched her to the top of The New York Times best-seller list numerous times. Her earliest book was in 2000, “The Hillary Trap.” That was followed by “Shut Up & Sing,”; “Power to the People,” a mixture of a call to grassroots action, memoir and commentary; “The Obama Diaries,” a spoof of what Obama would say from Ingraham’s perspective in his diary. Most recently she wrote, “Of Thee I Zing: America’s Cultural Decline form Muffin Tops to Body Shots.”

A native of Glastonbury, Connecticut, Ingraham attended Dartmouth College, where she became editor of the Dartmouth Review, the campus’s conservative newspaper, and interviewed notables such as Education Secretary William Bennett, conservative commentator Pat Buchanan and American Spectator publisher R. Emmett Tyrell.

“The Review took over my life,” Ingraham said. “Here you had all these ‘60s liberals—who used to be storming administration buildings themselves—in power at Dartmouth, and they didn’t know what to do with this conservative independent paper. I was sued a couple of times for libel by professors. We ended up on ’60 Minutes.’ It was a real catalyst for political involvement—and made doing ‘Crossfire’ look like nothing.”

From there, she went to Washington to work for the Department of Education, the Department of Transportation and as a speechwriter for the White House in the last days of the Reagan administration. From there, she headed to the University of Virginia School of Law.

She returned to Washington to clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. Then, she went to work for the Washington firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom working with Bob Bennett, President Clinton’s attorney in the Paula Jones suit and brother of Bill Bennett, where she stayed from 1993 through 1996.

See the complete biographical profile of Ingraham in The Right Frequency.


The American Specator: The Right Frequency ‘Is The Book That Explains the History of Talk Radio’

October 6, 2012

The American Spectator, one of the nation’s most prestigious conservative political magazines, recently included The Right Frequency: The Story of the Talk Radio Giants Who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment among the books conservatives should read to understand the election and understand conservatism.

“So your burst of sanity from the media world comes from listening to Rush or Sean or Mark or Laura or Glenn or a whole host of others?” The American Spectator’s Jeffrey Lord writes.  This is the book that explains the history of talk radio (it goes back further than you think) and explains how it got to be the lifeline to so many millions of Americans. If you’re interested in the personalities, the history and the impact of talk radio, Fred Lucas has the story.”

The Right Frequency, released this fall, was included on a reading list among some of the important books, written by some of the most important books by some of the most conservative authors such as Mark Levin and David Limbaugh.

Lord writes, “here’s a list of books relevant to understanding the conservative side of this election. From understanding why there are 23 million unemployed to realizing why U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was murdered yesterday, there is something here that helps explain the conservative case — and why the left always gets the same terrible results.”

Click here to order The Right Frequency.

Talk Radio Talks Up Chicken and Political Action

October 6, 2012

When conservative radio personalities started playing a big role in the culture wars this week, they helped to mobilize long lines throughout the country at Chick-fil-A locations.

The voices of Limbaugh, Ingraham, Gallagher, Lavin and Huckabee among others filled the airwaves. Fred Lucas, author of “The Right Frequency,” the story of the talk radio giants who shook up the political and media establishment, knows the story behind the story and explains that “this is a common role for the medium that knows how to awaken the public’s passions.”

The most listened-to conservative talk radio personality, Rush Limbaugh, awakened his listeners’ passion on his August 1st broadcast putting his thoughts into historical perspective. “So on August 1st, the Chick-fil-A revolution supporting the right to voice your religious beliefs, and August 1st, also the beginning of Obamacare mandating that religious institutions violate their religious beliefs by providing birth control and drugs that facilitate abortion against their religious beliefs…August 1st he said adding, “What a profound day in history.”
“It could well be an important day in American history, perhaps in the development or the redirection of the American culture.” Lucas says. “Conservative talk radio thrives on controversy particularly when the conservative perception is that traditional values are seriously threatened and in this election year it could be the Chick-fil-A catalyst that mobilizes the citizens of Main Street to march quickstep to the polls in November. And it will be the voices of talk radio joining them in that march every step of the way.”

In his forthcoming book “The Right Frequency: The Story of the Talk Radio Giants Who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment,” Lucas, a White House correspondent in his day job, peers behind the curtain of media operations and shows what happened to give birth to the conservative political phenomenon that is talk radio and how it is used today as a powerful political tool. “It would behoove those who oppose the conservative tradition to understand the dynamics of talk radio, Lucas says. ” It is, by its nature, a sleeping giant and is always waiting to be awakened. It appears to have just opened its eyes and is starting to stand up. It thrives on opposition.”

The Right Frequency: The Story of the Talk Radio Giants who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment by Fred V. Lucas, History Publishing Company, will be published in both hard cover, soft cover and E-Book, on August 7, 2012. It will be available in bookstores nationally.

Click here to order a copy of The Right Frequency.