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O’Reilly vs. Limbaugh – What About the Facts?

June 21, 2014

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly took a swipe at Rush Limbaugh this week, actually comparing him to Al Franken – a former leftwing talk radio host now serving in the Senate.

Bill O'Reilly and Rep. Sam Johnson (

Bill O’Reilly and Rep. Sam Johnson (

Speaking at an event in New York, O’Reilly said:

“I’m not Rush Limbaugh or Al Franken, where everything has to fit into my worldview… I’m a fact-based guy. A lot of people don’t understand that.”

O’Reilly and Limbaugh have had a bit of a rivalry for a while. As The Right Frequency explains, O’Reilly – the king of cable news – tried to take on Limbaugh head to head in a Noon to 3 p.m. talk radio program. It didn’t work out so well.

To learn more about the feud with O’Reilly and Limbaugh, Sean Hannity vs. Michael Savage and other talk radio rivalries, read 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.”

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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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Joe Pyne: ‘Father of In Your Face Talk’

May 11, 2013

(The following is an excerpt from The Right Frequency.)

Joe Pyne made his mark in TV, but got his start in radio and had a definite influence on modern talk radio and talk TV. He was among the first talk show hosts on radio or TV to insult guests, and was entertaining aside from that.
“The first real game changer was Joe Pyne,” said Farber. “He was a real rough neck; a rude, crude, opinionated and he wasn’t as
smooth as Rush and wasn’t as brilliant as Rush. He was a former Marine. He had lost a leg. He was very good, and he was a game changer.”
Talkers Magazine called him the “father of in your face talk television.”
Before that, he built up quite a reputation on radio. “He was an early conservative groundbreaker,” Talkers editor Michael Harrison said of Pyne.

Pyne said he originated talk radio in the 1940s, and said his TV and radio shows would be about serious material. “I don’t interview
movie stars on their last picture,” he once said.

The Chester, Pennsylvania native enlisted in the Marines to light in World War II, where he lost his left leg. He became known for having a wooden leg, a characteristic that some fans of the show doubted, because they thought it could be part of his eccentric act, but it was true.245
He began his radio career at WCAM in Camden, New Jersey then moved into a local TV show on a Wilmington, Delaware station.
Pyne was on the right, but had a sense of equal justice when broadcasting in a segregated city. The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware reported that in the 1950s Pyne did his WILM broadcast from the English Grill restaurant in Wilmington. One of the guests he was to have on the show was black, and was denied service at the restaurant. “Pyne, who was setting up for his program, observed the goings-on and began packing up his broadcasting equipment to leave. He said he would do the show from the WILM studio rather than watch the injustice of Morris being refused service,” the newspaper said. “The English Grill manager backed off, obviously so he wouldn’t lose the publicity his business got through the Pyne show.”

Pyne headed west to Los Angeles for a spot on KABC in Los Angeles. On KABC Pyne railed against communists, the women’s movement
and President John F. Kennedy. The station even took him off the air temporarily on November 22, 1963, fearing he would say something inappropriate after the assassination.

He would generally say to callers, “It’s your nickel,” and referred to liberals as “meathead” long before anyone ever heard of the fictional Archie Bunker character.249 Some of Pyne’s favorite lines involved telling callers or guests whom he disagree to “gargle razor blades” or “take your false teeth out, put them in backward and bite yourself in the neck.”250 He would also say, upon becoming exasperated with a guest, “I could make a monkey out of you but why should I take the credit?”251 He told one caller, “Look lady, every time you open your mouth to speak, nothing but garbage falls out. Get off theline, you creep.”

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Mark Levin: Chief Justice of the Airwaves

May 11, 2013

(The following is an excerpt from The Right Frequency.)

Perhaps no other radio host can speak words that inform, enlighten, crystallize thinking and still be entertaining the way Mark Levin does. While critics have described the program as “anger theater,” it is more passion than anger. Levin goes through rants, and throw out terms like “New York Slimes” referring to The New York Times and “Hillary Rotten Clinton,” referring to the former first lady and secretary of state, and telling know-nothing callers, “get off the phone you big dope.” But he also delivers monologues that are quite professorial.
Levin can be most accurately described as a very passionate conservative with a great sense of humor and even greater intellect. His show with 8.5 million listeners became prominent during the Bush years, the program and Levin became a true political force during the Obama administration thanks largely to Levin’s book “Liberty and Tyranny,” that became a cultural phenomenon and proved that ideas matter. Levin was not a trained broadcaster, or aspiring media star from the beginning. Rather, he was a whiz kid who leaped into the Reagan movement in 1976 and stayed on board through the revolution in the 1980s.

Levin skipped his senior year of high school to go to Temple University, where at the age of 19 graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. Shortly thereafter, he was elected to the local school board, making him the youngest school board member in the state of Pennsylvania at the time. He graduated from Temple Law School at 22, and then became active in politics.

He was a foot soldier for Reagan’s effort at the state level in Pennsylvania to rest to the Republican nomination away from incumbent President Gerald Ford in 1976, a losing battle that still saw Reagan come extraordinarily close.

He was then part of the Reagan revolution in 1980, when Reagan won the nomination and trounced Jimmy Carter to become president
Levin was deputy assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, and Deputy Solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior before he moved up to the Associate Director of Presidential Personnel and eventually became the Chief of Staff to Attorney General Edwin Meese.

After his career in government, Levin went into private practice and later became the president of the non-profit Landmark Legal Foundation, based in Leesburg, Virginia, where he lives and broadcasts his radio show from. As president of Landmark Legal, he became an enemy of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, over their questionable funding of political campaigns. He also brought legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service and other federal agencies regarding federal grants. While many public interest non-profits tend to be press release factories, Landmark Legal was never a publicity hound, working quietly and taking press calls as
they came, but hardly ever calling a press conference.

“Landmark Legal Foundation is a great passion of mine because it is a relatively small legal group which has done truly amazing things both before I came here and now that I am here,” Levin said.

“And we have enormous challenges. Our opponents are much more heavily funded and more numerous.”
A fan of talk radio for 30 years, he became a frequent legal analyst, penning op-eds for National Review and other publications, and appearing as a guest on the Rush Limbaugh radio show.

Limbaugh gave him the name “F. Lee Levin,” jokingly after the famous defense attorney F. Lee Bailey. In 2001, the American Conservative Union honored him with the Ronald Reagan Award.

After Hannity reached national syndication, Levin became a frequent guest and occasional guest host. Hannity gave him the name “The Great One,” a phrase callers to the show continue to use.

Levin took to radio well enough that in 2002, WABC gave him a Sunday afternoon program.

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Three of Nation’s Top 20 Talk Radio Hosts Applaud The Right Frequency

March 14, 2013

Talkers, the definitive magazine covering the talk radio industry released its annual “Heavy Hundred” list of the most important hosts in the country, many are profiled in The Right Frequency: The Story of the Talk Radio Giants Who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment by Fred V. Lucas (History Publishing Co.).

Several of these top flight talkers were interviewed for the book, while three of the top 20 hosts in the country endorsed The Right Frequency.

Book Cover

Mark Levin, nationally syndicated conservative radio host with Cumulus Media Network ranked #7 on the Talkers list and said: “Fred Lucas not only delineates the roots of talk radio as a venue for communicating conservative political thought in the 1930s and 40s, he explains how it has become, in the 21st century, the life force for the conservative movement and the voice for conservative ideals on the current political landscape. Anyone who loves talk radio will love this book.”

Mike Gallagher, a nationally syndicated conservative host on the Salem Radio Network, ranked #15 on the Talkers list said: ‘The Right Frequency’ is an insightful, thorough, exciting chronicle of the talk radio story. This is destined to be a classic as it perfectly captures the nature of talk radio in a way no book I’ve ever read ever has.”

Alan Colmes, a nationally syndicated liberal host on Fox News Radio, ranked # 16 on the Talkers list, said during an interview with Lucas: “I enjoyed it because I’m in the business and I think you did a really good job in writing about the business including, I notice I’m in there a little bit.”

The Right Frequency by Fred V. Lucas explains how talk radio has impacted American politics. Virtually all of the top political hosts on this list are featured in the book, including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Michael Savage. But the book goes back to radio’s earliest days in the 1920s.

“So many of these stars on the Talker’s Heavy Hundred list have played an amazing role in shaping public opinion and moving public policy,” Lucas said. “Not surprisingly, Rush Limbaugh topped the Talkers list again, as he has ruled radio for more than two decades. Most of today’s leading talk radio figures stand on his shoulders. But, as this book explains, Rush stands on the shoulders of titans of talk before him such as Barry Farber, Bob Grant and Joe Pyne.”

Talk Radio ‘Did Not Sway Voters’ Against Obama, says Global Free Press

February 9, 2013

The Global Free Press recently published a piece about The Right Frequency, observing some of the statistics regarding how effective talk radio is in swaying the public.

The Global Free Press article said:

What has me wondering about their influence, however, is the latest election in which Obama gained a sufficient margin to defeat Mitt Romney despite what is arguably the worst economy since the Great Depression, the passage of Obamacare over the protests of millions of Americans, and similar issues that would ordinarily have rendered him a one-term President.

Perhaps the 2008 election was just an anomaly, given the novelty of a Black candidate and the intense support of the mainstream media. But that pattern repeated itself in 2012 and, despite the 24/7 conservative radio chatter, it did not sway voters.

As Lucas noted, “Of listeners to the news talk format of radio, 77 percent voted in the 2008 presidential election, according to the 2010 Talk Radio Research Project conducted by Talkers Magazine, which covers the talk radio industry. That does not mean Limbaugh or for that matter Ed Schultz is the reason certain people vote…it is quite likely that the entertainment value of talk radio—a mixture of satire and commentary—has made ordinary Americans more engaged in politics than they would be if talk radio did not have such a large reach, even if some of those listeners are just tuning in to argue with the host.”

Some statistics are helpful. According to the 2010 Talk Radio Research Project, 81% of all news talk radio listeners are 35 years or older. “Interestingly, just 28% identify themselves as Republicans, while 54% identify themselves as independent.” Politically, 40% identified themselves as either conservative or ultra-conservative, while just 15% identified themselves as liberal or ultra-liberal.” Talk radio is essentially preaching to the choir.

The lack of liberal talk radio suggests that liberals are less involved with the medium and the failure of Air America Radio with hosts that included Jeanine Garafolo and Al Franken was impressive. Lucas said it was “a chaotic mess from its launch with changing ownership, a revolving door of management, and worse yet, a corruption charge.” In 2005 it filed.

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