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2015 Heavy Hundred Stars Praise for The Right Frequency

March 28, 2015

Several of the top talk radio hosts ranked in the Heavy Hundred by industry bible Talkers Magazine also endorsed The Right Frequency.

Mark Levin, nationally syndicated conservative radio host with Cumulus Media Network ranked #6 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.”

Brent Bozell: The Right Frequency 'Chronicles Conservative Talk Radio Stars Over The Decades, Reminding us how They Kept the American Idea Alive'Mike Gallagher, a nationally syndicated conservative host on the Salem Radio Network, ranked #10 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 #21 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.”

Phil Valentine, ranked #32, with Westwood One, said, “It’s a great book about conservative talk radio.”

To learn more about these and other top talk radio stars, read The Right Frequency.


Harding First President Heard on Radio 90 Years Ago

June 13, 2013

Friday, June 14 marks the 90th anniversary of the first president heard on the radio. President Warren G. Harding was the first chief executive to be heard on what was then a new technology.

As the History Channel reports, KDKA of Pittsburgh, Pa. was the first radio station in the United States to announce the winner of a presidential campaign — in this case the election of Harding in 1920.  On June 14, 1923, Harding delivered the first radio address at a dedication to the memorial site of Francis Scott Key, the composer of the “Star Spangled Banner.” Harding was also the first president to own a radio.

Three years later, President Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential address specifically made for radio. The Right Frequency explains how presidents used this technology when it was in its infancy.

“Thus, even small government conservative President Calvin Coolidge saw the need for some government regulation here, signing the Radio Act of 1927, making the airwaves
the property of the public that would be licensed by the newly established Federal Radio Commission. The FRC divided the radio spectrum and issued licenses to broadcast on a specific frequency,” the Right Frequency says.

“Although Franklin D. Roosevelt was famous for his ‘fireside chats,’ the first president to use radio as an effective means of political communication was ironically Silent Cal. Coolidge’s 1923 State of the Union address was the first broadcast over the radio, and he continued to give at least one radio address per month,” the book continues.

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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.”

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The Right Freuquency Profiles Career of George Putnam

October 6, 2012

Fred Lucas, author of The Right Frequency, was a guest on Talk Back Live, with host Chuck Wilder.

Wilder is interviewed in the book. The book also tells about the career of Wilder’s predecessor, the legendary George Putnam.

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.

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Brent Bozell: The Right Frequency ‘Chronicles Conservative Talk Radio Stars Over The Decades, Reminding us how They Kept the American Idea Alive’

October 6, 2012

L. Brent Bozell III, president of the Media Research Center, the nation’s leading media watchdog group, called The Right Frequency a rebuttal to the attacks from the media on conservative talk radio.

“Author Fred Lucas chronicles conservative talk-radio stars over the decades, reminding us how they kept the American idea alive,” Bozell writes. “Lucas travels back to the early days of radio history, describing, for example, how Fulton Lewis predicted to Mike Wallace in the 1950s that the Republican Party could be a majority party if they would only let the conservatives run it, instead of the wishy-washy, me-too moderates.”

Bozell continues, “But it’s really fun to remember how liberals have failed to find their anti-Limbaugh. In the 1990s, ABC Radio tried to make a star out of Texas Agricultural Commissioner Jim Hightower, thinking they could sell ultra-liberalism if it sounded folksy enough. He bombed. They tried to sell Mario Cuomo as a radio host, although he was far too pompous for the regular folks. He lectured a libertarian caller: “What if you have a plague? Floods? You’d just let everybody drown?” He bombed. They tried former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder. Bomb.”

Bozell also includes, “A disclaimer: Lucas works during the day as the White House correspondent for, a division of the Media Research Center, which I lead.”

Click here to read the column by L. Brent Bozell III.

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