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One Year After Release, The Right Frequency a Bestselling Radio Book

September 1, 2013

One year after its release, The Right Frequency stands strong on Amazon.

The Right Frequency, released in August 2012, reached the Top 20 over the past week on Amazon’s Radio History & Criticism category for Kindle books. This book reached the top 10 on Friday, Aug. 30. The Right Frequency also returned to the bestseller list in Amazon’s Radio category.

The Right Frequency paperback edition also returned to the bestseller list for Amazon’s History & Criticism category.

The book, that chronicles the history of talk radio from the days of Walter Winchell through Rush Limbaugh, has been an Amazon bestseller for four consecutive months.

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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.”

Walter Winchell Gossip Monger Tough to Box in Politically

June 26, 2013

Forbes magazine, in an article about celebrities and gossip titled, “Thoughts on Celebrity Mania, Walter Winchell and James Candofini,” provided coverage of Winchell profiled in Chapter 2 of The Right Frequency.

From Forbes:

Writer and movie critic Neal Gabler had this to say about gossip columnist Walter Winchell (1897-1972) (Gabler wrote Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity):

If one surveys this culture of Monica Lewinsky and O. J. Simpson and constant gossip and salaciousness, and one tries to trace the roots, you find yourself at Walter Winchell. He was not only present at the creation of this modern journalism but in many respects he was the creation.”

Winchell, portrayed by Burt Lancaster in the searing 1957 film The Sweet Smell of Success, described his craft thus:

“Gossip is the art of saying nothing in a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid.”

Winchell, the inventor if infotainment, could be difficult to define politically, as The Right Frequency explains. He began as a supporter of President Franklin Roosevelt before becoming a supporter of Sen. Joe McCarthy.

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Talk Radio Backed McCarthyism Before and After ‘Have You No Sense of Decency’ Speech

June 9, 2013

(On June 9, 1954, Joseph Welch, special counsel for the U.S. Army, lashed out at Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, with the now famous phrase, “Have you no sense of decency.” It marked the beginning of the end of McCarthy’s investigations into communism. McCarthy was championed by many talk radio voices of his era, including Walter Winchell and Fulton Lewis Jr. Below are excerpts from The Right Frequency, an Amazon Best Seller, about McCarthyism and talk radio.)

FDR’s death was a blow to the country, but particularly one for Winchell.

“Winchell loved FDR and took his political bearings from FDR, so that when FDR dies, Winchell, like most of the country, in point of fact, lost his political bearings, and when one factors that in with the other side, that with the Nazi threat gone, Walter Winchell has no adversary,” Gabler said. “And Walter Winchell is a man who lives an adversarial life. Everything in Walter Winchell is predicated on the notion that he is sounding the alarm for Americans.”

So that alarm would be the communist threat.Roy Cohn, Sen. Joe McCarthy’s chief aid, befriended Walter Winchell and brought him into McCarthy’s circle. Like FDR, McCarthy knew how important finessing a giant media personality could be.

In one broadcast Winchell warned Americans, “And now to bea the hand around the clock. International News Service—January 10th is the date for a mass meeting of the communist leaders in Washington, D.C.—behind closed doors, of course. The real purpose, however, will be to protest the trial of the 12 leading commie chiefs in the United States.”

He went on to accuse Lucille Ball of being a communist. Her husband Desi Arnaz responded, “The only thing red about Lucy is her hair, and not even that is real.” After McCarthy became disreputable in the public’s mind, so did many who aligned themselves with him. In the case of Winchell, it was McCarthy and a number of other factors that led to his decline.


Fulton Lewis Jr. continued on his radio show and had his friend Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy on as a frequent guest.

“When you know an individual to be attempting to do a public service, a patriotic service, and you see him maligned by groups which are not thinking in the public interest, you have a tendency to be a little over-generous with the guy,” Fulton Lewis said of Joe McCarthy.

Look magazine called Lewis one of McCarthy’s “masterminds.” Lewis loaned one of his ghostwriters, Ed Nellor to write speeches for McCarthy. McCarthy’s office provided Nellor with material about alleged communists in government for Lewis’s broadcasts.

The truth is that McCarthy had many friends in the media—Washington reporters hungry for a scoop. But Fulton Lewis was indeed his staunchest advocated on the national scene. And he did not desert McCarthy when he became the most hated senator, censured by his peers—branded as conducting witch hunts.

This led to Lewis dwindling in audience, as the public saw McCarthy and those who defended him as discredited, another truism that has been challenged in recent years.
After McCarthy’s death, Lewis said, “I think Joseph McCarthy did a great deal of good for the country. I think he was one of the most courageous fighters against Communism that I have ever seen on the national picture. I did not agree with everything that he did and told him so on frequent occasions when I disagreed. I do think, however, that he gave his life for the cause of anti-communism in America and for this I think he deserves great credit.”

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‘Powered by the Widening Scandals’

May 26, 2013

One News Page reported on The Right Frequency’s rise to #1 in two separate Amazon categories.

“Standing alone at Number One above such classics as the audio of the award winning Les Miserables, it is at the very pinnacle in the Radio category where it also beats book by and about media celebrities Rush Limbaugh, Larry King and Wendy Williams,” One News Page reports.

“Powered by the widening scandals with Benghazi and the Internal Revenue Service, interest in public commentary has turned attention to The Right Frequency pushing it far beyond such books as former President Bill Clinton’s Back to Work to the Number One spot the Public Affairs category,” the website said.

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GOP Historian: The Right Frequency ‘An Excellent Book’

May 26, 2013

Republican party historian Michael Zak recently hailed The Right Frequency as “an excellent book,” on his website, Grand Old Partisan.

“From pioneers such as Walter Winchell to Rush Limbaugh and beyond — they’re all RIGHT here,” Zak writes.

Zak, is the author of Back to Basics for the Republican Party, that chronicles the GOP’s heritage of free people and free markets from President Lincoln through President Reagan and beyond.

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Talk Radio Book Climbs to Number One: “The Right Frequency” Powers Up

May 16, 2013

The Right Frequency: The Story of the Talk Giants Who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment  by Fred V. Lucas hit Amazon’s best seller list. It entered the golden circle for two categories: Radio and  Public Administration

Standing alone atop, at Number One, above such classics as the audio of the award winning  Les Miserables, It is at the very pinnacle in the Radio category

Powered by the widening scandals with Benghazi and the Internal Revenue Service, interest in public commentary has turned attention to The Right Frequency pushing it far beyond such books as Former President Bill Clinton’s Back to Work in the Public Administration category..

Written by White House correspondent Fred V. Lucas, The Right frequency, is a study of the personalities that comprise the conservative radio world from its earliest days with  Walter Winchell speaking to  everyone including “everyone on the ships at sea,”  to the modern voices of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Lavin and others who bring excitement to the day.

The Right Frequency by Fred V. Lucas 9781933909172 was published by History Publishing Company LLC and is currently available at Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, and

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