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." --Mark Levin, Best Selling author, Talk Show Host
"Lucas' love and knowledge of talk radio is evident and will appeal to any fan of the medium." --Publishers Weekly
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? 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 American Spectator
From the Inside Flap
American politics was transformed from the time a WABC manager told Rush Limbaugh, "You're kidding yourself if you think we'll ever carry your national show," to the day an establishment Republican senator griped "talk radio is running America."
Limbaugh ignited a new generation of talkers such as Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck who helped define the Conservative movement, but Rush can't take all the credit. The story begins much earlier with Walter Winchell and Bob Grant, two founding fathers who opened the microphone for others.
The extensively researched story of this potent force that changed the nature of political action brings a dimension to the fascinating individuals who brought a new energy to the American radio waves and in the process propelled the Conservative movement into the political force it is today. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.