"The influence on the political landscape of Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and their long line of conservative predecessors is the subject of Lucas s book, which explores the history of talk radio in America. ... Lucas leans heavily right in his assessment of commentators throughout radio history whose names H.V. Kaltenborn, Walter Winchell, Father Charles Coughlin, Fulton Lewis, Jr. Billy Hames Hargis, Joe Pyne, Bob Grant -- may or may not ring a bell. ... Lucas does an excellent job of describing the history and impact of the so-called Fairness Doctrine adopted as part of the 1934 Communications Act; but it was never really a law" but a rule adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)." --Prairie Fire
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
This is the story of conservative Talk Radio, the phenomenon that has galvanized a sizable segment of the American population previously without presence in the public forum.
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 story of this potent force that changed the nature of political action could only be told by a skilled author on a quest for detail. His extensive research 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.
But that is not the all of it. The author also demonstrates a unique ability to entertain while he examines the root structure of the American political world and the personalities who have added immeasurably to the formation of American political thought. His book has been hailed as a classic in the making.
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