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Posted March 12, 2013
First and foremost the author, Fred Lucas, is a great story tell
First and foremost the author, Fred Lucas, is a great story teller. The book is the story of conservative talk radio from its origins to the current day. It is the story of a society learning to tolerate differences and new voices. As conservative talk radio slowly emerges and gradually gains a larger and larger following, its progress is challenged by the established political establishment. The author catalogues the growth of the industry and the actions of the political establishment to contain the growth. Although Fred Lucas does not hide his bias he manages a balanced historical telling of the events that shaped talk radio. At each stage of development the author provides a short biography of the main talk radio broadcasters of the period. Each decade of talk radio’s growth included a struggle to survive forces that wanted to suppress the growth of the industry.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The author describes the fascinating history, strange alliances and lengthy legal challenges about what on the surface seems like a simple application of First Amendment free speech. It is apparent nothing is that simple. From the facts presented in this book it seems powerful politicians are able to contort even free speech concepts to align with their political affiliations. Although a topic like the history of talk radio could denigrate into a one-sided attack on liberal politicians, the author avoids this bias and simply presents the history of what occurred. Both sides are clearly represented with skill and nonjudgmentally.
This book works as a history book of the twentieth century through the microphone of talk radio. It also works as a case study of how powerful politicians use their power to shape society. But overall it is just a great story told well.
Posted August 24, 2012
Wonderful, historical account of talk radio! Great interviews a
Wonderful, historical account of talk radio! Great interviews and a lotWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
of interesting information all in one place. I ordered the book after
hearing about it on the Mark Levin show. If you like history or radio,
you'll love this well researched book.