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Surprise, surprise. Right wing shock jock Michael Savage has bashed the Obama bashers of right wing talk radio.

Michael Savage

Not from any sense of decency, you must understand. Savage declares that Obama deserves the bashing, but constant bashing of the president is bad for talk radio.

Savage cited the example of Air America:

“Air America went bankrupt, why? Because all they did was…Bush bashing and they were just crazy in the Bush bashing.  Boring.  Boring.  How much could you listen to?  It wasn’t even clever Bush bashing.  This is what’s going on now with the conservatives.  They’re committing suicide.  Just attacking Obama – although he deserves it – is not good radio…Remember one thing, radio is primarily an entertainment medium.  It was not created to be the voice of the Republican Party or the Democrat Party.”

  --Michael Savage: Talk Radio/Media Industry News, Monday, December 3, 2012

Don't expect Rush Limbaugh to take a lesson. Many of Limbaugh's shows are non-stop Obama bashing extravaganzas.

Speaking of talk radio... while progressive talk radio stations are becoming an endangered species, conservative talkers are continuing to multiply like the proverbial loaves and fishes. The most recent new conservative talker is in Greenville, South Carolina, and is the number 26 news/talk station for Salem Communications. Salem is the fifth largest U.S. radio network, and specializes in evangelical Christian and conservative political talk radio. Please take a look at the radio station maps, here, for an appreciation of the current state of conservative vs. liberal talk radio.

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  •  I miss talk radio. (10+ / 0-)

    I grew up in Pittsburgh. And KDKA (yes, I know, it's now all right-wing nonsense all the time), but damn, KDKA had talk radio. It varied in tone. I fell asleep to Perry Marshall on a regular basis. I'm not sure he was a died-in-the-wool sort of liberal, but he sure let anyone talk. Ray Foxx was definitely liberal. There were conservatives, too.

    There was, well, talk. You know, discussion. Among people. And not everyone had the same point of view. And it was civil and educational.

    Damn, I still miss that. Closest I get now is NPR, and that can be good, but it's so focused on topic at hand, which I get. And that did happen. But those late night, OK, let's call in and offer a comment shows (and I remember calling one night as a kiddo with my voice shaking and getting on the air, no I can't recall the specific issue.)

    I mean, it was screened for "you're not just going to cuss and scream, right?" But it really took all comers. It was awesome.

    I am sort of glad I had to train myself out of listening to radio to fall asleep (college roommates frown on that) before radio betrayed me.

    by Magenta on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 08:55:16 PM PST

    •  My parents listened to KDKA in Pittsburgh in the (3+ / 0-)

      1940's. How old is that station? I heard about KDKA all the time in my early childhood. I hear those call letters and I flash on snow and cold and narrow streets and streetcars and
      coal bins and soot. Ah, Pittsburgh memories.

      "There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan." --Joel McCrea as "Sully," in "Sullivan's Travels."

      by Wildthumb on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 09:17:12 PM PST

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      •  Heee. (2+ / 0-)
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        It says it's the first, which, predictably in dispute. But early 1920's, so it's been on quite a while.

        I missed the streetcars, coal bins and soot. We still had the narrow streets, snow and cold, though. Although I was a suburb girl, so less narrow streets. Not so much as you might expect, though.

        by Magenta on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 09:33:17 PM PST

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        •  I live in CA now (great!) but at one point we (2+ / 0-)
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          lived right next to Homewood Cemetery in Point Breeze when I was a kid. I remember the Carnegie Museum, the Cathedral of Learning, Highland Park, and Frick Park. My father was always proud of the cultural resources of the city.

          My sister and her husband visited the old neighborhood back in the eighties. It hasn't changed much, the way many neighborhoods haven't "back East."

          "There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan." --Joel McCrea as "Sully," in "Sullivan's Travels."

          by Wildthumb on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 09:48:14 PM PST

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      •  So did my parents and grandparents, they loved (2+ / 0-)
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        that station many decades ago.

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        by wishingwell on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 09:44:55 PM PST

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    •  Radio betrayed me, too, (5+ / 0-)

      a year ago, almost to the day.  On Dec 1 last year the main talk station in the Bay Area, KGO, fired most of its talent and converted to a 24 hr. news station.    The one remaining marquee name, Ronn Owens, will be out at the end of the month when his contract is up.   They kept a few of the lesser known talkers for the weekend and serve up canned Bloomberg in the middle of the night.  It's quite pathetic really.  Oh, and I should add that they have gone from #1 to #16 in the ratings.
      Talk about a race to the bottom!

      There is very little to listen to now except for the always excellent public radio station, KQED-FM.    

      But I feel jilted.

      It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

      by Radiowalla on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 09:22:47 PM PST

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    •  sportstalk, NPR, w00t (0+ / 0-)

      "See? I'm not a racist! I have a black friend!"

      by TheHalfrican on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 11:15:59 PM PST

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  •  So basically, if Rush goes down, there are a dozen (4+ / 0-)

    others who will pop up in his place, like mushrooms around the stump of a dead tree?

    •  That is apparently open to interpretation (2+ / 0-)
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      One prominent radio expert says the large radio networks have boxed themselves in. The all-syndication model is among the most financially efficient, yet it doesn't allow for training grounds to bring in and train new talent. According to this analyst, a main reason for Clear Channel to keep Rush is the simple fact that they have no one who can replace him. And Clear Channel itself has abolished the smaller markets that could nurture a replacement. (If true, i don't sympathize with them, not at all...)

      Follow me on Twitter: @denverunionguy

      by Richard Myers on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 09:38:03 PM PST

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    •  Perhaps, but let's fell the tree and see (1+ / 0-)
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      The old rotten, druggie, mysogynist tree.

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      by sacrelicious on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 10:01:32 PM PST

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  •  True: "media is primarily entertainment." (1+ / 0-)
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    That's one of the few things that I remember agreeing with Savage on:

    Remember one thing, radio is primarily an entertainment medium.
    Liberals (incl. Cenk Olbermann, etc.) often forget this, in our 'sincerity', earnestness, good doings, morality, etc. Gotta make your audience laugh, titillate them, make them gasp, etc., in order have a mass-audience. Rachel Maddow usually gets it.

    Michael Savage: I'm guessing some personal trauma happened to that guy (rejected by hippie girl he loved in the 1960s?), he's just so over-the-top full of hatred and bile.

  •  Thanks for this great post Richard. (1+ / 0-)
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    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 09:41:50 PM PST

  •  Why Did Savage Admit It? (0+ / 0-)

    He came right out & said he cares more about what's good for radio or the "entertainment medium" & his profit margin, than he cares about the country.

    Doesn't seem very patriotic.  Republicans are always blabbing about how very, very, very patriotic they are.

    Now Savage just admitted he's more interested in his show than what his horrid little listeners are blabbing about.

    He wants them to be more entertaining....otherwise he finds it boring.

  •  I've listened to Savage and... (0+ / 0-)

    It's like listening to someone give his brain an enema live on the radio.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 10:26:56 PM PST

  •  The reason there's not much progressive radio (0+ / 0-)

    Most progressives don't feel like wasting their time listening to dumb commercial radio stations with their endless streams of ads for penis stiffeners and fart remedies.  

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