Who are the Dickey brothers and why do they hate the conservative movement?
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All these ingredients stirred and delivered in a folksy, conversational style, but of course.
• The Dickeys are “pitching the new show to advertisers as a less combative alternative to Mr. Limbaugh.”
It’s hard to underestimate the impression this will surely leave with many conservatives. The implication here, intended or not, is that fans of conservative talk radio, of Rush or Sean or Mark Levin or Glenn Beck or Michael Savage or whomever are… well….Neanderthals.
Instead of communicating respect for would-be listeners, the Dickeys telegraph that any conservative who enjoys compelling, educational, informative, and entertaining talk radio — precisely the kind of radio Rush and his compadres provide five days a week for three hours a day — that the Dickeys believe they — the conservative audience — are, as mentioned, Neanderthals. Primitives. The uncouth, great unwashed.
All of this Huckabee, Geraldo, and Sanjay business presented, mind you, as some sort of fabulous new idea for conservative talk radio. (I should say here I like Geraldo. Engaging, gutsy, smart. As seen here, he now has his own Fluke-like controversy over his comments about Trayvon Martin wearing a hoodie, and he too has just journeyed down the apology trail. Will this unnerve the Dickeys? If they view Rush as a liability… what about Geraldo? Latest controversy or not, Geraldo is great to the troops. But in terms of conservative talk radio? If there’s one thing Geraldo has never been, that would be a fixture in the conservative movement. To pretend otherwise would peg Geraldo as something he is utterly incapable of being — a phony. As a plug-in-host in a billing that is supposed to be about conservative radio minus Rush? Geraldo? Geraldo!!!! How about the newly unemployed Keith Olbermann? That makes about as much sense.)
As the New York Times has noted: “Other news media personalities, like Bill O’Reilly, have tried to go up against Mr. Limbaugh and failed…” This is no small observation. Unlike Huckabee, Bill O’Reilly is an enormously successful Fox host and has been one for years.
Which leads to what would seem to be a common sense observation.
There is only one person who will get to decide when Rush is replaced. That person’s name? That’s right: Rush Limbaugh.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but Rush Limbaugh personally saved AM radio. It is he who is responsible for giving all these hundreds of radio stations across the land increased value, making of conservative talk radio an enormous profit center.
All this to be sacked in New York or somewhere else in the name of a miserably failed idea called “diversity”??? By a couple of rich RINOs who are painfully illustrating with every utterance that they not only don’t understand their prospective conservative audience — they don’t much care for it either?
Let’s ask a common sense question about diversity on the radio.
Let’s say you are a huge Country and Western music fan. Where are you going to tune in to listen to C&W? On a station that spends its musical day playing the “diversity” game by alternating C&W with, say, Hip Hop, Swing, Jazz, Rock and Roll and Classical? Really? In this day and high-tech age where you can find entire channels devoted to each of the above?
Of course not.
Why in the world would it be any different for talk radio?
This isn’t the radio world of 10 or 15 years ago. It seems from here that the Dickeys are not only not living in the future (the Reuters story has Huckabee being promoted as “the conservative talk radio host of the future”) but are in fact clinging to the past.
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