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Who are the Dickey brothers and why do they hate the conservative movement?
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Mixing formats — “diversity” on the radio — would certainly seem like a sure way to lose your audience today. In a day and age when there are all these other radio formats out there — satellite, live streaming, Apps, podcast downloading — if conservative favorite Rush is disappeared from your local dial, why wouldn’t you leave as well? It certainly seems that the rational thing here would be to find the most compelling broadcasters with a track record, a significant and long track record, who will retain your target audience and build on it with all demographics. Attracting the largest audience which in turn is loyal to the host and the host’s advertisers. The combination is what makes for a successful radio business.
The illogic in attacking the Babe Ruth of talk radio (seen here with his audience of fans) should be obvious to anybody with a business degree and for that matter to plenty of people without one.
In short, what seems to be going on here with this Cumulus/Huckabee gambit is a top-down, shove-it-down-the-conservative-throat concept of talk radio. Personally delivered, replete with roll-outs in the New York Times and Media Matters, by the RINO Brothers… ah… Dickey Brothers.
As readers of this space know, we have focused in the last couple weeks on the far-left MSNBC. In the course of looking at MSNBC, an interesting fact popped up that is extremely relevant here.
Have you ever heard of an MSNBC program called Lockup? If not, here’s a link to a segment on YouTube. Take a good look at this thing.
What is it? It’s a program about prisoners in prison. Featuring tattooed, violent, muscled guys behind bars. What does something like this have to do with anything?
Because…wait for it… Lockup is on opposite… yes indeed… Huckabee. The very Fox News weekend show hosted by Mike Huckabee, a show that features the video version of Huckabee’s proposed radio show. And what’s going on here in the world of TV ratings?
As reported by Mediabistro, Mike Huckabee is getting… well… the ratings daylights beaten out of his show by a bunch of guys with tattoos.
Now, television is a tough, take-no-prisoners business, no pun intended.
But not to put too fine a point on it, so is politics. One of the most famous American sayings about politics came from Finley Peter Dunne’s fictional political observer “Mr. Dooley” — well over a hundred years ago. “Politics ain’t bean bag” said Mr. Dooley, and in Dooley’s day there was no radio, not to mention conservative talk radio.
As it has evolved, conservative talk radio hosts have had to incorporate Mr. Dooley’s savvy with their own native radio skills, the two added to a considerable knowledge of conservatism. Quite obviously, the hosts are different one from another. Rush is not Sean who is not Mark who is not Beck who is not Savage etc.
What these hosts all have in common, however, is the ability to get — and keep — an audience. They do this, each in their own way, by being, as noted earlier, compelling as well as educational, entertaining as well as informative.
And, of course — conservative. Answering a decades’ long complaint from conservatives about the liberal dominance of the media. Or, as it were, appealing to a massive market share where liberalism… served straight up or watered down…. repeatedly fails outright.
Radio, for whatever reason, has been a medium liberals simply cannot master. One of the most articulate liberal spokesmen in recent American politics was former New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Who was trotted out as the liberal-to-beat-Rush-at-his-own-game. Cuomo wasn’t even facing Rush directly in the same time slot… and he still failed. The loquacious former Mayor of New York Ed Koch took a stab at talk radio. Ditto on the results. Who can forget Air America? America, that’s who.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?