This does bring up some valid points about shrillness in talk radio, however, it doesn't seem to affect conservative radio. Can liberal talk come up with a personality to compete with the Limbaughs and Hannitys, or will they continue to hang their hat on Al Franken?
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The problem, as I see it, is that there is a difference between the conservative shows I listen to (and Rush isn't one of them, So I can't comment on that. I only listen to him if there is basically nothing else except music on) and the ones I hear on Air America. I have been trapped in Columbus, OH a few times. There's no Salem station there, so the hosts I listen to aren't on (That'd be Bill Bennett, Laura Ingraham, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved and Hugh Hewitt), so I can choose between, say, Ed Shultz on whatever - I thought it was AA, but maybe not - or Sean Hannity. Now I think they're very similar hosts, although I think Shultz is much more shrill. They both take calls from (almost always) people who agree with them and from people who complement them. Hannity is pretty nice though, while I see shultz as just mean and self-important. Of course, that may be part of my political orientation. Hannity has better guests though, probably because of his TV show.
Now take my favorite. Medved. Ok, he's often shrill as well. But he takes LOTS of calls from opposing views and has LOTS of guests with opposing views. Sure, he expresses his opinion and I even disagree with him a lot. But it's interesting. But again, he can be nice to people. My problem with all the AA hosts I have heard so far is that they are mean and cold.
And then there's the liberal/Conservative thing. I just think that conservatives enjoy the discussion and the exchange of ideas more. That's why the conservative hosts predominate. That and the fact they they garner ratings in every market they enter.
AA has about 80-90 stations, most of which only carry one or two of the hosts. Most of those stations are sunshiners. Salem has their hosts on about 2000 outlets, at least according to their website. Of course, it helps that Salem owns 105 stations.
In the Louisville Market (it's like number 50), Air America hasn't found a foothold, even though we are a college town. Look at their list (http://www.airamerica.com/stations).
Lot of college town stations. A few big city stations. Oh. So I checked a few at random. WLIB NY - doesn't seem to carry AA. 1160am in Atlanta doesn't seem to either. WINZ-AM in Miami is carrying it, though. The "Chicago" station is still on (you can barely get it there - but it is privately funded - don't need ratings).
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The same thing can be said for Rush Limbaugh. But as long as there's an audience for both of them (and though we may not like it, THERE IS), then neither one is going away anytime soon. And I'll admit, even I'm intrigued by Moore's next book.