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Monday, November 28, 2005

The More Things Change...

A few generalities I hear about the squawk radio biz…

...and my responses...

Most pre-Rush conservative talk shows opened with "Stars and Stripes Forever"

Most post-Rush conservative talk shows open with cheesy, overproduced bombast, hyping the host as The Sole Purveyor Of Truth. Some also play "Stars and Stripes Forever"...

Most pre-Rush conservative talk show hosts hated rock 'n' roll, blaming it for promiscuity and the promotion of liberal values

Most post-Rush conservative talk show hosts hate hip-hop, blaming it for promiscuity and the promotion of liberal values...

Most pre-Rush conservative talk shows got their talking points from the John Birchers and other conspiracy theorists and books... Fluoride is corrupting our precious bodily fluids, and refined white sugar is making teenagers want sex before marriage... the Trilateralists, the Bilderbergers, the Council on Foreign Relations... It was the collective
wail of being out of power.


Most post-Rush conservatives get their talking points from News Max, and World Nut Daily. Immigrants are ruining America, Islam is synonymous with fascism, and Christians are a persecuted minority. It's the collective wail of being out of power...

Most pre-Rush conservative talk shows were 1) Gun control and 2) Abortion. Rinse, lather, repeat....

Most post-Rush conservative talk shows consist of the following: 1) Bush can do no wrong, 2) anyone in the least bit critical of the current commander-in-chief is an ally of Osama bin Laden and 3) the Clintons are responsible for pretty much everything that's wrong with the world. Rinse, lather, repeat...

Most pre-Rush talk shows, conservative, liberal, or opinion-free moderators, could not go three hours talking about race without some unreconstructed cornpone using the N-word... which was not bleeped in those days...

Most pre-Rush talk shows, conservative, liberal, or opinion-free moderators, could not go three hours talking about anything without several unreconstructed cornpones parroting word-for-word talking points from Rush or some unimaginative conservative "columnist"...

Most pre-Rush talk show hosts read articles on the air... a lot... badly.

Most post-Rush shows read articles on the air...a lot...badly. The main difference is these most of articles now come off the internet...

Most pre-Rush talk show callers read articles on the air... a lot... badly... and slowly.

Ditto...

Most pre-Rush talk show callers left their radios turned up. (To experience this kind of talk radio in the 21st century, tune in KDWN 720 Las Vegas when in range...)

One area where things have truly improved is on the technical end, though I've heard some godawful-sounding talk station in recent years...

Most pre-Rush talk show hosts had only the morning paper for show prep.

Most post-Rush talk show have a wealth of sources available to them. Unfortunately, they only use a handful of preaching-to-the-choir websites (see above). One difference: most of today's hosts don't even bother with the morning paper...

As the French say, le plus change...

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