Talk Radio’s America
Journalist Brian Rosenwald details the circumstances that led to the rise of AM talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, all the way to the election of Donald Trump.Listen 49:44
Guest: Brian Rosenwald
Decades ago, AM radio was king of the airwaves, until the advent of FM radio. Because the higher quality sound of FM brought new life to the music of the day, AM executives moved from music to talk radio, giving rise to a DJ named Rush Limbaugh who had a talent for engaging his audience through his on air antics and gift for spinning stories. Our guest, BRIAN ROSENWALD, tracks the rise and influence of AM talk on politics and pop culture in his new book Talk Radio’s America. It’s about how Rush Limbaugh and other like-minded conservative hosts spoke to Americans who felt disenfranchised, left behind, looked down upon by the so-called elite. Tapping into this frustration, Rosenwald writes, Talk Radio connected with the GOP and paved the way eventually for the election of Donald Trump.
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