The Fairness Doctrine...an Inside Perspective
by smitton, Thu Jun 28, 2007 at 10:42:22 AM EDT
I'd like to be totally honest here, I am a radio talk show host, and a conservative one at that. But I REALLY want Progressive talk radio to succeed.
Of course I am opposed to the fairness doctrine... I was in radio for many years under that onus, and believe me it STIFLES political speech, it does not encourage diversity. The corporate suits who run the stations nearly universally forbade political discussions on air because they were terrified of the FCC fines.
On another note, the failure of progressive talk radio is actually simple....its TALENT. For some reason, I don't pretend to know why, most professional radio entertainers are conservative by nature, and their success is a function of their abilities to entertain and hold the attention of an audience.
On another note, there is the nature of conservative talk versus progressive talk. Conservatives have been very adept at giving their listeners reasons and arguments that verify the values and the opinions most people inherited from their parents and grandparents, and that is ALWAYS going to be more popular than espousing a philosophy that encourages one to trash the values and morals of old in favor of a 'new' progressive culture.
Finally, there is the aspect of humor. Because of their training first and foremost in the genre of radio entertainment, conservatives are generally skilled at presenting their points of view in a slightly self-deprecating, funny way that attracts listeners...even those that may disagree politically. Progressives simple have very few entertainers if that magnitude, although I must confess that Rachel Maddow does an excellent job in that category. I find her program a delight to listen to.
Why am I giving away all of conservative talk radio's secrets? I have a vested interest in promoting progressive talk on the airwaves. Because, if they cannot succeed there, MY JOB is in jeopardy from the Democrats.
BTW if you'd like to listen to my show, here it is:
you can listen live from 11am ~ 3pm m~f MDT