Why talk radio is conservative

Why talk radio is conservative

Nature has a way of balancing things to create a working equilibrium. When there is a void or vacuum of space, nature naturally finds a way to fill it. The same principle holds true in the ecosystem of ideas. When a point-of-view held by tens-of-millions of people isn’t represented well (or at all) in the mass communications sphere, naturally, the void will be filled. Such is the case with Talk Radio and the rise of the conservative voice. Many have wondered why talk radio is conservative. The answer to that thoughtful and easy-to-answer question is simple: The reason talk radio is conservative is that the mainstream media is not!

Talk radio attracts large audiences

When folks think of talk radio, names like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Ben Shapiro, and Mark Levin come to mind. These radio personalities are immensely popular and command audiences in the tens-of-millions who tune in to hear conservative commentary on geopolitical happenings. While liberal detractors might ridicule talk radio audiences as nothing more than preppers clinging to their HAM radios, the truth is talk radio audiences represent a huge cross-section of America and are some of the most informed citizens regarding geopolitical and social events.

Unlike NPR, which is subsidized by taxpayer dollars, talk radio hosts earn their keep through the American principle of capitalism. Because of the huge audiences listening to talk radio shows, those shows earn a pretty penny from advertisements aired during their programs.

Surprisingly, talk radio (as we know it) hasn’t been around for that long. The concept was pioneered by radio legend Rush Limbaugh in the 1980s. Since then, others have followed his lead and launched successful talk radio shows locally and in syndicated formats.

So, back to the question of why talk radio is conservative and not liberal.

Liberal radio hosts have tried to duplicate the model Rush Limbaugh so successfully proved. However, mass audiences aren’t nearly as interested in tuning in to listen to liberal hosts as they are in tuning in to listen to conservative hosts. It’s just the way it is. The main way liberal hosts have found success on the radio waves has been to share their commentary through taxpayer-subsidized public radio stations.

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October 14th, 2020

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