Great article on talk radio and the election:
And the best part is, the authors understand implicitly that talk radio was not invented in 1988 by Rush Limbaugh or the demise of the Fairness Doctrine. They also take note of how the talk radio "caller" has been pushed aside.
Agreed, on the callers. Callers are what made talk radio special and unique. Now there are far fewer of them, especially on the national shows.
I like this part of the article:
In other words, if Limbaugh and Michael Savage (not to mention Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, and other more recent adventurers in talk) fail to attract many new listeners, they end up talking only to those who agree with their opinions, and thus have a smaller chance to affect the ideas of the electorate in general.
Maddow, however, like Stephanie Miller, is a non-factor, with such tiny
affiliate numbers and openly pro-Obama support.