You're really telling me shows about gardening and auto repair, (some of which have large audiences) as opposed to politics makes a station a "whore house"? Some of them are at least local. Thought we wanted local programming on this board
There are always exceptions.
Years ago a builder and author by the name of Mike McClintock did a home improvement show, first on WMCA, New York, then on the ABC network. He talked honestly about building materials, contractors, new construction techniques, etc. And I recall he had some fascinating stories about commercial construction from when he had once worked on projects in NYC. He was an interesting, articulate and energetic host. I loved that show. It was a conventional spot-sponsored show. But the typical home improvement show goes like this:
Caller: "I have a stain in my bathtub, can you help me?
Host: "Yes, we have a great product called, "Stain-Out." Just come by the store during the week and ask for Fred -- he'll help you find it. Next caller."
Most of those shows don't have large audiences but if enough people stop by the store during the week it seems worthwhile to the business owner, and it's a vanity forum for him/her.
Unfortunately you seem to have fallen into the trap of thinking that the only possible ad-sponsored talk show format is Hannity-style politics. Not true! Kim Komando has done very well with technology, Dr. Dean Edel had a solid career with health topics -- neither of those shows was a shill for the host's product or service.
If an infomercial host turns out to have exceptional broadcast skills they can go on to become "legit." I believe Bill Handel began in radio to promote his law practice -- he's now the morning host on KFI. But that's