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10 most influential Conservative AM radio commentators. (Vanity, Vanity all is Vanity!)

Posted on 01/10/2003 10:36:26 AM PST by Pliney the younger

10 most influential Conservative AM radio commentators. (Vanity, Vanity all is Vanity!)

My dear friends,

Rush “the great” has been described as the scourge of the leftists, socialists, and other anti-American groups of thugs.

His most powerful technique is simply to point out the 5 biggest lies that the socialist, anti-American, Islamic terrorist axis of evil spread the day before.

Rush then informs the world, of those portions of the news stories, that the “people of the lie” censored or distorted while producing their propaganda the day before.

But reports now state that there are close to 700 AM radio commentators ( local, regional, and national) who describe themselves as conservative.

Out of interest

First: Who do you think are the 10 most influential syndicated Conservative American AM radio commentators.

Second: How do you personally rate their shows.

If you are a hate-filled leftist anti-American you can skip this survey. And please feel free to go back to listening to your favorite NPR show.

Love as always,

Octavian Pliny

1. Rush : Rating 12 (on a scale of 1-10) 2. Shawn Hannity: 7 3. Dr. Laura: 4 (Yes, I know that very little of her show is directly political but she has a huge audience) 4. Michael Savage: 10 5. Paul Harvey: 8 (Once again minimal political discussion, HUGE audience) 6. G Gordon Liddy 7 7. Cal Thomas 7 8. Oliver North 6 9. Michael Reagan 5. 10. Hue Hewitt 8

Honorable Mention:

In no particular order, Larry Elders, Drudge, Dennis Prager (9), Michael Medford and on and on and on.

Who are your personal favorites?

Extra point question: Do you think that the leftists and socialists have a snowball’s chance in hell, of breaking into the AM radio audience (unless their shows are federally subsidized, and maintained by tax free leftist foundations)?


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1 posted on 01/10/2003 10:36:26 AM PST by Pliney the younger
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To: Pliney the younger

Michael Medved


2 posted on 01/10/2003 10:41:34 AM PST by The Obstinate Insomniac
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To: Pliney the younger
Dittos to those you've chosen ... especially Michael Savage!

I also like Rusty Humphries (on Michael Savage's station in Phoenix), and Mike Gallagher (on Michael Medved's and Hugh Hewitt's station here.)

Hope this thread flourishes!

g

3 posted on 01/10/2003 10:42:03 AM PST by Geezerette
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4 posted on 01/10/2003 10:42:10 AM PST by Mo1 (Join the DC Chapter at the Patriots Rally III on 1/18/03)
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To: Pliney the younger
I will add one name to the list: Neal Boortz.
5 posted on 01/10/2003 10:42:20 AM PST by tnlibertarian (A government, which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always count on the support of Paul.)
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To: Pliney the younger
One of my favorites is Neil Boortz. He is rather humerous to listen to along with being a very sharp and rapid thinker. As for liberal inroads, dont count on it. The whole problem with the liberal agenda is it is based on lies and emotion as opposed to a detached logical view.
6 posted on 01/10/2003 10:43:00 AM PST by PedroDaGr8
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To: Pliney the younger
' Michael Medford '

I think you meant Michael Medved.

I think Michael is the most intelligent and articulate of them all. I'd easily rank him in the top 10.

7 posted on 01/10/2003 10:43:28 AM PST by DWar
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To: Pliney the younger
Let's make this really hard - try to come up with a list of the 10 most influential liberal radio talk show personalities.
8 posted on 01/10/2003 10:44:50 AM PST by ghost of nixon
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To: Pliney the younger
Glenn Beck
9 posted on 01/10/2003 10:45:21 AM PST by Marauder
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To: Pliney the younger
Rush
Ingrahm
Hannity
10 posted on 01/10/2003 10:47:07 AM PST by kidd
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To: Pliney the younger
I like listening to Steve Malzburg as well.
11 posted on 01/10/2003 10:48:10 AM PST by alisasny
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To: The Obstinate Insomniac
The sub who is on Rush today, Roger Hedgecock, is supposed to have a radio show in the San Diego area. He is usually excellent when he sits in at EIB.
12 posted on 01/10/2003 10:48:38 AM PST by katana
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To: Pliney the younger
The great Bob Grant, the one who started it all. Very bright, very informed, says what needs to be said.
13 posted on 01/10/2003 10:49:31 AM PST by bankwalker (lost 35 pounds since 11/20/2002 - 5 per week)
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To: Pliney the younger
Moon Griffon...."The voice of Louisana"....curing Louisana of the liberal disease every day. www.moongriffon.com
14 posted on 01/10/2003 10:49:46 AM PST by B.O. Plenty
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To: The Obstinate Insomniac
Caller of the Nation!!! DOUG FROM UPLAND!!!
15 posted on 01/10/2003 10:50:07 AM PST by Republicus2001
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To: Pliney the younger
That's Hugh Hewitt.

Add (Seattle) 570 KVI's Kirby Wilbur and 2000 Gubernatorial Race Silver Medalist John Carlson.

16 posted on 01/10/2003 10:50:21 AM PST by Eala
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To: katana
Hedgecock is great. I tund in his show from San Diego while driving home afternoons in LA. He has a great sense of humor as well.
17 posted on 01/10/2003 10:51:11 AM PST by CdMGuy
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To: bankwalker
the great RAY BREAM in L.A. fought for years with libs and queers fighting the good fight
18 posted on 01/10/2003 10:54:13 AM PST by cactusSharp
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To: CdMGuy
So who are the Top Ten Callers? In LA I'd nominate Doug from Upland and I support FREDDY one thousan' percen'
19 posted on 01/10/2003 10:54:34 AM PST by Republicus2001
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To: Pliney the younger
Glenn Beck

Recently nominated for "Talkshow host of the year" along with Rush.

Glenn ROCKS!

20 posted on 01/10/2003 10:56:05 AM PST by Damocles (Sick Freak Central)
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To: Pliney the younger
Okay, I'll bite. Talk Radio, to me, is an addiction worse than tobacco.

FWIW - in descending order of influence:
Rush ***1/2
Neal Boortz ****
Sean Hannity ***
Michael Savage ***
Michael Medved ****
Laura Ingraham ***1/2
Larry Elder ***
Hugh Hewitt *****
Dennis Prager ***1/2
and, for tenth, I'll give "props" to Walter Williams, when he sits in!

21 posted on 01/10/2003 11:00:33 AM PST by IslandJeff (What's this? LOL)
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To: ghost of nixon
Juan Carlos

Diane Rheem

and all the NPR reporters

23 posted on 01/10/2003 11:05:47 AM PST by philosofy123
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To: Pliney the younger
Rush, Sean Hannity and Michael Savage! Old George Putnam in Los Anageles deserves an honorable mention!
24 posted on 01/10/2003 11:08:13 AM PST by Lucky2
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To: Pliney the younger
1. Rush
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7. Hannity
8. Ingraham
9. North
10. Liddy


Nobody comes close to Rush, but the others are too good not to mention. Anyway, there's my list.
25 posted on 01/10/2003 11:09:19 AM PST by rs79bm
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To: Pliney the younger
For intellectual depth, I prefer the following order:

1) Dennis Praeger
2) Hugh Hewitt
3) Michael Medved
4) Rush Limbaugh
5) Sean Hannity

Unfortunately, my recent move to God's country means only Sean is on the air in Fargo, ND.

26 posted on 01/10/2003 11:09:39 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Stupid is as stupid does...)
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To: Pliney the younger
An addition to your list: Glenn Beck is savagely sarcastic (and more than a bit unconventional), but very effective in making a point by ridiculing the lieberals. He takes Rush's tactic of doing the same, and bumps it up a few orders of magnitude.

Rush is clearly #1, simply based upon the size of his audience, but he's not, IMHO, the most intelligent or articulate (though he's got to be very near the top - how else could he get to the top of the ratings and hold it for so many years?). Why do I say this? Because he is, first and foremost, an entertainer. Too much of his show is dedicated to parody songs, discussions of football, etc., all of which add nothing to the political debate. Don't get me wrong - they ARE entertaining, and I esp. like the parodies, but that is fun, not serious debate. I often wonder whether it would be better for Rush to be more serious with a somewhat smaller audience, but I always conclude that things are best as they are - he reaches many more people with his existing format, and there IS enough substance there to change the minds of many fence-sitters (and even a few lukewarm libs). I do wish, however, that Rush would get his act together with regard to the 2nd Amendment. He makes the right noises most of the time, but is too timid (perhaps because he doesn't want to lose audience share) to come right out and say that the 2nd is there to preserve the means by which we may, someday, have to violently protect our freedoms against our own government, just as the generation of the Founding Fathers had to do.

I pick G. Gordon Liddy as the most intelligent and clearest thinking of the relatively limited number of those whom I've heard over the last several years. He is, in many ways, a true renaissance man. The depth of his knowledge on a very wide variety of subjects is stunning. His only problem is the taint of Watergate, though this is also the very reason why he can command an audience. G. Gordo isn't afraid to say anything about any subject. I especially like it when he describes how many guns "Mrs. Liddy" owns, which he "might happen to pick up" if someone broke into his home (being a convicted felon, he can't legally own a firearm).

Hannity is very good, a worthy successor to Rush in many ways, but he's hardly a doctrinaire conservative (if there truly is such a thing).

Mike Savage is also up there, but I've not heard him too many times.

Michael Reagan is very good, and he has that magic name to help him along.

Dr. Laura is not, IMHO, very effective because her somewhat grating style turns off a lot of people that the logic and morality of (most of) her positions ought to convert.

Paul Harvey is very well known, of course, but is largely unpolitical.

Walter Williams is amazingly bright and articulate, and has the added advantage of having a teflon coating against charges of racism - I really like him best of all among the Rush substitute hosts.
27 posted on 01/10/2003 11:10:11 AM PST by Ancesthntr
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To: The Obstinate Insomniac
Rush, Rush, Rush, Rush, Rush, Rush, Rush, Rush, Rush, Rush,
Hannity, Hannity, Hannity, Hannity, Hannity, Hannity
28 posted on 01/10/2003 11:15:29 AM PST by smiley
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To: Damocles
Glenn Beck, eh? I have to disagree, but only because I'm comparing his show now to what it was before he went into Cheap Channel syndication. He used to be great, much more opinionated, more edgy, and had better production when he was local here in Tampa. Unfortunately, Cheap Channel turned him into a wimpy, cry-baby, girly man version of what he once was. That's too bad, because he used to be awesome.

My nominee is none other than the Black Avenger, Mr. Ken Hamblin. I'm surprised he's not in more markets that he is.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

29 posted on 01/10/2003 11:15:46 AM PST by wku man
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To: Pliney the younger
Glenn Beck is the BEST!
30 posted on 01/10/2003 11:15:58 AM PST by chnsmok (Is that a great-looking grandbaby or what!)
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To: Ancesthntr
OK, I rambled a bit. Here is my personal favorite's list:

1. Liddy
2. Walt Williams (when he's on, which isn't enough)
3. Rush
4. Glenn Beck
5. Hannity
6. Michael Reagan

31 posted on 01/10/2003 11:16:47 AM PST by Ancesthntr
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To: Pliney the younger
Here in MN we have a guy named Jason Lewis and I think he rules. Most of his show is dedicated to people calling in, and yes he lets plenty of liberals on.
32 posted on 01/10/2003 11:20:56 AM PST by Sinner6
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To: Geezerette
Dittos to those you've chosen ... especially Michael Savage!

I like Savage but I can't see anyone listening to him day in and day out. He usually talks sense but will veer off into a confrontational mode that, in my opinion, lessens his effectiveness. He comes after you at an emotional, gut level, rather than an intellectual level.

The KSFO morning team (Lee Rodgers and Melanie Morgan) are hands down my favorite conservative commentators.

33 posted on 01/10/2003 11:21:27 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: GoodOleBoy321
Thank you. I am no fan of Hedgecock.
34 posted on 01/10/2003 11:23:01 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Republicus2001
So who are the Top Ten Callers?

1. Frank from Queens

2. John from Staten Island

3. Carl from Oyster Bay

4. ...

35 posted on 01/10/2003 11:25:26 AM PST by bankwalker (lost 35 pounds since 11/20/2002 - 5 per week)
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To: smiley
While agreeing with the consenus that Rush is #1, there is a local show in the San Francisco Bay Area that precedes Rush and is on between 5:00AM and 9:00AM on 560KSFO. This show is both serious and humorous and features three radio personalities; Lee, Melanie Morgan and "Officer Vic".

They are worth a listen!

36 posted on 01/10/2003 11:27:14 AM PST by albee
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To: wku man
I agree whole-heartedly. I haven't heard Mr Hamblin since I was transferred from Oklahoma to New Jersey in the mid nineties. Rush and Sean and alot of these commentators are good. But when Ken went on a rant the man was on fire! I miss his hard-hitting commentary.
37 posted on 01/10/2003 11:27:21 AM PST by samm1148
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To: wku man
I have not heard the Black Avenger since leaving Cali...
38 posted on 01/10/2003 11:28:44 AM PST by CyberCowboy777
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To: Pliney the younger
Locally Lars Larson - Oregon's #1 radio host
39 posted on 01/10/2003 11:29:34 AM PST by CyberCowboy777
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To: Damocles
Glenn Beck is the funniest guy I've heard in years.

But the reason none of these names will ever approach Rush's popularity is that he understands radio the way nobody else does and still, after all these years, nobody gets it.

First, he has an unmatched sense of when the program is moving and when it is getting bogged down. Some of these guys will do 2 hours on some nuance they consider interesting but millions of conservatives' eyes are glazing over in the audience.

Also, they all, except Rush, surrender their shows, at times, to the callers. It is not just a joke that the function of the caller is to make the host look good; 9 out of 10 calls are not interesting, except for how the host responds. If it was the caller we were interested in, we would only need a call screener.

Despite what you may think about his opinion on any given subject, Rush is at the top not because he is more entertaining (Glenn Beck is more entertaining) but because he understands the format better than anybodt else and his instinct for good radio is tops.

40 posted on 01/10/2003 11:33:41 AM PST by Taliesan
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To: GoodOleBoy321
His conviction was overturned because of jury tampering.
41 posted on 01/10/2003 11:35:32 AM PST by Hildy
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To: GoodOleBoy321
I looked it up and you are right, Hedgecock was convicted after a third of three public corruption trials in 1985 and had to resign as mayor of San Diego. It reads like a very long and especially vicious conflict among the local business and political powers, but there is no denying what you stated. One comment I noticed was a description of Hedgecock as a "formerly liberal" mayor.

To answer your question, yes we do have standards, and based on the basic information out on the net I would not want Hedgecock to regain public office. That being said, he is noetheless at this time very articulate in presenting viewpoints which most conservatives can agree with. I'd leave any further comment to San Diegans who will know and remember much more about the eaxct circumstances of a case that ended seventeen years ago.

42 posted on 01/10/2003 11:39:01 AM PST by katana
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To: Pliney the younger
Jim Quinn-Pittsburgh (Archives-www.warroom.com) Listen to the archives and you'll see why.

Alex Jones-Austin (Archives-www.infowars.com) Powerful.
43 posted on 01/10/2003 11:47:20 AM PST by jslade
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To: Pliney the younger
If you are talking "influential" then my picks would be: "Limbaugh - Hannity and Savage. -Tom
44 posted on 01/10/2003 11:47:23 AM PST by Capt. Tom
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To: Pliney the younger
It sure is interesting, good old Bill O'Reilly is not on anyone's list. Funny too. He's in my market but I don't think anyone is tuning in. Perhaps Bill is finally out of his league? Or, in over his head.
45 posted on 01/10/2003 11:48:55 AM PST by Morgan in Denver
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To: katana
I believe Hedgecock won re-election while he was still under indictment before the case came to trial.
46 posted on 01/10/2003 11:52:22 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: samm1148
I miss his hard-hitting commentary.

Plus his manners are impeccable.

47 posted on 01/10/2003 11:53:40 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Pliney the younger
Of the ones I hear:

Rush
Medved

Boortz is a Libertarian so I won't include him but he is one of the best.

I don't like Liddy. He's too old and gets befuddled easily.

48 posted on 01/10/2003 11:59:11 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you can't beat 'em, beat 'em anyway)
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To: Pliney the younger
Ken Hamblin, The Black Avenger
49 posted on 01/10/2003 12:00:00 PM PST by hardhead
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To: Pliney the younger
Mike Rosen from Denver uses a large amount of critical reasoning to pretty much decimate any liberal contention.
50 posted on 01/10/2003 12:06:14 PM PST by lockeliberty
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