Political Radio --most of it--might as well be termed lazy radio. It bores the heck out of me--so too the general public which has contempt for Congress and is mostly dismayed at the current Obama administration just as it was with the last Bush elected.
There's a general malaise in the country--even as the economy has improved people are still ticked off but they're pissed at both sides, Republican and Democrat alike. Even splinter groups like the Tea Party, which have fed off the republic's dissatisfaction with ALL things politics, is the source of major disinterest among the body masses. Too bad this constant hasn't reached some of our illustrious broadcasters and programmers alike.
Locally, we have the wonderful and illustriously charming Brian Sussman Show on KSFO. Sussman's program, I like to call it "Groundhog Day" radio because it's the same show day after day. Bash Obama. Play actualities that bash Obama. And repeat that, every segment is the same. Then, seven minutes later, play more bash Obama actualities and so on and so on...until the very few people listening switch over. Even diehard conservatives have no use for repeat radio. Even hardened ultra-right wing people can only take so much of Groundhog Day broadcasts. There's nothing new here, never has been, never will.
Sussman's buddy, national talker, Mark Levin, is also a practitioner of this style. Do this experiment sometime: just give a listen to any of these guys. Because it's the same old song, you can literally repeat the show and not have to worry about the day of the week--the theme never changes. And it's not just a Republican deal. Randy Rhodes and Stephanie Miller spent the better part of eight years beating up the Bush administration --granted, like Obama, there was plenty of ammo to beat up Bush, but there comes a time when the public is fed up and has heard enough. Want further proof? Sean Hannity's ratings, both on his radio and TV show on Fox News, have been plummeting, down as much as 30% on TV. He's still doing OK on radio but his numbers have lagged there too.
I've often told Michael Savage that more people are interested in his meatball recipe than another Obama bashing. He doesn't agree. Fine. I think he's wrong. I think part of his entertaining program is that the public has turned off politics. Any wonder why nobody went to the polls last Tuesday. The disgust out there is universal. No particular party is immune. Name me a current politician that has universal love and I'll name you a nobody. I think you get my point.
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