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The Radio Right: How a Band of Broadcasters Took on the Federal Government and Built the Modern Conservative Movement

Paul Matzko

Abstract

By the early 1960s, and for the first time in history, most Americans across the nation could tune their radio to a station that aired conservative programming from dawn to dusk. People listened to these shows in remarkable numbers; for example, the broadcaster with the largest listening audience, Carl McIntire, had a weekly audience of twenty million, or one in nine American households. For the sake of comparison, that is a higher percentage of the country than would listen to conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh forty years later. As this Radio Right phenomenon grew, President John F. ... More

Keywords: talk radio, broadcasting, conservatism, New Right, Federal Communications Commission, Fairness Doctrine, John F. Kennedy, Carl McIntire, Billy James Hargis, censorship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190073220
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190073220.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Matzko, author
Assistant Editor for Tech and Innovation, Cato Institute