How Conservative Revenue underwrites Liberal Talk Radio

Local talk radio is a luxury only afforded by the revenue streams of the Limbaugh’s, Hannity’s and Levin’s of the national airwaves.  These powerhouses of conservative talk collectively generate the lion’s share of income to some 1300 radio stations serving the entertainment and information needs of over 42 millions listeners each week.  Local radio WNBF-1290AM is one of those outlets.

 

Here in the Southern Tier, the WNBF talk-host is Bob Joseph.  Instead of finding a host with unfettered opinions and the willingness to express and defend them freely, Joseph also doubles as a reporter, pressed into action when the former talk host unexpectedly fell ill some years ago. Because Joseph needs to be sensitive to his credibility as a straight news reporter, this compromises his ability to openly and freely share his opinions, especially on news items he reports on when he wears his reporter’s hat.  Add to this dilemma the fact that while Joseph is a garden-variety liberal in the wide world of conservative talk, he wobbles when taking positions using snarky and sarcastic undertones suggesting insincerity while affording him a comfortable distance from his own words.  Not many of the listener’s share his personal views, which he attempts to disguise through the over-use of sarcasm and being openly facetious.

 

You would think that the abysmal failure of the Air America network of “progressive radio” in 2010 would serve as an example to Joseph, but instead, he doubles down on liberal-leaning rants, no so cleverly cloaked in sarcastic nuance so to provide a convenient escape if and when a listener calls him out.

Levin

How can you have as mentors, the three giants in the arena, and still manage to misunderstand your audience?  When half a dozen callers represent a five days a week regularity to the point that other listeners know them by name, you know your show is in the tank.  After listening and learning from the greats in the business, why would any host stray too far from the successful format they demonstrate each day?

Hannity

Without the steady income provided by the big-boys, the lights would soon flicker and the power would be shut off to the transmitter on Ingraham Hill and the swan song of Bob Joseph would trail off into the ether, left to the dredges of Twitter and the stream of photos showing pet dogs and dilapidated old EJ buildings reminiscent of the “good old days.”

 

Truth be told, there is Pulitzer Prize level scandal all around the Southern Tier, just ask John from Binghamton, a daily caller/contributor.  The fact is, Joseph doesn’t have the stones to report it so instead, we get three hours of snark and sarcasm while waiting for the varsity to play.  Joseph ought to end his show every day with a big thanks to Rush for making it all possible, and the bad actors in and around Broome County should thank him and all the other local media midgets for turning a blind eye.

 

Local talk radio is a luxury only afforded by the revenue streams of the Limbaugh’s, Hannity’s and Levin’s of the national airwaves.  These powerhouses of conservative talk collectively generate the lion’s share of income to some 1300 radio stations serving the entertainment and information needs of over 42 millions listeners each week.  Local radio WNBF-1290AM is one of those outlets.

 

Here in the Southern Tier, the WNBF talk-host is Bob Joseph.  Instead of finding a host with unfettered opinions and the willingness to express and defend them freely, Joseph also doubles as a reporter, pressed into action when the former talk host unexpectedly fell ill some years ago. Because Joseph needs to be sensitive to his credibility as a straight news reporter, this compromises his ability to openly and freely share his opinions, especially on news items he reports on when he wears his reporter’s hat.  Add to this dilemma the fact that while Joseph is a garden-variety liberal in the wide world of conservative talk, he wobbles when taking positions using snarky and sarcastic undertones suggesting insincerity while affording him a comfortable distance from his own words.  Not many of the listener’s share his personal views, which he attempts to disguise through the over-use of sarcasm and being openly facetious.

 

You would think that the abysmal failure of the Air America network of “progressive radio” in 2010 would serve as an example to Joseph, but instead, he doubles down on liberal-leaning rants, no so cleverly cloaked in sarcastic nuance so to provide a convenient escape if and when a listener calls him out.

 

How can you have as mentors, the three giants in the arena, and still manage to misunderstand your audience?  When half a dozen callers represent a five days a week regularity to the point that other listeners know them by name, you know your show is in the tank.  After listening and learning from the greats in the business, why would any host stray too far from the successful format they demonstrate each day?

 

Without the steady income provided by the big-boys, the lights would soon flicker and the power would be shut off to the transmitter on Ingraham Hill and the swan song of Bob Joseph would trail off into the ether, left to the dredges of Twitter and the stream of photos showing pet dogs and dilapidated old EJ buildings reminiscent of the “good old days.”

 

Truth be told, there is Pulitzer Prize level scandal all around the Southern Tier, just ask John from Binghamton, a daily caller/contributor.  The fact is, Joseph doesn’t have the stones to report it so instead, we get three hours of snark and sarcasm while waiting for the varsity to play.  Joseph ought to end his show every day with a big thanks to Rush for making it all possible, and the bad actors in and around Broome County should thank him and all the other local media midgets for turning a blind eye.

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