Former George Bush speechwriter David Frumm is blaming talk radio for the health care fiasco this week. Claiming that we made it impossible for republicans to deal with President Obama. Frumm's analysis on talk radio is as flawed as much of his advice to President Bush during the Bush Presidency. Frumm, who is definied as a neo-con, has a philosophy that is different than the traditional conservatism of Ronald Reagan. You do not deal with the devil(s). Did Frumm not learn any thing on how many times President Bush was burned in trying to cozy up to democrats? Frumm wasn't that successful in providing President Bush good advice (i.e. use of US military) and he better let us in the business analyze talk radio. Talk radio is successful when we are in touch with the listeners.
One media writer agreeing with Frumm lamented that the format is focused on anger. Not so.It is the only vehicle left for the American people to voice their true opinion where the elitists do not have full control. So, not surprising that elites, in the media and body politic, would not like the current structure. It is this disconnect by some who came to be in charge of these talk radio stations as to why many stations are suffering. They didn't like talk radio, or the audience, and rather than serve them they chose to try and change it. That same writer once wrote that the best talk radio he ever heard was about some guy talking about whether to "trim his pubes." That is what I'm talking about. Look at the track record of those who think talk radio should be the chit-chat you can find any where on some morning zoo(if they aren't voicetracking) and you'll see a lot of radio debris. The best talk radio is tapping into the mood of the listeners and serving them to the best of our ability.
Doug Kellett @idougradio
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