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(Politico)   "The Talk Radio Effect" People still give a damn about talk radio? Well I'll be   (politico.com) divider line 88
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2014-06-18 10:57:01 AM  
The people who really care about talk radio are the agencies placing Paid Inquiry spots urging listeners to get rid of their worthless dollars for investment-grade gold coin...certificates, asking why pay $15 a pill for FDA-approved dick hardeners when we have these all-natural ones without government oversight for $2/pill and hawking buckets of apocalypse chow so True Americans can hold out when the government and the Islams realize the key to conquering the world is a trailer park in Skeeter Holler.
 
2014-06-18 11:05:09 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: The people who really care about talk radio are the agencies placing Paid Inquiry spots urging listeners to get rid of their worthless dollars for investment-grade gold coin...certificates, asking why pay $15 a pill for FDA-approved dick hardeners when we have these all-natural ones without government oversight for $2/pill and hawking buckets of apocalypse chow so True Americans can hold out when the government and the Islams realize the key to conquering the world is a trailer park in Skeeter Holler.


Came here to say a much less eloquent version of this. Thank you.
 
2014-06-18 11:34:52 AM  
Fark you subby
It was some of Phil Hartman's best work

/Rocket Fuel Malt Liquor, DAAAMMMMMNN!
 
2014-06-18 11:46:26 AM  
You gotta think it's about the only thing keeping AM radio afloat at this point.  Doe anyone actually listen to AM radio for anything else?   Maybe you  tune in for about 10 minutes as you start your commute to seehow  traffic is and get the weather, but I don't think anyone's listening to AM for any extended period unless they're listening to get their daily dose of derp.
 
2014-06-18 11:58:10 AM  
The death of conservative talk radio, hailed by liberal pundits earlier this year after Rush Limbaugh's ratings took a tumble, has been greatly exaggerated.

I don't remember that happening.  I remember the drop in ratings, and the loss of sponsors, but I missed the liberal pundits hailing "The death of conservative talk radio"

Someone forgot to send me that memo.
 
2014-06-18 12:03:50 PM  
Limbaugh expressed their views in a fun and entertaining manner-as when he introduced animal rights updates with Andy Williams' "Born Free" overdubbed with machine gun blasts, mortar explosions and animals screeching.

It's funny!!1!  HAW HAW HAW!!
 
2014-06-18 12:13:39 PM  
I can understand where Cantor could blame his loss here.  Since the only people who listen to this drivel probably are all registered Republicans(barring the few who listen for fun) and Christians to boot.  So basically the Moronic Majority who will gladly replace Cantor with someone even more infested with the racist goopbrain than he is.
 
2014-06-18 12:26:35 PM  

jake_lex: You gotta think it's about the only thing keeping AM radio afloat at this point.  Doe anyone actually listen to AM radio for anything else?   Maybe you  tune in for about 10 minutes as you start your commute to seehow  traffic is and get the weather, but I don't think anyone's listening to AM for any extended period unless they're listening to get their daily dose of derp.


Sports.
 
2014-06-18 12:27:05 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: The death of conservative talk radio, hailed by liberal pundits earlier this year after Rush Limbaugh's ratings took a tumble, has been greatly exaggerated.

I don't remember that happening.  I remember the drop in ratings, and the loss of sponsors, but I missed the liberal pundits hailing "The death of conservative talk radio"

Someone forgot to send me that memo.


I definitely remember several discussions on here full of Fark Libs eulogizing Rush and dancing on his apparent grave, laughing at every instance of dead air or Ad Council spots during his breaks, rather than paid advertising. Of course the reality was that all the sponsors came crawling back after the heat died down and / or were replaced by other sponsors, and now Limbaugh's ratings are as high as they've ever been.

http://www.talkers.com/top-talk-radio-audiences/
 
2014-06-18 12:52:16 PM  

spman: Lionel Mandrake: The death of conservative talk radio, hailed by liberal pundits earlier this year after Rush Limbaugh's ratings took a tumble, has been greatly exaggerated.

I don't remember that happening.  I remember the drop in ratings, and the loss of sponsors, but I missed the liberal pundits hailing "The death of conservative talk radio"

Someone forgot to send me that memo.

I definitely remember several discussions on here full of Fark Libs eulogizing Rush and dancing on his apparent grave, laughing at every instance of dead air or Ad Council spots during his breaks, rather than paid advertising. Of course the reality was that all the sponsors came crawling back after the heat died down and / or were replaced by other sponsors, and now Limbaugh's ratings are as high as they've ever been.

http://www.talkers.com/top-talk-radio-audiences/


So "liberal pundits" means "fark libs?"

Personally, I never thought of talk radio as dead...just continually dying.  Or, at least, increasingly marginalized.
 
2014-06-18 01:01:47 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: spman: Lionel Mandrake: The death of conservative talk radio, hailed by liberal pundits earlier this year after Rush Limbaugh's ratings took a tumble, has been greatly exaggerated.

I don't remember that happening.  I remember the drop in ratings, and the loss of sponsors, but I missed the liberal pundits hailing "The death of conservative talk radio"

Someone forgot to send me that memo.

I definitely remember several discussions on here full of Fark Libs eulogizing Rush and dancing on his apparent grave, laughing at every instance of dead air or Ad Council spots during his breaks, rather than paid advertising. Of course the reality was that all the sponsors came crawling back after the heat died down and / or were replaced by other sponsors, and now Limbaugh's ratings are as high as they've ever been.

http://www.talkers.com/top-talk-radio-audiences/

So "liberal pundits" means "fark libs?"

Personally, I never thought of talk radio as dead...just continually dying.  Or, at least, increasingly marginalized.


People have been saying that forever. AM radio is dying, only old farts listen to it, etc. All I know is that Limbaugh still has 14 million listeners every week, and the old farts that were listening to him in 1991 are more than likely worm food in 2014, so obviously he still has a continual stream of new listeners coming in to replace the ones that are dying off, literally.
 
2014-06-18 01:08:24 PM  
 
2014-06-18 01:11:45 PM  

spman: Lionel Mandrake: spman: Lionel Mandrake: The death of conservative talk radio, hailed by liberal pundits earlier this year after Rush Limbaugh's ratings took a tumble, has been greatly exaggerated.

I don't remember that happening.  I remember the drop in ratings, and the loss of sponsors, but I missed the liberal pundits hailing "The death of conservative talk radio"

Someone forgot to send me that memo.

I definitely remember several discussions on here full of Fark Libs eulogizing Rush and dancing on his apparent grave, laughing at every instance of dead air or Ad Council spots during his breaks, rather than paid advertising. Of course the reality was that all the sponsors came crawling back after the heat died down and / or were replaced by other sponsors, and now Limbaugh's ratings are as high as they've ever been.

http://www.talkers.com/top-talk-radio-audiences/

So "liberal pundits" means "fark libs?"

Personally, I never thought of talk radio as dead...just continually dying.  Or, at least, increasingly marginalized.

People have been saying that forever. AM radio is dying, only old farts listen to it, etc. All I know is that Limbaugh still has 14 million listeners every week, and the old farts that were listening to him in 1991 are more than likely worm food in 2014, so obviously he still has a continual stream of new listeners coming in to replace the ones that are dying off, literally.


Good for him...I'm glad that bitter people have access to their daily Two Minute Hate.  Or Four Hour Hate, or whatever.

And by "marginalized" I mean that AM radio blowhards, like conservatives in general, are an increasingly local affair.  As TFA put it, they can make a big difference in off-year, local elections with low voter turnout, but are increasingly irrelevant on the national scale.  IOW, they are losing (or have lost) on the big stage.

Their impending doom may account for their increasing shrillness and verbosity, which is the meat of talk radio.  As "their" America (as they imagine it to be) dies, they are lashing out more, and tuning into shrieking blowhards.  Which is cute.
 
2014-06-18 01:23:46 PM  

spman: Lionel Mandrake: The death of conservative talk radio, hailed by liberal pundits earlier this year after Rush Limbaugh's ratings took a tumble, has been greatly exaggerated.

I don't remember that happening.  I remember the drop in ratings, and the loss of sponsors, but I missed the liberal pundits hailing "The death of conservative talk radio"

Someone forgot to send me that memo.

I definitely remember several discussions on here full of Fark Libs eulogizing Rush and dancing on his apparent grave, laughing at every instance of dead air or Ad Council spots during his breaks, rather than paid advertising. Of course the reality was that all the sponsors came crawling back after the heat died down and / or were replaced by other sponsors, and now Limbaugh's ratings are as high as they've ever been.

http://www.talkers.com/top-talk-radio-audiences/


I was under the impression that it had been proven that existing listenership numbers were known to be largely fictional.
 
2014-06-18 01:33:31 PM  
In fairness, the people that care about talk radio are dwindling simply due to attrition.
 
2014-06-18 01:34:25 PM  

NuttierThanEver: Fark you subby
It was some of Phil Hartman's best work

/Rocket Fuel Malt Liquor, DAAAMMMMMNN!


uproxx.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-06-18 01:38:36 PM  

spman: Lionel Mandrake: spman: Lionel Mandrake: The death of conservative talk radio, hailed by liberal pundits earlier this year after Rush Limbaugh's ratings took a tumble, has been greatly exaggerated.

I don't remember that happening.  I remember the drop in ratings, and the loss of sponsors, but I missed the liberal pundits hailing "The death of conservative talk radio"

Someone forgot to send me that memo.

I definitely remember several discussions on here full of Fark Libs eulogizing Rush and dancing on his apparent grave, laughing at every instance of dead air or Ad Council spots during his breaks, rather than paid advertising. Of course the reality was that all the sponsors came crawling back after the heat died down and / or were replaced by other sponsors, and now Limbaugh's ratings are as high as they've ever been.

http://www.talkers.com/top-talk-radio-audiences/

So "liberal pundits" means "fark libs?"

Personally, I never thought of talk radio as dead...just continually dying.  Or, at least, increasingly marginalized.

People have been saying that forever. AM radio is dying, only old farts listen to it, etc. All I know is that Limbaugh still has 14 million listeners every week, and the old farts that were listening to him in 1991 are more than likely worm food in 2014, so obviously he still has a continual stream of new listeners coming in to replace the ones that are dying off, literally.


LOL Republican math.

http://mediamatters.org/research/2009/03/09/why-dont-we-just-pretend - rush-limbaugh-has-50-m/148118
http://www.politicususa.com/2014/05/01/rush-limbaughs-ratings-state- co mplete-collapse.html
 
2014-06-18 01:38:41 PM  
Nobody's ignoring it anymore. After Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin, two radio hosts with a combined audience of approximately 9.25 million weekly listeners, according to the industry trade publication Talkers Magazine, helped oust House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last week, the political world snapped to attention.

36,000.  That's the number of people who listened to these two dopes and decided to vote for Brat.  Or in other words, their words managed to sway all of .01% of the total population.
 
2014-06-18 01:39:45 PM  
Radio? Who listens to that? 24 hour "news" channels are far superior.
 
2014-06-18 01:40:21 PM  

jake_lex: You gotta think it's about the only thing keeping AM radio afloat at this point.  Doe anyone actually listen to AM radio for anything else?   Maybe you  tune in for about 10 minutes as you start your commute to seehow  traffic is and get the weather, but I don't think anyone's listening to AM for any extended period unless they're listening to get their daily dose of derp.


How many people still use AM radio even for that?  These days, I can get traffic and weather in much higher detail on my phone, in a fraction of the time it would take on AM radio.
 
2014-06-18 01:40:30 PM  
Talk radio beats listening to the same 10 pop songs on all of the rest of the stations all day.
 
2014-06-18 01:44:21 PM  

Karac: 36,000. That's the number of people who listened to these two dopes and decided to vote for Brat. Or in other words, their words managed to sway all of .01% of the total population.


Though the voting age population of the district is somewhere around 570k; so 36k would be about 6% of that.
 
2014-06-18 01:44:52 PM  

gimmegimme: NuttierThanEver: Fark you subby
It was some of Phil Hartman's best work

/Rocket Fuel Malt Liquor, DAAAMMMMMNN!

[uproxx.files.wordpress.com image 500x375]


For any poor bastards who've never seen NewsRadio, here's the clip in question.

There's well worth watching.
 
2014-06-18 01:45:05 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: Talk radio beats listening to the same 10 pop songs on all of the rest of the stations all day.


But hearing a thousand variations of the same "I hate that ni...ah, that is, um, you know, what I meant was, uhhhh....socialist in the White House." isn't tiring?
 
2014-06-18 01:49:33 PM  
I can't farking stand talk radio and i keep listening to it just to reinforce that belief.

All the conservative shock jocks are just pathetic, they'll take a simple news story, mention it once and then go into an unrelated rant about how bad everything potentially could be maybe, you know, just asking questions.

it is funny (in a bad way) that people actually believe the shiat that is slung over the air.
 
2014-06-18 01:50:20 PM  

Karac: gimmegimme: NuttierThanEver: Fark you subby
It was some of Phil Hartman's best work

/Rocket Fuel Malt Liquor, DAAAMMMMMNN!

[uproxx.files.wordpress.com image 500x375]

For any poor bastards who've never seen NewsRadio, here's the clip in question.

There's well worth watching.


The whole show is, really. Start with S01E01 and watch until the episode after Hartman's funeral (where the cast is pretty openly weeping throughout the episode). After that, it just continually reminds you of Bill McNeal's loss, and how crappy the show is without him.

A depressing end to a fantastic show.
 
2014-06-18 01:51:09 PM  

EyeballKid: TheGreatGazoo: Talk radio beats listening to the same 10 pop songs on all of the rest of the stations all day.

But hearing a thousand variations of the same "I hate that ni...ah, that is, um, you know, what I meant was, uhhhh....socialist in the White House." isn't tiring?


I need to find the clip again of Santorum saying  exactlythis.
 
2014-06-18 01:52:46 PM  

spman: http://www.talkers.com/top-talk-radio-audiences/


LOL

Ratings are "estimates of national metrics  based upon the opinion of the TALKERS editorial board" and are "non-scientific projections... and do not represent exact Nielsen Audio or any other ratings service totals."  (fine print at the bottom of the "ratings" chart)
www.talkers.com

So, in the opinion of a conservative talk-radio industry publication, Rush is doing awesome!!
 
2014-06-18 01:53:58 PM  
Old people, man.
 
2014-06-18 01:55:38 PM  

Geotpf: EyeballKid: TheGreatGazoo: Talk radio beats listening to the same 10 pop songs on all of the rest of the stations all day.

But hearing a thousand variations of the same "I hate that ni...ah, that is, um, you know, what I meant was, uhhhh....socialist in the White House." isn't tiring?

I need to find the clip again of Santorum saying  exactlythis.


close
 
2014-06-18 01:56:16 PM  

Karac: gimmegimme: NuttierThanEver: Fark you subby
It was some of Phil Hartman's best work

/Rocket Fuel Malt Liquor, DAAAMMMMMNN!

[uproxx.files.wordpress.com image 500x375]

For any poor bastards who've never seen NewsRadio, here's the clip in question.

There's well worth watching.


It's so hard to choose favorites from that show.  I love Jimmy James's autobiography that was translated from English into Japanese and back into English.  The Big Bonus and the Shaft.  The complaint box...everything is so great on that show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSVzstw1WPA

Either way, all NewsRadio fans should read this amazing study of the program.

http://www.newsradioart.com/Pages/TOC.html
 
2014-06-18 01:57:42 PM  
www.newscorpse.com
 
2014-06-18 01:59:25 PM  
You can yell at the evils of the world much safer in the car than at home?
 
2014-06-18 02:00:41 PM  

jake_lex: You gotta think it's about the only thing keeping AM radio afloat at this point.  Doe anyone actually listen to AM radio for anything else?   Maybe you  tune in for about 10 minutes as you start your commute to seehow  traffic is and get the weather, but I don't think anyone's listening to AM for any extended period unless they're listening to get their daily dose of derp.


I listen to AM radio for baseball games when I'm in the car.
 
2014-06-18 02:01:45 PM  
He should really be concerned about what the queers are doing to our soil.
non-productive.com
You know what Stuart, I like you. You're not like the other people, here in the trailer park.
 
2014-06-18 02:04:37 PM  
In my day, all we had was talk on the radio. And we were thankful!

All these young whippersnappers want nowadays is their music and butt jiggling and gay marriage and swimwear that shows their ankles. It's disgusting.
 
2014-06-18 02:07:19 PM  

Witty_Retort: Geotpf: EyeballKid: TheGreatGazoo:

close

"I've looked at that quote, in fact I looked at the video," Santorum argued. "In fact, I'm pretty confident I didn't say black. What I think - I started to say a word and then sort of changed and it sort of - blah - mumbled it and sort of changed my thought."


LOL

poor Santorum, seems that his mouth and brain aren't in sync but his backpedaling mechanism is functioning properly.
 
2014-06-18 02:07:37 PM  

Isitoveryet: I can't farking stand talk radio and i keep listening to it just to reinforce that belief.


That seems exhausting. Physically, mentally, and spiritually.
 
2014-06-18 02:07:37 PM  

spman: Lionel Mandrake: The death of conservative talk radio, hailed by liberal pundits earlier this year after Rush Limbaugh's ratings took a tumble, has been greatly exaggerated.

I don't remember that happening.  I remember the drop in ratings, and the loss of sponsors, but I missed the liberal pundits hailing "The death of conservative talk radio"

Someone forgot to send me that memo.

I definitely remember several discussions on here full of Fark Libs eulogizing Rush and dancing on his apparent grave, laughing at every instance of dead air or Ad Council spots during his breaks, rather than paid advertising. Of course the reality was that all the sponsors came crawling back after the heat died down and / or were replaced by other sponsors, and now Limbaugh's ratings are as high as they've ever been.

http://www.talkers.com/top-talk-radio-audiences/


You know it's not just liberals who are disgusted by Rush and his bloviating demagoguery?
 
2014-06-18 02:08:38 PM  
Some people need a disembodied voice coming from their dashboard to tell them what to think.
 
2014-06-18 02:09:45 PM  

Isitoveryet: Witty_Retort: Geotpf: EyeballKid: TheGreatGazoo:

close

"I've looked at that quote, in fact I looked at the video," Santorum argued. "In fact, I'm pretty confident I didn't say black. What I think - I started to say a word and then sort of changed and it sort of - blah - mumbled it and sort of changed my thought."

LOL

poor Santorum, seems that his mouth and brain aren't in sync but his backpedaling mechanism is functioning properly.


What I love about that explanation is that he's basically saying, "I was GONNA say black people. But I totally stopped myself. So... you know... It's all good."
 
2014-06-18 02:11:44 PM  
Rush declared liberalism dead in '94.  It wasn't.
Liberals declared talk radio dead who knows how many times.  It isn't.

/same shiat, different day
 
2014-06-18 02:12:40 PM  
So the people who call into Clark Howard and Dave Ramsey to ask if they should take out a payday loan to pay off their credit card debt are also calling into Sean Hannity complaining about the nation's fiscal philosophy?
 
2014-06-18 02:13:26 PM  

Car_Ramrod: Isitoveryet: I can't farking stand talk radio and i keep listening to it just to reinforce that belief.

That seems exhausting. Physically, mentally, and spiritually.


fortunately, i have a short 10 min. commute.
 
2014-06-18 02:13:41 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: The people who really care about talk radio are the agencies placing Paid Inquiry spots urging listeners to get rid of their worthless dollars for investment-grade gold coin...certificates, asking why pay $15 a pill for FDA-approved dick hardeners when we have these all-natural ones without government oversight for $2/pill and hawking buckets of apocalypse chow so True Americans can hold out when the government and the Islams realize the key to conquering the world is a trailer park in Skeeter Holler.


Talk Radio advertisers don't paint a very flattering picture of talk radio listeners.

See also: advertisers who mass e-mail people who sign up to right wing websites, PACs, etc.
 
2014-06-18 02:13:53 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: The death of conservative talk radio, hailed by liberal pundits earlier this year after Rush Limbaugh's ratings took a tumble, has been greatly exaggerated.

I don't remember that happening.  I remember the drop in ratings, and the loss of sponsors, but I missed the liberal pundits hailing "The death of conservative talk radio"

Someone forgot to send me that memo.



I thought the IRS emailed it to everyone.
 
2014-06-18 02:20:39 PM  
I don't get how talk radio listeners get reception in the U-Store-It they live in while they're writing their manifesto.
 
2014-06-18 02:22:12 PM  

Snarfangel: Lionel Mandrake: The death of conservative talk radio, hailed by liberal pundits earlier this year after Rush Limbaugh's ratings took a tumble, has been greatly exaggerated.

I don't remember that happening.  I remember the drop in ratings, and the loss of sponsors, but I missed the liberal pundits hailing "The death of conservative talk radio"

Someone forgot to send me that memo.


I thought the IRS emailed it to everyone.


That explains it.  Thanks Obama.
 
2014-06-18 02:23:52 PM  
To anyone telling me:

"I heard on the radio...." 
"I heard on TV...."
" I read somewhere...."
"They say..."

I reply, "You DO know how propaganda works, now, don't you?"
 
2014-06-18 02:25:55 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: spman: http://www.talkers.com/top-talk-radio-audiences/

LOL

Ratings are "estimates of national metrics  based upon the opinion of the TALKERS editorial board" and are "non-scientific projections... and do not represent exact Nielsen Audio or any other ratings service totals."  (fine print at the bottom of the "ratings" chart)
[www.talkers.com image 575x720]

So, in the opinion of a conservative talk-radio industry publication, Rush is doing awesome!!


I don't know anything about that, but it seems like accurate radio ratings are difficult to find. For example, if you type Rush Limbaugh ratings into Google, your results either source back to Talkers Radio, or articles from Media Matters and Huffington Post cherry picking data about how badly Limbaugh's ratings are doing in markets that are heavily liberal and / or Hispanic (well, duh!) and how that is someone a sign of him coming to an end. Regardless, for someone who is apparently so reviled by liberals, and supposedly the public at large, a lot of attention sure does continue to get paid to him.
 
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