The Right Frequency introduces the reader to early voices who achieved fame, money, and audience like H.V. Kaltenborn, Boake Carter, Father Charles Coughlin, and others. As Lucas points out these men were able to wield the early power of the medium with both their commentary and personalities.
The Right Frequency examines how today's Talk Radio affects "the American electorate." It does so by tracing the jagged history of free speech which was at first unrestrained by political regulation, then politically balanced as dictated by "The Fairness Doctrine" and ultimately unrestrained again by the removal of The Fairness Doctrine as regulatory law. As you can imagine, Democrats and Republicans were both involved in defining how free free speech would be on government regulated airwaves. You'll have to read the book and decide for yourself if there was a good guy or bad guy in that struggle.
Make no mistake: The Right Frequency is a book mostly about conservative talk radio, written by a man who has an impressive résumé writing for conservative-based publications. Fred Lucas is the White House correspondent for CNSNews.com. He is also a contributing editor for Townhall Magazine and has written for The Weekly Standard, The American Spectator, Human Events, The Washington Times and The New York Post. Before going to Washington, he reported on state capitols in Kentucky and Connecticut. But, it's important to note that the tone of The Right Frequency did not seem to be one written by a cheerleader for the right. Rather, Lucas' book reads more like an objective study, scribed with footnotes leading to sources which demonstrate what he says is based in fact, not speculation or opinion.
Besides providing a chronology of early pioneers in Talk Radio, fThe Right Frequency delves into the careers of talkers like Joe Pyne, Bob Grant, Barry Farber, Neal Boortz, and Rush Limbaugh. It looks at Talk Radio during the Clinton and Bush Administrations and even spends a little time discussing the Glenn Beck phenomenon and the success of Mark Levin, who Lucas calls the "Chief Justice of the Airwaves."
The author even devotes some time to discussing a few successful liberal talk show hosts like Alan Colmes, Stephanie Miller, and Ed Shultz. He analyzes the now defunct Air America Radio network and delves into why the progressive hope created to counter conservative talk radio ultimately failed and declared bankruptcy.
As I write this, we are nearing another national election. Media no doubt has much to do with voters coming to conclusions in order to cast votes. Why else