Conservative talk radio is just as it sounds—a format in talk radio that presents the viewpoints and issues from a conservative angle. These days the definition of conservative radio has somewhat lessened its reigns, which has allowed it to broaden in scope enough to allow libertarian talk shows to be included in its overall definition.
In 1987, the United States abolished the Fairness Doctrine, and this opened the door to the conservative format to grow into its current-day dominant form. However, do not mistake today’s talk radio for that of the early years, when such greats as Paul Harvey and Fulton Lewis carried the parties flag.
The history of conservative talk radio didn’t really see significant growth until 1987 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made a move to abolish the Fairness Doctrine. This change opened the door to radios stations being able to take a view of one party or another, and no longer required to present a contrasting view.
It also led to the introduction of some of the best radio hosts in the conservative field, with more coming on the scene every day.
Considered by many as having been the savior of conservative talk radio, Limbaugh is undeniably a major force in conservative radio today. Radio hasn’t been his only outlet though, as he hosted a national television show from 1992 to 1996 as well as having written a multitude of books analyzing the conservative party. Forbes listed Limbaugh as being amongst the highest-paid radio personalities today, as his nationally syndicated weekday program broadcasts proudly from his Excellence In Broadcasting (EIB) studios in Florida.
Levin is a man who wears many hats, including that of author, lawyer, and radio personality. In addition to his syndicated radio show, The Mark Levin Show, he also appears on Fox News and steps in The Advantages To Solar Power for Rush Limbaugh behind the golden EIB microphone. Levin worked for President Ronald Reagans administration as well being chief of staff for former Attorney General Edwin Meese. He has authored seven books and provides commentary for multiple media outlets.
As a self-proclaimed conservative in the vein of Ronald Reagan, Hannity is the host of his nationally syndicated weekday radio show The Sean Hannity Show as well as his commentary program on Fox News. Hannity came into popularity when he appeared on Fox opposite the late Alan Colmes. Hannity and Colmes would debate the issues of the day, with each taking a different party overview. When Colmes left the show in 2008, it then became Hannity. Over the years, Hannity has stepped off the beaten conservative path a time a two, having delved in the arena of conspiracy theories.
A true renaissance man for the ages, Beck services as not only a conservative radio talk show host but also a political commentator, television producer, and all around conspiracy theorist. Having founded Blaze TV, after tiring of such media outlets as Fox News, he went on to syndicate his empire on a national scale. Much like Limbaugh, Glenn performed his due diligence, having done his stint in network television from 2006 to 2011. It was when he founded The Blaze that he indeed found his home sweet home.
Many will say that, after decades of work, conservative talk radio is finally coming into its own. For years we only had the liberal point of view in the news. However, as Fox News boasts, the conservatives report, and we the people can now decide.