- By Wednesday, please respond to the following questions in a minimum of 350 words (you may write much more!) Please number your responses. You do not have to re-write the questions. In addition to your opinion and personal experiences, include concepts that were discussed in the textbook in your responses.
Considering that talk radio is one of the most popular formats, discuss the following questions. In addition to the textbook, you may be interested to learn more about current radio trends. The Pew Research Center has a great “fact sheet” here: https://www.journalism.org/fact-sheet/audio-and-podcasting/
- Why do you think that talk radio is one of the most popular formats on radio? Do you listen to talk radio?
- Should talk-radio hosts be able to say anything they want on the radio? Is it important to air all potential issues over the airwaves, even if those issues might upset some listeners? (One conservative talk show host was fired after wishing for a “nice school shooting” to occur. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/12/19/conservative-radio-host-wishes-colorado-school-shooting-during-trump-impeachment/)
- Are radio talk shows just silly sideshows of extreme views and shocking behavior, or do they appeal to listeners in unique and significant ways?
- Do all potential topics contribute to democracy? What kinds of things shouldnâ€™t be said or discussed on the radio?
(pictured above: Radio talk show host and conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh, seen in 2010, argues the investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia is an attempt to discredit the president.)