most important talk show hosts

Chip Austin
Mon Apr 17 23:17:59 EDT 2006

An honorable mention to Arthur Godfrey who bridged the "Golden Age" of 
radio with the modern era. His show on CBS lasted into the late '60s and 
exposed boomers like me to talk radio. There wasn't much network radio 
talk to listen to between Godfrey and Rush, but kudos to Larry King for 
keeping the torch lit through that period.

Donna Halper wrote:

> Folks, this is NOT an ideological question.  I've been asked to do a 
> journal article (this is for an academic journal) about the most 
> influential talk show hosts (past or present).  I don't care about their 
> politics-- this isn't about their politics.  It's about their influence, 
> their following, how they changed the genre.  So, who do you consider to 
> be the most important, most worthy of being remembered for their impact 
> on talk radio?  They can be right wing, left wing, secular, religious, 
> you tell me, but just give me one-- or two at most, and your reason for 
> choosing the person(s).  Your opinions are appreciated, and I don't need 
> to quote you unless you want to be quoted.

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