I’ve always listened to a lot of radio. I’ve always irritated my significant other with my need to listen to the radio to go to sleep.
It started with listening to baseball and to the King Biscuit Flower Hour way back in the day in my bedroom at my parents’ home. That’s where I also watched the early broadcasts of SNL, Monty Python and The Little Show After Monty Python. And KLOL in Houston was cutting edge rock and roll in Houston.
I listened to Larry King and Art Bell. I remember when I found Rush Limbaugh. I remember when I found Jim Rome. I remember when KTRH was a news radio station.
People commenting on the Houston Chronicle web site have doubted whether or not I actually listen to Limbaugh at the same time that someone I work with has accused me of being a fan because I’ve always got his show in the background (he’s new).
However, without someone leaning over my shoulder all these years, I have no proof that I have listened to Limbaugh.
Is Limbaugh a racist? No doubt. Is Limbaugh all out for himself and trying to increase his measurements on the rating tools advertisers use to make ad buys? No doubt. Does he think he is smarter than everyone else? Have you listened to his show? Did he leak his ownership bid in the NFL himself? That’s pretty certain, in my view, given how he loves the attention of the media that he flogs at every opportunity.
Think about it. Limbaugh makes his money off of media types talking about him and at the same time he indefatigably belittles them — insults them. But they come running to get his take every time.
Another thing to think about is how old AM radio is. It consists of wingnut talk, religious talk, and non-English stations. While KTRH may be a hold out, I can see the future — AM radio will be religion and non-English broadcasts.
It’s a good thing Michael Berry has a realtor license.