Tom Taylor of RadioInfo writes in his annual list, "Who had a good year in 2008?"
“Progressive/liberal talk show hosts”, says longtime radio pro and Lesley University prof Donna Halper, in Boston. She says “it’s true the progressive and liberal talk...
(photo: Stephanie Miller, KPTK m-f, 6-9a)
personalities weren’t on as many stations as righties like Limbaugh and Hannity. But for those who had long predicted that progressive talk could never survive, the format demonstrated in a number of cities that it did have staying power.”
She says “Ed Schultz and Stephanie Miller both turned a profit (again) and both picked up more affiliates and were regularly seen on TV as pundits.” Donna also says that “the frequently-maligned Air America is still on the air, and its Rachel Maddow became a breakout TV star on MSNBC. It was certainly a good year for Rachel.”
(Photo: Ed Schultz, KPTK m-f, 12-3p)