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TALK RADIO WATCH

'America didn't survive the 1960s'

Exclusive: Kathy Shaidle recaps this week's top on-air discussions

Michael Savage

Dr. Savage often plays “golden oldies” rock on his show when he comes back from a commercial break. One classic song prompted him to wonder this week: “What happened to America? How did we go from Chuck Berry to Al Sharpton? Some people say they’re surprised America survived the 1960s. I tell them we didn’t” (FREE audio).

Savage was inspired by Dr. Helen Smith’s new book “Men on Strike” to talk about how drastically America has been altered by the 1960s women’s movement (FREE audio).

“This is a war on men that was started by ‘Feminine Mystique’ author Betty Friedan and the other vile creatures who call themselves feminists,” Savage said. “And you women who can’t find a man to settle down with have only your female cohorts to blame. … Don’t blame the men. Men have awakened to the fact that marriage is a rigged pinball machine.”

Rush Limbaugh

Limbaugh made a rare appearance – or at least, a call in – on TV this week. While he’d complained mildly about his recent guest spot on “Fox & Friends,” Rush had nothing but praise for this particular Fox News program, “The Five.”

The highly rated show, hosted by Greg Gutfeld, is approaching its two-year anniversary. Media maven Limbaugh told the panel why he thought their show was such a success: “It’s real. There’s nothing contrived about it. And you all seem to enjoy what you’re doing. And I – it’s got passion. I think passion is the magnet to anything.

“And you all seem to like each other,” Limbaugh continued, “and even during times where there might be striking disagreement, it doesn’t seem filled with stress or friction.”

Aaron Klein

Klein wasn’t about to let a little laryngitis keep him from doing his show this week. In fact, he’d been diagnosed with an acute case of the malady; doctors ordered him to rest his voice for two weeks.

However, Klein didn’t want to disappoint his audience. He told the industry magazine Talkers: “The news cycle continues full force. There’s a revolution in Egypt. I read the full immigration reform bill and found some major unreported elements. And I’ve got new information on Edward Snowden. There’s just too much to talk about.”

Klein also reported on Obama aide Valerie Jarrett’s little known radical connections. (FREE audio).

Mark Levin

This week, Mark Levin announced the upcoming release of his latest book, “The Liberty Amendments.”

Hoping to replicate the success of his previous New York Times bestsellers, Levin says his new book demonstrates that the Constitution is more relevant and essential than ever.

The Founding Fathers, he argues, “provided a method in the Constitution for addressing our current circumstances.” America needs to “resuscitate” this method if they wish to “restore the Republic.”

On the air this week, Levin also offered a seminar of sorts on “what a conservative really is” (FREE audio).

Progressives, Levin explained, emphasize government, while conservatives emphasize the individual: “No matter how you slice it. No matter how you cut it. That’s all it’s about. Every single proposal coming out of the White House, from Democrats in Congress, from their mouthpieces in the media, from academia, all involves government. The iron fist of government.

Laura Ingraham

“Texas will turn blue over my cold, dead body!”

That was Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, R-Texas, promising Ingraham and everyone listening that he will fight every effort by Democrats to take over his state (FREE audio).

“If Obama doesn’t like us in Texas,” he said, “we don’t like him in Washington.”

Glenn Beck

The Deseret News profiled Glenn Beck this week, following his sold-out Forth of July theatrical extravaganza, “The Man in the Moon.”

One of the hosts on Beck’s Internet radio network, Jay Severin, explained his own passion for broadcasting, one he clearly shares with his boss: “I have a problem now when I go on vacation – if I miss my radio show to go on vacation, I can’t enjoy it. I’ll go on vacation but it has to be after I’ve done the show and then I’ll come back Monday afternoon so I can be back in time for Real News because I miss doing it when I’m not there. I love doing radio – it feels like such an intimate medium and venue with the people that are listening. I view it as a conversation with each and everyone listening; it’s like a one-on-one conversation magnified out many thousands of times.”

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