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Icons of Talk: The Media Mouths That Changed America (Greenwood Icons)

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Americans love talk shows. In a typical week, more than 13 million Americans listen to Rush Limbaugh, whose syndicated radio show is carried by about 600 stations. On television, Oprah Winfrey's syndicated talk show is seen by an estimated 30 million viewers each week. Talk show hosts like Winfrey and Limbaugh have become iconic figures, frequently quoted and capable of inspiring intense opinions. What they say on the air is discussed around the water cooler at work, or commented about on blogs and fan web sites. Talk show hosts have helped to make or break political candidates, and their larger-than-life personalities have earned them millions of fans (as well as more than a few enemies). Icons of Talk highlights the most groundbreaking exemplars of the talk show genre, a genre that has had a profound influence on American life for over 70 years.

Among the featured:

• Joe Pyne

• Jerry Williams

• Herb Jepko

• Randi Rhodes

• Rush Limbaugh

• Larry King

• Dr. Laura Schlesinger

• Steve Allen

• Jerry Springer

• Howard Stern.

• Oprah Winfrey

• Don Francisco

• Cristina Saralegui

• Tavis Smiley

• James Dobson

• Don Imus

Going behind the scenes, this volume showcases the techniques hosts used to motivate (and sometimes aggravate) audiences, and examines the talk show in all of its various formats, including sports-talk, religious-talk, political-talk, and celebrity-talk. Each entry places the talk format and its hosts into historical context, addressing such questions as: What was going on in society when these talkers were on the air? How did each of them affect or change society? What were the issues they liked to talk about and what reaction did they get from listeners and from critics? How were talk hosts able to persuade people to vote for particular candidates or support certain policies? Which hosts were considered controversial and why? Complete with photographs, a timeline, and a resource guide of sources and organizations, this volume is ideal for students of journalism and media studies.

Book News Annotation:

In this reference aimed at students and general readers, Halper, a media historian and educator who has worked in radio, profiles 20 past and present radio and TV talk show hosts: Steve Allen, Johnny Carson, James Dobson, Don Francisco, Larry King, David Letterman, Rush Limbaugh, Joe Pyne, Randi Rhodes, Ed Schultz, Jay Leno, Cristina Saralegui, Laura Schlessinger, Tavis Smiley, Tom Snyder, Howard Stern, Jerry Springer, Jerry Williams, Herb Jepko, and Oprah Winfrey. Profiles describe techniques, influences, issues they became famous for, reactions to them, controversies, biographies, and career paths. The introduction gives a detailed history of the talk show, and an appendix includes brief profiles of 16 others. Included are sidebars of other people and issues that have influenced shows, such as The View, Talkers magazine, and Christian radio and television. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Americans love talk shows. In a typical week, more than 13 million Americans listen to Rush Limbaugh, whose syndicated radio show is carried by about 600 stations. On television, Oprah Winfrey's syndicated talk show is seen by an estimated 30 million viewers each week. Talk show hosts like Winfrey and Limbaugh have become iconic figures, frequently quoted and capable of inspiring intense opinions. What they say on the air is discussed around the water cooler at work, or commented about on blogs and fan web sites. Talk show hosts have helped to make or break political candidates, and their larger-than-life personalities have earned them millions of fans (as well as more than a few enemies). Icons of Talk highlights the most groundbreaking exemplars of the talk show genre, a genre that has had a profound influence on American life for over 70 years.

Table of Contents

List of Photos

Series Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part 1: How the Talk Show Was Born: The History of a Genre

Part 2: The Icons

Steve Allen

Johnny Carson

James Dobson

Don Francisco [AU needs to verify spelling of last name.]

Herb Jepko

Larry King

Jay Leno

David Letterman

Rush Limbaugh

Joe Pyne

Randi Rhodes

Cristina Saralegui

Dr. Laura Schlesinger

Ed Schultz

Tavis Smiley

Tom Snyder

Jerry Springer

Howard Stern

Jerry Williams

Oprah Winfrey

Appendix A: Timeline: What Were People Talking About?

Appendix B: 10 Talk Show Hosts That Almost Made It

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780313343810
Author:
Halper, Donna L
Publisher:
Greenwood Press
Author:
Halper, Donna L.
Author:
Halper, Donna
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Radio talk shows
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Television talk shows - United States
Subject:
Radio talk shows - United States
Subject:
Sociology-Media
Series:
Greenwood Icons
Publication Date:
20081131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
10.00x7.10x1.10 in. 2.10 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Americans love talk shows. In a typical week, more than 13 million Americans listen to Rush Limbaugh, whose syndicated radio show is carried by about 600 stations. On television, Oprah Winfrey's syndicated talk show is seen by an estimated 30 million viewers each week. Talk show hosts like Winfrey and Limbaugh have become iconic figures, frequently quoted and capable of inspiring intense opinions. What they say on the air is discussed around the water cooler at work, or commented about on blogs and fan web sites. Talk show hosts have helped to make or break political candidates, and their larger-than-life personalities have earned them millions of fans (as well as more than a few enemies). Icons of Talk highlights the most groundbreaking exemplars of the talk show genre, a genre that has had a profound influence on American life for over 70 years.
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