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What's Fair on the Air?: Cold War Right-Wing Broadcasting and the Public Interest

Heather Hendershot


The rise of right-wing broadcasting during the Cold War has been mostly forgotten today. But in the 1950s and 1960s you could turn on your radio any time of the day and listen to diatribes against communism, civil rights, the United Nations, fluoridation, federal income tax, Social Security, or JFK, as well as hosannas praising Barry Goldwater and Jesus Christ. Half a century before the rise of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, these broadcasters bucked the FCC’s public interest mandate and created an alternate universe of right-wing political coverage, anticommunist sermons, and pro-business blus ... More

Keywords: right-wing, right-wing broadcasting, Cold War, radio, communism, civil rights, United Nations, fluoridation, federal income tax, Social Security, Rush Limbaugh

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226326771
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226326764.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heather Hendershot, author