From Daily Finance:
First she got a big fat book deal. Then she was supposedly being courted for TV stardom. Now Sarah Palin could be taking into the airwaves in a different form, as the host of her own radio talk show. “[S]ources say Palin representatives have been quietly testing the waters to see how much interest radio syndicators have for her,” reports Inside Radio.
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Imagine Princess’s ear-piercing shriek wafting across the airwaves along with the dulcet and psychotic tones of Rushbo, Beck, Hewitt, Gordo, and Weiner Savage!
This is, not to put too fine a point on it, a stupid idea. And it’s not just that Palin’s media-bashing would sit uncomfortably with a career in broadcasting; Rush Limbaugh has managed to make a go of it, even though his 30 million listeners (or however many it really is) make him, by any reasonable measure, a part of the mainstream media he ostensibly loathes.
No, the real problem is that Palin’s talents, such as they are, don’t extend to talking, as anyone who watched her hilarious/excruciating resignation speech or her career-killing interviews with Katie Couric can attest. […] Her voice is harsh, her accent jarring — the opposite of the honeyed mellifluousness that radio listeners gravitate towards.
It’s no accident that most of the top conservative radio and TV hosts, from Limbaugh to Glenn Beck to Bill O’Reilly, started out as broadcastsers, not politicos. Limbaugh was a top-40 DJ; so was Beck. On the other end of the political spectrum, Keith Olbermann was a sportscaster, and Rachel Maddow co-hosted a morning show. Radio listeners want someone who agrees with their politics, but they need someone who is, above all, a masterful talker and entertainer, capable of constructing a pleasurable, cosy aural environment. Palin can’t do that.
So how’s that radio deal going for ya, Princess?
From Broadcasting & Cable:
Inside Radio reported yesterday that a new career choice for Sarah Palin, the now former governor of Alaska and Republican lightning rod, might be a nationally syndicated radio show.
Don’t think so. While you might assume Palin would be a better fit for conservative radio than the less partisan world of syndicated broadcast TV, my sources say the country’s biggest radio conglomerate, Clear Channel, has already passed on her.
The main objection to Palin as radio talk-show host is that she would have to hold forth for three hours a day. While some of her recent remarks may indicate a talent for improvisation, anyone who’s listened to Rush Limbaugh or Thom Hartmann or Don Imus or Howard Stern or even Ryan Seacrest knows it’s the rare personality who can blab extemporaneously for 15 hours a week. And relying on callers to get you through won’t help, because as we’ve all experienced, callers-in are usually more embarrassing than compelling.
Inside Radio also gleefully points out the irony of these rumors, since Palin’s disdain for the media is clear. As she admonished reporters in her departure speech: “Quit making things up.”
Here are some of the “talents” that Princess won’t be joining at Clear Channel (from wikipedia):
News talk stations owned by Clear Channel usually have a standard slate of hosts. The morning show is usually local, with other timeslots filled by local and syndicated hosts. Programs that appear on many Clear Channel talk stations include Glenn Beck Program — getting his talk show start at Clear Channel owned WFLA (AM) in Tampa, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Sean Hannity Show, Dr. Laura, and Coast to Coast AM, all of which are affiliated with Premiere Radio Networks in some fashion. The Savage Nation, The Mark Levin Show and Dave Ramsey are non-Premiere shows that air on many (if not most) Clear Channel stations. Limbaugh is almost universally carried on Clear Channel stations in markets where the company has a news talk station, with the exception of markets such as Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA, where ABC Radio (which previously was Limbaugh’s home network) has a news talk station in the market.