The days of BlogTalkRadio being the best-kept secret in conservative chatter are clearly over.
Today—as the Los Angeles Times attests in a story headlined “Aspiring Rush Limbaughs Take to Web Radio”—millions of Americans are turning in to our humble network for news, opinions and information not always given equal (if any) time in the mainstream media.
That while hundreds more are getting behind the mic to give voice to the groundswell of political discontent raging from coast to coast.
Three such citizen broadcasters are Marie Stroughter, host of African-American Conservatives (or AACONS), and Luis Bermudez and Ethan Koelsch, hosts of EJ and the Bear.
Marie, writes the Times, “was frustrated by how few fellow African Americans she saw in conservative politics.
“Along with her husband and a friend she met on the social networking site Twitter, [she] created a website called African American Conservatives, and planned to use it to link to news stories and post interviews with newsmakers.
“When an interviewee suggested she use BlogTalkRadio, Stroughter thought it was a ‘neat idea.’ Now, a year later, she hosts a weekly show that counts among its guests [Karl] Rove, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Senate candidate and Orange County Assemblyman Chuck DeVore and conservative media entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart.”
As for the Times‘ take on Luis and Ethan, the paper writes:
“The show follows the format of traditional talk shows, but this is talk radio homemade-style—virtual talk radio. No fancy studios needed. EJ and the Bear use the Internet to deliver radio to listeners’ laptops and PCs.
“They’re part of a growing group of aspiring Rush Limbaughs and Sean Hannitys relying on inexpensive, easy-to-use online technology to take their turn at the microphone.
“And though they’re less formal than their better-known counterparts on ‘terrestrial radio,’ most take their mission just as seriously.”
To read the full Times story, click here.
To sample Marie’s show, click here.
To read more about Marie’s interview with Karl Rove, click here.
To sample Ethan and Luis’ show, click here.