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  •  LOL no (0+ / 0-)

    Beck has been around for a long time, and will be around for a long time to come. He's been successful in radio for a long time, and his start in TV has been an overwhelming success for Fox.

    He gets roughly 3-4 times as many viewers than any other show in his timeslot.

    He gets more viewers in one hour than DailyKos gets in an entire day by a factor of 3.

    Glen Beck isn't going anywhere.

    •  Comparing cable TV to a political blog (4+ / 0-)
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      Cali Scribe, A Citizen, cybersaur, jds1978

      seems a little questionable.

    •  that said... (2+ / 0-)
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      Overseas, cybersaur

      his viewership totals though are less than 1% of the US population.  So his audience is extremely small, very targeted, and panders to those who specifically WANT to see and hear what he's saying.  

      And, when you compare who watches Beck as compared to the viewship for shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, the Beck viewship is statistically less educated, less informed politically, but yet, TDS and TCR are not even intended to be serious political television... so go figure.

      If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed. - Chinese Proverb

      by legalchic on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 11:24:59 AM PDT

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    •  But what is his time slot? (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't know, because I don't watch him at all.

      If it's early evening, NOBODY really watches then. They're either making dinner, eating dinner, commuting, picking up the kids, or picking up dinner, or all of the above.

      The only people who watch in the 4-7 time slot are those who don't work, don't have kids, don't cook dinner or eat. I think that pretty much narrows it down to college students, and the sick, retired or unemployed.

      We know he doesn't get many college students.

    •  He has come back from the bottom several (0+ / 0-)

      times since he started in radio at age 13.  He trashed a lot of people during his radio days and I think there would be a fair amount of schadenfreude in the industry if his show is cancelled.

      Alexander Zaitchik wrote a detailed 3 part report tracing Beck's roller-coaster career path from the 1980s.  It's a lengthy and insightful description of an ambitious radio jock bouncing around the country, fueled by beer, pot and coke.  Zaitchik's character study is a fascinating story.

      The zoo revolution that transformed morning radio in the 1980s is key to understanding Beck's present-day shtick. Many of the audio and visual tropes Beck employs today -- the Muppet voices, the outrageous statements, the props, the stunts, the fawning and giggling supporting cast -- can be traced to the zoo and post-zoo radio culture that sustained him professionally for years.

      "You can see the influence in everything Beck does," says zoo pioneer Scott Shannon, now boss jock at New York's WPLJ and the official voice of "The Sean Hannity Show." "The timing, the voices, the inflections, the whole approach -- so much of it is from the old Top 40 morning style."

      From Salon online
       The making of Glenn Beck

      "Wall Street is not your friend and cannot be trusted to do the right thing" - Paul Krugman

      by barkingcat on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 02:19:08 PM PDT

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