A recent podcast series digs into the beginnings of conservative talk radio and tracks its rise. NPR’s Steve Inskeep talks to Katie Thornton, the host of “The Divided Dial.”
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
Before the attack on the U.S. Capitol in 2021, a talk radio host was on the air. Eric Metaxas interviewed a man who denied the presidential election results and who in turn got a call from Donald Trump.
(SOUNDBITE OF RADIO SHOW, “THE ERIC METAXAS SHOW”)
ERIC METAXAS: Mr. President, I want to know, what can I do…
DONALD TRUMP: Fantastic. Your whole show and your whole deal is great. So just keep it up. We’re making a lot of progress, actually.
INSKEEP: The talk show host said he was willing to die for the cause. Another host on the same network, Charlie Kirk, fired up listeners on January 4.