Talk Radio, Political

The history of radio is synonymous with the spreading of political messages to a mass audience. World War I brought with it the use of radio as a tool for the propagandist and an agent for shaping public opinion, whereas World War II saw radio used at the hands of the Nazi Party in Germany for the spreading of its aggressive, nationalistic diatribes. In addition, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's fireside chats broadcast via radio were created to inspire the American people to persevere through the Great Depression and to battle against the Axis powers. In short, it is difficult to disassociate radio as a medium from political radio as a social force. Radio played a central role in the rise of the mass and the ...

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