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Talk Radio Research Project
Heavy Hundred 2001
Week in Review
of Talk Radio 2002 Edition
at the Heritage Foundation
He is one of the talk radio genre’s best-known purveyors of what
some call “intelligent talk.” While that label might sound
pretentious, it is an appropriate description of the brand of talk radio
Boston’s David Brudnoy has practiced for over 25 years.
He began his talk radio career at WHDH, Boston in 1976 when that town’s
public debate over school desegregation and busing was at a boiling point.
He was instantly at home taking on the polarizing local issues as well
as exploring larger socio-political topics. He left WHDH in 1981 to join
WRKO and then moved to WBZ in 1986 where he’s been ever since (except
for a brief period in 1990 when someone made the foolish decision to drop
his program - which incited a furious public backlash.)
David Brudnoy is not only at ease discussing everything from politics
to pop culture but he’s extremely adept. His smart approach to monologue
and interviewing makes him entertaining and informative. He is the kind
of talk show host who can interview an author or college professor and
make the conversation compelling.
In the mid-1990s, Brudnoy’s career took a turn into a widely publicized
dramatic dimension when it was announced that he was suffering from full-blown
AIDS and might not have long to live. At this time, he publicly announced
that he was homosexual and openly discussed it and the AIDS crisis on
his program from his first-hand perspective. Fortunately, medical advancements
and a positive turn of fate put Brudnoy’s disease into remission
and he returned to a more healthful state enabling him to carry on with
his life and his show. In 1997, he was given the Freedom of Speech Award
for his bravery in speaking out during those dark days.
Brudnoy’s libertarian bent gives his program a perspective that
is neither truly conservative nor liberal but covers a larger portion
of the socio-political landscape. This factor combined with his educated
perspective makes David Brudnoy one of the most consistently intriguing
radio talk show hosts in America.