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Talk Radio Research Project
Heavy Hundred 2001
Week in Review
of Talk Radio 2002 Edition
at the Heritage Foundation
He talked his way into filling in on WGST, Atlanta after the death of
one of the station’s talk hosts left them with little choice and
he’s been an Atlanta icon ever since. Now, 33 years later, Neal
Boortz is gaining prominence in syndication in addition to his stranglehold
on Atlanta’s talk radio audience.
He grew up and was schooled in Texas but relocated to Atlanta in early
adulthood. After getting the gig on WGST he continued to hold jobs outside
radio, perhaps keeping him in touch with the “real world.”
He went to law school in the 1970s and practiced law while continuing
to do his program. In 1993, WSB hired Boortz away and in 1999 COX Radio/Jones
Media syndicated his program.
Boortz’s libertarian position, his experience in law and innate
intelligence make him an outstanding talk host. He keeps his audience
on guard by being neither too conservative nor too liberal but always
thoughtful and concise in his assessment of the issues.