Neal Boortz signed off for the last time on Friday.
You won’t hear the likes of him again. And not just because retirement has doomed him to wander the world in an over-sized bus, like some middling country music singer who can’t find enough studio work.
The larger reason is that talk radio and its conservative clout have probably peaked.
As a cause, Boortz fans are sure to point to the Talkmaster’s departure, after four decades on our airwaves and 20 years at AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB. But four months ago, Clear Channel’s WGST – once a burning bush of conservative talk in Atlanta – shifted to sports. In Spanish. Last week, Allen West, the fire-breathing, former congressman from Florida, joined the corps of professional talkers. His program will be on the Internet.
It’s all of a piece.
Forty-eight hours before he bade farewell from the basement studios of WSB, Boortz sat for a relaxed