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Why you’re not likely to see another Neal Boortz

Neal Boortz and his radio crew, after his last broadcast on Friday. AJC/Rodney Ho

Neal Boortz and his radio crew, after his last broadcast on Friday. AJC/Rodney Ho


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 …

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Your morning jolt: Why Roy Barnes can’t afford a runoff

Topics below include: Roy Barnes, Republican Governors Association, Fox News, polling, Eddie Long, Politifact, and Ralph Reed.

The same thought has been knocking around in my head, but Larry Peterson at the Savannah Morning News got to it first:

The Miami of Ohio football team and Georgia Democrats have something in common, and that should worry Roy Barnes.

Miami has never won an overtime game and Georgia Democrats have never won a statewide runoff.

Of course, different conditions trigger overtime and runoffs. A tie extends a football game into overtime; a runoff occurs when no one draws a majority of the votes.

But chronic inability to win overtime games and runoffs may have similar influences on strategy. That is, if Barnes faces the likelihood of a runoff, he may be tempted to make aggressive – even risky – moves to avoid one.

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Longtime Atlanta PR man Charlie Hayslett passed along this product of an e-mail chain from a cousin:

“I just got an automated call conducting a …

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An actor’s talking point: ‘Is Obama creating civil war?’

On Saturday, every Republican candidate worth his/her salt will be in Gwinnett County to attend the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Freedom Rally with Sean Hannity — and, no doubt, a resurgent Ralph Reed, founder of the FFC.

Afterwards, at the nearby Gwinnett Arena, Hannity will host his Freedom Concert, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, Charlie Daniels, Lee Greenwood, and Oliver North.

Tickets to the concert range between $46 and $136.

According to today’s Washington Times, also attending the concert will be Hollywood veteran Jon Voight, who may repeat what he told the newspaper:

“There’s a real question at stake now. Is President Obama creating a civil war in our own country?” Mr. Voight [asked.]

“We are witnessing a slow, steady takeover of our true freedoms. We are becoming a socialist nation, and whoever can’t see this is probably hoping it isn’t true. If we permit Mr. Obama to take over all our industries, if we permit him to raise our taxes to support unconstitutional …

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Cost of a tea party: $25K, and counterprotests

Bill Hanawalt with In Concert Productions sends hand signals for an associate to direct the TV lights, in preparation for tonight's event at the state Capitol. John Spink/jspink@ajc.com

Bill Hanawalt with In Concert Productions sends hand signals for an associate to direct the TV lights, in preparation for tonight’s event at the state Capitol. John Spink/jspink@ajc.com

How much does it cost to put on a tea party at the state Capitol?

With two stages — one for Sean Hannity of Fox News and the other for entertainers — more than $25,000, say the organizers.

And where do you put counterdemonstrators who have threatened to crash a party that includes live television? Police will attempt to contain them in an area one very long block away, in front of a parking lot on Courtland Avenue.

Organizers and stage hands are out in front of the state Capitol now. Checks are being written by the national anti-tax group Americans for Prosperity — but will be backfilled by local donations, said spokeswoman Virginia Galloway (no relation to the author).

Galloway said that so far, House Speaker Glenn Richardson — who like Galloway lives in Paulding County — is the …

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Sean Hannity could turn Atlanta tea party into a big bash

You’ve heard about these anti-tax Tea Party protests going on across the country on April 15, Income Tax Day.

What you may not know is that the event planned for the state Capitol next Wednesday may be one of the largest in the country.

Organizers include the Georgia chapter of Americans for Prosperity. See the group’s web site here.

The Atlanta event was running along modest lines until Sean Hannity, the Fox News provocateur, decided to broadcast his 9 p.m. show from the steps of the Capitol, according to Randy Lewis, one of the planners.

Right now, a crowd in the neighborhood of 10,000 is expected. Several city blocks will be shut down — a difficult maneuver, given a Braves game at the same time.

Lewis said there’s talk that country music singer John Rich will be there to sing his latest hit, “Shuttin’ Detroit Down.”

No word on who will supply the hot water or the cups and saucers.

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