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Chris Wallace Reflects on the Sunday Morning Shows with The Hollywood Reporter

204_chris_wallaceIn a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul Bond, FOX News’ Chris Wallace reflects on his 50 year career in the media industry.

“I have the best job of my career,” Wallace said of his hosting duties of “FOX News Sunday.”

On the role of the Sunday public affairs programming, Wallace said, “There are about 10 million who watch them, and these are people who could be doing a lot of other stuff — going to church, reading the paper, relaxing with family — and instead they want to watch a serious news show in which there is detailed analysis and interviews about policy. So they have a big role to play, but I’m a little concerned that the in-depth interview has gone the way of the dodo bird. That’s a big mistake. This is the one platform in the TV landscape where you can get the thoroughly researched, carefully prepared interview of a top policymaker.

For the full Q&A including the start of his career, media bias, and FOX and its competitors recent coverage from Ferguson, click on over to The Hollywood Reporter.

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THR: Bob Grant, Father of Conservative Talk Radio, Has Died

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Paul Bond is reporting that Bob Grant has died at the age of 84. Grant was a long time radio personality who Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have both credited with paving the way for conservative talk radio. He died in his home in Toms River, NJ on New Year’s Eve. From Bond’s article.

Grant began in radio in the 1940s at WMMB-AM in Chicago and made his way to Los Angeles where he hosted shows on KNX-AM and KABC-AM, delivering sports, news and opinion. He hit it big, though, when he moved to New York in 1970 and hosted a political talk show on WMCA, where his sign-off became “Get Gaddafi,” a reference to Muammar al-Gaddafi, the former Libyan dictator who Grant despised for his anti-Israel policies.

Grant would often begin his show by welcoming his audience to “another hour of the free and open exchange of ideas and opinions,” then he’d take calls from listeners from all corners of the political spectrum. When he disagreed with them, he could be extremely combative, which made for entertaining talk radio and high ratings. When Grant called a New York congressman a “coward,” the representative filed a complaint with the FCC and the matter made its way to the U.S. Court of Appeals, where a judge sided with Grant.

You can read Bob Grant’s obituary published by Branchburg Funeral Home in New Jersey here.

Morning Reading List, 10.31.08

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