It’s no secret that television is a vacuum.
And given the advent of satellite and cable that little problem is exacerbated a thousand-fold; people turn on the tube at all hours of the day, every day. Gotta have content, you know?
Which explains why Dan Akroyd is still able to find work.
Radio faces the same problem, perhaps even more so: talk radio is interactive in a way even the Innnernetz can never be. You call in and listen to your wonderful voice coming over the air. It doesn’t matter what you say, or even how you say it. It doesn’t matter whether you are polite, though aggressive assholes tend to rule. Maybe that’s because -generally speaking and not to overdraw on the too-big-to-fail bank of modern tropes – radio listeners as a rule 1, and talk radio listeners more specifically, seem to be spoiling for a fight. Or maybe it is just that they feel no one listens to them IRL quite like Their Host. Hell, maybe they really, really want to make a difference in society but simply can’t afford to buy 6000 rounds of ammunition over the Innernetz.
Which goes a long way to explaining the popularity of assholes like Rush Limbaugh. 2