Radio Talk Show star to call it quits in January.
It’s been just more than a month since Atlanta syndicated radio talk show host Neal Boortz announced that he’s calling it quits on Inauguration Day, 2013.
The self-proclaimed High Priest of the Church of the Painful Truth shocked listeners when he articulated his plans to end a radio career that has lasted more than four decades.
Boortz is one of the few credible Libertarian voices. He’s not a paranoid crackpot jerk like Alex Jones and quite simply, if you’ve ever heard his show (with an objective ear) he simply becomes your best friend. Unlike political talk show hosts such as Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and Glenn Beck, Boortz isn’t a water carrier for the Republican Party Establishment. Like Michael Savage, Boortz is an equal opportunity offender. Unlike Savage, however, Boortz is not a minister of all-out doom and gloom.
Boortz has his differences the the political talk radio elite. They do not, however dominate his every breath. He embraces his differences with the Limbaughs of the world. He also tends to enjoy his status as a back bencher.
As an avid Boortz listener for the better part of a decade, I send my wishes for a happy retirement. But boy, will he be missed. He’s made listeners laugh and think. He’s also made his audience mad. His popularity stems largely from the fact that he’s not a pampas windbag who tells his audience what they must think.
He is an entertainer but he also asks that his listeners think for themselves. His show is for intellectuals. Not for the brain-dead mush that Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Limbaugh cater to so often.
These hosts have their places in talk radio and do make valid points. None, however, encourage listeners to think for themselves. For that reason, Boortz will be sorely missed.
He will surrender his show to failed 2012 Republican Presidential hopeful Herman Cain, a longtime guest host.
Cain, like Boortz, isn’t afraid to criticize the country’s two-party establishment. He’s also an intellectual.
Cain will certainly find a place in nationally-syndicated talk-radio but he could never (by his own admission) fill the shoes of the great Neal Boortz.