On radio, the media can have messages being relayed to the certain parts of the world. Radio have been developed over periods of time as it would be made easier to listen to. The radio stations have different forms of media that are relayed. There can be a radio show, music stations, news reports, and even a talk show. Like many other forms of media, radio can have huge influence on the political standpoint as well.

What happen is that there are talk show hosts who would voice their opinions and often times have partisan bias. There are cases which demonstrates the political leanings of the hosts as the shows are geared towards the listeners with the similar political views. Some of the portrayals of how radio shows are done can be seen in movies to show the audience what could be the behind the scene of the shows. Although the portrayals by the films may not be entirely accurate, it does show how the hosts can be passionate about what they do on their radio talk shows.

In the movie called “Talk Radio”, a radio host named Barry Champlain ranted about how the media tends to have its fixation on the negative part of the world. This leads to Champlain’s rant on how the media then feeds on the fear of the people to get the attention they would sought after. Once the rant was over, the radio host receives phone calls and some of the callers began to make some sarcastic comments in regards to the show. In another segment from the film, “Pump Up The Volume” where the radio host named Mark Hunter made a commentary about the news regarding a kid doing something that got him into trouble. Then the host rambles on why what the kid did was stupid and starts stating how there are detriments to suicide in a very psychotic manner. Lastly, in the movie called, “The Fisher King”, the host named Jack Lucas serves as more of a shock jock who negatively answers the phone calls he receives and often times didn’t offer a helpful advice to the callers.

Of the three film segments, the clip from “The Fisher King” comes off as more realistic because these kinds of hosts known as “shock jocks” does often times tends to be patronizing to the callers in order to attract listeners. Then there is the fact that the segments from “Talk Radio” and “Pump Up The Volume” looked as if the actors were overacting so they can try to increase the tension of the scene. In “The Fisher King”, the portrayal of Jack Luca’s radio show was on target as it also features the sound effects the host would use to patronize and even cut off the callers before they could finish what they’re trying to say. More often than not, the shock jock would also say something controversial so the listeners would tune in and at times, brings publicity to the radio station.

At the same time, the segment from “Talk Radio” is the one I enjoyed the most because it came off as if the host was putting up quite a show and it sounds interesting. If would have listen to Champlain’s radio show had it existed in real life. It’s a fun and interesting segment and how the callers respond to Champlain’s rant are hilarious. In a way it can be realistic as there are political pundits such as Rush Limbaugh and Al Franken who would do the same thing with their rants, at times getting too passionate in certain degrees.

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