Does the Paul Finebaum Radio Network Capitalize on the Image of Southern Americans?

Okay, so we’ll take a little break from politics, violent protests in the Middle East, and Illuminati initiations to address an issue that is gaining steam on message boards in the sports world.  Common Sense Conspiracy doesn’t delve into sports very often, although we have from time to time, but we want to take a moment out of the busy news day of real world news to talk about this particular issue.  Indulge us, if you will.

Paul Finebaum is a huge media force in the Southeastern United States.  He is a sports journalist and his radio show is considered to be an authority in the sports world.  He is frequently featured on ESPN as just such an “authority” and his show has grown to now be broadcast nationally via Sirius XM.  In fact, Paul has even garnered the attention of his Sirius brother Howard Stern, and recently broadcast a show from Martha Stewart’s studio in New York City.  While Finebaum is a force in the media, the success of his radio network can largely be blamed on the interesting assortment of callers that he allows to have a soapbox each weekday in his four-hour broadcasts.  Even though the show is aired nationally, you can still hear plenty of “Roll Tide’s” and “War Damn Eagle’s” on any given edition of his show.

Finebaum knows how to pull the strings on the marionette.

Regular callers make up the lifeblood of Paul Finebaum’s schtick, and he has never shied away from the fact.  He has regularly touted his show as an opportunity for ordinary people to have their say, something he claims that other radio talk show personalities in his genre don’t allow.  And he’s right.  He allows his callers free rein for the most part to talk about whatever they please.  There are plenty of instances when Finebaum has allowed caller’s rants to go way past when most of us would have pulled the plug.  But is this a legitimate soapbox he is offering, or is he simply giving callers enough rope to hang themselves?  The answer could possibly be both.


So, is it true?  Does revered journalist Paul Finebaum really use the perception of Southerners in the United States to his advantage?  Absolutely.  There is no doubt.  He long ago figured out that if he lets the right people speak out, the audience will come.  That’s because Paul Finebaum doesn’t take himself too seriously.  Despite being the authority that he is, he knows that at the end of the day, his show is entertainment.  Not hardcore information or opinions.  Entertainment.  As that same Paul Clark has commented before, the Paul Finebaum Radio Network’s callers are the “Jerry Springer” of talk radio.  And you know what?  It sells.  It works.  It’s capitalism, but at the end of the day, Paul is right.  It is each individual caller that chooses whether or not to be a part of it.  Paul Finebaum does nothing more than provide a forum and sit back and moderate it.  He rarely ever truly censors the conversation, even when many of us could suggest that he might should have. His commentary after the calls can be entertaining and comedic, but it rarely detracts from the simple fact that he let it happen in the first place.  He lets it happen so that we can all laugh with him, be outraged, or be a little more likely to tune in the radio dial next time.

So, is it true?  Does Paul Finebaum use the image of Southern Americans nationally to his advantage?  Absolutely.  Does Common Sense Conspiracy use UFO-believers, Illuminati-observers, and everyone that thinks they know who killed John F. Kennedy to their advantage?  Absolutely.

It’s called capitalism.  And Paul Finebaum has it down.  Is it true that there is a negative connotation associated with Southern Americans?  Absolutely.  Is that Paul Finebaum’s fault?  Probably not.  Does he help it along a little bit?  Probably.  But at the end of the day, no one ever dialed those numbers because Paul, or anyone else, forced them to do so.

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