The rise of talk radio proved a boon to more than Rush Limbaugh’s bank account.
Conservative talk helped galvanize Red State USA, rallying the troops while the mainstream press drifted further and further to the left.
Given the right’s radio dominance, you’d think podcasting would be flooded by liberal voices.
Sure, some of the biggest podcasts feature progressive talk. Think “Pod Save America,” Slate’s “Political Gabfest” and “The Rachel Maddow Show.”
Conservative talkers still crowd the “most downloaded” lists, flexing their might in the digital landscape.
The following 12 shows, in no particular order, offers smart banter for the modern conservative. Some serve up unabashedly red meat material. Others lean toward the center right. All are well worth your attention.
Note: This reporter has appeared on a few of the shows listed below.
The former Secret Service agent and New York City cop brings a wealth of real-world experience to his weekday podcast. That instantly sets him apart from his peers, along with Bongino’s Big Apple moxie.
When the boxing bell sounds he’s out of the gate, hard-charging through the latest headlines. He’s not here to change hearts and minds. It’s all about telling fence sitters the modern Democratic party can’t be trusted. And boy, does he have plenty of material to prove his point, egged on by “Producer” Joe Armacost.
The Philly based broadcaster left traditional radio earlier this year, smoothly shifting to podcasting. AM radio’s loss is our gain. Stigall’s addictive ‘cast is a savvy blend of politics, pop culture and sports. Stigall’s persona -- open, introspective and fair -- makes each show both entertaining and informative.
Best of all, his interview questions capture exactly what’s on the listener’s mind.
The Ace Man isn’t a conservative. You could label him Libertarian, but even that description isn’t perfect. He’s a truth teller, someone guided by fairness and common sense. And he just so happens to be fighting the biggest culture war battle of our time -- Free Speech or Bust.
The former “Weekend Update” anchor remains the gold standard for conservative comedy. Yes, his knack for pop culture minutiae remains as keen as ever. Miller’s “Option” bounces from killer guests (Dana Carvey and Nick Di Paolo jump to mind) to rants on America’s decline.
Co-host Christian Bladt keeps the show on course, but it’s MIller’s rapier wit that makes every episode matter. Some off-the-cuff lines are so sharp, so unexpected you wish he was back at his “Saturday Night Live” post again.
Dave Rubin calls himself a classical liberal. He’s more than that, of course. He’s a vital member of our pundit class, willing to engage both sides of the aisle without animosity. He asks the best questions, and his selfless style means guests have all the time necessary to respond.
Rubin, like Carolla, understands the gravity of the current culture wars. His motto, like the late, great Andrew Breitbart would say, is “more voices, not less.”
It’s tickety boo time!
Klavan’s laugh-out-loud intro flows into cutting-edge commentary on the daily news. He’s neither mean spirited nor dull, and he peppers his monologues with perfect pop culture metaphors.
Humor matters. It’s Klavan’s willingness to mock liberals and their enablers that makes him both wildly entertaining and, dare we say, dangerous to Socialism 2.0.
You’d think a Fox-branded show would be brimming with conservative red meat. Then you’ve never listened to rising star Jimmy Failla.
The comedian and “Kennedy” head writer is the new host of “Fox Across America,” and he puts a premium on Kumbaya comedy. Sure, he’ll hit the Democrats harder than 98 percent of his peers, but he’s not gunning for partisan scalps.
“Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla,” heard from noon to 3 pm EST, finds the comic leaning on the same spirit behind his short-lived “Everybody Calm Down” podcast.
His motto? Be good, people. Let’s start there while acknowledging we’re living in the greatest country in the world. Just be ready to laugh … a lot. Failla is one funny fellow.
Now, Failla fans can hear him live or his show’s podcast incarnation.
Got three hours to kill? Joe Rogan has your back.
The former sitcom star and stand-up is no conservative. He’s just willing to hear both sides of the story and attack Cancel Culture. Need more, beyond some amazing guests and relentlessly endearing talk? Rogan owns up to his mistakes. Conservatives cheer those who take personal responsibilities for their actions.
When he threw a series of softballs at Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey his fans kicked up a fuss.
Did Rogan shout them down from his bully pulpit? No. He invited Dorsey back on, but this time invited media gadfly Tim Pool into the studio to ask tougher questions. The results? Some of the most revealing talk about how social platforms punish conservatives you’ll ever hear.
Storytelling 101. It’s what sets this powerful podcast apart from the competition. Hosts Patrick Courrielche and Adryana Cortez tap issues the mainstream media ignores, and for good reason.
The truth about illegal immigration, racism and crime doesn’t fit the progressive narrative. Reporters know it. So does Red Pilled America. The best way to share the truth, to leave an impression on listeners, is by telling stories. No one does it quite like Courrielche and Cortez.
Trump fans may squirm during this Ricochet powered podcast. Host Jon Gabriel and a rotating lineup of guest stars offer smart political banter, media musings and even killer song recommendations.
Gabriel is no GOP apologist. He calls ’em like he sees ’em, and that’s increasingly rare, and valuable, in our pundit class.
The show’s host doesn’t fit into any neat category. He can be a curmudgeon, but he’s too funny for his grievances to leave a mark. He talks like a Beltway insider, but he views the political scene from a healthy, outsider’s perspective.
Best of all, he brings context and insight to issues that make you feel more informed after every show. Hunter’s Everyman status is no pose, either. He’s just a husband and dad weighing in on the culture at large.
Chemistry matters. It’s a key reason this sunny show is so enjoyable. Radio show veterans Amy Jo Clark (Daisy) and Miriam Weaver (Mock) can be heard weekdays from 9 am to 11 am on WIBC in Indianapolis radio.
Their podcast is a natural extension of that banter. It’s raw, it’s real and it’s often very funny. These talkers aren’t afraid to offend, and that nuclear-powered sass leads to some great exchanges.
What conservative leaning shows do you listen to most? Which ones should be added to this list … and why?