Radio Active
by William O'Shaughnessy
Whitney Global Media Publishing Group

"Once freedom is eroded, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to restore it. And America will never be the same."

Further chronicling life on the radio, speaking his mind, and all things New York, the next in O’Shaughnessy’s series of anthologies is meticulously organized and full of passionate rhetoric and fondly remembered tales. Assembled here are various speeches, letters, eulogies, rants, and thoughts either from notable moments in the author’s life and career or addressing major issues of the present. An entire chapter is dedicated to a collection of transcribed, on-air interviews with various notable figures of the media, government (both state and federal), and the Catholic Church. With two collections of photos and a curated index of people that can be used to navigate the more than 100 selections, fans of the author’s previous works or his long and storied radio career will have plenty to sink their teeth into once again.

The content of these essays, collected thoughts, and transcribed moments reflect the author’s approach to his fiercely independent radio stations: He’s not afraid to say what he thinks, and he’s quintessentially New York through and through. Yet he still approaches the pendulous political rhetoric of the day with careful weighing of the issues, an ear for what the other side thinks, and the flexibility to recognize that great leaders in all fields can come from any background or party as long as they have their constituents’ best interests at heart. In an era where social media creates echo chambers of thoughts, O’Shaughnessy’s style is his own, and he owns it; yet it makes the readers of his books nostalgic for an older style of political discourse that was inclusive and civil. The more private moments, personal stories, and fond memories here further establish that beyond every opinion is a human being, and we ought to listen to what those human beings have to say.

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