Jennifer Biddison

It’s no secret that conservatives rule the radio waves. Between Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and the dozens of other right-wing hosts, we leave the Left in our dust. Increasingly though, radio is not the only talk venue where conservatives are making their mark. Dozens of conservative organizations are hopping aboard a new trend called podcasting.

What is podcasting? Strictly speaking, it’s a subscription to audio content that downloads automatically onto your computer – and onto iPods as well, if you have one. Podcasts currently range from broadcasts of your favorite radio programs to archived lectures from policy experts. Besides the quality of the content, I see three main reasons for folks to discover the world of podcasting: it’s free, it’s easy, and it makes commute or exercise time productive and fun.

I’ll get into the technical how-to’s later. But first let me tell you what I’ve found when surveying the conservative community’s use of podcasting.

Radio programs

Radio show archives seem to be the most prevalent podcasts in the conservative community. Rush Limbaugh offers them for a fee, and Laura Ingraham requires payment for more than a ten-minute segment. However, many others are available for free.

Social conservatives have several programs from which to choose. The American Family Association offers two daily shows: The AFA Report, in which AFA Chairman Don Wildmon looks at current events; and Today’s Issues, which features a mix of current events and special guests. A recent episode of Today’s Issues, for instance, focused on the issue of adultery; with Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome author Nancy C. Anderson sharing how her marriage was restored after an affair.