The lesson learned by the Right wing from Watergate was to control the media. In the subsequent decades, wealthy right wingers have bought up the local radio and TV stations across America. While lower power radio and TV stations have been acquired by a lot of evangelical/fundamentalist religious broadcasters, the more powerful stations with the strongest signals have been acquired by a relatively few far right wealthy extremists.
Throughout most of the American Heartland, all of the broadcast media, other than NPR and PBS, is owned and controlled by right wingers with a definite political and social agenda of manipulating the minds of their audience. They always claim that they are just giving the people what they want to see and hear. But even in a very red state like Oklahoma there is a sizable minority of Democrats, at least 30 percent. Yet, that 30 percent has no radio of TV stations that support their point of view. And the local NPR and PBS stations, usually connected to a university, are under constant pressure to conform their programming to the right wing agenda. If the station owners were truly just trying to make money and not serve as a propaganda machine for the right wing, there would be at least one TV or radio station focused on serving the interests of that 30 percent. But, no such stations are allowed to exist. All TV and radio stations conform to the right wing propaganda agenda.
Likewise, local newspapers, those that still exist, were all acquired by wealthy right wingers. So, throughout most of the American Heartland, there is no alternative media to Protestant Evangelical/Fundamentalist or right wing reactionary propaganda. Music stations are country western. Talk radio is Rush Limpballs and his clones or Sports talk.
The pup used to travel a great deal before he retired, often driving a small truck back and forth across America, sometimes literally from coast coast. The pooch would turn his radio dial from one NPR station to another. They were almost always at the lower end of the radio dial where stations were once reserved for university and other non-profit FM radio stations in the early years of FM radio. The programming on the local "educational radio" stations varies significantly. Not all are part of the NPR network. Some do a great deal of locally produced programming. Some focus on classical music. Some focus on NPR news and talk shows. Some focus on jazz and blues. Some do folk music or ethnic music such as polka bands! All sorts!
But there were often long stretches in the rural West where FM stations did not exist and the only programming one could find on the dial were the high powered AM radio stations. That often meant that the pooch had to listen to Rush Limpballs or nothing at all. So, often it was nothing at all.
What one has to realize that there is no alternative informational mass media to the right wing propaganda throughout most of Red State America. In such places if one does not have access to the Internet and if one doesn't search out alternative media on line, then one is constantly brainwashed by right wing propaganda without any comment or criticism. There are no other points of view out there. On TV the only news they watch is Fox News! Go to a barber shop, sit in a doctor's waiting room, sit in a room waiting for an oil change or a car repair, all you see on the TV is Fox News.
One also has to note that just because there is a lot of Evangelical/Fundamentalist religious media in Heartland America, it doesn't mean that there is any less sinning going on. It just means that hypocrisy is a way of life. Sinning like crazy from Monday through Saturday and shouting hallelujah and crying crocodile tears as a sinner come Sunday morning. Doing "bad things" is so much more fun when it isn't just bad, but is also sinful! They get saved every Sunday and then go out and sin again each and every Monday. They like to wallow in guilty behavior, but also enjoy "getting away with being bad." The religious group with the highest rate of divorce in America is the Evangelical/Fundamentalist Protestants.
When the pooch used to travel he always liked to tune in to the most eccentric local radio stations. There was a great Black Gospel radio station in St. Louis that the pooch always liked to tune in when he was driving through town. Often it wasn't just the Black Gospel singing but the preaching...."put your hands on the radio!"
Also there was a weird FM station in Pittsburgh that featured a lot of polka music. The pup remembers listening to the Ukrainian Hour once where the host for the show went into an impassioned tirade about the damned Polish! An outrageous bit of hate speech. Apparently, Polish solders had killed his Mother in the fighting following the First World War. He was still filled with hate about it in the 1980's and was venting his anger on the radio.
Eventually, folks got tape players, CDs and MP3 players and don't have to turn the radio dial. They now listen to whatever they want to hear. Unfortunately, a lot of if is crap. But, everyone to their own taste.