- The Washington Times - Friday, September 22, 2000

Conservatives punctured two myths during Radio America's 15th-anniversary gala this week that right-wingers don't have a sense of humor and that the media don't have a conservative voice to negate their supposed liberal tilt.

Wednesday's celebration aboard the Potomac River touring vessel Spirit of America brought out a partisan parade of talk-show hosts, from Oliver North to Blanquita Cullum.

The duo were among the Radio America radio personalities who took turns simultaneously toasting their employer and taking swipes at Vice President Al Gore's campaign for the White House.

The Capitol Steps provided most of the laughs, bringing a bit of balance to the affair with jovial jabs at both parties. The Clinton material, particularly a Hillary-Evita number, "Don't Cry for Me Giuliani," drew the biggest guffaws.

The gala provided more than just a reminder that the network provides 'round-the-clock programming promoting limited government and traditional American values. It also was an opportunity to announce the kickoff of a New Millennium Campaign, a fund-raising venture meant to raise the network's profile through the purchase of a D.C. flagship radio station to broadcast 24 hours of political talk.

The network's supporters, including such Republican legislators as Sen. James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma and Rep. Helen Chenoweth-Hage of Idaho, buzzed about the current political campaigns while feasting on filet mignon and tiramisu.

Adrian Cronauer, immortalized in the 1987 film "Good Morning, Vietnam," said Radio America offers a wide spectrum of views to spark this country's ongoing political debate.

The United States "has a two-party system and a one-party media," said Mr. Cronauer, who serves as legal counsel for the blossoming network. "Radio America is doing a lot to correct that situation."

Mr. North, who hosts "Common Sense Radio With Oliver North," said the network has been "the conservative alternative to NPR (National Public Radio)."

"It's the only one of its kind in America … to send a conservative message from border to border," Mr. North said.

"Think where we'd be without the conservative voice of talk radio," he added.

Talk-show host Fred Barnes noted that the need for Radio America is at its peak.

"When you look around at the mainstream media," Mr. Barnes said, "liberal bias is greater now than it's ever been."

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