We all have listened to radio shows several times in our lives. You may even have a set of radio shows or a favorite one that you love to listen to. There are different types of radio shows though. Today, we want to talk about a very special progressive talk show. Secular Talk with the host Kyle Kulinski. However, we should probably find out what a progressive talk show is first.
Radio shows have evolved a lot during time. Generally, the radio shows we most identify are simple music shows that play specific genres. Of course, there are radio formats that, although less popular, have nothing to do with playing music. One of these formats if the talk show. A talk show consists mainly in a discussion about a topic. The people participating in the show are led usually by a single host. Interviews are also common.
The talk show radio format eventually evolved as well to give birth to two new formats. Progressive talk shows and conservative talk shows. Progressive talk shows are pretty much talk shows that make sure to express a progressive, liberal, leftist point of view. On the opposite side, conservative talk shows express opinions based in conservative, right-leaning interpretations.
Progressive talk shows, although generally less popular than their counterparts, became especially popular in the 21st century. The most common platform for this format is podcasts and internet radio. This is the case for Secular Talk.
On April 22, 2008, Kyle Kulinski created a YouTube channel called Secular Talk. The channel evolved from being a personal space to share ideas to a progressive talk show. In 2012, the show began to be broadcasted in BlogTalkRadio by the name of “The Kyle Kulinski Show”. The show also continues to be broadcasted in the Secular Talk YouTube channel.
Nowadays, Secular Talk has more than 650,000 subscribers and its videos have been watched more than 536,000,000 times.
Although the show now includes topics such as news, pop-culture, philosophy, economics, and religion, the main topic is U.S. politics. The host, Kyle Kulinski, describes himself as a social democrat and as a left-libertarian.
Secular Talk’s popularity exploded during the 2016 presidential election campaign when Kulinski became very critical of mainstream media. This happened after Harvard University released a study on the coverage of the elections. The study proved that the policy substance received very little air time.
Kulinski stated that mainstream media was covering the presidential election campaign as a “horse race”. Secular Talk went from 234,000 subscribers to 444,000 in that year.
To give ourselves an idea of how big can Secular Talk be considered, we can compare it with other progressive talk shows channels.
The David Pakman Show started in 2009 and has over 630,000 subscribers. Although close in subscribers, this show has around 420,000,000 views, which means 116,000,000 fewer views.
Another popular progressive talk show is the Jimmy Dore Show. With more than 545,000 subscribers and 196,000,000 views, is also far from Secular Talk.
As we can see, Secular Talk is one of the top progressive talk shows. It has been posting material constantly ever since its creation. It has over 12,700 videos. Even prolific and popular progressive talk shows like The Majority Report with Sam Seeder, that has a similar number of videos, is still 120,000 subscribers and 319,000,000 views apart from Secular Talk.
Today, Secular Talk is among the 20,000 channels with most subscribers in YouTube.
Kyle Kulinski also has strong political participation outside of his show. On January 23, 2017, he co-founded Justice Democrats. Justice Democrats is a group that promotes progressive candidates within the Democratic Party. They hope to establish a strong social-democratic agenda, such as the one promoted by Senator Bernie Sanders.
Kyle Kulinski was also highlighted for being one of the only hosts of a progressive talk show that talked about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s primary challenge when going against Joe Crowley. Most of the news outlets that reported the primary challenge waited until Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced her victory. Kulinski did it before the announcement.
As radio evolved during time, several radio formats became a fundamental part of our culture. Nowadays, progressive talk shows, especially ones like Secular Talk is at least an enormous part of the political culture of many places.
It’s time to make sure we listen.