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Father Coughlin (1926-1939)



Father Coughlin 

(1926-1939)

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Cast: Father Charles Coughlin

Long before the current age of talk show hosts and political pundits dominated the airwaves, there was Father Charles Coughlin.  Father Coughlin started on the radio in 1926, bringing sermons as well as opinions on life in America and occasionally politics.  Starting in 1932, Coughlin threw his rather substantial support behind Franklin D. Roosevelt and the show took a decidedly political slant.  Two years into FDR's presidency Coughlin changed his support and began actively preaching against the president and his policies.  Coughlin became more outspoken against capitalism and his show was now almost entirely political.

Eventually Coughlin faced political backlash when the Roosevelt administration declared that freedom of speech did not cover radio broadcasts, and Coughlin was shut down for a time, but Coughlin responded by buying advertising time on stations to play his pre-recorded messages.  By 1939 the Code Committee of the National Association of Broadcasters had succeeded on shutting Coughlin down on the radio, and Coughlin was limited to only publishing editorials in newspapers.  Even that the government took away from him, when they declared that he could write whatever he wanted, however, he could not use the U.S. Postal System to mail them.  Father Coughlin continued to write papers until his death in 1979.




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