The Starrers and the Stars
There is a long standing history of TV & Radio superstars. People like Johnny Unitas, Joe DiMaggio, Magic Johnson, inductees to the Hall of Fame like inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame like Rod Stewart, Elvis, and many others have all managed to become sensations with the combined efforts of their TV and radio career. Today, there are many more superstars in the radio business that have risen from the TV and radio ranks to become successful on both. The two mediums were not always seen as complimentary to each other and there was more negative press for the radio personalities than for the TV personalities in the past. However, today the two are more at peace with one another and the growing number of stars on both mediums has increased dramatically over the past decade.
A few decades ago, when there were not nearly as many TV and Radio stars, they were often scorned upon by the public and the media. When Jerry Springer, David Letterman, and numerous other guests appeared on the air, it was almost as if they were interviewing their own stars. Nowadays, they are often given more air time, but their interviews are often given to just as much praise as the reporters are given. Often, the stars of the TV and Radio shows will give an entire segment away for free. This is not done merely because they are paid to do so, but often because they love their careers and would like to give something back to the viewers and radio audiences.
Many stars in both the TV and the radio industry were able to build successful careers. Michael Jordan was able to reach superstardom with his basketball skills and was popularized by the TV and the radio shows that he appeared on. Rush Limbaugh became a celebrity along with Howard Stern, who became the talk show host in the 1980s. The list goes on with countless names being added to the various lists of TV and Radio celebrities.