Talk radio is a radio format containing discussion about topical issues. This article is about Broadcast radio, for other uses see Radio (disambiguation. Most shows are regularly hosted by a single individual, and often feature interviews with a number of different guests. Talk radio typically includes an element of listener participation, usually by broadcasting live conversations between the host and listeners who "call in" (usually via telephone) to the show. Listener contributions are usually screened by a show's producer(s) in order to maximize audience interest and, in the case of commercial talk radio, attract advertisers. Generally, the shows are organized into segments, each separated by a pause for advertisements; however, in public or non-commercial radio, music is sometimes played in place of commercials to separate the program segments. Advertising is a form of Communication that typically attempts to persuade potential Customers to Purchase or to consume more of a particular Brand Variations of talk radio include conservative talk, hot talk, progressive talk, and sports talk. Hot talk is a radio format involving a form of Talk radio geared predominantly to a male demographic between the ages of 18-49 Progressive talk (or liberal talk) is a Talk radio format in the United States devoted to expressing progressive / liberal viewpoints Sports radio (or sports talk radio) is a Radio format devoted entirely to Discussion and Broadcasting of sporting events.
Talk radio is not limited to the AM band. "Non-commercial" usually referred to as "public radio," which is located in a reserved spectrum of the FM band, also broadcasts talk programs. Public broadcasting refers to radio television and other electronic media outlets that receive some or all of their funding from the public Commercial all-talk stations can also be found on the FM band in many cities across the US. These shows often rely less on political discussion and analysis than their AM counterparts, and often employ the use of pranks and "bits" for entertainment purposes. In the United States and Canada, Satellite Radio broadcasters, such as SIRIUS, offer uncensored "free-wheeling" original programming, such as The Howard Stern Show and The Jay Thomas Show, formerly featured on terrestrial, government-censored radio. A satellite radio or subscription radio (SR is a Digital radio signal that is broadcast by a Communications satellite, which covers a much wider geographical The Howard Stern Show is an American radio show hosted by Howard Stern on Howard 100, one of two channels on the subscription-based ABC News&Talk is an example of "rebagging" for the digital airwaves shows featured on their terrestrial radio stations.
Starting around 2005, the technology for Internet-based talk-radio shows became cost effective. Now, it is possible for an individual to use a variety of services to host an Internet-based talk-radio show without investing any of their own capital.
Expressing and debating political opinions has been a staple of radio since the medium's infancy. Aimee Semple McPherson began her radio broadcasts in the early 1920s and even purchased her own station, KFSG which went on the air in February 1924; by the mid-1930s, controversial radio priest Father Charles Coughlin's radio broadcasts were reaching millions per week. Aimee Semple McPherson ( October 9, 1890 &ndash September 27, 1944) also known as "Sister Aimee" or "Sister" was a KFSG (1690 AM) is a Radio station broadcasting a Spanish Religious format Year 1924 ( MCMXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Father Charles Edward Coughlin ( October 25, 1891 &ndash October 27, 1979) was a Canadian -born Roman Catholic priest at There was also a national current events forum called America's Town Meeting of the Air which broadcast once a week starting in 1935. America’s Town Meeting of the Air was a public affairs discussion broadcast on radio from 1935 to 1956 Year 1935 ( MCMXXXV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. It featured panel discussions from some of the biggest newsmakers and was among the first shows to allow audience participation: members of the studio audience could question the guests or even heckle them.
Talk radio as a listener-participation format has existed since at least the mid-1940s. Working for New York's WMCA in 1945, Barry Gray was bored with playing music and put a telephone receiver up to his microphone to talk with bandleader Woody Herman. WMCA, 570 AM, is a Radio station in New York City, most known for its "Good Guys" Top 40 era in the 1960s Barry Gray ( July 2, 1916 – December 21, 1996) was an influential American Radio personality, often labelled as "The Woodrow Charles Herman ( May 16 1913 &ndash October 29 1987) better known as Woody Herman, was an American Jazz Soon followed by listener call-ins, this is often credited as the first instance of talk radio, and Gray is often billed as "The hot mama of Talk Radio. "
In 1948 Alan Courtney--- New York disk jockey and co-composer of the popular song, "Joltin' Joe Dimaggio"---began a call-in program for the Storer station in Miami, Florida (WGBS) and then on Miami's WQAM, WINZ and WCKR the "Alan Courtney Open Phone Forum" flourished as an avowedly conservative and anti-communist political forum with a coverage area over the Southeastern U. S. and Cuba.
Joe Pyne, John Nebel, Jean Shepherd, and Jerry Williams (WMEX-Boston) were among the first to explore the medium in the 1950s. Joe Pyne (December 22 1924 – March 23 1970 was an American Radio and Television Talk show host who pioneered the confrontational style in which the Long John Nebel (born John Zimmerman) ( June 11, 1911 – April 10, 1978) was an influential New York City Talk radio Jean Parker Shepherd ( July 26, 1921 - October 16, 1999) was an American Raconteur, Radio and TV personality This is an article about the football player Jerry Williams For the Christian musician see Jerry Williams (musician.
Two radio stations—KMOX, 1120 AM in St. Louis, Missouri, and KABC, 790 AM in Los Angeles—adopted an all-talk show format in 1960, and both claim to be the first to have done so. This article is about radio broadcasting for other uses see Radio (disambiguation. KMOX (1120 AM, "News/Talk 1120" is an Radio station broadcasting from St KABC 790 AM is a Los Angeles radio station and a West Coast flagship station for the Citadel Broadcasting company Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West A talk show ( American) or chat show ( Global) is a Television or Radio program where one person or group of people come together to KABC station manager Ben Hoberman and KMOX station manager Robert Hyland independently developed the all-talk format. Robert Hyland Jr (1920 - 1992 was CBS Regional Vice President and General Manager of Radio station KMOX in St
Radio Monitor on the NBC Radio Network was probably the first Talk oriented radio network. The NBC Red Network was one of the radio networks for the National Broadcasting Company. Broadcasting from its 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios. Personalities such as Joe Garagiola, Bill Cullen and a host of other top talent were heard "coast to coast. For this person's son the baseball executive see Joe Garagiola Jr William Lawrence Francis "Bill" Cullen ( February 18, 1920 – July 7, 1990) was an American Radio and Television "
In the 1970s and early 1980s, as many listeners abandoned AM music formats for the high fidelity sound of the FM radio dial, the Talk Radio format began to catch on in more large cities. High fidelity or hi-fi reproduction is a term used by home stereo listeners and home audio enthusiasts ( Audiophiles to refer to high-quality reproduction See also Frequency modulation, FM band FM broadcasting is a broadcast Technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that Former music stations such as WLW (Cincinnati, Ohio), WHAS (Louisville, Kentucky), WHAM (Rochester, New York), WLS (Chicago, Illinois), KFI (Los Angeles, California), WRKO (Boston, Massachusetts), WBAP (Ft. Worth and Dallas, Texas), and WABC (New York, New York) made the switch to all-talk as their ratings slumped due to listener migration to the FM band. WLW is a Clear channel radio station located in Cincinnati Ohio, run by Clear Channel Communications and broadcasting on 700 kHz AM. WHAS, known by the on air branding as "84 WHAS" is an AM radio station broadcasting in Louisville Kentucky. WHAM is a Clear channel Talk radio station in Rochester New York, owned by Clear Channel Communications. Rochester is a city in Monroe County, New York State, south of Lake Ontario in the United States. WLS is a Chicago Radio station. The call letters stand for W orld's L argest S tore (for its original owner Sears Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. For other stations which used the KFI callsign please see KFI (disambiguation. Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West WRKO (680 AM) is a Radio station based in Boston Massachusetts, currently owned by Entercom. WBAP is a news and talk formatted - AM Radio station in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. Fort Worth is the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas and the seventeenth-largest city in the United States. Texas ( is a state geographically located in the South Central United States and is also known as the Lone Star State. WABC (770 kHz known as "NewsTalkRadio 77" is a radio station in New York City. The City of New York
In the United States, talk radio is largely made up of conservative political commentators; according to A.C. Nielsen, the top five programs are those of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Neal Boortz, and Glenn Beck. Conservatism in the United States includes a variety of political ideologies including Fiscal conservatism, Supply-side economics, Social conservatism Nielsen Ratings are audience measurement systems developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the Audience size and composition of television Rush Hudson Limbaugh III (born January 12, 1951) is an American radio host and conservative Political commentator. Sean Hannity (born December 30 1961 is an American radio and television host, conservative Political commentator, and Michael Alan Weiner (born March 31 1942 in New York City) better known by his Neal A Boortz Jr (born April 6 1945 is an American radio host, author and Libertarian Political commentator. Glenn Beck (born February 10, 1964) is an American radio and Television host, conservative Political commentator Others include Mark Levin, Bill O'Reilly, Jim Quinn, G. Gordon Liddy, Bill Cunningham, Melanie Morgan, Mike Gallagher and Laura Ingraham. Mark Reed Levin (born September 21, 1957) is an American conservative Political commentator William James O'Reilly Jr (born September 10 1949 is an American television / radio host, Author, Syndicated columnist, and Jim Quinn (born 1943) is an American conservative Radio Talk show host based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. George Gordon Battle Liddy (born November 30, 1930) was the chief operative for the White House Plumbers unit that existed during several years of Bill Cunningham is an American talk radio host His full-time job is hosting The Big Show with Bill Cunningham, a local show on 700 WLW in Cincinnati Melanie Morgan (born 1956 in Kansas City Missouri) is an American radio personality and former host at KSFO in San Francisco. Mike Gallagher (b Michael P Smelstor April 7 1960, Dayton Ohio) is a popular conservative American radio Talk show host Laura Anne Ingraham (born June 19, 1964) is an American radio host, Author, and conservative political commentator Other top-rated, conservative, less-political commentators include Laura Schlessinger (whose show, Dr. Laura Catherine Schlessinger (born January 16, 1947) is an American Radio host, Author and conservative Commentator Laura, features personal & interpersonal advice), and Bruce Williams, (whose show focuses on banking, business, and personal finances). Bruce Williams (born 1932 is an American radio host, Writer, Entrepreneur, and former Politician. Notably, Bruce Williams started broadcasting in 1975 and has had the longest lasting, regularly broadcasted program in the world.
The United States saw dramatic growth in the popularity of talk radio during the 1990s. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The repeal of the FCC "fairness doctrine" in 1987—which had required that stations provide free air time for responses to any controversial opinions that were broadcast—provided an opportunity for a kind of partisan programming that had not previously existed. The Fairness Doctrine was a policy of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC that required the holders of Broadcast licenses both to present controversial Pew researchers found in 2004 that 17% of the public regularly listens to talk radio. This audience is mostly male, middle-aged and conservative. Among those who regularly listen to talk radio, 41% are Republican and 28% are Democrats. Furthermore, 45% describe themselves as conservatives, compared with 18% who say they are liberal. 
The most successful pioneer in the 1990s talk radio movement was the politically conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh. Conservatism in the United States includes a variety of political ideologies including Fiscal conservatism, Supply-side economics, Social conservatism Rush Hudson Limbaugh III (born January 12, 1951) is an American radio host and conservative Political commentator. Limbaugh's success demonstrated that there was a nation-wide market for passionately-delivered conservative (and in many cases, Republican) commentary on contemporary news, events, and social trends. Other radio talk show hosts (who describe themselves as either conservative or libertarian) have also had success as nationally-syndicated hosts, including Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Neal Boortz, Michael Savage, Bill O'Reilly, and Glenn Beck. Libertarianism is a term used by a broad spectrum of political philosophies which prioritize individual Liberty and seek to minimize or even abolish the In Broadcasting, syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast Radio shows and Television shows to multiple individual stations without going through Sean Hannity (born December 30 1961 is an American radio and television host, conservative Political commentator, and Mark Reed Levin (born September 21, 1957) is an American conservative Political commentator Laura Anne Ingraham (born June 19, 1964) is an American radio host, Author, and conservative political commentator Neal A Boortz Jr (born April 6 1945 is an American radio host, author and Libertarian Political commentator. Michael Alan Weiner (born March 31 1942 in New York City) better known by his William James O'Reilly Jr (born September 10 1949 is an American television / radio host, Author, Syndicated columnist, and Glenn Beck (born February 10, 1964) is an American radio and Television host, conservative Political commentator The Salem Radio Network syndicates a group of religiously-oriented Republican activists, including evangelical Christian Hugh Hewitt and Jewish conservatives Dennis Prager and Michael Medved; these are mostly distributed in a 24-hour network format among Salem's own stations, and they generally earn ratings much less than their syndicated counterparts. Salem Radio Network is a US -based Radio network that specializes in syndicated Christian talk, Music, and secular news /talk Evangelicalism is a theological movement tradition and system of beliefs most closely associated with Protestant Christianity, which identifies with the Gospel Hugh Hewitt (born February 22, 1956) is an American radio Talk show host author and Blogger He comments on politics and society Dennis Prager (born August 2 1948) is an American syndicated radio talk show host columnist author ethicist and public speaker Michael Medved (born October 3 1948) is an American radio host, conservative political commentator, Film critic
In the Summer of 2007, conservative talk show hosts mobilized public opposition to the McCain-Kennedy immigration reform bill, which eventually failed. The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, or in its full name the Secure Borders Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 ( was a bill discussed in  Conservative hosts Limbaugh, Ingraham, Bennett, Prager, Hannity, Beck, Levin and Hewitt coalesced around endorsing former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for president at the end of January 2008 (after Fred Thompson, the described favorite of some of the hosts, dropped out), in an effort to oppose the nomination of Sen. President is a Title leaders of Organizations companies, Trade unions universities, and countries. John McCain  ; however, Romney suspended his campaign in February of the same year, and endorsed McCain. Since that time, Limbaugh in particular has endorsed a plan to do whatever it takes to prolong the Democrats' nomination by crossing over to the Democrats and voting for the trailing candidate, a plan he calls "Operation Chaos. The Democratic Party is one of two major Political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. "
Libertarians such as Jon Arthur, Host Of Jon Arthur Live! (based in Florida), Free Talk Live (based in New Hampshire), Penn Jillette (based in Las Vegas), Jay Severin (based in Boston, Massachusetts), and Mark Davis (based in Ft. Worth and Dallas, Texas) have also achieved some success. Libertarianism is a term used by a broad spectrum of political philosophies which prioritize individual Liberty and seek to minimize or even abolish the Free Talk Live is an American radio show hosted by Ian Freeman (formerly known as Ian Bernard and Mark Edge New Hampshire ( is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. Penn Fraser Jillette (born March 5, 1955) is an American Comedian, Illusionist, juggler and Writer known Las Vegas ( Spanish: "The Meadows" is the most populous City in the state of Nevada, the seat of Clark County, and an internationally Jay Severin (born James Thompson Severino III on January 8 1951 is an American political Talk radio personality on Boston's Mark Davis is an American radio host, newspaper columnist, and Political commentator. Fort Worth is the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas and the seventeenth-largest city in the United States. Texas ( is a state geographically located in the South Central United States and is also known as the Lone Star State. Many of these hosts also publish books, write newspaper columns, appear on television, and give public lectures (Limbaugh, again, was a pioneer of this model of multi-media punditry). A pundit is someone who offers to mass-media his/her opinion or commentary on a particular subject area (most typically political analysis, the Social sciences
There had been some precursors for talk radio, such as the Los Angeles-area controversialist Joe Pyne, who would attack callers on his program in the early 1960s – one of his famous insults was "gargle with razor blades!"; the similar Bob Grant in New York City; and Wally George in Southern California. Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West Joe Pyne (December 22 1924 – March 23 1970 was an American Radio and Television Talk show host who pioneered the confrontational style in which the Bob Grant, the on-air name for Robert Ciro Gigante (born March 14, 1929) is an American radio host currently The City of New York George Walter Pearch, known as Wally George ( 4 December 1931 &ndash 7 October 2003) was an American conservative  Grant remains on the air to this day.
Politically liberal talk radio aimed at a national audience has also emerged, although its ratings remain a fraction of conservative talk radio. Progressive talk (or liberal talk) is a Talk radio format in the United States devoted to expressing progressive / liberal viewpoints Air America Radio, a network featuring The Al Franken Show, was founded in 2004; it billed itself as a "progressive alternative" to the conservative talk radio shows. Air America Radio (commonly abbreviated to AAR) The Al Franken Show was the flagship talk show of Air America Radio. Some prominent examples of liberal talk radio shows currently in national syndication include: Jones Radio Networks talk show hosts Ed Schultz, Stephanie Miller, and Bill Press; Fox News host Alan Colmes, Air America Radio hosts Lionel, Thom Hartmann, and Rachel Maddow, and Nova M Radio's Mike Malloy and Randi Rhodes. Jones Radio Networks & Jones Media Group were branches of Jones International before being sold to Triton Media Group. Edward Andrew Schultz (born January 27, 1954) is the host of The Ed Schultz Show, a nationally syndicated U Stephanie Katherine Miller (born September 29 1961) is an American Comedian and host of The Stephanie Miller Show, a Bill Press (born 1940 is a Political commentator for Fox News and author Alan Colmes (born September 24, 1950) is an American radio / Television host and liberal Political commentator Air America Radio (commonly abbreviated to AAR) Thom Hartmann (born May 7, 1951) is an American radio host, Author, and liberal Political commentator. Rachel Anne Maddow (born April 1 1973 is an American Radio personality, Television host, and progressive Political commentator. Nova M Radio LLC is a radio station acquisition firm and Radio syndication service operated by Sheldon Drobny, Anita Drobny and originally Dr Michael Dennis Malloy (born July 1, 1942) is a Radio broadcaster from Atlanta Georgia. Randi Rhodes (born Randi Buten on January 28, 1959 in Brooklyn New York) is an American progressive Talk radio personality In some markets, local liberal hosts have existed for years, such as the British talk host Michael Jackson (who was on the air at KABC in Los Angeles beginning in 1968 and is currently at KGIL); Bernie Ward in San Francisco; Jack Ellery in New Jersey and Tampa; Dave Ross in Seattle, and Marc Germain in Los Angeles. Michael Jackson is a radio Talk show host based in the Los Angeles area Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. KGIL (1260 AM) is a Radio station located in Los Angeles California, broadcasting to the Los Angeles Metro area Bernie Ward (born Bernard Vincent Ward on April 5, 1951) is a former Talk show host with KGO 810 AM in San Francisco The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city Dave Ross (born 1952 in Yorktown New York) is a popular liberal talk show host on Seattle 's KIRO-AM 710 Radio station, with whom Marc Germain (born May 28, 1967) colloquially known as Mr K, is a popular radio talk show host formerly broadcasting from Los Angeles California on A few earlier syndicated programs were hosted by prominent Democrats who were not experienced broadcasters, such as Jim Hightower, Jerry Brown, Mario Cuomo and Alan Dershowitz; these met with limited success, and Air America has been faced with various legal and financial problems. James Allen "Jim" Hightower (born January 11, 1943) is a syndicated columnist liberal commentator populist activist and author Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown Jr (born April 7, 1938) is the current Attorney General and former governor of the State of Mario Matthew Cuomo (born Queens New York, June 15, 1932) served as the 52nd Governor of New York from 1983 to 1994 Alan Morton Dershowitz (born September 1, 1938) is an American Lawyer, Jurist, and political commentator.
Air America was sold to a new owner in March of 2007, hired well known programmer David Bernstein, and began its "re-birth. " Bernstein subsequently left in early 2008, but the struggling network remained on the air with a revamped line-up.
Liberal opinion radio has long existed on the Pacifica network, though only available in a small number of cities, and in formats that more often act as a volunteer-run community forum than as a platform for charismatic hosts who would be likely to attract a large audience. Pacifica Radio is a network of five independently operated non-commercial listener-supported Radio stations in the United States that is known for its progressive Conservative critics have long complained that the long-format news programming on National Public Radio (NPR) shows a liberal bias, although the network denies any partisan agenda.
Clear Channel Communications, with nearly 1,300 radio stations under its ownership - along with other owners - has in recent years added more liberal talk stations to their portfolio. Clear Channel Communications is a media conglomerate company based in the United States. Progressive talk (or liberal talk) is a Talk radio format in the United States devoted to expressing progressive / liberal viewpoints These have primarily come from the conversion of AM facilities, most of which formerly had adult standards formats. Adult Standards is a North American Radio format heard primarily on AM or class A FM stations Many complaints (all radio stations are required by the FCC to maintain, in their public files, copies of all correspondence from the public relating to station operations - for a period of three years from receipt) have been received from fans of this musical genre (Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, big band music," etc. Tony Bennett (born Anthony Dominick Benedetto; August 3 1926) is an American Singer of popular music, standards Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (December 12 1915 &ndash May 14 1998 was an American singer and actor A big band is a type of Musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late ) - but the left-leaning talk programming leans toward a much younger demographic, a group that advertisers covet. Demographics or demographic data refers to selected population characteristics as used in government Marketing or opinion research or the Demographic profiles
Other topics of discussion in talk radio include:
Other hosts specialize in talk radio comedy, such as Phil Hendrie, who voices his own fictional guests and occasionally parodies other programs. Sport is an Activity that is governed by a set of rules or Customs and often engaged in competitively Mike and Mike in the Morning is an American sports-talk Radio show hosted by Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg on ESPN Mike and the Mad Dog (ran from September 5, 1989 until August 15, 2008) was an afternoon drive Sports radio program based Champions Soccer Radio Network ( CSRN) is a Radio network based in Santa Monica California that produces sports talk programmes covering the news Comedy (from the Greek κωμωδίαkomodia has a popular meaning (any discourse generally intended to amuse especially in Television, Film, and Philip Stephen Hendrie (born September 1, 1952) is best known as the host of The Phil Hendrie Show, a comedy Talk radio program that
Jeff Rense, who hosts an Internet radio show, also features paranormal matters, conspiracy theories, and some politics; his show has often been compared to Coast to Coast AM. Jeff Rense is an American Conspiracy theorist and radio talk-show host of the Jeff Rense Program, broadcast on US Satellite radio via Genesis A conspiracy theory attributes the ultimate cause of an event or chain of events (usually Political, Social or Historical events or the concealment
Some shock jocks such as Howard Stern, Opie and Anthony, Ron and Fez, Bob and Tom, Don and Mike, Don Imus (fired by WFAN but recently hired by WABC, both in 2007), and Tom Leykis, are also considered talk radio hosts. Shock Jock was an Australian television comedy series broadcast on TV1. Howard Allan Stern (born January 12 1954 is an American radio host and Television personality. Opie ( Gregg Hughes, born May 23, 1963) Anthony ( Anthony Cumia, born April 26, 1961) and Jim The Ron and Fez Show is a Radio Talk show hosted by Ron "Tex" Bennington and Fez "Marie" Whatley The Bob & Tom Show is a syndicated US Radio program established by Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold at radio station WFBQ The Don and Mike Show was a nationally syndicated radio talk show hosted by Don Geronimo and Mike O'Meara, which aired from 1985 through April John Donald Imus Jr (born July 23 1940) known simply as Don Imus, is an American radio host, Shock jock, Humorist WFAN (660 AM) also known as "Sports Radio 66" or "The FAN", is a Radio station in New York City. WABC (770 kHz known as "NewsTalkRadio 77" is a radio station in New York City. Thomas Joseph Leykis (pronounced /LYE-kiss/ Leykis has been described as a Shock jock by many
Sports talk radio can be found locally and nationally (with the networks ESPN Radio, Fox Sports Radio, and Sporting News Radio. Sports radio (or sports talk radio) is a Radio format devoted entirely to Discussion and Broadcasting of sporting events. ESPN Radio is an American sports Radio network. It was launched on January 1, 1992 under the original banner of "SportsRadio Fox Sports Radio, abbreviated FSR, is an international radio network consisting of sports talk programming all day every day Sporting News Radio is a United States sports radio network that broadcasts sports news talk scores and highlights 24 hours a day 7 days a week Sports talk stations like WFAN in New York City and WEEI in Boston have done well in the ratings (aided by baseball and football game broadcasts). WFAN (660 AM) also known as "Sports Radio 66" or "The FAN", is a Radio station in New York City. WEEI is a sports Radio station in Boston Massachusetts that broadcasts on 850 kHz from a transmitter in Needham Massachusetts.
Talk radio in the United Kingdom is popular, though not as much as music radio. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Nationwide talk stations include BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC 7 and talkSPORT. talkSPORT is one of the United Kingdom's three terrestrial analogue Independent National Radio broadcasters offering a commercial sports and talk radio service from London Regional stations include BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Wales. Many BBC Local Radio stations and some commercial stations offer a talk format, for example, BBC London, the BBC's flagship local station. Other notable commercial talk stations include London's LBC which pioneered the newstalk format in Europe. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. LBC Radio (originally the London Broadcasting Company) operates two London-based radio stations with news and talk formats LBC currently operates two services in London - LBC 97.3, a newstalk station on FM; and LBC News 1152, a rolling news station on AM; also, Talk 107 in Edinburgh. LBC 973 is a London-based talk and phone-in radio station It is one half of the latest incarnation of LBC, the news and speech service which was Britain's first commercial LBC News 1152 is a 24 hour news and information radio station broadcasting in Greater London on AM, DAB and online talk107 is a radio station based in Edinburgh, Scotland, broadcasting a phone-in based talk format Edinburgh ( ˈɛdɪnb(ərə Dùn Èideann) is the Capital of Scotland and is its second largest city after Glasgow. There are many specialised talk services such as Bloomberg, a financial news station; Oneword, which broadcasts plays and stories and 4radio which broadcasts speech and entertainment programming. Bloomberg Television is a network that airs Business and Financial news 24 hours a day and is distributed globally on ten separate channels Oneword Radio was a British commercial digital radio station featuring Books, drama, comedy, Children's programming Channel 4 is a public-service Television and Radio broadcaster in the United Kingdom centred around a television channel of the same name which began
Talk radio expanded dramatically when the BBC's monopoly on radio broadcasting was ended in the 1970s with the launch of Independent Local Radio. Independent Local Radio
Some notable British talk radio presenters include Tommy Boyd, James Whale, Steve Allen, Jon Gaunt, Nick Abbot, James Stannage, George Galloway, Nicky Campbell, and Simon Mayo. Timothy Leslie Boyd (born December 14, 1952) better known as Tommy Boyd, is an English radio and Television presenter, James Whale ( July 22, 1889 – May 29, 1957) was a British born Film director, best known for his work in the Steve Allen (Stephen William Allen b 17 March 1954, Bromley) is a British radio presenter on London station LBC 97 Jonathan Gaunt (born 3 March 1961) in Coventry, is a Right-wing morning talk show presenter and newspaper columnist Nick Abbot is a British radio presenter born 22 August, 1960. James Stannage, born 22 February, 1950, is a British late night Talk show radio host George Galloway (born 16 August 1954 in Dundee) is a Scottish Politician, author and talkshow host noted for his Left-wing views confrontational style Nicholas Andrew Argyll Campbell (born April 10, 1961) is a Scottish Radio and Television presenter and Journalist. Simon Mayo (born 21 September 1958 in Southgate London) is an English radio presenter Pete Price on CityTalk is also known as the DJ who rushed to the aid of a regular caller who died live on air during a call . Pete Price (born Peter Lloyd Price) is a local radio presenter based in Merseyside, UK. City Talk 1059 is the name of a new commercial radio station which launched in the Liverpool area of England on the frequency of 105 Previously, he kept a suicidal teenager talking for 45 minutes before meeting him to convince him against that course of action .
In contrast to talk radio stations in the United States where syndicated programs tend to make up a significant part of most schedules, privately owned Canadian talk radio stations tend to be predominantly local in programming and focus. There is no Canadian content requirement for talk radio, or "spoken word," programming. Canadian content (abbreviated cancon or can-con) refers to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission requirements that Radio
The only nationally-syndicated, politically oriented weekday talk radio show in Canada is Adler On Line, hosted by Charles Adler and heard on eleven stations across the country. Charles Adler is a Hungarian born broadcaster who was only a two year old when he was whisked out of Hungary in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution. Until 2006, Peter Warren's Warren on the Weekend was heard Saturdays and Sundays. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Peter Warren (born 1939 is a Canadian investigative journalist, Private investigator, former Talk radio host and member of the Canadian Association Warren on the Weekend was a syndicated Canadian Talk radio program hosted by Peter Warren from 1998 - 2006. Both programs are or were distributed by the Corus Radio Network and, coincidentally, both hosts had hosted different morning call-in programs in the same time slot on Winnipeg, Manitoba's CJOB 680 before they became nationally syndicated (Adler's show still originates from CJOB and retained its original title, while Warren was based in Victoria, British Columbia. Corus Entertainment Inc () is a publicly traded Canadian media and entertainment company Winnipeg (ˈwɪnɨpɛg is the capital and largest city in the Canadian province of Manitoba, and 7th largest municipality in Canada with a population Victoria (vɪkˈtɔɹiə is the capital city of British Columbia. ) Prior to Adler On Line, Corus had syndicated Rutherford, hosted by Dave Rutherford and originating from its Calgary station, QR77. Calgary (ˈkælgəriː is the largest city in the Province of Alberta, Canada Rutherford is no longer syndicated nationally but continues to air in Calgary, Edmonton, and London. Edmonton (ˈɛdmɨntɨn is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta. London is a city in Southwestern Ontario, Canada along the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor with a metropolitan area population of 457720 the city proper Rutherford Show is only airing in Alberta and only for 3 hours due to the continuous low radio ratings in 2007.
Other Canadian talk radio programs which have been syndicated to different markets include:
The two largest talk radio networks in Canada are the publicly owned Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's English language CBC Radio One and French language Première Chaîne. English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States CBC Radio One is the English-language news and information Radio network of the publicly-owned Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. French ( français,) is a Romance language spoken around the world by 118 million people as a native language and by about 180 to 260 million people Première Chaîne is a Canadian French language radio network the news and information service of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation / Société These stations typically produce their own local morning and afternoon programs and regional noon hour programs to go along with the network programming that is aired during the rest of the day. Both networks are commercial-free.
Privately owned talk radio syndication networks in Canada are generally formed for the purposes of sharing programs across a group of stations with common ownership, although some are formed to distribute their one or two talk radio programs to a number of stations regardless of ownership. The largest of these is the Corus Radio Network. Corus Entertainment Inc () is a publicly traded Canadian media and entertainment company Others include the CHUM Radio Network and the Standard Radio Network. CHUM Limited was a media company based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from 1945-2007
Syndicated programs from the United States which air on Canadian radio stations include:
In Australia, talk radio is known as talkback radio. Joy Browne (born 24 October 1944) New Orleans, Louisiana) also named Dr Laura Catherine Schlessinger (born January 16, 1947) is an American Radio host, Author and conservative Commentator John Tournour (born November 23, 1965) better known as JT the Brick is a Sports Talk The Jim Rome Show is a Sports Radio talk show hosted by Jim Rome. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. The most popular talkback radio station historically has been Sydney's 2UE, whose populist right-wing programs like The John Laws Morning Show, are widely syndicated across the continent. Media in Sydney is internationally influential with most Australian media companies and all major television networks headquarterd in Sydney 2UE is a commercial radio station in Sydney, Australia owned by Fairfax Media. Populism is a discourse which supports "the people" versus "the Elites " Populism may involve either a political philosophy urging social and political Richard John Sinclair Laws, better known as John Laws or Lawsy, CBE (born 8 August 1935) is a former prominent and controversial In recent years though, 2UE been eclipsed by its Sydney rival 2GB after the defection of 2UE most popular talkback host, Alan Jones. 2GB is a commercial Radio station in Sydney, Australia broadcasting on 873 KHz, AM. Alan Belford Jones AO (born 13 April 1941 or possibly 1943 is an Australian Radio broadcaster former Rugby union and Rugby league
'Talkback' radio, using an eight-second time lapse mechanism, began in Australia in April 1967, simultaneously on 2SM, Sydney (with Mike Walsh) and 3DB, Melbourne (with Barry Jones). Mike Walsh OBE (born 5 March 1938 in Corowa, New South Wales, Australia) was host of The Mike Walsh Show
Talkback radio has historically been an important political forum in Australia and functions much like the cable news televisions in the United States, with live and 'saturated' coverage of political issues.
In New Zealand, as in Australia, the talk radio format is popularly known as talkback radio. New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. The major radio networks broadcasting in the talk radio format are Newstalk ZB and Radio Live. Newstalk ZB is a nationwide New Zealand Talkback radio network operated by The Radio Network of New Zealand (TRN Radio Live is a nationwide New Zealand Talkback and news Radio network owned by MediaWorks NZ. Radio Pacific and Radio Sport also largely broadcast in talk format. Radio Pacific was a New Zealand Talkback Radio station. The station also broadcast an extensive selection of horse racing commentary Radio Sport is a New Zealand Sports radio station which broadcasts a variety of sports Other stations such as Radio New Zealand National also feature talkback programmes. Radio New Zealand National (formerly National Radio is a publicly-funded non-commercial New Zealand Radio network operated by Radio New Zealand.
Newstalk ZB is the New Zealand market leader, but Radio Live is continuing to try to establish itself with a greater presence in the talk radio market since its inception in 2005. Newstalk ZB is a nationwide New Zealand Talkback radio network operated by The Radio Network of New Zealand (TRN Radio Live is a nationwide New Zealand Talkback and news Radio network owned by MediaWorks NZ. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
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