Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Interview with TalkRadioForums.com

Interview with the Administrator or Talk Radio Forums.com A brand new website where talk radio fans can engage in discussions about their favorite or least favorite Talk Radio hosts and programs.First, could you give me your name or some way to introduce you and maybe the region of the country that you are from? I can understand if you don't want to mention a city...
Sure. My name is Rick and I'm from central Canada.
How long have you been interested in Talk Radio? What made you first start listening?
I've been listening to talk radio on a semi-regular basis for about seven years when I first heard about Coast to Coast AM and stayed up all night to hear what all the fuss was about. Years later, I found myself turning on the radio just to hear what was on, mainly in the mornings for the local shows.
What brought you to the point where you wanted to start TalkRadioForums.com? Are you working on it alone?
I decided to start TalkRadioForums.com because I noticed that there was a lack of places to discuss a variety of talk radio shows as opposed to just one or a select few. I also wanted the forums to be friendly, have a sense of humor and not degrade into petty off-topic political arguments. Just somewhere where people can come together and debate, review, laugh at or laugh with whatever they've heard on talk radio programs of all sorts. At the moment I am working on it alone.
What are your daily Talk Radio listening habits?
It varies from day-to-day. It depends what mood I'm in.
Which shows / hosts are your favorites?"
Coast to Coast AM" was the one that got me started and remains a favorite although I don't listen to it as often as I used to. I also listen to Charles Adler and have for several years. More recently, I've been tuning in to different US stations online or trying to pick them up at night to listen to Michael Savage, Laura Ingraham, Phil Hendrie and Glenn Beck.
What do you think the future holds for Talk Radio?
It remains to be seen. I think there'll be a lot more "do-it-yourself" shows that will be available through streaming or podcasting where the most talented might be noticed by syndicators and given airtime on terrestrial or satellite radio. I also think that more programs will be made exclusive to either local or satellite radio, since one will be trying to one-up the other. The influence of satellite radio in particular might force more local stations to rely more on local hosts. As for where I live, I hope we'll see more creative programs and more of the best hosts going national. I admire the choice you have in the U.S. when it comes to people who want to debate national issues. We don't really have that here.
How did you ever find my Talk Radio Fan blog anyway?
Through a Google search for "talk radio fan".Join in the conversations today! www.TalkRadioForums.com

Since it's my job to browse the websites of Talk Radio Hosts - I was just checking out G. Gordon Liddy's site. Check out the "Stacked and Packed" 2006 calendar girl slideshow 0n his site (no intense navigation needed). I wonder if these girls are really pro-2nd ammendent. www.LiddyShow.us
And if that was not "sexist" enough, check out Phil Hendrie's "Wall of Female Listeners" http://www.philhendrieshow.com/scrapbook/female_listeners.html

What a surprise - last night I found Mark Simone filling in for Brian Whitman on WABC. Sweet.

Monday, November 28, 2005

I was in Georgia with family for almost a week so I missed all my regular Talk Radio routines. My brother, whom I drove down with doesn't like listening to "local schlubs" (as he calls them) so we kept scanning the dial for Limbaugh, Beck or Hannity holiday reruns.

www.TalkRadioForums.com is back online so make sure to sign up and get your opinions heard!

Tomorrow: An interview with the administrator of TalkRadioForums.com

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

So...I've been having some minor troubles subscribing to the Steve Malzberg newsletter- this morning I went to his site to try it again - I mistalingly typed in www.SteveMalzberg.com and got a great website but now what I expected. Check it out (it's a political site). The official Steve Malzberg site is www.Malzbergtalk.com

I don't know what's going on with www.TalkRadioForums.com - haven't been able to open the site in a few days...

I sent emails to Mark Simone, Andrew Wilkow and Bobby Gunther Walsh today and they all wrote back! Look, I'm just a dorky fan of these great hosts so it's a little flattering that they'd take the time to drop me a line. Their links are posted to the right. Mark Simone even sent me a mp3 file titled "Clinton Attacks Iraq" - if you want me to forward it to you drop me a line...

Monday, November 21, 2005

Andrew Wilkow talked about this amazing story today on 77WABC. The state that legalized homosexual marriages is now seeking to soften penalties for those who commit bestiality. A logical step I suppose. Read this story on World Net Daily:

And what is the deal with WABC and WAEB broadcasting sports yesterday and today from 11:30AM on? Talk Radio is the only thing that keeps me sane when I am driving around all day...

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Lots of Great Talk Radio Stuff!

Talk Radio Forums is a brand new website which focuses on discussions of all things related to what we love best: Talk Radio. Check them out and register so you can join in on the interesting conversations today. www.TalkRadioForums.com
Note: This is not a dead link. If the page doesn't come up right away please try again. I posted to this forum several times today and now the page "cannot be found" - I am sure they are just working out some kinks with their server.

An oldie but a goodie that got regular plays on WABC during last year's presidential campaign: The Ultimate John Kerry Ad:

Free Talk Live is a great online listening/reading source for TRF. www.FreeTalkLive.com

Laura Ingraham fans: Here is a link to listen to parts of her radio program for free:

Check out this amazing list of Talk Radio hosts that NewsMax.com collected - complete with links to the host's website: http://www.newsmax.com/radiolinks.shtml

Record your favorite Talk Radio programs from the internet with Replay-Radio. It's only $49.95! http://www.replay-video.com/replay-radio/index.php?src=RW

Amazing: http://www.911inplanesite.com/

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Ever called a Talk Radio show?

Have you ever called a Talk Radio program before? I haven't. Surprise. Surprise. If you've called a Talk Radio program I want to hear about your experience. Send me an email or post your comment anonymously right here.

Three Talk Radio hosts have recently updated their personal sites:
Monica Crowley - www.MonicaMemo.com
Laura Ingraham - www.LauraIngraham.com
Mark Simone - www.MarkSimone.com

Check out the new photo on www.MonicaMemo.com - is she the hottest Talk Radio host ever, or what?

I was just looking at Laura Ingraham's website and went to the photos section and was surprised that to view any of the photos you have to be a Laura 365 member ($5.95 a month or $49.95 a year). This section was free this summer. Granted, with this membership you can listen to her show online 24/7. If I had the internet at home I might consider joining some of websites of my favorite talk hosts.

Michelle Malkin essay re: Talk Radio: http://michellemalkin.com/archives/000088.htm

Saturday, November 05, 2005

New Mark Simone website...

Okay, Mr. Mark Simone informed me that the link to his website was old. Check out his new site: www.marksimone.com. My apologies!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Glenn Beck "Freak or Treat" State Theater 10/29/05

Glenn Beck “Freak or Treat�
State Theatre in Easton, PA
Easton, PA

It was a 45-minute drive down to the State Theatre and it seemed awfully cold out. Maybe if I wore a winter jacket I wouldn’t have practically froze while walking from the parking deck to the theatre. At a little after 7:30pm Bobby Gunther Walsh, the morning host on the show’s sponsoring station, WAEB walked onto the stage made a few jokes and then introduced Glenn Beck. I have only seen a few pictures of Glenn and actually thought that Mr. Walsh was Glenn Beck. Wow, his voice sure sounds differently than it does on the radio, I thought to myself. Duh.
Glenn took the stage dressed in black and looking very fit which was surprising since on his radio show he always seems to make comments leading the listener to believe that he is fat or atleast chubby. Maybe he feels he is fat. I wasn’t sure how Glenn would make the transition from a radio show to a stage show but it seemed to work pretty smoothly. There was nothing flashy about the presentation; just one ordinary, every-day kind of guy with a clip-on microphone and an eager audience of diehard fans. Glenn began with some childhood Halloween memories and a long piece about the absurd fears instilled in children about the candy that they receive on Halloween – there have been no reported incidents of children finding razor blades in Halloween candy or of being poisoned by Halloween candy except one instance where parents tried to poison their own children with poison-coated candy. I gotta Google that one. It was also humorous to hear him talk about schools having no problem with 1st graders wearing costumes that depict a bloody axe sticking out of their head but the school having a problem with an angel in a display during the Christmas holiday.
For the second half of the first “act� Glenn brought 16 pre-picked audience members onto the stage for what they thought would be a skit or something – wrong! Time for More-On Trivia! The people were broken into two teams and Glenn went easy on them. Hey, this event was a chance for Glenn and his fans to interact on a real level so he went easy on them. The participants of each team were asked three questions: 1. Name a scary movie 2. Name a type of candy 3. Name a celebrity / famous person whose face would make a good Halloween mask. Glenn gently ribbed the fans and there was a lot of laughter from the audience.
After a brief intermission Glenn came back on stage, talked about the life of Edgar Allan Poe for a little bit before launching into a dramatic reading of Poe’s "The Tell Tale Heart." There was a meet and great in the theatre’s lobby afterwards but my brother and I didn’t wait to shake his hand or say goodbye. Glenn handed out small bags of Halloween candy that he and his wife made the night before. I was standing on the outskirts of the crowd and really wanted to yell: “Hey, Glenn! Froggy 109.9 rules!� but never mustered the courage. My only disappointment is that he did not have a table set up selling any of the merchandise from his website. What was up with that?

WAEB photos from the meet and greet:

Glenn Beck Fan Site: http://fan.quietsong.net/beck/


Google your favorite talk radio host: If you want to spend five minutes doing something interesting Google your favorite host. You will end up with tons of information that you never thought existed. I Googled "Mark Simone" and found out that before he hosted a talk radio program he used to wrestle alligators and in 1976 he auditioned for the part of "Bosley" on Charlie's Angels!

Talkers Magazine - Heavy Hundred Class of 2005
A must see and read listing with tons of links to the hottest hosts! http://www.talkers.com/heavy.html