There have been plenty of threads on righty and lefty talk show hosts, but I wanted to broaden the topic. Talk radio now encompasses more than politics; there’s financial advice, consumer alerts, home improvement, health, sports talk, etc. I just wanted to know what you liked to listen to the most, politics and beyond.
Here are my favorites:
**Laura Ingraham **- I wonder if anyone has more fun doing a political talk show. I love the over-the-top production and the use of politicians’ own words against them. She’s also not afraid of criticizing conservatives when necessary. Also, she’s Catholic. And single. I’m now reading her book, Shut Up And Sing. Website.
Dr. Laura - Much has been hashed out about her in other threads. By and large, I like her black-and-white view of the world; hers is a more masculine approach to counseling. That being said, I take issue with her belief that addictions are not diseases, and I was upset by her recent admonition to a woman not to send her kids to a Catholic school. I guess I like how she tells it like it is too much. Website.
Steve Czaban, Fox Sports Radio - One of the funniest sports talk hosts I’ve ever heard. He and his crew use a lot of drop-in sounds, such as Homer Simpson saying, “I have NO idea who that is!” Staples of his show include “The Daily Czabe,” all the news that matters to him (offbeat stories done with the Sabre Dance playing underneath); the call-in segments “I’m so done with . . .” and “This might be a dumb question, but . . .”; and the Eighties Rejoin, in which he has to guess the artist and title of an Eighties song. One downside; he’s a tad juvenile with his comments about women. I’ll also mention here that Jorge Sedano is entertaining on FSR overnight. JT the Brick, however, is a pompous windbag.
Dave Ramsey - The most successful self-syndicated weekday talk show host. Very popular in the Southeast, but largely unknown in the Northeast and the West Coast, although he has been appearing on CBS News from time to time. A devout and no-nonsense Christian, Ramsey helps get people out of debt with common sense, which he says is “just like your grandmother taught you, only we keep our teeth in.” He has a useful website.
Kim Komando - The “Digital Goddess,” and she’s every bit as sweet as she appears; I’ve interviewed her. Her computer show is the most successful weekend talk show ever, airing on more than 400 stations (she too is self-syndicated). She tried to pitch it to ABC back in 1996, but they were convinced that computers and the Internet were “a passing fad.” Kim is the champion of the common computer user, and not only is she knowledgeable on computers and the Internet, but digital cameras, music players, and peripherals as well and she doesn’t use technical jargon for any of it. Oh, and “Komando” is her real name. Website.
Dave Serio - A local car talk show host. He plays hilarious automotive-related comedy bits coming in and out of his commercials. Not only does he answer auto-related questions, he also allows callers to sell their vehicles on the air. He also has a lot of important news about recalls and other auto-related news on his website.
And a definite guilty pleasure, no longer on the radio:
Phil Hendrie - What a hilarious, if at times off-color, show. His ability to have conversations with himself as characters on the phone was incredible. And he had no shortage of callers who were completely fooled by the shtick! He played the highly litigious Steve Bosell; the overly vain and power-hungry Bobbie Dooley of the Western Estates Homeowners’ Association; the pompous Ted Bell, owner of Ted’s of Beverly Hills; youngsters R.C. Collins and Justin McElroy; Pastor William Rennick and Clara Bingham of the Joyful Union Congregation; the often intoxicated Fr. James McQuarters; and numerous others. Where, oh where, has the art of satire gone?