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(SPORTS TALK) Callers Are Horrible for Radio



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(9/23/2013 8:35:54 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Most talk radio callers suck, that's the plain truth. Doesn't matter if they agree or disagree with the host, they tend to be unable to articulate their POV and will repeat their point over and over again as if someone using the subject again in the predicate proves their subject.
- Barney Ross
(6/28/2013 10:12:56 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Callers can be a big distraction from the core product, that the radio station is offering its listeners. With a talk station, the core product is the host's personality, perspective and his/her ability to coherently express their deeper essence. THAT is what listeners are connecting to, and THAT is the human capital that stations/management have contracted and invested in. When the host is not bringing this to the airwaves, the station is not delivering its core product. There are so many factors that can inhibit this delivery; but a caller's attempt to hijack the show can and should be easily deflected. Focus your energies on the other (more intagible) obstructions that get in the way of the hosts voice and vision coming through.
- Radio Roadkill
(6/28/2013 6:10:26 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
John...Thats what MAKES RUSH AWESOME..He is Original!!...Ur right...If U can't deliever content and lean on ur callers than u sound just like the 98% of the host in America!!..UR not Original..U HAVE NOTHING!!
- Dan Sileo
(6/27/2013 8:39:18 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
This isn't brilliant commentary at all! First, Rush is the exception. Not the rule. Comparing yourself to Rush is ridiculous. Secondly, callers are like spice. Your radio show is just a bland talking head uttering the same opinion over and over and the trying to validate that opinion over and over. Callers add the flavor that make the show listenable.
Now, you do have a point about the same callers dragging a show down, but that is where you need a strong call screen.

- John
(6/26/2013 9:03:46 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I couldn't agree with you more. WQAM in Miami has this ex-con CutlerRidge Laz call in all day from his warehouse job throwing out his felonious opinions. Makes for LAME radio.
- Rick from Davie
(6/26/2013 8:57:02 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Some talk shows just have callers on agreeing and venting on a certain topic. When they get a caller that disagrees, then the radio wrestling match starts with yelling back and forth till the host hangs up. These hosts are the liberal baiters. I am not a liberal but disagreed with a host recently. I wrote an email, he read it,then called me an angry liberal with no sense of humor. I wrote back, told him he was wrong and I am a comedy writer. No response. I stopped listening to that show.
- Terri Killen
(6/26/2013 12:15:03 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
This is brilliant commentary.
Throwing callers on the air is a form of pandering. It also demonstrates that the host is unprepared with content and/or has no formidable guests lined-up who can carry the topic. Callers may get the impression they are participating. Listeners are just tolerating it - barely.

Even when listeners/callers-in are pre-screened, the likelihood the calls will go sideways are very high indeed. Too high.

- Ronald T. Robinson


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