Talk Radio

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you call talk radio:

  • Call Early: Call early in the show so you get on the air before the program is over.  Be prepared to be on hold for a while.
  • Be Persistent: Keep calling if the line is busy!
  • Plan Your Comments:  Have a clear concise idea of what you want to say. Practice this
    sentence a few times while on hold.
  • Focus on one point: Be prepared to give the producer or screener a one-sentence summary of what you will say. The more clear and concise you are, the more likely you will get on the air.
  • Be Clear and Concise:  When you get on the air, sound upbeat and excited to be on the program. Get to your point quickly. Say something like Hi (host name) and then get into your sentence.  Have talking points in front of you if that helps you to focus while
    talking to the host.
  • Stay upbeat. If the show is more humorous than serious, be sure your quip reflects the show.
  • Stay friendly and polite.
  • Once you are on hold, listen to the show on the telephone, not on the radio. The radio
    should be off to avoid the buzz that you hear often when listening to talk radio.
  • While on hold, listen to the conversation.  BE SURE what you have to say goes with the theme of the day and ties into the conversation on the show.
  • Stations have varying procedures by call screeners and producers. Some will just take the caller’s name and viewpoint — you likely WILL have to
    tell what you’re calling about and what your point is — and will drop them
    until the host picks up.  In a few cases, the call screener may get back to
    you and give you an update, but don’t count on it.
  • Whenever the host starts speaking to the caller, you WILL be surprised.
    Count on it. If you’re not listening carefully, you may not realize that
    you’re on the air. In some cases, your opportunity to comment will be the
    first after a lengthy batch of commercials. That’s an even more likely time
    to be caught off guard.
  • It’s always better to plan how you start your comment. It’s recommend beginning with “Hi, [host’s name],” and begin immediately with your statement or issueor comment. No hemming or hawing; no cornpone, “I’ve never done this before and I’m nervous.” If you can talk to a friend about the issue, you can talk to a radio host. Anyway, if you can get off to a good start, you will likely be comfortable saying whatever you plan to say.
  • You should be prepared for the host to engage you in a bit of discussion or,
    perhaps, to ask you a question — sometimes not even directly related to
    your point. One time a friend called in about a general transportation issue and
    mentioned Amtrak; the host bridged to questions about the last time he was on a
    train and what the experience was like and what routes he particularly liked. Totally not the point of the call, but at least the host was nice to talk about trains in general.  This is a tactic if the host does not want to directly talk about your point of view.

 The Top 20 Talk Shows if you want to Go National

                   Show –  Host – Call In Number
The Rush Limbaugh Show – Rush Limbaugh 1-800-282-2882
Sean Hannity Show – Sean Hannity 1-800-941-7326
The Laura Ingraham Show – Laura Ingraham 1-800-449-8255
Hugh Hewitt Show – Hugh Hewitt 1-800-520-1234
The Mike Gallagher Show – Mike Gallagher 1-800-655-MIKE
Imus in the Morning – Don Imus 1-800-370-4687
Michael Reagan Show – Michael Reagan 1-800-468-MIKE
G. Gordon Liddy Show – G. Gordon Liddy 1-800-GG-LIDDY
The Michael Medved Show – Michael Medved 1-800-955-1776
The Lars Larson Show – Lars Larson 1-866-509-LARS
Neal Boortz Show – Neal Boortz 1-877-310-2100
Glenn Beck Show – Glenn Beck 1-888-727-BECK
Rusty Humphries Show – Rusty Humphries 1-800-449-8255
Bill Bennett’s Morning in America – Bill Bennett 1-866-680-6464
The Radio Factor with Bill O’Reilly – Bill O’Reilly 1-877-9-NO-SPIN
The Jim Bohannon Show – Jim Bohannon 1-866-505- 4626
Dr. Laura – Laura Schlessing 1-800-DR-LAURA
Janet Parshall’s America – Janet Parshall 1-800-343-9282
Michael Savage Show – Michael Savage 1-800-449-8255
The Larry Elder Show – Larry Elder 1-800-222-5222
The Dennis Prager Show – Dennis Prager 1-877-243-7776
News Beat with Blanquita – Cullum Blanquita Cullum 1-800-510-TALK
Dateline Washington withGreg Corombus – Greg Corombus 1-800-510-TALK
Battle Line with Alan Nathan – Alan Nathan 1-800-510-TALK
Hot Talk with Scott Hennen – Scott Hennen 1-800-279- 9329
The Bob Grant Show – Bob Grant 1-800-321- 8828
The Dolans Show – 1-800-321- 0710
Good Day USA – Doug Stephan 1-877-541-5250
Jason Jarvis Show – Jason Jarvis 1-860-676-8306
Common Sense Radio With – Ollie North Ollie North 1-888-99-NORTH
Point of View – Marlin Maddoux 1-800-351-1212
The Don Kroah Show – Don Kroah 1-888-293-9282
The Ken Hamblin Show – Ken Hamblin 1-800-462-6479