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A bit of an issue I have with talk radio

Posted on 06/09/2011 6:54:10 AM PDT by no gnu taxes

It's with the advertisers. And I'm referring to the talk radio good guys. I wouldn't expect any better from the Dims (if you could even find a show of their's on the air to know who the advertisers were.)

I'm not going to mention any particular shows.

One company you commonly you commonly hear advertising is doublemyspeed.com. This company (like mycleanpc.com) is an ourtight SCAM! Your computer can be completely free of any malware, and if you download the product, in order to scam you into purchasing their worthless "cleaner," they will note dozens of problems. Worse, they may download malware of their own onto your computer, making your computer worse than before.

Another advertiser is incomeathome.com. While not a scam, it is just your typical MLM/pyramid scheme type operation in which 99.9% of the people involved will either lose money (maybe a lot) or make so little that it is worth no where near the time and effort put in.

It just concerns me that people might have more faith in these companies because of where they hear the advertisements.

I'll only mention those 2 for now. There are some others that bother me, too.


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1 posted on 06/09/2011 6:54:12 AM PDT by no gnu taxes
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To: no gnu taxes

I can’t stand the commercials. Geico is so annoying.


2 posted on 06/09/2011 6:56:35 AM PDT by Huck (The Antifederalists were right.)
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To: no gnu taxes
What's the problem.

Contact the shows producers, tell them of your concerns, let them know you won't be using those products and set a deadline for removal of those sponsors letting the producers know you will no longer listen to the radio program in question after that date. Also, don't use those products and let the Better Business Bureau of your concerns.

Simple.
3 posted on 06/09/2011 6:58:50 AM PDT by The Louiswu (Long Live the King.)
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To: no gnu taxes
Yeah, I know what you're saying -- I've often thought the same. But, at some point, people must begin to discriminate between what seems sensible and what is too good to be true.

My sister took a job once making flyers and putting them on cars with an 800 number to call (for something). Yeah, I know.

The extension supposedly indicated that they were calling due to one of her flyers and she'd get a commisssion. Gee, she didn't make a cent.

Learned a lesson, got a minimum wage job and started up the old-fashioned way.

4 posted on 06/09/2011 6:59:23 AM PDT by BfloGuy (Workers and consumers are, of course, identical.)
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To: Huck
Commercials ruin commercial talk radio for me. Maybe 37 minutes of content in an given hour and out of that. My time is much too valuable for that.

I think a market exists to adopt a commercial free subscription model for talk radio. For $20/month, you get talk radio streamed to your computer and you can listen in the car, iPod, etc., at your leisure with no commercials.

Ironically I subscribed to Sirus/XM satellite radio to get away from the commercials. However, the talk radio stations (and only the talk radio stations) have commercials!

5 posted on 06/09/2011 7:02:00 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: no gnu taxes

My pet peeve is Jos. A. Banks: “Buy a shirt and we will give you TWO BUSINESS SUITS, A PAIR OF PANTS AND A BELT FOR FREE. Absolutely free.”


6 posted on 06/09/2011 7:04:00 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: no gnu taxes

I think you’ve got it backwards.

These companies choose Rush or Hannity or Boortz because they’ve done the research and these guys happen to draw their target market.

It tells you more about the audience than it does about the advertisers.


7 posted on 06/09/2011 7:04:00 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: no gnu taxes
The Herbalife IncomeAtHome.com scam pisses me off.
8 posted on 06/09/2011 7:04:56 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Sarah Palin really was unelectable, state-run media would be begging the GOP to nominate her.)
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To: no gnu taxes

I tell my kids that if something is advertised on national radio they should probably be more skeptical of it.


9 posted on 06/09/2011 7:05:30 AM PDT by linear (Life is too short to worry about those unmarked black helicopters hovering over your house...)
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To: La Lydia
My pet peeve is Jos. A. Banks: “Buy a shirt and we will give you TWO BUSINESS SUITS, A PAIR OF PANTS AND A BELT FOR FREE. Absolutely free.”

LOL. Yeah, I always wondered how they stayed in business with such offers. Although, their commercials lately seem to offer a lot fewer freebies.

10 posted on 06/09/2011 7:08:23 AM PDT by no gnu taxes
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To: SamAdams76
Don't the big talkers have subscriptions without commercials? I don't use any, because I don't give any of my valuable time to radio. The only time I listen is in the car or the shower. But I think you can get podcasts or whatever.

With Limbaugh, I am pretty familiar with his format. Comes on at 7 after the hour. About 10 minutes of content, then commercials. Comes back for short segment before bottom of hour hard break. Back for another 10 minutes or so, then commercials. Back for short segment, then commercials. This one is a real scam, because he comes back just long enough to say he has to take a break, top of hour.

I kind of know when to bother listening. Basically from 10 before the hour to 7 after, don't bother. Also bottom of the hour don't bother.

11 posted on 06/09/2011 7:13:52 AM PDT by Huck (The Antifederalists were right.)
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To: no gnu taxes

I like listening to Rush, but wouldn’t consider buying anything from his advertisers. Any company that can afford the advertising rates there are charging way too much for their product.

Wonder whatever happened to company that kept pitching the steel buildings?


12 posted on 06/09/2011 7:18:18 AM PDT by Second Amendment First ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..." - Thomas Jefferson.)
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To: no gnu taxes

That’s not what’s wrong with talk radio. Well, okay, yes, there are too many commercials. But what’s really wrong with talk radio?

I’m driving home yesterday in 97 degree heat, traffic slow downs, rush hour road construction, idiot drivers and Sean Hannity and some moron cousin of Anthony Weiner shouting over each other trying to get their points across. What I heard was about 30 seconds of loud, obnoxious audio spaghetti before I had enough and put on some music. They both sounded like total buffoons.

I could feel my blood pressure ebb immediately as the music filled my car.


13 posted on 06/09/2011 7:18:25 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: SamAdams76
Maybe 37 minutes of content in an given hour...
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In 37 minutes I can **read** far more news right here on Free Republic! Also.. Have you noticed that nearly everything discussed on all of talk radio has been previously covered on Free Republic and that even the commentary comes from the comments posted by Freepers.

I have nearly given up on talk radio. I only listen when I am painting a room, sewing, or in the car.

14 posted on 06/09/2011 7:18:34 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: no gnu taxes

The commercials that repeat the 800-number 14 times in 60 seconds will NEVER get a call from me.


15 posted on 06/09/2011 7:19:26 AM PDT by radioone
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To: sam_paine
"These companies choose Rush or Hannity or Boortz because they’ve done the research and these guys happen to draw their target market."

I don't know. I listen to Rush on several different streaming radio stations, and a very common commercial on all of them is Progressive's "Ask Flo" ads. I always thought Progressive donated to only liberal candidates and causes, then I laugh when they pay the big bucks to get on the air during Rush.

But I get what you're saying about target audience.

16 posted on 06/09/2011 7:22:00 AM PDT by RabidBartender
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To: no gnu taxes
The one to watch out for is DirectBuy.com Supposedly a discount home furnishings store, it is a membership only scam. Cult-like atmosphere and highly defensive when questioned.

Both Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham have had them as advertisers.

17 posted on 06/09/2011 7:22:20 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: SamAdams76

The XM-only shows seem to have less commercials, though. If it is Beck, Hannity, etc, it is the same show with the same breaks, of course.. At least with Satellite, you can turn to music or something during the commercials and top of the hour news breaks. There’s always good music on somewhere, and you can select the song before changing.


18 posted on 06/09/2011 7:22:22 AM PDT by ilgipper ( political rhetoric is no substitute for competence (Thomas Sowell))
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To: radioone

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19 posted on 06/09/2011 7:23:16 AM PDT by Second Amendment First ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..." - Thomas Jefferson.)
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To: Second Amendment First
"I like listening to Rush, but wouldn’t consider buying anything from his advertisers."

I bought a Bose Wave CD almost 14 years ago, a purchase I'll acknowledge was influenced by their advertising on Rush at the time.

It's still on my nightstand giving me good service well over a decade later :-)

20 posted on 06/09/2011 7:24:59 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: no gnu taxes

The Ad Council advertises on Rush. Some of those ads jsut don’t add up; especially the ones that demagogue, as if nanny knows what’s best.


21 posted on 06/09/2011 7:27:33 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (minds change)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I have a Sony radio I bought over 25 years ago that still works, and I bet it cost nowhere near as much as the Bose. ;-)


22 posted on 06/09/2011 7:30:05 AM PDT by Second Amendment First ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..." - Thomas Jefferson.)
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To: Second Amendment First

That’s entirely possible; however, even if my Bose stopped working today, I’d contend that I got my money’s worth and start shopping for a new one. The sound quality is superb, and I’ve had it configured in a number of different ways that over the years has probably saved my quite a few $$ in various rack stereo and entertainment center components...and that’s not even bringing up how much space it saves by virtue of its compact size.


23 posted on 06/09/2011 7:37:29 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: no gnu taxes
Good post! Thanks for bringing up the subject. What folks need to focus on here is not the length of the commercials but on their DECEPTIVE nature.

As you have noted, many of the “products” advertised are scams and are simply designed to separate the listener from his/her money.

You rarely see such garbage advertised on, say, a baseball broadcast or on a music channel. But they're all over conservative radio. I find that both puzzling and sad

Buyer beware of course, but I do thing the station and the radio personality have some responsibility to their listeners to do at least some checking on their advertisers.

Many times I have heard the host himself telling his listeners how great the product is, when a simple Google search will show how corrupt the product is.

Sure, the customer should do the Google search, but don't the hosts have some moral duty also?

24 posted on 06/09/2011 7:40:34 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Huck
With Limbaugh, I am pretty familiar with his format. Comes on at 7 after the hour. About 10 minutes of content, then commercials. Comes back for short segment before bottom of hour hard break. Back for another 10 minutes or so, then commercials. Back for short segment, then commercials. This one is a real scam, because he comes back just long enough to say he has to take a break, top of hour.

You are exactly right. I know when to listen and NOT to listen. Rush's content is around 35-36 minutes per hour. I subscribe to Rush 24/7 and download after the entire show is over. However....I deeply resent Rush's LIVE commercials. Around Mother's Day, Christmas, etc. he does at least four per show. I thought if one subscribes you get a commercial-free airing of the show. This is not the case. No matter what, you are subject to B and G Auto Parts, identity theft ads, Heritage Foundation, Pro Flowers, cherries---whatever. I don't begrudge his selling commercial time, but I thought his his $60.00/year subscribers could avoid that.

25 posted on 06/09/2011 7:41:40 AM PDT by Watershed
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To: no gnu taxes

Simple ..... it’s a $1400.00 shirt


26 posted on 06/09/2011 7:41:56 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: no gnu taxes
One company you commonly you commonly hear advertising is doublemyspeed.com. This company (like mycleanpc.com) is an ourtight SCAM! Your computer can be completely free of any malware, and if you download the product, in order to scam you into purchasing their worthless "cleaner," they will note dozens of problems. Worse, they may download malware of their own onto your computer, making your computer worse than before.

The worst thing about these companies is they are providing a service anyone can pretty much do themselves in seconds for no cost at all. Download free programs like Spybot, Malwarebytes, CCleaner, Avast Home, AVG Home, etc, and you can keep your PC clean for no money at all.

My biggest issue with the commercials on popular talk radio shows is there just seems to be so many of them. It honestly feels like each 15 minute segment is eaten up by 8 minutes of commercials or commercial lead-ins. Add in the time spent on news updates and it really feels like these programs are one giant commercial with some commentary thrown in. And I HATE this new twist on commercials where the hosts actually talk about the product as if it were part of the show. It just feels so deceptive.

Anyway, the system is what it is and I know they have to sell advertising space to make money. Just wish they'd maybe charge a higher price for LESS commercials. Perhaps if the shows spent less time on commercials more people would listen - which would justify the higher cost for the fewer advertisers.

27 posted on 06/09/2011 7:43:30 AM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: no gnu taxes
I will name a name-— Hannity—— he personally advertises incomeathome.com.This is so far below him I often wonder if he realizes what it is he is touting.
28 posted on 06/09/2011 7:45:02 AM PDT by Jonalan
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To: Watershed

Yeah, I could see how that would be annoying. You’re paying for commercial free, then you get “Folks, let me tell you about Lifelock.” Yeah, the whole reason he is on the radio is to put some attractive content between the ads, but a subscriber shouldn’t have to hear it.


29 posted on 06/09/2011 7:45:24 AM PDT by Huck (The Antifederalists were right.)
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To: no gnu taxes; Cincinatus; Second Amendment First
Internet Briefcase and DirectBuy are two perfect examples of the point “no gnu taxes” was trying to make here.

I doubt if 1 person out of 20 who have used those services would use them again, especially in the case of Internet Briefcase.

30 posted on 06/09/2011 7:46:12 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: wintertime
I only listen when I am painting a room, sewing, or in the car.

| Same with me. Only if I'm already doing something useful--driving, washing the car, cooking chicken, etc.

31 posted on 06/09/2011 7:49:06 AM PDT by Huck (The Antifederalists were right.)
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To: SamAdams76

Been listening to Levin that way for years. His pod casts are 95% commercial free. Other shows also have pod casts but most charge something for them. I use to listen to mike church on sirius but budget cut the service.


32 posted on 06/09/2011 7:53:37 AM PDT by cableguymn
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To: La Lydia

Safelite Auto Glass- “Awwwwwwhhhhhh, Mary was on her way to work when all of a sudden- whammo! a rock cracked her windshield.”


33 posted on 06/09/2011 7:58:19 AM PDT by petercooper (2012 - Purge the RINO's.)
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To: Hatteras
But what’s really wrong with talk radio?
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What's wrong with talk radio is what they do NOT discuss!

When was the last time any of these talk show hosts plainly and firmly called Democrats ( especially Obama and his minions) what they really are: COMMUNISTS! I think if I hear the phrase “Radical Leftist” one more time I will need to stop the car to throw up.

My husband and I were out shopping yesterday and I turned off Rush. Honestly, how many ways can a person say the economy sucks and its Obama’s fault?

Almost **never** discussed are ways to shut down the godless government schools that are corrupting our nation's future voters, abortion, the homosexual bullies that force people out of jobs or force their indoctrination on on children in schools, or the morally degenerate jetsam and flotsam found on the airways.

And....What really ticks me off is the silence about Obama’s social security number and his latest FORGERY that he calls a birth certificate. I can't stand it. These yappers are such phonies it disgusts me.

34 posted on 06/09/2011 8:03:35 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: Jonalan
I will name a name-— Hannity—— he personally advertises incomeathome.com.This is so far below him I often wonder if he realizes what it is he is touting.

Sean would tout his personal use of a cemetary plot if they paid him to do it. Anybody who has written more books than he has read isn't someone Conservatives should pay attention to.

Regards,

TS

35 posted on 06/09/2011 8:05:24 AM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: no gnu taxes

Nice Post and good subject!

Too All - If you find yourself *ADDICTED* to conservative yak raydee-oh, (& TeeVee) - Just Turn It OFF!

You can do it!

Go Internet, Go FR!


36 posted on 06/09/2011 8:06:42 AM PDT by Golden Gate
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To: Golden Gate
Typo - yak should be "yack"

Too All - If you find yourself *ADDICTED* to conservative yack raydee-oh, (& TeeVee) - Just Turn It OFF!

You can do it!

Go Internet, Go FR!
37 posted on 06/09/2011 8:15:20 AM PDT by Golden Gate
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To: no gnu taxes

I love Rush but it hurts me to hear him advertising for that company where you send in your used laptop or cell phone and receive $150.00!


38 posted on 06/09/2011 8:25:22 AM PDT by Married with Children
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To: Leaning Right
You rarely see such garbage advertised on, say, a baseball broadcast or on a music channel. But they're all over conservative radio. I find that both puzzling and sad

There's some truth in the observation that 'the Conservative Party is the Stupid Party': not that conservative = stupid, but that often stupid = conservative. That's the target audience.

39 posted on 06/09/2011 8:25:32 AM PDT by Grut
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To: Hatteras

“Loud, obnoxious audio spaghetti”

Heh, heh, that’s classic! Never heard radio foodfights described as “audio spaghetti” before!

Anyway, since the subject is talk radio pet peeves, mine include overrepeated 800 numbers (the ads where they say it maybe twice and then provide a website seem to appeal to a more intelligent clientele).

Or where the host plugs stuff. The prerecorded ads can be shut off but the host hijacks your time this way.

And that Safelite windshield ad, six or eight times in one hour?

Then there’s a week of substitute hosts so the real host can butt out and go play golf with his rich pals and then spend half of the following week’s shows describing his fun from the week before.


40 posted on 06/09/2011 8:28:11 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport Muslims. Nuke Mecca. Death to Islam. Freedom for mankind.")
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To: FReepers
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41 posted on 06/09/2011 9:03:47 AM PDT by Golden Gate
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To: no gnu taxes

What gets me is that the public service commercials are alway lib oriented. WIC is always on with the little girl saying about WIC benefits, “It doesn’t cost anything...” Easy for her to say but we taxpayers know different.


42 posted on 06/09/2011 1:15:00 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: Huck
Where do people get this paranoid stuff? MaxMySpeed, MyCleanPC, and DoubleMySpeed are all run by CyberDefender Inc. and while you can certainly find complaints about them on the Web they have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and they are a NASDAQ company. There's no way they are putting malware on your machine or anything like that. Rumors like this circulate around every security company out there from Symantec and McAfee to Doctor Solomon and Bulldog and it's just bullpucky. All of these companies are imperfect and they all suck in some ways but there's a huge difference between a company that doesn't always stop that virus that just ate your hard disk and one that actually puts them on your computer. There are guys out there like that, but they are shady criminal enterprises (mostly in Russia and China), there's no way a public company like MaxMySpeed is going to do anything like that. Grow up!
43 posted on 06/09/2011 2:06:55 PM PDT by RedStateRalph
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To: RedStateRalph

http://statesboro.biz/News/465/Beware-of-MyCleanPC-com-and-DoubleMySpeed-com-Same-Scam-Same-Company.aspx


44 posted on 06/09/2011 4:05:47 PM PDT by no gnu taxes
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