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Have you noticed that nearly every guest talk radio host is named Mark or Mike?

Posted on 12/28/2010 9:56:51 PM PST by Minn

And other than Mark Steyn they are uniformly terrible.


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1 posted on 12/28/2010 9:57:03 PM PST by Minn
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To: Minn
MIKE (Michael) Medved
Mark Levine
2 posted on 12/28/2010 9:59:06 PM PST by DWar ("The ultimate destination of Political Correctness is totalitarianism.")
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To: DWar

Michael Savage


3 posted on 12/28/2010 10:01:08 PM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now (C.A.I.R. is a terrorist facade group and a present danger to American free speech)
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To: DWar

Mike Hannity
Mark Limbaugh
Mike Rome
Mark Cowherd
Mike Beck

Damn, you are right. /sarc

Sorry, I couldn’t resist.


4 posted on 12/28/2010 10:02:43 PM PST by tatown (Obama is a turd)
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To: Minn

Mike Gallagher is awful.


5 posted on 12/28/2010 10:04:22 PM PST by drew
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To: Minn

Mark Billings wasn’t to bad this week on Rush. Herman Cain on Hannity was also pretty impressive. Usually the syndicators who runs the national shows try out backwoods hacks to see if they could go national. Hannity started out on Rush that way. Generally these weeks are a talk show junkies black hole.


6 posted on 12/28/2010 10:05:30 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Minn
Mark Levin
Mark Belling
Mark Simone
Mark Davis

...all good, smart, talented

7 posted on 12/28/2010 10:09:55 PM PST by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: tatown
Um, did you see that it reads guest host?
8 posted on 12/28/2010 10:09:58 PM PST by Minn
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To: Minn
Michael Berry
9 posted on 12/28/2010 10:12:40 PM PST by smokingfrog (Do all the talking you want, but do what I tell you.)
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To: Baynative

Mark Simone talented? Seriously?


10 posted on 12/28/2010 10:15:45 PM PST by Minn
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To: Minn

Haven’t noticed that but have you noticed how many actors are left handed? Start watching any scenes requiring someone to write.


11 posted on 12/28/2010 10:16:56 PM PST by Bhoy
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To: Minn

Way seriously. Talented and entertaining.


12 posted on 12/28/2010 10:18:08 PM PST by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Minn

Yep, right after I posted my response. :0)


13 posted on 12/28/2010 10:19:09 PM PST by tatown (Obama is a turd)
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To: Minn
Have you noticed that............

Are you a slovenly, aged looking employee of CBS who needs a weed whacker taker to your eyebrows?

14 posted on 12/28/2010 10:19:20 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: Minn

Mike Ingraham.


15 posted on 12/28/2010 10:20:43 PM PST by Eagle Eye (A blind clock finds a nut at least twice a day.)
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To: hole_n_one

taker s/b taken


16 posted on 12/28/2010 10:20:57 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: Minn

Mark Belling is great on his loca show in Milwaukee, but he really tones down the sarcasm and wit when he subs for Rush, not to mention he can’t rip on his producer or talk to the traffic reporter which are often the highlights of his show.


17 posted on 12/28/2010 10:23:52 PM PST by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: Baynative
The next thing you are going to tell us is that Hannity is a great intellect.

Simone is to talk radio what I am to ballet. He's extremely boring with a voice unfit for a drive thru intercom.

18 posted on 12/28/2010 10:24:30 PM PST by Minn
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To: Minn

I gave up on talk radio, once you know people in the radio biz its like seeing the “wizard” behind the curtain. Its 100% phoney. You figure out your audience, say what they want to hear, form a fake bond “I am just like you” and get your listeners angry.

It applies to the leftist and the rightist host. Its entertainment, not enlightenment. I feel much better since I stopped listening.


19 posted on 12/28/2010 10:27:42 PM PST by Sto Zvirat
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To: Minn
And your opinion is more valuable than mine, right?

A little self righteousness on display today, eh?

20 posted on 12/28/2010 10:29:08 PM PST by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Baynative

Mark Levin
Mark Belling
Mark Simone
Mark Davis

...all good, smart, talented
.........................................

I agree, I like all Rush’s guest hosts, they’re great actually. Especially Steyn and I like Davis quite a bit too. But yeah, you don’t get to sit behind the goldwn EIB mike without mad skills.


21 posted on 12/28/2010 10:31:02 PM PST by toddausauras
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To: Minn

In some houses they are called idiots and stupid...:O)


22 posted on 12/28/2010 10:31:31 PM PST by goat granny (Great dad's are a blessing to son's but more so to daughters...)
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To: Minn

But what about the ones called “Bob”?


23 posted on 12/28/2010 10:33:49 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Baynative

Mark Michaels
Mike Markham

Know both.neither ars in radio although they both have faces for it.


24 posted on 12/28/2010 10:38:05 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz
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To: Minn

I like Steyn’s sense of humor and his obvious intelligence, but his stammering, and his repeating nearly every short phrase that he speaks starts to grate on my one nerve pretty early in the broadcast. The sad thing is, I think it might just be an affectation and that he could stop doing it if he tried. He’s a bright guy. I can’t understand why he does it. To me, it really degrades the sharpness of what he has to say, and pretty much destroys my enjoyment of listening to him. FWIW.


25 posted on 12/28/2010 10:43:00 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: Minn

Herman Cain Bump!


26 posted on 12/28/2010 10:56:19 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: Tucker39
I like Steyn’s sense of humor and his obvious intelligence, but his stammering, and his repeating nearly every short phrase that he speaks starts to grate on my one nerve pretty early in the broadcast. He also laughs at his own jokes, which does not serve to make them funnier. That having been said, he's still the best sub Rush has.
27 posted on 12/28/2010 10:56:37 PM PST by pawdoggie
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To: Baynative
Mark Levin
Mark Belling
Mark Simone
Mark Davis

...all good, smart, talented

Agreed.

28 posted on 12/29/2010 12:22:09 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Baynative
Mark Levin
Mark Belling
Mark Simone
Mark Davis

...all good, smart, talented

On second thought....

29 posted on 12/29/2010 12:26:18 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: DWar

The worst was the one in for Beck. He spent 3 hours and said nothing. He talked a mile a minute and said nothing. I listen to em at work.


30 posted on 12/29/2010 12:51:37 AM PST by screaminsunshine (Americanism vs Communism)
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To: Minn
Here in Fresno, we've got Ray, Chris, and Inga. Inga subbed for Levin this week. She knows Hannity, too.

Ray was instrumental in getting the three strikes law going, and Chris has one of the most biting senses of humor I've ever heard on the airwaves. All available at kmjnow.com, and no, I'm not a blog pimp. I just like this station.

31 posted on 12/29/2010 12:57:39 AM PST by Othniel (There is no god named Allah, and Mohammed is its false prophet.)
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To: Sto Zvirat
I gave up on talk radio, once you know people in the radio biz its like seeing the “wizard” behind the curtain. Its 100% phoney. You figure out your audience, say what they want to hear, form a fake bond “I am just like you” and get your listeners angry.

That is certainly true to an extent. It is always a shock to see a talk show host in person, they are nothing like how you pictured them and their voices aren't the same either as studio microphones tend to give you a much richer, deep voice. And yes, they are more entertaining than enlightening and they will often take a position that will get the most people riled up. The wouldn't have much of a career in the radio business if they weren't that way.

32 posted on 12/29/2010 2:43:47 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Bhoy

Lots of left handed presidents as well.


33 posted on 12/29/2010 2:54:38 AM PST by Poser (Enjoying tasty animals for 58 years)
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To: Windflier

Thanx!


34 posted on 12/29/2010 3:07:11 AM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: Sto Zvirat

“I gave up on talk radio, once you know people in the radio biz its like seeing the “wizard” behind the curtain. Its 100% phoney. You figure out your audience, say what they want to hear, form a fake bond “I am just like you” and get your listeners angry.”


Oh, thank you. I thought I was listening to a free and open exchange of ideas and opinions. I’m so glad to know it’s really the producers who run the shows. Do you have any discernment, or have you become so cynical you choose to not even bother?

There are good and bad shows out there. There are hosts who rely more on provocation than substance. They are all guilty of it, to a degree. But when I listen, my mind is stimulated and my passions are aroused. I’m sad to see you consider this a negative.


35 posted on 12/29/2010 3:43:03 AM PST by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: hole_n_one

Well played.


36 posted on 12/29/2010 4:09:10 AM PST by don-o (Wait. What?)
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To: Minn

Mike and Mike in the Morning (ESPN) are not terrible.

Mark Levin is not terrible.

But a fun thread anyway.


37 posted on 12/29/2010 4:10:50 AM PST by fightinJAG (Americans: the only people in the world protesting AGAINST government "benefits.")
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To: Minn
Have you noticed that nearly every guest talk radio host is named Mark or Mike?

I Sean have but was in no Rush to say it.

38 posted on 12/29/2010 4:40:22 AM PST by decimon
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To: Minn

Mike and Mike in the Morning (ESPN) are not terrible.

Mark Levin is not terrible.

But a fun thread anyway.


39 posted on 12/29/2010 4:42:17 AM PST by fightinJAG (Americans: the only people in the world protesting AGAINST government "benefits.")
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I’m not sure who Sto knows, but if he thinks the hosts or the industry is “100% phony”, it tells me his anecdote is from tissue paper thin experience. I’ve worked with one of the “Mike’s” already mentioned in the thread. Like many, they are trained, expert debaters; they can - YES - argue either point of view based and depending on the ‘facts’ at hand. However, the point of view will be ultimately be theirs as it’s developed and displayed from integrity. This comes from genuine passion, intellect, authenticity, personal values, and (usually/hopefully) solid research. The distinction that I had to make, after first meeting “Mike”, is that he’s not going to carry that same high energy of intellect and spirited debate outside the studio; and the last thing he’s likely going to want to do is discuss politics or current events unless it’s for show prep. If anything, the curtains are drawn back around the Wizard after the red panel mic feed light goes off. I can only presume the best hosts must all work the insane hours that “Mike” does and with full attention to show prep, listener emails, website content and accuracy, sponsorship meetings, audio spot reads, and now - twitter/facebook interactions for the sake of listener numbers and promotions. This is over and above the three hours on air per day, handling curveballs, tech issues, time constraints of hard/soft breaks, irresponsible guests who are late and/or don’t show, egomaniacle-control freak publicists, revolving engineers/producers with different styles, worries about marketing staff target numbers and general staff incompetence, making sure the sponsors’ needs are met while also balancing listener wants... They make great money but certainly earn it where their heart/soul are thrown in to the job. (Hell, I haven’t even mentioned the part about dealing with fanatical stalkers/psychos).

I’m not sure what Sto is talking about, but I don’t see where there is time enough to be “100% phony” and how that’s pulled off with any degree of success.


40 posted on 12/29/2010 5:07:32 AM PST by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: tatown

Don’t forget Mark Boortz


41 posted on 12/29/2010 5:32:42 AM PST by JRios1968 (This is me, in a nutshell: "Let me out of here...I'm trapped in a nutshell!!!!")
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Oh boy is he.


42 posted on 12/29/2010 5:46:00 AM PST by NucSubs
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“The next thing you are going to tell us is that Hannity is a great intellect.”

Hehehehe.


43 posted on 12/29/2010 5:47:32 AM PST by NucSubs
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Simone is to talk radio what I am to ballet.

Don't short change yourself, you were great in The Nutcracker! However I must admit that I was a bit surprised that they would have a guy playing the Sugar Plumb Fairy..........

44 posted on 12/29/2010 5:55:04 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (There's only one cure for Obamarrhea......)
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When Mark Davis in guesting on Rush I do NOT listen. He’s awful. Can’t finish one thought or sentence without at least three asides...


45 posted on 12/29/2010 6:04:34 AM PST by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: Minn

My wife worked in radio for 20 years. Back in the day, no one used their real name. Who needed the phone calls at 2 AM?

So, the jocks and then talk show hosts used stage names. Most of the time they used a two first names, for example:

Bill Richards
Mark Williams
Dave Mitchell

And the funny thing is that some jocks used one name in a market, and another name in another market. Or they would come back to a previous market and use another name.

When we would drive from New England to Florida, I was amazed at the number of voices my wife could pick out...and then tell me the three or four names they had gone by.

It seems more folks are using their real names now. But on your local stations, listen for this. Some of the old timers are still doing it.


46 posted on 12/29/2010 6:29:01 AM PST by Vermont Lt (Don't taze my junk bro.)
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>> I don’t see where there is time enough to be “100% phony” <<

Well, maybe not enough time to be "100% phony." But I'd say the soi-disant Michael "Savage" achieves a level of at least 99.44% pure phoniness.

(After all, even his surname is phony!)

47 posted on 12/29/2010 7:02:08 AM PST by Hawthorn
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>> the jocks and then talk show hosts used stage names <<

Yep! Who could ever forget those great spinners of the 45 RPM disk, Rusty Sharpe and Jeff Christie?


48 posted on 12/29/2010 7:09:38 AM PST by Hawthorn
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To: Minn

Steyn is good, but vintage Walter E. Williams and the late Tony Snow were the best.


49 posted on 12/29/2010 7:12:24 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Pablo lives jubtabulously!)
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To: Hawthorn
Well, maybe not enough time to be "100% phony." But I'd say the soi-disant Michael "Savage" achieves a level of at least 99.44% pure phoniness. (After all, even his surname is phony!)

Good point and good example (where authenticity work both ways)! He doesn't strike me as the kind of guy to have the integrity or care - to do the type of hard work I've witnessed. He strikes me as a guy who just "shows up", emotes, then goes home to his small dog and box of wine.

50 posted on 12/29/2010 7:21:51 AM PST by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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