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Talk Show Host Ratings - Levin, Rush, Hannity, Ingraham, Crowley, Grant, Savage, O'Reilly (VANITY)
5/5/04 | Self

Posted on 05/05/2004 10:46:28 AM PDT by NYC Republican

I can only comment on the talk show hosts that are on WABC or WWOR radio in the NY Metro region, all can be heard live here http://www.wabcradio.com/ (except for Rush). Feel free to add your comments.

Top Tier:

Rush Limbaugh - Strengths -incredible insight, extremely politically savvy, good listener - patient, educational... solid conservative credential on all fronts, can be funny at times, excellent at satire. Weaknesses - can be full of himself at times. Even though many of his comments (talent on loan from God, maja-Rushdie, the all-knowing...) are said tongue-in-cheek, it gets a little old... his self-promotions can be a bit tough to digest, especially when his book was released.

Rush is the cream of the crop.

Mark Levin - Strengths -quickly becoming my favorite. NO self-promotion, shoots from the lip, says exactly what's on his mind... is EXTREMELY bright (constitutional lawyer), NOTHING politically correct about this guy - unlike Hannity, who tends to play softball with some of his guests, Levin only serves up hardballs. He actually seeks out liberal callers to destroy their logic... GREAT sense of humor... He's a fellow FReeper!!! Weaknesses: can definitely be VERY abrasive at times.. short temper.

If you haven't heard Mark Levin, treat yourself. Especially after a bad political day... He's a breath of fresh air (ABC from 6-7 EST).

Very Good

Laura Ingraham - Ok - NO apologies for having a bigger pic of Laura. She's hot! Strenghts - Very bright, sarcastic (in a good way), intuitive, enjoyable program... humorous, insightful, love the way she blows away the libs and their platforms, stoic delivery is fantastic IMO. Weaknesses - shameless promotion of her book... awful at mimicing others (her British accent during Travelocity ads is atrocious).

Sean Hannity Strenths- Huge exposure -can, and does, make a big dent in getting the message out... the hardest-working conservative around... right on target on all major conservative issues... will confront most libs head-on, though on occasion will play softball... DESPISES the Klintons more than just about anyone I know, does not hold back in expressing his outrage at libs... isn't afraid to challenge the J. Jacksons of the world... excellent at tearing apart libs like Kennedy, Dean, Huffington, etc... excellent at staying on message, and breaking it down to a level that the average non-political soccer-mom can understand... gets the TRUTH out, and exposes the LIB lies!... Weaknesses - shameless self-promotion of his book - thankfully that's ended... not the most informed (yesterday he was calling Kosovo a city)... throws softballs at people like Specter, other libs... Needs to improve his interview skills - needs to become a better listener.

Monica Crowley Strengths- very knowledgeable about international events... forceful, energetic conservative - no holds barred, shoot from both barrels, take-no-prisoners assault on libs... STRONG supporter of the War on Terror, enjoyable program, frequent contributer to the Batchelor (and formerly Alexander) show weaknessTends to spend an inordinate amount of time on the same topics. While Israel is important, the amount of time she spends talking about them is overkill IMO... not a very good interviewer -loses patience quickly.

Good:

Bob Grant StrenthsHas always had solid conservative credentials... not afraid to stand up to, or go head-to-head, with anyone... Excellent at discussing local issues... huge supporter of the WOT. weaknessesSadly, his best days are behind him - he's made a few strategic verbal blunders that have turned off his listeners, and had him PANNED by the media... can be VERY abrasive on the phone... Voice can be very grating, sounds like he's 85 (he's not that far off).

Below Average:

Bill O'Reilly strentgthswhen taking on the conservative side of an issue, can be very forceful, attacks the libs without mercy... HATES the Klintons and Franken as much as anyone... Very good speaking voice, speaks very clearly and fairly eloquently, is fairly patient with callers weaknessesA blowhard... tries so hard to shake the "conservative" label, that he bends over backwards to support liberal issues where ever he can... shameless self-promoter- of his book, of his various shows, etc

Poor:

Michael Savage Strengths - very conservative (though libertarian on other issues) on most issues - excellent views on immigration, despises the libs, Hollywierd... can be very funny and entertaining... very bright guy overall weaknessesThe most shameless self-promoter I've EVER heard. He brings up his book constantly, MONTHLY after its release, he offers tickets to his shows if callers answer questions correctly, he says that he, and HE ALONE, takes credit for having Bush elected, because of his "Passionate Conservative comment"... Is overly shrill - after President Bush proposed (note proposed, it's DOA), Savage called for Bush to be impeached... VERY nasty on the phone, interpersonal skills are awful... Had a caller yesterday say that he's sick of the Right-Wing Propoganda/Bias on talk radio, the same way he used to be sick of liberal bias. Savage agreed!!! He's part of it! He could have said that talk radio doesn't claim to be fair and balanced!... biggest ego I've EVER heard on the radio....

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I'm sure I'll be flogged for some of my opinions, but they're just that, my opinions... Please enlighten us on any other talk show hosts that we should listen to (Melved, etc).


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1 posted on 05/05/2004 10:46:31 AM PDT by NYC Republican
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To: NYC Republican
Levin just got a second hour too WOO! HOO!
2 posted on 05/05/2004 10:48:30 AM PDT by cyborg
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To: NYC Republican
Andrew Wilcow on Sundays at 12 is pretty good too... Steve Malzberg is good when I'm up late or on Sundays
3 posted on 05/05/2004 10:49:23 AM PDT by cyborg
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To: NYC Republican
I listen to Tony Snow's show online on Fox News Radio out of Beaumont, TX. It's pretty good.
4 posted on 05/05/2004 10:49:31 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Chat is my milieu)
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To: cyborg
I heard him yesterday from 7-8 - is that temporary, or permanent???
5 posted on 05/05/2004 10:50:00 AM PDT by NYC Republican (It's President Bush, not Bush. He deserves respect, NOT the scorn Disgraceful Libs dole out.)
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To: cyborg
Malzberg is great, but he's on too late for me. 1-5.
6 posted on 05/05/2004 10:50:22 AM PDT by NYC Republican (It's President Bush, not Bush. He deserves respect, NOT the scorn Disgraceful Libs dole out.)
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To: martin_fierro
I liked Larry Elder when he was on, but I suspect he was taken off WABC for being too 'Californian'. I listen to him from the KABC website but now that Mark Levine got a second hour it's hard.
7 posted on 05/05/2004 10:50:49 AM PDT by cyborg
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To: NYC Republican
I would place Michael Medved on a par with — or even a bit above — Rush Limbaugh.
8 posted on 05/05/2004 10:50:51 AM PDT by quidnunc (Omnis Gaul delenda est)
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To: NYC Republican
Permanent... BTW, Steve is on Sundays 9-12 lots of interviews too.
9 posted on 05/05/2004 10:51:29 AM PDT by cyborg
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To: martin_fierro
I haven't heard Tony Snow's program, but I'd bet he's pretty good... Is he a solid conservative though, or a "populist" like O'Reilly?
10 posted on 05/05/2004 10:51:33 AM PDT by NYC Republican (It's President Bush, not Bush. He deserves respect, NOT the scorn Disgraceful Libs dole out.)
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To: cyborg
If that's permanent, who loses out? Laura's from 8-10? What about Monica's show?
11 posted on 05/05/2004 10:52:13 AM PDT by NYC Republican (It's President Bush, not Bush. He deserves respect, NOT the scorn Disgraceful Libs dole out.)
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To: NYC Republican
Is overly shrill - after President Bush proposed (note proposed, it's DOA), Savage called for Bush to be impeached... VERY nasty on the phone, interpersonal skills are awful...

Re: Savage.

I agree that he is overly shrill. It was like listening to someone scrape their fingernails across a blackboard.

I said "was" because his local affiliate here in Dallas (570 KLIF-AM) dropped him for some reason. No other AM station has picked him up yet around here.


A.K.A. Sleepy Brown

12 posted on 05/05/2004 10:52:32 AM PDT by rdb3 (Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.)
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To: quidnunc
Do you have a web-link to his show? Thanks!
13 posted on 05/05/2004 10:52:36 AM PDT by NYC Republican (It's President Bush, not Bush. He deserves respect, NOT the scorn Disgraceful Libs dole out.)
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To: NYC Republican
Hannity is a self-loving blow-hard. He just adored himself, and adores being adored. And sometimes he does a poor job with smart liberal interviewees. (Robert Reich has embarassed Sean on occasion, and a smarter host could have handled it.)

Sean is more pretty-boy than brilliant.

O'Reilly is obsessed with teen sex, and is not a conservative (he will jump for populist big-government plans when they appeal to him.

Hannity is most like a politician, Savage is least.
14 posted on 05/05/2004 10:52:45 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Your Friendly Freeper Patent Attorney)
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To: rdb3
I stopped listening a while ago, and tried him last night. I quickly realized why I stopped listening to him a while ago.
15 posted on 05/05/2004 10:53:28 AM PDT by NYC Republican (It's President Bush, not Bush. He deserves respect, NOT the scorn Disgraceful Libs dole out.)
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To: Beelzebubba
Basically, Sean is a Bush-bot of the worst order.
16 posted on 05/05/2004 10:53:47 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Your Friendly Freeper Patent Attorney)
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To: NYC Republican
Monica Crowley is off during the week, and is still on Saturday mornings. I just looked... that's sucks. Laura Ingraham is OK but I liked Monica Crowley over her.
17 posted on 05/05/2004 10:54:19 AM PDT by cyborg
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To: NYC Republican
Good essay..sure to stimulate comments. UMHO, Bib Grants' career started downhill when Cuomo left Albany. Talk about loathing another human being. Grant's disdain for "Cu-mo" was dripping. He lost his besttarget..never found a replacement...
18 posted on 05/05/2004 10:54:57 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her genes.....any volunteers?)
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To: NYC Republican
Yup, I'm sick of Mike Savage. I listened to him for years but he just started getting to repetitive, always going back to the same themes, over and over again. He also always tries to say that he's not with anybody that he's totally independent and overdoes this to death, like he has to prove it because the listeners don't believe him.
That's the death of a talk show host, when they stop coming up with new ideas. Rush is great because he can always find some new angle or some new dynamic.
19 posted on 05/05/2004 10:55:14 AM PDT by Odyssey-x
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To: NYC Republican
I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "populist like O'Reilly" (IMO Laura Ingraham adopts populist positions, and is pretty good, while O'Reilly sucks), but I'd color Tony fiscally conservative and socially right-of-center.
20 posted on 05/05/2004 10:55:27 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Chat is my milieu)
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To: NYC Republican
Am I the only Freeper that enjoys Savage the most? Sure, he probably provides less facts and has the worst interpersonal skills of anyone. But you can't deny he's entertaining.
21 posted on 05/05/2004 10:55:40 AM PDT by LanPB01
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To: NYC Republican
That vicious SOB (to quote O'reilly), Neal Boortz.

Neal can be interesting to listen to.
22 posted on 05/05/2004 10:55:40 AM PDT by TomGuy (Clintonites have such good hind-sight because they had their heads up their hind-ends 8 years.)
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To: cyborg
don't forget another fellow freeper
Hugh Hewitt.
strengths- great guests, a strategic thinker,extremely partisian, has a long term plan to change make the country more republican.
weakness-extremely partisan (i happen to like this, but some won't.)
23 posted on 05/05/2004 10:56:19 AM PDT by genghis
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To: ken5050
I used to listen to Grant. He got more and more crotchety and unbearable. Hearing him shut down callers was fun though.
24 posted on 05/05/2004 10:56:26 AM PDT by cyborg
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To: NYC Republican
Bob Grant never got his due. If it weren't for Bob Grant, there'd be no Rush Limbaugh. That being said, I grew up with Bob Grant screaming in my house EVERY SINGLE DAY. He has to be about 85, because he was there my entire childhood. If he didn't like you, he'd insult you and hang up on you. Rush never does that and that is why Grant never garnered the success like Rush did. Althoug a fine conservative, he is and was a one trick pony.
25 posted on 05/05/2004 10:56:37 AM PDT by Hildy (A kiss is the unborn child knocking at the door.)
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To: NYC Republican
Who is this Levin guy anyway? He's always giving out free government cheese, but only to liberal callers.

I see you didn't even mention Kurtis and Commie. I wouldn't include them either.

What about IMUS?
26 posted on 05/05/2004 10:57:34 AM PDT by McGruff (The RATS are deserting the S.S. Kerry!)
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To: NYC Republican
Totally disagree, Savage is the man. Not a Republican cheerleader like most of the shows you listed.

BTW, is Mark Levin syndicated? The only station I know his program is on is WABC out of New York.
27 posted on 05/05/2004 10:57:43 AM PDT by PRSOrlando
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To: cyborg
True..but 15 years back..he could deliver a rant, a diatribe against Cuomo..nonstop, for 30 minutes....the best ever..
28 posted on 05/05/2004 10:57:59 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her genes.....any volunteers?)
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To: NYC Republican
Nice vanity. :-)

But where's Rusty Humphries?
29 posted on 05/05/2004 10:58:15 AM PDT by k2blader (Some folks should worry less about how conservatives vote and more about how to advance conservatism)
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To: Hildy
What waas the insult that he used against Cuomo in Italian...?
30 posted on 05/05/2004 10:58:51 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her genes.....any volunteers?)
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To: ken5050
Il Supremo LOL yeah you're right
31 posted on 05/05/2004 10:59:18 AM PDT by cyborg
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To: NYC Republican
Glenn Beck- Strengths- Very funny when doing parodies, arguably the best. Not afraid to sock it to the Dems. "John Kerry's Waffle House". Weaknesses: Can sometimes spend too much time on parodies, may not be the most informed host. Good when followed by Rush.

Dr. Laura- strengths- firm, principled stand on moral issues. Weakness (to some)- firm, principled stand on moral issues.

Anyone want to review Rusty Humphries? I like him. Unfortunately, he was moved to after Savage on 1370 KJCE...
32 posted on 05/05/2004 10:59:41 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (DUers are God's warning to the rest of us.)
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To: Odyssey-x
I sent an email comment to Savage several weeks ago...can't even remember what subject he was talking about....I received an automatically generated response hawking his book.
33 posted on 05/05/2004 10:59:43 AM PDT by GSWarrior (I find this tagline high-spirited and a genuine toe-tapper.)
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To: NYC Republican
Did you know Sean wrote a book?
34 posted on 05/05/2004 11:00:29 AM PDT by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: genghis
I liked Glen Beck when he was on.
35 posted on 05/05/2004 11:00:30 AM PDT by cyborg
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To: The South Texan
OMIGAWD! really? LOL
36 posted on 05/05/2004 11:00:59 AM PDT by cyborg
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To: NYC Republican
OK, I would love to hear opinions on Neal Boortz. I've never been able to listen to him except for brief snippets, so I'm wondering if he's worth listening to.
37 posted on 05/05/2004 11:01:10 AM PDT by Marathoner
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To: cyborg
Mario, ..un spacime (sp?)...something..something..
38 posted on 05/05/2004 11:01:18 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her genes.....any volunteers?)
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To: NYC Republican
That about sums it up from my perspective too, NYC Rep.
39 posted on 05/05/2004 11:01:24 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: The South Texan
Did you know Savage wrote a book?
40 posted on 05/05/2004 11:01:27 AM PDT by .38sw
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To: NYC Republican
NYC Republican wrote: Do you have a web-link to his show? Thanks!

You can get streaming audio from KRLA 870 here:

http://www2.krla870.com/listen/

KRLA also archives the broadcasts of several talk shows for 24 hours.

These can be accessed from the same page at the link above.

41 posted on 05/05/2004 11:01:54 AM PDT by quidnunc (Omnis Gaul delenda est)
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To: NYC Republican
I've never heard Crowley.

Other than that, I agree with your list. I would add that Rush adds to his credibility by sourcing all of his points.
42 posted on 05/05/2004 11:02:05 AM PDT by kidd
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To: k2blader
Rusty has a very entertaining and though provoking show.

You hear that, my brohter from another mother? Or my sister from another mister? :-)
43 posted on 05/05/2004 11:02:33 AM PDT by PRSOrlando
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To: WinOne4TheGipper
Dr. Laura- strengths- firm, principled stand on moral issues. Weakness (to some)- firm, principled stand on moral issues.

I find Dr. Laura to be far too maternalistic. I have no problem with her stands on moral issues, and in fact agree with her. But, sorry Dr. Laura, I already have a mother.


A.K.A. Sleepy Brown

44 posted on 05/05/2004 11:02:56 AM PDT by rdb3 (Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.)
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To: TomGuy
http://www.vicioussob.com
45 posted on 05/05/2004 11:02:56 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (DUers are God's warning to the rest of us.)
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To: NYC Republican
For my money, Lee Rodgers is the best out there.
46 posted on 05/05/2004 11:03:30 AM PDT by GSWarrior (I find this tagline high-spirited and a genuine toe-tapper.)
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To: ken5050
mario azendame tu se provino spachime something like that... I couldn't find it in google (shocking LOL)
47 posted on 05/05/2004 11:04:34 AM PDT by cyborg
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To: NYC Republican
I think you got the rankings just right. Nice job and insightful comments that are spot on.
48 posted on 05/05/2004 11:05:06 AM PDT by AGreatPer (Everyone should be made to go to NY City once a year so they realize how good they have it at home.)
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To: NYC Republican
I haven't listened to Savage in a while. I did pick up his book over the weekend. $7, new. Yeah, I splurged in a moment of weakness.

A local finally started carrying Ingraham, other than Sunday evenings. Maybe a bit too fast moving, but you don't get
bored. She's up against Glenn Beck in Burlington, VT.

49 posted on 05/05/2004 11:05:53 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: NYC Republican
Out of curiosity, do you get Mike Gallagher or Glenn Beck up there? I've never heard Gallagher all the way through, but Beck's pretty good, I think. He's got a wide range, he can swing from dead serious to bitingly sarcastic and back again very quickly and make it all work. I like his show.

Agreed that Rush is still the master--he's polished, very skilled behind the mic, very erudite yet accessible. He really does make it look and sound easy. I'm not a big Hannity fan, he brings up a lot of good points but sometimes I swear he's just a paid honk for the RNC.

And, agreeing with you again, if I hear Laura say "don't forget your hat" in that HORRIBLE British "accent" one more time, I'm going to lose it. :) Other than that, she's good, and easy on the eyes!

I've often wondered if either Michelle Malkin or Ann Coulter could pull off a daily radio show. Ann I'm not so sure about, but I think Michelle could do it.

}:-)4
50 posted on 05/05/2004 11:05:56 AM PDT by Moose4 (Those who serve--thank you. May you find us worthy of the sacrifices you make.)
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