The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

04 August 2006

Dr Laura, KFI Los Angeles, Rosie O'Donnell, Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem


Dr. Laura Pours Water On "Female Talk" Debate

The supposed need for "female talk" programming that can counter male- dominated conservative radio has been this year's hot topic in the radio industry.

And recently, a group of feminists led by Rosie O'Donnell, Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem and others, announced they were backing the development of a new women's talk network, Greenstone Media. In addition, Sally Jessy Raphael is also gearing up to kick off her own lefty syndicated talk show.

In my latest Inside Radio column, however, cold water is poured on this silly debate. The reason is simple: there are already plenty of women doing quite well in the field!

Leading the way is Dr Laura Schlessinger, who has recently experienced a quiet resurgence, especially on KFI in Los Angeles.

In the the nation's second- largest market, Dr Laura's recent ratings gains make her the second- most popular host in the region, based on the number of listeners tuning in during the average quarter- hour period (60,400 adults between 25 and 54), which is the way radio ratings are measured.

And she's just a hair below La La Land's top talker, fellow KFI host Bill Handel.

Also in the column: disgraced former hip-hop morning host DJ Star (Troi Torain) uses the courts to fire back at his accusers.

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  • Not enough women hosts in talk radio? Nonsense! Where have these people been? - WABC has Laura Ingraham, there's the other one from Los Angeles - Tammy Bruce. I saw one other on the net -Martha Zoller, although I have not heard her. WABC had one other woman, who I think went to television.

    The problem, of course, is that the women above named don't have the "correct" thoughts, so they are entirely discounted by the hypocrites on the left, who attempt to render them as non-entities by claiming they don't exist. That's one of many reasons why these fools won't find much success at what they are trying to do - for some reason talk radio seems to weed out hypocrites like these, who end up with ratings in the toilet. (See Air America - the gift that keeps giving to conservatives).

    Not that there aren't plenty of women on lefty radio - look at WBAI, for example - it's just that their audience is so tiny!

    By Blogger BLAHBLAH, at 04 August, 2006 15:26  

  • hypocrites of the left?

    why don't you check out the nude photos of your all-American girl Ingraham, then you can start calling people hypocrites.

    By Blogger liberal outlaw, at 04 August, 2006 15:52  

  • Did you hear "Dr. Laura" reading what she said was a fax from a gay male listener the other day? You nevber heard such blatant sock puppetry.

    By the way, did you know she really is a Doctor?

    Well, okay, a Ph.D.

    In Physiology.

    But that's a good enough reason to call herself "Dr. Laura".

    Isn't it?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 August, 2006 19:46  

  • Liberal Outlaw,

    Well, there are quite a few women hosts on the radio, as blahblah pointed out. So why the concern of lack of representation of women in radio?


    Hmmm, people with a PhD are typically referred to as "Doctor"; that's the traditional reference for those with a PhD. What's the problem?

    By Blogger Lynnwood Rooster, at 04 August, 2006 19:56  

  • You got a problem with a nude babe? Got an issue there outlaw? Kinda like Gale Norton being gay. What's the big deal? How full of self hatred some people are.

    By Blogger Donald, at 04 August, 2006 20:08  

  • Hey, LO, what "nude photos" would you be talking about? And were they taken before or after she had her breast cancer removed? Got a link? Or are you just talking out your arse again?

    As to needing more women in talk radio, why weren't Lizz Winstead or Janeane Garofalo mentioned as possible hosts for this new network?

    By Blogger JD, at 05 August, 2006 00:59  

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