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If i was the host it would take one question to tell if this person is a nutter... How many cats do you own ? lol if its more than one this lady has more of an issue than mice.
originally posted by: DigginFoTroof
IDK how many of you listen to talk radio, I often do while cooking, cleaning and driving sometimes and it is usually AM political, coast-to-coast and even NPR - so a wide variety spanning both political spectrum and the "crazies" on C2C.
I think about 10-15% of the time I've had these programs on is filled with content of the caller telling the host their history of when they started listening, how often, what they do while listening, and many more mundane and totally useless comments about THEMSELVES while on the show. Then you have the people that sound like they are either so dumb that they couldn't have more than a 3rd grade education or they seemed like they are stoned out of their mind (can't make a coherent sentence, answer hosts questions, or follow their own train of thought). Then there are those that go off in tangents, sometimes it seems like they might be getting to a related point so the host doesn't cut in, but when it becomes clear it's going nowhere I can tell the host is pissed and I'm probably even more mad than the host!
One of the worst is when someone calls when they are talking about experiences (host wants people to call in with whatever experience is he current topic). Some of these are the absolute worst. A caller may need to explain when they witnessed harassment or racism in the work place and the caller may start setting the scene, stating where she was, who was there, then go into things like
Caller: "they had just installed new carpet a few days before and it had that smell, like you know that chemical new carpet smell? And they had some new paintings on the wall, some prints that are just so beautiful - you don't even know - these were so life like that you felt like you were standing where the picture was taken. These were very expensive but the owner recently had lunch with the gallery owner so he told me that he got them for a steal because they needed more room for a new display that was coming in."
The host interrupts and says "so were these derogatory or racist or sexist prints?"
Woman caller answers - "oh, no, they were marvelous one was of a beautiful waterfall in a stream..."
host cuts in "so what was the harassment issue"
woman caller "well the boss asked me to hang these paintings as if just because I am a woman I am supposed to know how to do things like this and when I said - well how am I supposed to answer the phone if I am hanging these prints - they boss just said that I'd figure it out"
Host asks "so was there anything else that the boss did or say that you took as being out of line"
caller response: "no but I just know that he wouldn't have asked any of the men at the company to do this and it's just because I'm a woman".
Host: "so were you able to hang the prints and perform your other responsibilities? How many calls do you get a day or how many an hour?"
caller - "well we average 3-4 calls an hour but the bulk of the calls come the first 2 hours of the day, at noon and the last hour, so there may be 2-3 hours where I may only get one call"
host - "how long does a call last" -
caller "IDK, I only answer the phone and transfer them to the employee or department they need".
Ending a call like this you can just hear the WTF on many different levels in the hosts voice and they are probably sitting there with a dead gaze shaking their hear, possibly with a gun to their head (j/k about the last part - maybe).
One final issue is it shouldn't be called "talk radio" it should be called "commercial radio" because I think the ratio is greater in favor of commercials vs actual talk, especially if you only count "original content" where they don't repeat the same clips, talking points, etc over the course of the program. some shows you might get lucky to get 20-30 mins of original content in a 3 hour show.
Then there is the caller that is basically reaching through the phone and stroking the host by saying "You are the most amazing" "you are the absolute smartest person on the air", "I respect you and your brain SOOOOO much, I just don't have words for it", "You are magnificent - the level of integrity and boldness you present on air has never been seen before". It goes on like this over and over and makes me want to puke.
I'm not being sexist but this is an observation I have made SO argue with the facts if you must.. For some reason the female callers seem much more likely to hit one or more of these majorly annoying issues, some will do a trifecta. Now there seem to be less women callers by a good percentage but there are also men who are just as bad. IDK if this is noticeable b/c there are fewer women callers or if it is the type of person that listens to these programs. I know other instances where men are much more likey to be the "offender" in those situations, but here for some reason it just seems to be the way described above. I've wondered how many shows pay callers (or get them for free to be on radio..?) to call in and follow a script - and how much of the calls are scripted - if any or possibly most on some shows. If this is the case, the reasoning for the women being the worse callers could be related to scripts they are given, so it isn't their fault, but those who hand the scripts out.
IDK if anyone else feels this way but this is what I have noticed and it seems to have gotten progressively worse over the last 10 years.
originally posted by: Caver78
The worst is a host who won't.shut.up. and let the guest talk. I tune into a few and OMG! I'm listening because I want to hear what the guest is there to talk about.
The host is still blathering on about garbage and interrupting. The caller's I expect to be morons, but hosts who ramble on and on and on.
Homicidal doesn't cover it.
originally posted by: bringmecoffee
You are right on the money with this. You put into words what is usually in my head during these shows. I’m in a car for most of my workday and have a couple of shows I listen to that make the time pass and keep me up on current events. When one of the more offensive callers gets going, I can’t help but visualize them and their mannerisms on the phone and that makes it just that much worse.
to have gotten progressively worse over the last 10 years.