Sunday, December 25, 2005

Mike / Peter share top rating:

This week has been extremely difficult to do the ratings. Many Talk Show Hosts have been on holiday. They had others fill in for them.

Peter Werbe filled in for Mike Malloy for the first three days of the week. Mike did the Thursday Show.

Mike filled in for Randi Rhodes for Monday to Wednesday amd then we had best of Randi for the next two days.

Thom Hartmann filled in for Janeane Garofalo and Sam Seder and did 9 hours of Talk Shows each day. Though I would like to compliment him on his stamina, the quality of the shows dropped. However, he did manage to raise the Majority Report in the charts.

Rachel Maddow filled in for a few days for Al Franken, putting his show on the charts, but her own show fell down the tubes.

I did write to Mike, his wife and producer Kathy Bay and their little daughter, Molly, to wish them all the best for the Season. Mike was kind enough to reply despite his gruelling schedule. So also Peter, who always keeps me up to date on his shows (see below) - and which I am sure he does with all his devoted fans.

John Rothman was particularly disingenious this week on the topic of the leader of Iran stating that it would be best if Israel was wiped of the face of the earth. I pointed out to John the actual quotation which he had given was wrong and I gave him the full context. While referring to my email on his show, he showed his Judeo roots and chose to ignore the truth and repeat his words intended to fuel hatred and anger against his target.

I had to drop John of this week’s ratings for his continued disregard of the truth.

Ed Schulz makes it into the charts, for the very first time.

Ratings for the week ended 23th December 2005:

  1. Mike Malloy Show hosted by Peter Werbe and Mike Malloy ***** 5 (3 + 1 +1) shows a week

  2. Nightcall hosted by Peter Werbe ***** 1 show a week

  3. The Randi Rhodes Show hosted by Mike Malloy ***** 5 (3) shows a week

  4. Laura Flanders ***** 2 shows a week

  5. Ring of Fire (Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Mike Papantonio) ***** 1 show a week

  6. Politically Direct (David Bender) **** 1 show a week

  7. Bernie Ward ***** 4 shows a week

  8. Ray Taliferro ***** 5 shows a week

  9. The Stephanie Miller Show **** 5 shows a week

  10. Ecotalk (Betsy Rosenberg) **** 1 show a week

  11. Mike Webb *** 5 shows a week

  12. The Al Franken Show hosted by Rachel Maddow *** 5 shows a week

  13. Radio Inside Scoop (Mark Levine) *** 4 shows a week

  14. Thom Hartmann *** 5 shows a week

  15. The Majority Report hosted by Thom Hartmann (Janeane Garofalo, Sam Seder) *** 5 shows a week

  16. Nate Clay ** 1 show a week

  17. Ed Schultz ** 5 shows a week

  18. The Young Turks (Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz and Jill Pike) ** 5 shows a week

  19. Revolution in the Air (Lizz Brown) ** 5 shows a week

Unrated this week:

And the news from Peter:


Good news: Although originally my Sunday evening NightCall program was cancelled for Xmas and New Year's day eves, the WRIF management decided to air this week's interviews this Sunday, Dec. 25 at 11pm Eastern.

These are two particularly interesting ones (in my humble opinion).

The first is with Pulitizer prize winning war correspondent, Peter Arnett, at 11pm and the other with my esteemed colleague, talk show host, Thom Hartmann.

I'll be talking with Arnett about the interview about his career in "Feet to the Fire: The Media After 9/11" and with Hartmann about his book, "We the People: A Call to Take Back America".

Their respective web sites are:

Arnett: , and

Both these interviews will also be heard earlier Xmas day on WCSX and WMGC in Detroit with the former streaming the program.

See for times plus repeat shows, iPod, and archive availability. There will be no show at all on Sunday, Jan. 1.

I'll be sitting in again for Mike Malloy next week, Tuesday, Dec. 27 and Thursday, Dec. 29, 10pm-1am Eastern.

Go to for a station in your city or listen to it on the Internet through that site.

In Detroit, the show will air on WDTW 1310 AM, but starts the show at 11pm.

Here's a selection from my web site that you might want to read:

about how wiretapping is as American as apple pie; just ask J. Edgar Hoover.

Talk to you soon,


So you see why Peter remains among the top Liberal Talk Show Hosts!


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