Monday, April 03, 2006

Guy James is back, Bernie Ward climbs

It is time to welcome back Talk Show Host Guy James after a protracted absence while he built his own independent broadcast network. He is now not hampered by the station politics. It is nice to have him talking as openly and freely as he does. He is not hitting only the right wing, but like Mike Malloy and Peter Werbe takes no prisoners amongst the Democrats as well. Guy calls his shots well and I am glad to welcome him back among the top Liberal Talk Show Hosts. The only problem that Guy faces is that he does not have a broad spectrum of callers and the "professional" callers as "Alice", "Dave", Vinita", etc. seem to dominate his shows. Guy would do well to initiate what Mike does, the 3-day rule, as otherwise one doubts the broad base appeal of his show.

Bernie Ward was absolutely dripping with sarcasm the other day when he took the stand that all foreign things should be banned from the US . It was most surprising how few people understood his brand of sarcasm. I was rolling on the floor with laughter as he exposed the egoistic xenophobic nature of much of his audience who claim to be liberals. That one show alone has helped him to climb to 3rd place this week.

The Stephanie Miller Show is back on live, but immaterial which browser I use, after every 20 minutes the broadcast undulates and waxes and wanes like the tide, making it impossible to listen unless one gets back to the browser to reload the player. I have to keep the show off the ratings till this problem is fixed.

Thom Hartmann is way off target with his views about NAFTA, Free Trade, Globalisation and it is sad that his power of persuaion is also pushing independent Congressman Bernie Sanders into a corner in his opinions on these matters.

Ratings for the week ended 2nd April 2006:

  1. Mike Malloy Show hosted by Peter Werbe ***** 5 shows a week

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

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

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

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

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

  7. Thom Hartmann **** 5 shows a week

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

  9. Air America Mornings (Mark Riley 0500 - 0700 and Rachel Maddow 0700 - 0900) ****

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

  11. Guy James 5 shows a week - ****

  12. Nate Clay ** 1 show a week

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

  14. Ed Schultz** 5 shows a week

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

  16. The Randi Rhodes Show hosted Randi Rhodes ** 5 shows a week

  17. John Rothmann * 2 shows a week

Unrated this week:

Look forward to great week of Liberal Talk Radio, thanks to such hosts as Mike and Peter.


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