from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Broadcast radio programming consisting of talk shows, often including telephone conversations with members of the audience.
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- n. Programming format with discussions about topical issues.
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What's happened lately is that the rise of things like talk radio, which is dominated by conservatives, Fox News, our competitor, which is seen by some as a conservative counterweight, if you will, it's owned by Rupert Murdoch, a conservative media baron, run by Roger Ailes, a long-time Republican operative.
Meanwhile, both talk radio and congress has also joined in the rightwing fatwa against the CIA.
The news media has entered the ideology business much like talk radio.