February 21, 2010 |
Whatever critics might say about George Noory, he earns credit for keeping an open mind. In fact, Noory's unmatched success on overnight talk radio may be due to his willingness to think the unthinkable -- such as when NASA gadfly Richard C. Hoagland rails about a government cover-up of ancient structures on the moon, or when a listener calls to report being attacked in bed by a dark, malevolent spirit. "It sounds kind of farfetched," Noory conceded of the latter, "yet I can't tell you how many people have had this syndrome . . . the 'Old Hag Syndrome.
October 15, 1995
Oprah Winfrey's show on Sept. 15, about the film "Color of Fear," should win an Emmy. I had chills, tears, shouts of joy and laughter listening to the comments on racism in America. All of America should see this film. People must always try their best and not give in or give up. All other talk shows should be canceled if they're not going to excel like Oprah. I watched Carnie Wilson's show for 15 minutes--it was horrible. Oprah is still the classiest. Charlotte Walker, Walnut . . I cannot believe believe we have yet another sleazy talk-show host in the name of Danny Bonaduce.
July 17, 2010 |
My mother doesn't like to talk to me on the phone when I'm driving, so she made her point that the world is in worse shape than she'd ever seen it in her 80-plus years, then hung up. I diluted her grim words with rock radio and was thoroughly enjoying an Eagles' song I'd hated in 1975 when a man in a Dodge Caravan honked and motioned for me to roll down my window. Actually, for the sake of accuracy, I didn't notice he drove a Caravan until later, when I was homicidally tailing him up and down side streets.
November 6, 1994
As a longtime viewer of KCOP-Channel 13, I must voice my displeasure over the station's six talk shows from noon to 6 p.m. Enough already. Hugh E. Salisbury, Midway City
May 7, 1995
If radio talk shows have no effect on the public's behavior, as many talk show hosts and politicians argue, then why do those same people often condemn the amount of violence and sex on television? STEVE MARTARANO Sacramento
February 15, 2010 |
Vice President Joe Biden and former Vice President Dick Cheney sparred Sunday from the safe distance of separate talk shows, disagreeing on the greatest threat to the U.S., the use of torture and going to war in Iraq. The Democratic vice president and the Republican he replaced found little common ground in a spectacle that played out over three morning TV programs. A rare zone of agreement was the Obama administration's prosecution of the war in Afghanistan. But even then, Cheney suggested President Obama should have acted faster in deciding to send in more troops.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2010 |
The talk-show tumult involving Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and David Letterman wouldn't have fazed viewers half a century ago in Southern California. They were used to chaos and controversy on the local TV chat circuit during that free-wheeling era of live broadcasts. On any night, a host might walk off in the middle of the program (if he had even bothered to show up). Or smash a sponsor's product on the stage. Or direct insults at spectators. Arguments with wives, on and off the air, occasionally broke out -- and only occasionally featured firearms.
July 24, 1989 |
Talk was inexpensive in Kuwait last month. A glitch in a telephone exchange let long-distance calls in parts of June and July go unregistered, the Communications Ministry said. The gulf state's newspapers said Sunday that records for as many as half a million calls may have been lost, with the cost running into hundreds of thousands of dollars.