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
June 2, 1991
It has been said that the Japanese--and others--have a low opinion of the intelligence of the average American. Could it be that they are overexposed to some of our game and talk shows? One such game show would be more appropriately named "Family Fools." Sam Meadows, Laguna Hills
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.
December 10, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Snapchat has all but disappeared from the conversation here just weeks after turning down a $3-billion takeover offer from Facebook. The talk of Silicon Valley is now all about image-sharing service Imgur, which is said to be in talks with Yahoo . Alan Schaaf started the company in 2009 when he was an Ohio University undergrad because he was frustrated with how hard it was to share photos on Reddit. Now Imgur (pronounced "IM-uh-jur") draws more traffic than Reddit, having topped 100 million users in September thanks to the space dog , the rocket frog and countless other images that are hard to resist.
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.
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.
June 21, 2013 |
In one of the more bizarre diplomatic events of late, turbaned envoys of the Taliban cut a pink satin ribbon across the entrance of a two-story villa in Doha, Qatar, a fixed address where U.S. negotiators can find the fugitive extremists when they want to talk about peace for Afghanistan. The ritual took place under the Taliban flag and a plaque proclaiming the office a mission of “The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.” Those were the symbols of statehood displayed by the Taliban during the five years they held tyrannical rule over Afghanistan and harbored Al Qaeda while it plotted the Sept.
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.
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.