Talk Host Randi Rhodes Returns to the Air


randiThose of you who are familiar with Air America or Nova M radio are probably already familiar with controversial liberal pundit Randi Rhodes. Rhodes is known for delivering no-holds-barred commentary from the political left. Now, in a move that will surprise many, she will be returning to the airwaves on Premiere Radio Networks, the on-air home of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

Using sound bites ranging from “bong bubbles,” bells, buzzers, and the “Howard Dean scream,” Rhodes delivers commentary as biting as Limbaugh’s but from an ideologically opposite stance. Also much like Limbaugh, she has been dogged by controversy due to extreme comments. Rhodes called Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro “whores” at a private party that became a viral video. Rhodes’ remarks led to her suspension from Air America in April a year ago. Rhodes resigned rather than apologize for the remarks. Of course, as we are all aware, in political talk radio, extremism sells.

Wall Street Journal media reporter, Sarah McBride, quotes Premiere’s president about the contradiction between Rhodes and Limbaugh:

“It’s all about getting audience we don’t have,” said Charlie Rahilly… who commented that Ms. Rhodes was very successful in drawing listeners in past stints on Clear Channel stations.

It will be very interesting to see how things progress once the show begins airing. So far liberal talk radio has seen far less success than its conservative counterpart. However, that was before the Obama era. Time and ratings will tell in the end. In the meantime, it will be worthwhile keeping an eye on this trend.

The Randi Rhodes Show will broadcast live from Washington, D.C. starting on May 11, and will be heard on affiliates across the nation, including KTLK-AM/Los Angeles, KKGN-AM/San Francisco and KPOJ-AM/Portland. The daily broadcast will be heard in the 3-6pm ET slot.

Will you be listening?

Photo courtesy of Paul Schultz, used under its Creative Commons license


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10 Responses to “Talk Host Randi Rhodes Returns to the Air”

  1. Lila The Great Says:

    You bet your lifesavers I’ll be listening to The ROCKING RANDI RHODES! In a time when everyone in Oklahoma had murder on their minds, to kill all liberals (thank you Rush), Randi came into my radio listening life and saved me!

  2. Charles Stanford Says:

    I’ll be listening, even if it has to be online. Outlet in K.C.?

  3. George Williams Says:

    @Lila Glad you’re excited about it! It would not be professional for me to comment on the politics themselves, but I’m always a fan of seeing more variety on the air!

    @Charles Sorry, I don’t have a list of the affiliates that will be running it. Info should be easy to Google once the debut show gets a bit nearer.

    Thank you both for reading and for joining the conversation!

  4. kellek Says:

    Thank you George for correctly reporting that Randi did not get fired from AA as most people do.

  5. George Williams Says:

    I do my humble best to provide the most accurate info I can. Thans a lot for noticing!

  6. Richard Random Says:

    The future of radio = more liberal talk. More truth tellers. More Randi Rhodes, Mike Malloy, Stephanie Miller, Nancy Skinner, Ron Reagan, Thom Hartman. Bring us more and more liberal voices to counterbalance the crumbling and ancient right wing billionaire corporate apologists. Bring on awake and ready radio. The future is now.

  7. George Williams Says:

    I am happy to see that there is so much interest in this particular bit of news, I’ll be doing some follow ups in the near future to help keep you, our readers, informed.

    Please feel free to share any pertinent news that you run across with me via comment of email, if I use it I will happily credit you for throwing me the lead.

    As to the political side of all of this, I am staunchly apolitical when blogging for clients and so an unable to offer an opinion either way.

    Thank all of you for joining the conversation!

  8. Carmen Says:

    Yeah! You go, Randi. We need you to debunk the lies spewed 24/7 by Hannity, Limbaugh, Savage, Ingraham, O’Reilly, Levin, cry-baby Beck, Joy whatever-her-name-is, and others I hear when I’m station-surfing. And then there’s FOX cable NEWS???? It’s an assault of epidemic proportions! Gimme some truth for a change. At the end of a hard day I can still get an hour of your show to relax me. Keep up the good work.

  9. Charles Stanford Says:

    This is really weird. Googled her and found three stations that use their own type of player. Still looking for a stand alone type.


  10. Drew Says:

    Just discovered that Randi’s back but having difficulty finding a station I can just stream the show. Tried the Googling her but so far no stand alone player. Any ideas? I’m central time.

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