talk radio


Definition of talk radio 

: radio programming consisting of call-in shows

Examples of talk radio in a Sentence

He listens to business talk radio in the car.

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On talk radio and social media, many free-speech advocates lack Chemerinsky’s judiciousness. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "How Social-Media Trolls Turned U.C. Berkeley Into a Free-Speech Circus," 23 May 2016 From talk radio to Fox News to Breitbart, alternative public spheres coalesced as echo chambers, where climate science could be regularly parried and parodied and conservative precepts about government overreach perpetually reinforced. Christopher Sellers, Vox, "How Republicans came to embrace anti-environmentalism," 6 July 2018 Sports talk radio exists to make connections, and get reactions, and Kevin has done that. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Trump kicks the NFL, Chiefs fans are cocky (?) and Mahomes' endorsements," 5 June 2018 Everyone had an opinion on what James will do next and that discussion filled the sports talk radio airwaves, bars and barber shops. Tom Withers, Houston Chronicle, "Boston bound: LeBron James pushes Cavaliers to Game 7 vs. Celtics," 25 May 2018 Local talk radio fanned the anti-immigrant (and anti-tax) flames in Los Angeles in the 1990s. Paul Thornton,, "1990s California would have been kinder to Trump," 17 Mar. 2018 The pattern has been influenced by where candidates put their resources, their regional ties, their endorsements and the role of conservative talk radio in Milwaukee, which crusaded for Walker in 2010 and against Trump in 2016. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GOP senate primary in Wisconsin already reflects north-south divide within party," 13 July 2018 Gibbons' ads are set to air on conservative talk radio and on Fox News, Schrimpf said. Andrew J. Tobias,, "We think we know how the Ohio Republican primary election will turn out. But could there be an upset?," 24 Apr. 2018 In a radio interview Thursday with conservative talk radio host Ben Ferguson, Savage gave his version of what happened with Jules Woodson in a truck parked in a wooded area on a dirt road in 1998. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Embattled pastor Andy Savage says ‘flirtatious environment’ led to sexual encounter with teen," 12 Jan. 2018

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1968, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of talk radio

: radio programs in which people talk about politics, sports, etc., and listeners can make phone calls to give their opinions

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