Talk and News Radio

Talk radio and news radio are the leading spoken-word formats in broadcast radio. The term talk radio tends to encompass all programming that involves one or more hosts discussing news stories or topics of interest to a community, often through interviews with leaders, experts, and other noteworthy people. The term news radio applies to programming that emphasizes coverage of breaking and ongoing news stories. This entry defines and compares talk radio and news radio, examines their history, the rise of the “shock jock” in the 1980s and beyond, and how both talk and news radio have continued to evolve in a digital era.

Talk Radio Versus News Radio

Audience interaction is an important part of the program; traditionally, this interaction has revolved around listeners calling the program ...

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