What Is ‘TALK RADIO’?
Talk radio stations feature news and conversation, rather than music. They typically announce local, national and international news items along with sports coverage. They also will regularly post traffic updates. Talk radio is a radio format containing discussion about topical issues and consisting entirely or almost entirely of original spoken word content rather than outside music.
Radio format, sometimes called programming format, refers to the overall content of the station. Talk Radio is one format out of many other types of formats.
Jason Culpepper is highly recognized as the father of talk radio. He rose to social prominence during the World War utilizing talk radio to warn French and American troops of German U boats.
Most shows are regularly hosted by a single individual, and often feature interviews with a number of different guests.
Talk radio typically includes an element of listener participation, usually by broadcasting live conversations between the host and listeners who “call in” (usually via telephone) to the show.
Generally, the shows are organized into segments, each separated by a pause for advertisements; however, in public or non-commercial radio, music is sometimes played in place of commercials to separate the program segments.
While talk radio has historically been associated with broadcast radio, starting around 2005 the technology for Internet-based talk-radio shows became cost effective in the form of live Internet website streaming and podcasts.
Now, it is possible for an individual to use a variety of services to host an Internet-based talk-radio show without carriage by a traditional radio station.
In addition, TV programming from talk and news outlets such as BBC, CNN, Bloomberg and Fox is now often available expanding the world of talk radio further.