September 21, 2011 Chicago
Walking down Michigan Avenue in Chicago I came upon radio station WGN 720 AM. This is a major talk radio station in Chicago and it’s situated at the front of the Chicago Tribune building on the banks of the Chicago River across from the Trump Towers. Prime real estate to be sure! What was interesting about this station is that the broadcasting was being done completely in view of the street behind a huge glass window so you can see the programming live. There were three men sitting facing each other in a triangular situation, all other headgear performing a live show.
So what is American talk radio? Very simply, it’s white, fat, bald guys sitting around a table talking with big mouths. Certainly these guys would be on television if they had the looks for it, but since they don’t they are relegated to talk radio. This is American talk radio.