Thursday, January 08, 2009

Speak Already!

I listen to a LOT of talk radio when I'm driving and there is one thing that irritates me more than anything (ok, I'm sure there is more than one thing but for the sake of this post, I'll stick with just one thing).

Why do people who call in to a radio show, waste their valuable air time by saying, Thank you for taking my call??

There are all sorts of versions off this: "It was so nice of you to take my call." or "Well, I have two things to say. First, I'd like to thank you for taking my call and second..." or "I really appreciate you taking my call and I just wanted to say..."

It's a CALL-IN RADIO SHOW people! They have a call-in segment because they want you to CALL IN! They are asking for your calls. They are telling you to call. They are soliciting your opinion. You don't have to thank them for taking your call. They are expecting it.

It's like going to a restaurant and after you pay your bill telling the manager that you really appreciate him letting you pay for your meal; "Thank you for taking my money."

So in the future, if you call a radio show: When they pick up the phone and say hello, you're likely on the air (or will be if you don't screw it up and say something stupid). Don't waste your air time by thanking them.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...


The other giveaway -- on CSpan Washington Journal morning call in show-- people who insist they are usually cut off if they try to express their ideas, so they are given extra time (by the host) to come to no point or whine insane or bore the bejesus out of the rest of us.

That sentiment would be a clue to me, were I host, to say: "Oh, we just lost Peekskill! Next caller is from Santa Fe..."

Happy 2009. Really like your blog.