The Mark Levin Show

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The Mark Levin Show
Genre talk radio
Running time 3 hours (6–9 p.m. ET)
Country United States
Language(s) English
Home station WABC
Syndicates Cumulus Media Networks
Host(s) Mark Levin
Recording studio Loudoun County, Virginia
Air dates since May 5, 2002 (local); January 30, 2006 (national)
Opening theme "Somewhere I Belong"
Website www.marklevinshow.com

The Mark Levin Show is a talk radio show hosted by Mark Levin. It is currently the fourth most listened-to talk radio show.[1] The radio show is a nationally broadcast program with over 8.5 million listeners.

History[edit]

Mark Levin

Levin began his radio hosting career in 2002 as a Sunday afternoon host on WABC.[2] WABC assigned Levin to fill in starting on June 16, 2003 after the station dropped The Savage Nation on the 7–9 p.m. timeslot weeknights.[3] On September 2, 2003, his show moved to the 6–7 p.m. timeslot on WABC.[4] Levin's WABC program expanded to 2 hours starting May 17, 2004.[5]

On January 30, 2006, Cumulus Media Networks (formerly known as Citadel Media and ABC Radio Networks) began syndicating The Mark Levin Show nationally. Initially, Cumulus expanded the program to three other stations, including WMAL in Levin's local Washington Metropolitan Area.[6][7] On February 2, 2009, the program expanded to 3 hours (6–9 p.m. ET).

The Mark Levin Show can be heard on over 150 stations and the SIRIUS XM Patriot channel. Levin's show has been rated number one in its time slot in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas–Fort Worth and Washington, D.C..[7] According to Talkers Magazine, The Mark Levin Show is one of the most-listened to radio talk shows, with more than 8.5 million listeners weekly.[1]

Format[edit]

His radio show, a mix of political and social commentary from a conservative point of view, covers legal issues in some detail, including decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. Levin follows the traditional talk radio model of taking listener calls throughout the show.

Levin uses his own on-air jargon, some of which he invented and some of which he popularized. He is notable for nicknames or pejoratives punning the names of liberal politicians, activist organizations, television personalities and shows, and newspapers.[8] A montage of these nicknames used to be used as a promotional lead-in during the show. Some names include:

  • Krispy Kreme Christie (Chris Christie)
  • Mayor Bloomturd (former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg)
  • Bill DeCommio (Bill DeBlasio)
  • Al Capone/Deadfish/Creepy Ballerina (Rahm Emanuel)
  • Al Not-So-Sharpton (Al Sharpton)
  • Chucky Schmucky Schumer (Chuck Schumer)
  • Keith Overbite (Keith Olbermann)
  • Stretch Pelosi (Nancy Pelosi)
  • Joyless Behar (Joy Behar)
  • Weiner Nation/Snaggletooth (Michael Savage)
  • Plugs/Joe Biteme (Vice President Joe Biden)
  • Chris "I'll have another drink" Matthews
  • "Little" Dick Durbin
  • Mike Huckaphony (Mike Huckabee)
  • Barney's Frank (Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank)
  • The Hindenburg (Al Gore)
  • Lindsey "Goober" Graham
  • John "D Student/Mashed Potato Face" Kerry
  • The Dwarf Senator (Barbara Boxer)
  • Harry "The Body Odor" Reid
  • Olympia Snow-Job (former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe)
  • The Jerkinator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)
  • The Spiteful Troll (Al Franken)
  • Senator Landfill (Mary Landrieu)
  • The Bowling Ball (Claire McCaskill)
  • James "The Melon-head" Webb
  • Blanched Lincoln (Blanche Lincoln)
  • Stimpy Hoyer (Steny Hoyer)
  • The Impeached Pervert/BJ Bill Jefferson Clinton (Bill Clinton)
  • Barack "Milhaus" Obama
  • Mahmoud Ahmadin Yabba Dabba Doo (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad)
  • Rachel Mad-Cow (Rachel Maddow)
  • Hillary Rotten Clinton/Her Thighness (Hillary Clinton)
  • Diane Frankenfeinstein (Dianne Feinstein)
  • Kathleen Supercilious (Kathleen Sebelius)
  • The "Wrong" Reverend Wright
  • Jessie Jerkson (Jesse Jackson)
  • Warren "Buff-ay" (Warren Buffet)
  • Paul Krudman (Paul Krugman)
  • Matt Demon (Matt Damon)
  • Screwball on Screwball (Hardball w/ Chris Matthews)
  • Countdown to No Ratings (Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann)
  • The Bucktooth David Letterman
  • John Stuart Lebowitz (John Stewart)
  • Mr. Spock (Steven Colbert)
  • Tom Brokejaw (Tom Brokaw)
  • The New York Slimes (New York Times)
  • The Washington Compost (Washington Post)
  • The Associated Depressed (Associated Press)
  • De-face the Nation (Face the Nation)
  • National Pubic Radio (National Public Radio)
  • The Morning Shmoe (The Morning Joe, MSNBC Show)
  • The Criminal Front Group known as Media Matters
  • U.S. Chamber of Crony Capitalism (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
  • Department of No Growth
  • Department of No Energy
  • Flat Earth No Growth Marxists (radical environmentalists)
  • MSLSD (MSNBC)
  • American Criminal Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Criminal News Network (CNN)
  • Drones (Democrats who never disagree with the party line)

Each show opens with the announcer intoning, "He's here. He's here. Now broadcasting from the underground command post, deep in the bowels of a hidden bunker, somewhere under the brick and steel of a nondescript building, we have once again made contact with our leader — Mark Levin!" Levin explains that he broadcasts his show from the basement of his home instead of a radio studio.[9] The last part about "making contact with our leader" is in homage to Boris & Natasha from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show of the early 1960s.

Criticism[edit]

Levin's show has garnered some criticism, including from former president George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum, for being too aggressive and negative in his analysis.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Top Talk Radio Audiences". Talkers Magazine. September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  2. ^ WABC forum post by program director Phil Boyce
  3. ^ Hinckley, David (June 22, 2003). "Contract War Deals Savage Blow At 'abc". New York Daily news. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ Hinckley, David (August 22, 2003). "Laura the Lip to WABC". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on December 31, 2005. 
  5. ^ Edel, Raymond A. (May 14, 2004). "WABC tweaks its programming". The Record (Bergen County, N.J.). Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ "ABC Radio Networks to syndicate the Mark Levin Show". Cumulus Media. January 17, 2006. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Jeffrey, Terence P.; Ryskind, Allan H. (October 2, 2006). "Mark Levin Takes Talk Radio by Storm". Human Events. Retrieved September 16, 2007. 
  8. ^ Lopez, Kathyrn Jean. "Jim Webb's Favorite Constituent". National Review Online. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  9. ^ Mark Levin, Rescuing Sprite, pp. 75–76.
  10. ^ Frum, David (13 August 2009). "The Reckless Right Courts Violence; Hysterical Talk from TV and Radio Hosts May Be a Cynical Marketing Exercise. But It's Getting Too Dangerous to Ignore". The Week. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 

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