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The Stephanie Miller Show
Stephanie Miller Show Logo.svg
Other names The Stephanie Miller Newscast
Genre Political satireObservational comedy
Running time 3 hours
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Home station KTLK-AM (2005–2013)
KCAA-AM (2013- )
Syndicates Westwood One
(formerly Dial Global and Jones Radio Networks)
TV adaptations MSNBC (April 30, 2007 – May 2, 2007)
Current TV (March 26, 2012 – August 15, 2013)
Free Speech TV (January 6th, 2014–Present)
Starring Stephanie Miller
Jim Ward
Announcer Jim Ward
Created by Ron Hartenbaum
Tom Athans
Stephanie Miller
Produced by Rebekah Taylor (2004–2012)
Travis Bone (2012–2015)
Sean Comiskey & Yanira Johnson (2016-present)
Executive producer(s) Chris Lavoie (2004-2015)
John Melendez (2015-2016)
Vanessa Rumbles (2016-present)
Recording studio Los Angeles, California
Original release September 2004 – the present
Opening theme
Other themes Various throughout the show
Ending theme Various
Website Official show website
Podcast The "Stephcast" by paid subscription

The Stephanie Miller Show is a syndicated progressive talk radio program that discusses politics, current events, and pop culture using a fast-paced, impromptu style. The three-hour show is hosted by comedian Stephanie Miller ("Steph") along with voice artist Jim Ward and the show's executive producer Vanessa Rumbles. The show debuted on September 7, 2004 and is broadcast live from Los Angeles each weekday morning from 6:00 to 9:00 AM Pacific Time, on radio stations throughout the U.S., as well as online, and via SiriusXM Progress (channel 127). The show is also video simulcast live on Free Speech TV. Each day's show is also available commercial-free for download from the show's website via the paid subscription Stephcast. The radio show should not be confused with Miller's short-lived 1995 syndicated TV talk show with the same name.[1][2]

Talkers Magazine named Stephanie Miller as one of the 100 most important radio talk show hosts in America in 2007, describing her as a funny, smart, and charming rising star of the progressive talk format.[3] Via its affiliate network, satellite radio, online listening, video simulcast, and podcast, The Stephanie Miller Show has a weekly audience of approximately 6 million listeners. [4] The show's audience has grown from 1 million in Fall 2005 on 40 affiliates.[5][6]

The show began simulcasting on Free Speech TV after a successful Indiegogo campaign to raise the funds to produce the show for TV.[7] In January 2014, Miller began hosting the show from a studio in her home, following the decision of the former KTLK-AM in Los Angeles to become the flagship station for conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. In October 2014, Miller began offering the uncensored Stephanie Miller's Happy Hour podcast, which has become immensely successful.

In launching the show, Miller said, "As talk radio has more and more become a sea of right-wing wackos, I think the audience has finally recognized the need to balance that with some good left-wing wackos, and I'm thrilled to be able to fill that need."[8] When the show began in 2004, the on-air personalities were Stephanie Miller as host, “Voice Deity” Jim Ward as co-host, and “Boy Toy” Chris Lavoie as executive producer. The show was dubbed Operation Take Back America, and primarily consisted of Miller and Ward, with Lavoie interjecting periodically. Lavoie’s on-air presence expanded over the years. Associate Producer Rebekah Taylor (nee Baker) would also occasionally be heard on air. There were three standard segments in the show: Right Wing World (Hour 1), Stand-Up News (Hour 2), Tinsel Talk (Hour 3). Over the years the show evolved to include a regular series of in-studio guests, and phone-in contributors, and in the process, Right Wing World, Stand-Up News, and Tinsel Town were discontinued. Ward reduced his role in January 2014 to once a week, but expanded his role again in November 2015,[9] and is now on the show Monday to Thursday. Rebekah Taylor left in 2012, and was subsequently replaced by Travis Bone who left in 2015. Sean Comiskey is now Associate Producer, along with Yanira Johnson who screens phone callers. Lavoie left as executive producer in November 2015, replaced by John Melendez, and subsequently by current executive producer Vanessa Rumbles in October 2016.

Stephanie Miller came out as a lesbian during hour two of the show broadcast on August 13, 2010.[10]

In 2011, Miller won the Talkers Magazine Judy Jarvis Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Talk Radio by a Woman.[11]

Show format[edit]

The show is primarily a mix of comedy and political topics, though Miller notes that "we talk less about politics than any other show in the progressive talk format". Much of the show takes the form of Miller introducing a news item or soundbite, followed by discussion among Miller, Ward, Rumbles, and in-studio guests. The discussions are punctuated with sound effects, short audio clips, and imitations by Ward. Miller calls her show a mix of "high-brow" and "low-brow", and sometimes "unibrow" (in reference to her appearance as a teenager). It's also described as a "Mensa meeting with fart jokes". Because the show can include interviews with political figures among jokes appealing to a juvenile sense of humor, Miller has described the show's format as "senator, fart joke, senator, fart joke." After a call from a listener who was complaining about the frequent use of sound effects and comedy elements, Miller, Ward, and then executive producer Chris Lavoie coined a new slogan for the show: "Facts with slide-whistle" (also with a slide-whistle sound effect). Miller often refers to her co-hosts, producers, and sidekicks as "mooks". Since moving the show to her home basement studio in January 2014, Miller's dogs Max and Fred are usually in the studio with her.

Miller often starts an hour of the show by reading a few e-mails from listeners. The e-mails can include anything from brief funny comments to elaborate humorous audio productions. Miller usually plays a mild applause sound effect after reading each e-mail.

The show takes several calls from listeners each hour at the phone number 1-323-468-1135. Miller says that "right-wing wackos go to the front of the line", and often refers to conservative male callers as "right-wing love muffins" while urging them to "come to the light". Callers converse mostly with Miller, and sometimes with in-studio guests. Regular callers include Sue from Rockville, Kevin from Washington (who refers to Miller as "lovely Stephanie"), Robert from Florida, Buddy from Columbus, Donald from Aurora, Matt from Chicago, and Parker from L.A.. Frequent callers with opposing viewpoints include Billy from Texas, Art from Chicago, and Road Flare Mary. Callers will sometimes ask for an official show role, based on the individual’s personal and/or professional characteristics, such as being designated the Official Gay Stenographer of the Stephanie Miller Show, or Official Middle-Aged Male Step Dancer of the Stephanie Miller Show. When the caller asks for the designation, a high pitched bell is played, similar to what a Fairy Godmother would use when granting a wish, making the role official.

The show has guest hosts when Miller is on vacation. Currently Frangela (the comedy team of Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton), regularly fill in for Miller (they are also regular guests on the show during "Fridays with Frangela"). Podcaster Jody Hamilton, daughter of comedian Carol Burnett, also guest hosts on occasion. Previously comedian Elayne Boosler supplied a majority of the hosting duties in Miller's absence, frequently joined by comedy writer Merrill Markoe. In the past, Comedian Hal Sparks also frequently served as a guest host.

In the past, the show has periodically been broadcast from several affiliate cities, with Miller and Ward appearing in front of a live audience. During these remote broadcasts, audience questions and interactions took the place of phone calls. The show has also done remote broadcasts from the national Democratic convention.

On-Air personalities[edit]

Stephanie Miller[edit]

Stephanie Miller, ("Steph"), the show host, self-deprecatingly describes herself as a washed-up stand-up comic who is unqualified for any work other than her radio show. She jokes about consuming box wine. Having never been married, she considers herself to be a spinster (or "an elderly shut-in"). She refers to herself as "Mama" during the show, and she is often called that affectionally by callers. Particularly prior to coming out as a lesbian in 2010, she had many fictional relationships with "future husbands". These now include future wives. Her response to certain men (particularly firemen) is described as "slutty". She has stated that she has "a chick thing" for Sean Hannity and has posted Photoshop images of herself and Hannity in compromising situations.

Miller, being the daughter of William E. Miller (running mate of Barry Goldwater), sometimes makes references to her Republican family, particularly her mother. Miller thinks that it's best that the show isn't broadcast in the city in North Carolina where her mother lives.

in the midst of the controversy in California over gay marriage and Proposition 8, during the second hour of the August 13, 2010 show, with Jim Ward, Chris Lavoie, and John Fugelsang in the studio, Miller announced that she is a lesbian, stating "I've reached my personal tipping point to say I am a gay woman." In her heartfelt announcement she discussed details of her personal life and the process of deciding to publicly announce that she was gay, noting that she had been out to friends and family for many years, and she was inspired to come out publicly by gay country singer Chely Wright.[12][13]

Jim Ward[edit]

Miller refers to co-host Jim Ward as "voice deity" (or sometimes "voice monkey") and "the official conspiracy theorist" of the show. Ward imitates a wide number of public figures on the show including political leaders, celebrities, and historical figures. Ward has been with the show since it began in 2004 and currently is on the show Monday to Thursday. He also previously worked with Miller on her show in the late nineties on KABC.[14] For many years, Ward would regularly do impressions as part of various short comedy bits or sketches on the show, but now typically does quick impressions and one-liners based on news events. Miller regularly notes that Ward is often late in arriving and that staff have a betting pool each morning regarding Jim's excuse for being late that day. Jim spends much of his time in-studio working on the newspaper crossword puzzle. Ward is said to believe every left wing conspiracy theory even though he has pointed out some conspiracies that he does not believe in. More recently, he has compared many extreme right-wing viewpoints to naziism, usually under the phrasing "Do you know who (extreme thought or viewpoint?)....Hitler." Ward wrote the comedy bits that he performed during the "Stand Up News" and "Tinsel Talk" segments that were previously part of the show, which Miller jokingly complained that he waited until the last moment to create.


In addition to Miller and Ward, Executive Producer Vanessa Rumbles (referred to by Stephanie as "Baby Rumbles" because of her size and youthful appearance) provides commentary throughout the show. Rumbles became Miller's Executive Producer in October 2016 and has also done work for PBS, PRI, NPR, and KTLA. She describes herself as a "lover of politics and pop culture".[15] Associate Producers Sean Comiskey and Yanira Johnson (who is responsible for screening phone callers), also regularly chime in with their thoughts.

Regular guests[edit]

The Stephanie Miller Show features a number of regular guests, and typically has at least one in-studio guest during each show. The comedy duo Frangela (Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton) has a regular in-studio segment each Friday, Fridays with Frangela during the 3rd hour of the show. Frangela also frequently serve as guest hosts when Miller is on vacation. Frangela are also regulars on Miller's Sexy Liberal Tour,[16] a live stage show with performances across the United States. John Fugelsang, the New York-based comedian, who Miller often refers to as an "ecclesiastical mook" because of his expertise on religion, calls in regularly by phone, with occasional in-studio appearances (dubbed Fridays with Fugelsang when he appears on Fridays). Fugelsang is also a regular on the Sexy Liberal Tour. The comedian and voice actor, Carlos Alazraqui, who worked with Miller on her previous radio show, generally makes a weekly in-studio appearance, Coffee with Carlos. Podcaster Jody Hamilton, who is the daughter of Carol Burnett (who Miller said she wanted to be when she got out of college),[17] is also a frequent in-studio guest, and occasionally fills in for Miller when she is on vacation. Other regular in-studio guests include comedians Suzanne Westenhoefer, Monique Marvez, Ron Placone, and Dana Goldberg. Actor/comedian Rick Overton is also a frequent in-studio guest. Overton's appearances feature the use of his 'smeary guy' voice, an imitation of the scary voice used in political ads.

Regular contributors[edit]

Miller's show features a number of contributors who typically call in on a weekly basis. These include: Lee Papa, the Rude Pundit (on Monday), Charlie Pierce of Esquire Magazine, political strategist Karl Frisch, political commentator Bob Cesca, comedian Dean Obeidallah, and Eric Boehlert from Media Matters for America. Security expert Malcolm Nance is also now a regular contributor regarding the Russian connections with the Trump Administration and related issues. Writer and commentator Tina Dupuy, currently the communications director for Congressman Alan Grayson, has also often been a regular contributor.

Current show features[edit]

Comedy of the Stephanie Miller Show[edit]

Parody, satire, and comic skewering of the absurdity of public figures and pundits, particularly those on the right, are at the core of much of the comedy of the show. Impersonations by Miller and Ward on the show make fun of both sides of the political aisle. Usually these impersonations exaggerate the voice of various pundits or political leaders. Miller is also known to poke fun at herself often during the show. The show also incorporates a variety of recurring comedic elements within the show as well. Sound effects and short sound clips, or "drops", from movies, television, and other sources are often inserted during discussions to emphasize points and many are used on a daily or near-daily basis. The source of sound effects and sound clips is often referred to in a double entendre as "Stephanie's box".

"Celebrity Hotline"[edit]

Although the show is humorous in nature, it uses its humor to educate its listeners about current events and politics. It is taken seriously enough, however, to frequently include Washington and political insiders as phone guests, via the "Celebrity Hotline". At one time, the segment started with a ringing phone sound effect and Miller feigning surprise at the pre-arranged call, although this type of introduction is now infrequent. Guests have included Howard Dean (whom Miller respectfully referred to "by all three of his titles: Doctor Governor Chairman Howard Dean"), John Kerry, Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer (nicknamed "the Matron Saint of The Stephanie Miller Show"), Maxine Waters, Ted Lieu, Adam Schiff, Byron Dorgan, Debbie Stabenow, Jimmy Carter, Jon Tester, Linda Sánchez, Keith Ellison, Frank Rich, Jack Cafferty, Paul Begala (nicknamed "The Best Pundit In The WAH-urld"), Jason Alexander, Harry Shearer, Arianna Huffington, Tim Robbins, Gen. Wesley Clark, and John Conyers (nicknamed "the Patron Saint of The Stephanie Miller Show"). Representative Conyers coined the term "The Stephanie Miller Newscast", which continues to be a source of amusement for the hosts. Miller has said that she is somewhat surprised that an elected official would agree to call the show, but even more surprised when they agree to a second call-in.

One notable celebrity call-in was Melissa Etheridge, who spontaneously called the show 10 minutes after Congresswoman Maxine Waters finished her scheduled appearance on the "Celebrity Hotline". Then executive producer Chris Lavoie noted that Miller was far more impressed with Etheridge calling the show than with a congresswoman calling the show. Since Etheridge's call was not pre-arranged, it was not referred to as a "Celebrity Hotline" call. Young MC (a rap artist popular in the early 1990s) also called in to the show. This also was not pre-arranged, and was prompted by a joke at Stephanie Miller's expense regarding her lack of knowledge regarding current pop culture, to wit, that she was so out of step that she "thought Young MC was still young."

"Conspiracy Corner"[edit]

This occasional segment involves Ward giving a detailed description of a conspiracy theory, backed by the theme from Mission: Impossible. Many of the theories presented by Ward originate with Wayne Madsen. Generally, Ward defends the credibility of the theories he presents. When Chris Lavoie was Executive Producer, he often expressed skepticism. Miller has said that she wants to be skeptical, but that Ward frequently turns out to be correct.

"Guess the Quote"[edit]

This is another occasional segment. Stephanie reads a variety of quotes which usually have a common theme to them (same subject, all from the same person, etc.) to the theme music from Jeopardy!. Jim Ward then attempts to guess the source of each quote, however, his guesses are usually intentionally wildly inaccurate, reflecting an exaggeration of the theme of the quotes (for example, taking a contemporary public figure's quotation that the hosts deem to be racist and guessing that Adolf Hitler said it).

"Beaver Stack"[edit]

This is an occasional segment generally used as a sort of time-filler or segue. It features Miller reading news articles, usually of a humorous nature, discussing beavers. As she reads the articles, she also makes veiled references and innuendo relating to the slang use of "beaver". As these are read, the theme music from the 1950s television sitcom Leave It To Beaver plays under her report.

Show theme songs[edit]

The show theme song, played at the top of each hour, has changed through the years to reflect the current political situation. When the show premiered in 2004 in the midst of the George W. Bush presidency, the theme song was We're Not Gonna Take It, by Twisted Sister. The day after the election of Barack Obama, on November 5, 2008, the song was changed to Walking on Sunshine, by Katrina and the Waves. (It was noted on that day that the show had planned to use It's The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), by R.E.M, if John McCain and Sarah Palin had been elected.) With the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, the theme was changed to Fighter by Christina Aguilera.

Guest jingles[edit]

Guests and some frequent callers on The Stephanie Miller Show have their own jingles, many of which are either parodies or re-workings of popular songs. Many of these are created by "Rocky Mountain Mike," Mike Hardeman, sometimes with assistance from "Mary Ann in Ann Arbor," Mary Dixon. The guests and callers with their own jingles based on popular songs, and the songs their jingle is based on include the following: a) Eric Boehlert - Hurts So Good, by John Mellencamp; b) Bob Cesca - You Sexy Thing, by Hot Chocolate; c) Charlie PierceCharlie Brown, by The Coasters; d) Dana Goldberg - Golden Years, by David Bowie e) Dean ObeidallahOb-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, by The Beatles; f) FrangelaGloria, by Laura Branigan; (vocals for Frangela by Tichina Arnold); g) Jacki Schechner - C'mon, Get Happy, by The Partridge Family; Together Again, by Buck Owens; h) John FugelsangHe's So Fine, by The Chiffons; Thank God It's Friday, by Love & Kisses; Jesus Is Just Alright, by The Doobie Brothers; Jesus Christ Superstar, by Carl Anderson; i) Jody Hamilton – Ramblin' Man, by The Allman Brothers Band; Judy in Disguise (with Glasses), by John Fred & his Playboy Band; j) Karl FrischFresh, by Kool & the Gang; k) Lee Papa, the Rude Pundit – Hey Jude, by The Beatles; previously Papa Oom Mow Mow, by The Rivingtons; l) Lisa Bloom - In My Room, by The Beach Boys; m) Malcolm NanceLet's Dance, by David Bowie; The Safety Dance, by Men Without Hats; Get Down Tonight, by KC and the Sunshine Band; n) Monique Marvez - The Men All Pause, by Klymaxx; o) Rick Overton - Takin' Care of Business, by Bachman-Turner Overdrive; p) Robert from Florida - Shaddap You Face, by Joe Dolce; q) Ron Placone – Kodachrome, by Paul Simon; r) Sue in Rockville – Runaround Sue, by Dion; s) Suli McCullough - Louie Louie, by The Kingsmen; t) Suzanne WestenhoeferLove Rollercoaster, by the Ohio Players; u) Tina DupuyOh Sheila, by Ready for the World.

Former on-air personalities[edit]

Chris Lavoie: Lavoie was the Executive Producer of the show from when it began in 2004 until November 2015, when he left to become Public Relations Manager for a casino, because he was tired of going to bed at "stupid o'clock" and getting up at "insane o'clock", among other reasons. Miller would often refer to him as "Boy Toy Chris Lavoie". Lavoie previously worked with Miller on her radio show on KABC from 1997 to 2000.[18] Lavoie would often provide on-air commentary. When Miller would say something outrageous, Lavoie would often scream: "What is wrong with you?". Breaking news sometimes occurred during the show, which Lavoie would announce, with Miller referring to him in such instances as "Cub Reporter Chris Lavoie". Miller would also sometimes kiddingly call him a "right wing tool" because she felt his views sometimes leaned conservative. At the end of Lavoie's last show on November 13, 2015, Miller got extremely emotional in bidding him goodbye. Lavoie still occasionally calls into and appears on the show.

Travis Bone: Bone was the Associate Producer of the show from July 2012 to October 2015 before he left to work on another program.[19] Bone would frequently offer commentary on the air. He is now jokingly referred to by Miller as the "Treasonous Travis Bone" for leaving the show. Bone still occasionally appears as a guest on the show. When Bone and Chris Lavoie are guests on the show, Miller refers to it as the "gay swallows returning to San Juan Stephistrano".

John Melendez: Melendez replaced longtime Executive Producer Chris Lavoie when the latter left the show in November 2015.[20] For several months prior, Melendez had a been a frequent guest on the program. Melendez, former longtime producer for Howard Stern and writer and announcer for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, was originally brought in to run the engineer board as well, but had trouble with Lavoie's set-up. His highly entertaining time on the show included political commentary and frequent kidding about his personal hygiene and sad love life. He also produced and appeared on Stephanie Miller's Happy Hour podcast during this period. His role on the show was eventually reduced to a one-hour appearance on Friday's, and as of late fall 2016 he was no longer part of the show.

Jacki Schechner: Jacki did the morning headlines from Current TV's Los Angeles studio when The Stephanie Miller Show was on Current TV. Schechner was also a Current TV news correspondent. In addition to serving as the morning news anchor on the TV simulcast, for a number of years Schechner was a regular guest of Miller's show on the phone and in studio, with a particular focus on health care because of her vast knowledge on the subject. As a result of other professional demands, she is no longer a regular on the show, but is still an occasional guest.

Rebekah Taylor: Rebekah Taylor (nee Baker) served as Associate Producer from 2004 to 2012. She primarily worked behind the scenes and served as phone screener. However, she would be heard occasionally on-air, and was particularly noted for her imitation of Ross Perot. She was jokingly described as surly by Miller, and would at times come on the show for a few minutes to insult Stephanie. At the end of each show Miller would say thanks to Taylor for her work “on phones and drums”.[21]

Other past regular guests include Edie McClurg (Mondays with McClurg),[22] Aisha Tyler (Tuesdays with Tyler),[23] and Hal Sparks (Humpdays with Hal) [24].

Previous format[edit]

Along with general discussion and phone calls, the original format of the show in 2004 featured three standard segments: Right Wing World in hour 1, Stand Up News in hour 2, and Tinsel Talk in hour 3. Before being discontinued completely, the order of the three segments was later more random. As the show evolved to include regular in-studio guests, and contributors, it moved away from these segments and they are no longer part of the show.

"Right Wing World"[edit]

Right Wing World opened with Ward announcing in the style of a carnival barker, "Step right up, get your Republican talking points, get your peanut-size brains, your brain must be this (various) to go on this ride," with (various) being a topical ad lib by Ward. Also, as Ward read the usual announcement, the pitch of his voice rose to a high pitch. In a humorous moment, Ward flubbed the opening when the segment made its return, joking that, "I haven't done this in a while", and that he was a bit rusty. Many recent soundbites from conservative media personalities were played, each followed by commentary. Frequent targets included Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin (whom Miller refers to as "Caribou Barbie", due to her status as the former governor of Alaska and ex-beauty queen), Rush Limbaugh, and Michael Savage. Miller says that she watches Fox News "so you don't have to." When asked to describe Right Wing World, Miller replied:

"Right Wing World" is obviously clips from Fox and others. It's amazing. You get what the Republican talking points are for the day because they are endlessly repeated in a million different forms. O'Reilly says it. Hannity says it. Savage says it. We do "Right Wing World" mostly for comedy. It's really just a forum to mock them mercilessly. But it's also instructive to people: This is the propaganda you're getting. And this is why what they're saying is not true.

— [25]

Right Wing World was discontinued in August 2008 during the Republican Convention, but was brought back on September 16, 2009 as a response to Republican efforts to stop health-care reform. It is now no longer a regular segment. In the absence of Right Wing World, Miller now plays soundbites throughout the show using a similar format of poking fun and comedically skewering right wing pundits.

"Stand Up News"[edit]

This second-hour segment started with Miller describing it as "some news we don't want to lose", followed by a pre-recorded intro by Ward, and then Miller stating that "when news breaks here, it stays broken". Miller read brief summaries of news stories, with each providing the set-up for a short comedy bit, almost always involving impersonations by Ward. Miller ended the segment with the clichéd stand-up comedian closing, "I'm here all week, tell your friends", as the Johnny Carson Tonight Show Johnny's Theme was played. Stand Up News was a segment that was also used in her previous radio shows.[26]

"Tinsel Talk"[edit]

This third-hour segment started with a pre-recorded intro featuring Ward backed by a disco version of Ethel Merman's There's No Business Like Show Business. The format was similar to Stand Up News, except the focus was entertainment news. Some of the items came from tabloid sources Miller jokingly called "The Paper" (i.e., The National Enquirer or The Star).

Happy Hour podcast[edit]

In October 2014 Miller began Stephanie Miller's Happy Hour podcast, a once per week uncensored show of original content available via paid subscription. The Happy Hour features many of the sidekicks and guests who appear on Miller's radio show, as well as other celebrities and comedians, usually consuming alcohol while they chat. Video versions of the Happy Hour are also available. Miller cross-promotes the Happy Hour on her radio show, and typically provides a recap of the Happy Hour on the next radio show after the Happy Hour is recorded. Some of the more prominent guests on the Happy Hour have included: Lily Tomlin, Margaret Cho, Tony Dow, Morgan Fairchild, Burt Ward, Frances Fisher, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Marilu Henner, Jill Sobule, Rick Overton, Tichina Arnold, Marcia Clark, Kathleen Madigan, Billy West, and Judy Tenuta. Two volumes of The Best of Stephanie Miller's Happy Hour have been released. The first volume debuted as the #1 Comedy Album in America on Amazon, iTunes and Googleplay.[27]

Production and distribution[edit]

The Stephanie Miller Show was launched on September 7, 2004 by WYD Media Management in association with Democracy Radio.[28], and syndicated by Jones Radio Networks. In November 2005, WYD Media Management acquired Democracy Radio's portion of ownership in the show.[6] Dial Global, acquired Jones Radio Networks in 2009, and Dial Global changed its name to Westwood One in 2013. The show is now produced by WYD Media Management, and syndicated nationally by Westwood One.[29]

Until the end of 2013, Miller's show was broadcast from the KTLK studios in Los Angeles, when the station's owner Clear Channel (now IHeart Radio), announced that it was changing formats from progressive talk to conservative talk. Miller and her business partner Ron Hartenbaum, the founder of WYD Media Management,[30] (often referred to by Miller as the "owner of the show who is trying to kill me for the insurance money"), decided they could not continue to rely on corporate broadcast entities for studio space, and Miller built a studio in the basement of her home at her own expense.[31] The live program is now produced from Miller's house in Los Angeles from 6 am to 9 am Pacific Time weekdays.

The show is currently available live on broadcast radio on approximately 40 stations, and can also be heard online via many of these same stations, as well as the Progressive Voices website, Progressive Voices on iTunes, and TuneIn App. The show can also be heard on SiriusXM Progress, Channel 127. Recorded versions of the show with no commercials are also available on the same day of broadcast, via the Stephcast podcast, a paid subscription available on the show's website. A video simulcast version of the entire show has been broadcast live on air on Free Speech TV since January 6, 2014 after a successful Indiegogo campaign to raise money to build the studio and produce the show. A recording of the Free Speech TV version of the show is usually on the show's website until the next show is broadcast. Recordings of many of the video simulcasts of the show are also available on the Free Speech TV website.

The Stephanie Miller Show was not associated with the now-defunct Air America Radio, although the show was carried on many stations that were promoted as Air America affiliates. XM Radio began broadcasting The Stephanie Miller Show on channel 167 America Left in July 2008 before the show moved to SiriusXM Progress, Channel 127.

The Stephanie Miller Show formerly was simulcast on Current TV. On March 5, 2012, Current TV announced that the show would be simulcast on the network's new morning block as Talking Liberally: The Stephanie Miller Show beginning March 26, 2012.[32] The show's simulcast on the network ended on August 15, 2013 with the end of live programming on Current in preparation of the transition to Al Jazeera America.[32] On Current TV the Stephanie Miller Show was part of a morning block with Bill Press. This morning block has reunited on Free Speech TV.

The show was simulcast on MSNBC for three days starting April 30, 2007, as part of a series of programs filling the former time slot of Don Imus.[33][34] During this period, the show originated from MSNBC's studio in Secaucus, New Jersey, the studios and time slot formerly used by the canceled Imus in the Morning. On the first day on MSNBC, Miller visibly sweated from her armpits which she joked about in her usual self-depracating manner.[35]

Death threats[edit]

In October 2006, an Ohio man who called himself "Sock" sent Stephanie Miller a letter that was interpreted as a death threat. The letter was in response to the views that Miller expressed during an October 13, 2006 appearance on the Fox News program Hannity and Colmes in which she defended peace activist Cindy Sheehan.[36] Since "Sock" included his phone number, Miller called and confronted him live on her October 30, 2006 show. On the October 5, 2007 show Stephanie Miller stated that the letter had been turned over to law enforcement shortly after she had received it. While a censored version of the letter was read on air, the complete unredacted letter was published in full by journalist Brad Friedman at The BRAD BLOG.[37] Ward humorously noted that, while claiming to be a patriotic American, "Sock" suggested the use of an AK-47, which is a Russian rifle. Miller also expressed confusion over the letter's reference to her "glory hole". In response to the incident, a listener created a jingle to introduce "Sock" which Miller played to highlight the hypocrisy inherent in the letter or similar types of attacks. The incident also resulted in a brief mention during the cable news show Countdown with Keith Olbermann, which delighted Miller.

On February 23, 2007, a listener nicknamed "Arvy", who identified himself as a Democrat, wrote a letter to Miller stating that "she is worse than George Bush and should be shot...if I only had a gun".


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  12. ^; "Stephanie Comes Out", Brad Blog, August 14, 2010, story and audio of Stephanie Miller coming out on the air
  13. ^ "Mama's Got Something to Tell You", The Advocate, August 16, 2010
  14. ^ YouTube video Stephanie Miller Show 1998 behind the scenes
  15. ^ - Vanessa Rumbles on Twitter
  16. ^ Sexy Liberal Tour Website
  17. ^ Q&A With Stephanie Miller, C-SPAN
  18. ^ Chris Lavoie LinkedIn
  19. ^ Travis Bone LinkedIn
  20. ^ Talkers Magazine, November 4, 2015
  21. ^ TV Tropes - Radio/The Stephanie Miller Show
  22. ^ Mondays with McClurg reference on Stephanie Miller Facebook page - November 1, 2010
  23. ^ - Tuesdays with Tyler reference on Stephanie Miller Facebook page - August 16, 2011
  24. ^ Humpdays with Hal reference on Stephanie Miller Show Notes - July 10, 2013
  25. ^ "Stephanie Miller Interview – The Progressive". Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  26. ^ Radio Guide: Here Her Purr: Hear Her Roar
  27. ^ Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour Website
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  29. ^!mg_ld=56 - Information on WYD Media Management website regarding Stephanie Miller Show
  30. ^ - WYD Media Management Website - Background on Ron Hartenbaum
  31. ^ From Her Los Feliz Basement, Stephanie Miller Is Rallying Millions Against Trump, LA Weekly, June 20, 2017,
  32. ^ a b David Lieberman (March 5, 2012). "Current TV To Enter AM News Competition With Radio's Bill Press And Stephanie Miller". Deadline New York. 
  33. ^ PRNewswire (April 25, 2007), MSNBC Selects the Stephanie Miller Show to Fill the Former Imus Early Morning Program Slot for Three Days Next Week 
  34. ^ Excerpt from Stephanie Miller Show on MSNBC
  35. ^ Miller and Elder on TV's Dawn Patrol, Orange County Register, May 6, 2007
  36. ^ "News Hounds". Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  37. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Unredacted Death Threat Letter to Stephanie Miller — The BRAD BLOG". Retrieved 12 May 2015. 

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