The Mark Levin Show

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The Mark Levin Show
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Genretalk radio
Running time3 hours (6–9 p.m. ET)
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
Home stationWABC, New York City (2002–present)
WMAL, Washington, D.C. (de facto, 2006–present)
SyndicatesWestwood One
Hosted byMark Levin
Recording studioLoudoun County, Virginia
Original releaseMay 5, 2002 (local); January 30, 2006 (national) – present
Opening theme(live show) "Somewhere I Belong"
Websitewww.marklevinshow.com

The Mark Levin Show is a conservative talk radio show hosted by Mark Levin. The program is broadcast nationwide on Westwood One and reaches an estimated seven million weekly listeners, according to an estimate from Talkers Magazine. The Talkers estimate puts Levin's listenership in a tie with The Glenn Beck Radio Program for fourth most-listened-to talk radio show in the United States[1] and, counting all radio formats, tied for ninth most-listened-to radio program in the United States.

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, ABC Radio Networks began syndicating the show. Initially, ABC 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). ABC's radio assets later changed hands to Citadel Broadcasting in 2007, then to Cumulus Media in 2011; in 2013, Cumulus combined all of its radio assets under the banner of Westwood One. Levin signed a five-year contract extension with Westwood One in January 2015.[8]

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]

On June 25, 2018, Mark was elected into the Radio Hall of Fame.[9]

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 Supreme Court of the United States. Levin follows the traditional talk radio model of taking listener calls throughout the show; he is often belligerent and hostile to callers opposing his views, frequently cutting them off with words like "get off my phone, you idiot."

Levin uses his own on-air jargon, some of which he invented and some of which he popularized. He uses regular disparaging nicknames for certain media, such as "New York Slimes" for the New York Times, "Washington Compost" for the Washington Post,[10] or "MSLSD" for MSNBC.

According to National Review Online, he is known for his passion, “patriotism” and his high pitched squeaky voice. [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.talkers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/audiencechart_march14.jpg
  2. ^ WABC forum post by program director Phil Boyce Archived June 25, 2002, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Hinckley, David (June 22, 2003). "Contract War Deals Savage Blow At 'abc". New York Daily news. Archived from the original on July 1, 2012. 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. Archived from the original on December 6, 2015. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  6. ^ "ABC Radio Networks to syndicate the Mark Levin Show" (PDF). 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. ^ "Westwood One Announces Long-Term Extension of The Mark Levin Show". MarkLevinShow.com. January 28, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  9. ^ Bedard, Paul. "No. 1: Public votes Mark Levin into Radio Hall of Fame". WashingtonExaminer.com. The Washington Examiner. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  10. ^ http://www.marklevinshow.com/2015/07/24/the-washington-compost-has-it-all-figured-out/
  11. ^ Lopez, Kathyrn Jean. "Jim Webb's Favorite Constituent". National Review. Archived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved October 31, 2010.

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