Category: Washington

Rasmussen Reports comes to talk radio in DC and Chicago

| September 10, 2011

By Ellen Ratner
TALK RADIO NEWS SERVICE
Bureau Chief

WASHINGTON –– Rasmussen Reports president Scott Rasmussen is famous for his polling and understanding trends and people’s views.  However, not everyone knows that he has a background in media and just began a radio show heard on weekends in Washington, DC and Chicago.  I met up with Scott in the green room at Fox News Channel where he was doing one of his many media appearances.

First, a little history.  Rasmussen Reports began as an opinion polling firm that published its results.  Back in the mid-1990s Rasmussen began putting the results of his polling on the internet and he says he found “there was a tremendous appetite because people cared about the topics we polled about and wanted to know what their friends and neighbors were thinking.”

Rasmussen says these polls are scientific surveys.  Most of the interviews are conducted via the phone and since growing numbers of people are abandoning land lines, they are reaching them in different ways as well.  They collect a random group of people all around the country and make sure the sample they get reflects the nation’s population in terms of gender, age, race, political party and geographic location.  Rasmussen tells TALKERS, “One of the things that is important in any kind of scientific survey is being a randomly selected group.  That’s the way you get the results.  The way you test to see if the poll works is to see in the real world what things the poll predicted actually happened.  The most obvious example is comparing poll results to election results.”

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Partisan Talk Media from the DC-Insider Perspective

| June 13, 2011

By Ellen Ratner
TALK RADIO NEWS SERVICE
Bureau Chief

WASHINGTON –– With the White House creating a new position to coordinate progressive media and online response, there is increasing interest in how to counter the perceived conservative tilt of some electronic media outlets –– especially news/talk radio.  In late May the White House appointed Jesse Lee to the position. He had been working in the new media department of the White House.  Lee had worked with both Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic National Committee on online and new media initiatives.  He will have his own Twitter account.

TALKERS magazine has been following these developments in the Obama Administration and we asked two former radio coordinators from both the RNC and the DNC to weigh in on the perception of talk radio as a conservative genre.

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Younger Demo Show Emanates for DC’s ACLJ

| May 20, 2011

By Ellen Ratner
TALK RADIO NEWS SERVICE
Bureau Chief

WASHINGTON –– There’s a brand new radio talk show emanating from the offices of the American Center for Law and Justice on Maryland Avenue in Washington, DC (about as close to the capital of the United States of America as you can be and still be a private enterprise).  Jordan Sekulow, the son of ACLJ chief counsel Jay Sekulow, is the director of policy and international operations for the center and co-hosts his father’s talk radio show, “Jay Sekulow Live,” heard on Christian stations all across the country.

Last month, Jordan began his own live talk  show that is fed to affiliate stations immediately following his father’s program.

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