More than a dozen talk radio show hosts – from both regional and nationally syndicated shows – broadcast live today from the United Nations in New York during the second annual “Talk Radio Day at the UN.” The talk radio hosts interviewed United Nations officials from around the world including the Deputy Secretary General Asha Rose Migiro. Ambassadors Sir Emyr Jones Parry from the United Kingdom and Thomas Matussek from Germany, Deputy Ambassador Henri-Paul Normandin from Canada, and former U.S. Ambassador William Luers, current president of the United Nations Association of the USA, were also interviewed.
“Today, voices from around the country have joined with representatives from around the world,” said Kathy Bushkin Calvin, Chief Operating Officer of the United Nations Foundation. “We hope the end result will be a better understanding of the United Nations and its role in our society.”
Among the hosts expected today are the Reverend Al Sharpton of the Al Sharpton Show, Lionel of Air America Radio, Alan Stock and Kerri Kasem of KXNT in Las Vegas, and Alan Colmes of Fox Radio News.
Talk Radio Day 2007 is an initiative of the United Nations Foundation, Talkers magazine, Talk Radio News Service and the United Nations Department of Public Information.
The talk radio hosts began broadcasting live at 5:00 am and will continue throughout the day until 8:00 pm. UN Dispatch, a UN-related blog, is also posting live throughout the day on www.undispatch.org.
After the day of broadcasts, Talkers magazine plans to use key excerpts from its conversations and interviews to produce a radio documentary, which will air on its official podcasting website, www.podjockey.com.
The participating talk radio hosts are: Marc Bernier of “The Marc Bernier show” on WNDB, Daytona Beach, and WFHG-AM-FM, Bristol, Va.; Alan Colmes of FOX Radio News; Jerry Doyle of the Talk Radio Network’s “The Jerry Doyle Show;” Alan Stock and Kerri Kasem of KXNT, Las Vegas; Lionel of Air America Radio; Carole Marks of KRLA, Los Angeles, and WABC, New York’s “A Touch of Grey;” Jack Rice of WCCO, Minneapolis, and CBS Radio Network; Ed Schultz of WFHG-FM and Jones Radio Network; Wendy Wang and Victoria Jones of Talk Radio News Service; Martha Zoller of WDUN, Gainesville, Georgia; Jerry Agar of WLS, Chicago; Gordon Deal of Wall Street Journal Radio Network; Randi Rhodes of Air America Radio; Michael Medved of Salem Radio Network; Joe Madison of WOL, Washington, D.C., and XM Satellite Radio; and Tom Becka of KFAB, Omaha.
For more information about the UN Foundation, visit www.unfoundation.org. To learn more about Talkers magazine, visit http://www.talkers.com/main/, and, for information about Talk Radio News Service, go to http://www.talkradionews.com/.
Communications Officer, United Nations Foundation