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August 1, 2012

Leading Radio Talk Show Hosts Address Election, Hot-Button Issues at 2012 Radio Show

Super Session Features Hosts Alan Colmes, Andy Dean, Geraldo Rivera and Jill Schlesinger

Top Sales Execs Share Success Stories and Tips for Selling Talk Radio

Alan Colmes
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Andy Dean
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Geraldo Rivera
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Jill Schlesinger
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WASHINGTON, D.C./NEW YORK -- (UPDATED 8/15) Four leading radio talk show hosts will headline a Super Session entitled "The Great Debate and How to Sell It" at the 2012 Radio Show in Dallas. The two-part Super Session, sponsored by Istook Live!, will take place Thursday, September 20 at the Hilton Anatole.

The session brings together prominent national talk radio hosts from the right, left and center to debate the upcoming 2012 presidential race and other hot-button issues that will be on the minds of voters and broadcasters leading up to the fall election. Led by moderator Al Peterson, publisher and editor-in-chief, NTS MediaOnline, the first panel features:

  • Alan Colmes, host of "The Alan Colmes Show," Fox News Radio;
  • Andy Dean, host of "America Now," Premiere Networks;
  • Geraldo Rivera, host, "Geraldo at Large," Fox News Channel and Cumulus Media Networks;
  • Jill Schlesinger, host, "Jill on Money," Dial Global and editor-at-large, CBS

A second panel, moderated by Erica Farber, president & CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau, will comprise a distinguished group of top sellers in local and network talk radio who will discuss why controversial talk radio is good for ratings and revenues. Panelists will share how they have turned controversy into cash and results for satisfied advertisers as well as best practices for navigating the course with advertisers when talk radio becomes especially controversial. Panelists include:

  • Rob Babin, vice president sales, Cox Media Group-Atlanta Radio
  • Kraig T. Kitchin, president and founder, Sound Mind, LLC
  • Rob Williams, market manager, Greater Media, Boston

"Understanding the importance of talk radio in the current radio landscape and how it plays a critical role in our culture cannot be overstated. We're very excited to bring together this impressive super session to understand future trends for talk radio and our business," said Farber.

About the Radio Show
The 2012 Radio Show, produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), will be held September 19-21 in Dallas. This year's show brings radio broadcasters and industry colleagues together to share knowledge, discover the latest innovations, network with industry leaders and explore creative business strategies to help radio flourish in the digital age. To learn more about the 2012 Radio Show, visit

News media registration is now available for the Radio Show.

About RAB
The Radio Advertising Bureau serves more than 6,000 member Radio stations in the U.S. and over 1,000 member networks, representative firms, broadcast vendors, and international organizations. RAB leads and participates in educational, research, sales, and advocacy programs that promote and advance Radio as a primary advertising medium. Learn more at

About NAB
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