Janet Jeghelian, talk show host and former lieutenant governor candidate, dies at 83

Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Bryan Marquard Globe Staff  February 09, 2018 As one of the few female voices in the boys’ club of Boston talk radio in the 1980s and early-’90s, Janet Jeghelian sounded themes she would raise anew when she became a pioneering Republican woman seeking statewide offices.“I really think the female input is necessary on everything that’s happening, whether it’s taxes, job security, children, local government, or housing subsidies,” she told the Globe in 1991, when she was cohosting a morning talk program on WRKO-AM. “Women have vital concerns with these. It makes me sick that men think they’re the only ones vitally concerned about these issues.”Mrs. Jeghelian, who was 83 and living in Walpole when she died Saturday, went on to seek the Republican nomination to challenge US Senator Edward M. Kennedy in 1994. Unsuccessful in that bid, she subsequently was Jane Swift’s lieutenant governor opponent at the 1998 state GOP convention, and she went on to challenge US Representative J. Joseph Moakley in 2000. Advertisement “It’s one of those things — once it’s in your blood, I suppose it’s there,” she said in 1998 of the allure of running for office, even when campaigns fall short. “You just want to be a public servant, and deal with it the best you can.” Get Today's Headlines in your inbox: The day's top stories delivered every morning. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here Having formerly served on the Westwood Board of Selectmen in the 1970s, Mrs. Jeghelian set out in 1994 to persuade voters that the talents that helped her succeed in talk radio would translate into the abilities a US senator needs to serve constituents.“Whether people have confidence in you and trust you is what determines your survivability Continue Reading

CARIBBEAT: Veteran New York radio producer and talk show host ‘Pat’ Bailey will surely be missed

After decades and decades sending music, laughs and love to millions of listeners over the airwaves, it's hard to believe Pat Bailey has passed. Ellen (Pat) Bailey, radio co-producer and talk show host of the "Gil and Pat Bailey Show," New York's longest running Jamaican radio program, died on Dec. 12 in her Long Island home, at age 77. Bailey, died after suffering a stroke in December 2015 while broadcasting her popular "Let's Hear It" segment on WPAT radio, (930 AM). Throughout a 46-year career, Pat and her "Godfather of Reggae" husband Gil Bailey, have brought music, information and special presentations to radio listeners and others. Over the years, the Bailey's show has helped launch the careers of many reggae, dancehall, calypso, soca and gospel performers, in addition to launching The Gil and Pat Bailey Record Store, JoJo Shipping, the Yaad and Farrin Jamaican Grocery Store other business ventures and special events. Faithfully promoting Jamaica, its culture and folklore from the beginning, Gil remembers that Pat coined his first radio tagline: "My name is Gil Bailey, the hit maker from Jamaica. I am tall and handsome and full of fame!" He called his wife "the tower of strength behind the show's success" and longevity. In addition to Gil Bailey, Pat is survived five children, two step children, grand- and great grandchildren and other relatives and friends. The viewing and funeral service for Pat Bailey will be on at New Jerusalem Worship Center, 122-05 Smith St. in Jamaica, Queens, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Burial will take place the following day. Send flowers to J. Foster Phillips Funeral Home 179-24 Linden Blvd., Jamaica, New York, 11434. CARNIVAL GROUP GIVING TO KIDS The West Indian American Day Carnival Association, that gives the New York the annual New York Caribbean Carnival, is giving this holiday season through its free Christmas party today in Brooklyn for children ages 1-month to eight-year-olds. Continue Reading

Late NYC talk show host’s memorabilia like Babe Ruth’s glove to go up for auction

A treasure trove of pop culture memorabilia that once belonged to talk show host Joe Franklin — including Babe Ruth’s baseball glove and Frank Sinatra’s fedora — is being put up for auction. The items, which will be offered for sale on April 2 at Saco River Auction, a small house in Maine, are from an anonymous collector who spent years buying memorabilia from Franklin, the New York City-based TV and radio host who would ask his celebrity guests to leave a souvenir after appearing on his show. The auction will feature a selection of hats worn by a who’s who of 20th-century icons, including Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, John Wayne and Mae West. Franklin, who died in 2015 at age 88, was said to have hosted more than 300,000 guests during his decades-long career. With News Wire Services Continue Reading

HEAR IT: Talk show host Laura Ingraham curses on air during technical difficulties (WARNING – GRAPHIC LANGUAGE)

Conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham dropped the f-bomb on her listeners in a tirade during technical difficulties Friday morning, according to a report. The Laura Ingraham Show host lost the sound in her headphones but didn’t realize her microphone was still beaming out to her syndicated national audience, Gawker reported. “What’s going on? What do I do guys? I can’t hear anything. What do I do?” she said, expressing more and more frustration as a Creedence Clearwater Revival song began to play in the background. “We gotta put a ‘Best of’ on, Drew,” Ingraham said. “We’re gonna lose every f-----g station we have. This is unbelievable. I don’t know what to do. What do I do? Just read stories?” The awkward soliloquy lasted about two minutes before the show resumed. “By the way, guys, there is yet another development on the trade issue in China,” Ingraham said without mention any of the tech issues. Representatives for Ingraham didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment through her website Friday night. Listeners in 225 markets across the country hear Ingraham, 52, on her radio show. She is also editor-in-chief of LifeZette.com, a conservative news and culture website, and has written five books. Follow on Twitter @tobysalkc Continue Reading

Where are they now? A look at where ’90s talk show hosts are today

On some channels it seems like the 90s are still here. Maury Povich and Jerry Springer still haunt the tube during daytime TV hours. Other talk show hosts — like Rosie O'Donnell and Phil Donahue — have long since moved on. Here's a look at where the stars of the daytime talk show golden age are today: Phil Donahue Although he majored in business administration, after graduating from University of Notre Dame in the mid-1950s, Phil Donahue became a radio and TV newscaster. Then, in 1967 he decided to make the leap from reporting to daytime TV with "The Phil Donahue Show." The show started small, on an Ohio TV station based in Dayton, according to Bio. In 1974, the show was relocated to Chicago and the title shortened to "Donahue." Guests included everyone from Ronald Reagan to Jane Fonda and the show's novel format — which focused on increased audience participation — paved the way for other talk shows. Eventually the show moved to New York City in the mid-1980s, but went off the air in 1996 as it competed with the glut of other daytime talk shows taking the airwaves by storm. An outspoken liberal, Donahue campaigned for Ralph Nader in 2000, according to the New York Times. In 2002, he went back on the air for a primetime MSNBC talk show just as the U.S. was preparing to invade Iraq. After less than a year, his show was axed, allegedly because of his anti-war stance. WHERE ARE THEY NOW? A LOOK AT '90S ROCK BANDS YOU PROBABLY FORGOT ABOUT "The problem was not Donahue's ratings, but rather his views," according to Democracy Now. "An internal MSNBC memo warned Donahue was a 'difficult public face for NBC in a time of war,' providing 'a home for the liberal antiwar agenda at the same time that our competitors are waving the flag at every opportunity.'" After that, Donahue stayed out of the limelight until 2007, when he directed a documentary titled Continue Reading

Janet Hubert writes malicious open letter to Wendy Williams after talk show host brings up ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ firing, Will Smith feud

Remember when "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" was a sitcom and not a drama? Janet Hubert, who played Aunt Vivian on the '90s sitcom before being replaced, wrote a vicious open letter to Wendy Williams over the talk show host's recent interview with the actress who played Hubert's on-screen daughter. Williams's crime? To bring up the reports of on-set tension between Hubert and the show's star, Will Smith. In the angry 852-word missive the 57-year-old actress labeled Williams a "demon" — among other less flattering terms. "Simply put, Wendy you are a virus," Hubert wrote. "You are not nor have you ever been a true woman. " Earlier this week, Williams had pressed Tatyana Ali, who had starred on the sitcom as Vivian's daughter, about Hubert's abrupt replacement on the show after three seasons with actress Daphne Reid. "It felt like a divorce, it felt like we had to get to know our new mom," Ali told Williams, adding that there was "negativity" between her TV mother and Smith. "Fresh Prince of Bel Air," which lasted an additional three seasons after Hubert's departure and helped turn Smith from a rapper into a bankable Hollywood star, centered on a streetwise Philadelphia teen sent to live with his rich aunt and uncle. That segment inspired the Hubert to surface to give Williams a piece of her mind and not exactly do much to dispel rumors about her reputed temper. "Dear Wiggy, I'm sorry, Wendy," Hubert wrote in an open letter she later read on Blog Talk Radio and was later flagged by gossip site Necole Bitchie. "Recently, you found the need to put an end to the mystery surrounding my departure from a show that I did so damn long ago that I don't even remember why I departed...." "You are such a demon Wendy. You are wicked, awful, conniving, sinister, spiteful, jealous of every other woman. It seems as though your audience thirsts for the blood of others, as they are prompted to clap and hoop and holler at your shows and wigs and clothes." Continue Reading

Glenn Beck’s next rally to be in Jerusalem, conservative talk show host announces

Glenn Beck is taking his cause worldwide. The conservative talk show host said on his radio show on Monday that he was planning a "Restoring Courage" rally in Jerusalem. The rally, which is meant to take a stand against the two-state solution that would divide the holy city, would be modeled after Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C., last August that drew more than 80,000 people. Beck said he wasn't confident he could draw that many to Jerusalem - but thought the rally was important for a city that he claimed was the "center of our faith." The Fox host, who is Mormon, visited Israel last week. During the trip, he toured several sites including the tunnels under the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel newspaper Ha'aretz reported. "I believe I've been asked to stand in Jerusalem," he said. "Many in the history of man have had the opportunity to stand with the Jewish people...and they have failed." Beck said he would be there for the rally in August, even if only seven other people showed up. He said a final date would be announced but was complicated by the current spurts of violence in Israel. "I ask you to join me," he said. "I also ask you to take this message globally, to take this to every corner of the earth. If you have family living overseas, this is not an America solution. This is a people of faith solution. This is a people all over the world solution. I ask you to help get this word out." The talk show host hasn't always been a favorite of Jews. In January, hundreds of rabbis demanded that he be sanctioned after he made insensitive comments about Nazis and the Holocaust. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Rush Limbaugh tops Talkers magazine’s ‘Heaviest Hundred’ talk-show hosts of all time

To mark its 20th anniversary, the radio trade magazine Talkers has made a classic talk radio gesture: It has thrown out an opinion that will delight part of its audience and infuriate some of the rest.It has ranked the "Heaviest Hundred" talk-show hosts of all time, and placed Rush Limbaugh at No. 1, ahead of Howard Stern.Stern is second, followed by Larry King, Sean Hannity and Don Imus.Like the "Heavy Hundred" list that Talkers publishes annually, this one is subjective, says publisher Michael Harrison.The goal was "to create a roster reflective of the industry's diversity, colorful history and cumulative flavor, as well as giving credit where credit is due."Specific considerations included "courage, effort, impact, longevity, potential, ratings, recognition, revenue, service, talent and uniqueness," plus historical relevance.Harrison told radio-info.com that had the category been top talk-radio entertainer, Stern might have been No. 1, but that Limbaugh's role was too strong and seminal not to rank him first.Thousands of political talk hosts around the country, from Hannity to local fill-ins, have gone to school on Limbaugh's combination of socio-political monologue and humor.In addition, it's also worth noting the achievement of Talkers. Harrison, a former morning host on WNEW-FM, was an early believer in the potential influence and power of talk radio, and his faith has been borne out - for the magazine and for the format, which is now among radio's most popular. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Rosie O’Donnell will be live again on new radio talk show; ‘Rosie Radio’ to debut this fall

Rosie O'Donnell is jumping back into the talk show game - on satellite radio. Starting this fall, the energetic and outspoken O'Donnell will host a two-hour daily show called "Rosie Radio" on Sirius XM, 10 a.m.-noon."Rosie Radio" is being billed as a lifestyle show, which like her former TV talk show is designed to blend "humor, pop culture and serious conversation." She will have celebrity guests and take listener calls. Besides marking O'Donnell's return to the daily talk biz, this move is also clearly designed to send a message about Sirius XM's faith in its future. Since Sirius and XM merged, the combined company has suffered from a depressed stock price and subscriber growth stagnation fueled by the slumping auto market. Signing a new talent as high-profile as O'Donnell says the company intends to remain an aggressive player in the media game. O'Donnell joins a Sirius XM lineup of "lifestyle" hosts that also includes Oprah and Martha Stewart. It also makes puts her in the same lineup with Howard Stern – the Sirius XM morning host who feuded with O'Donnell for years before they recently had some conciliatory exchanges.  O'Donnell issued a statement that calls her show "an exciting new adventure - two hours of talk show entertainment without having to wear makeup. Perfection. I can't wait to jumpstart each day with millions of Sirius XM listeners." "Rosie O'Donnell is a powerful, dynamic and entertaining voice," said Scott Greenstein, president of Sirius XM. "Rosie's fans will have the chance to call in and talk to her and her intriguing guests. ‘Rosie Radio' will entertain, inform, surprise and delight." Her TV talk show ran from 1996 to 2002 and she later was the lead host on the morning TV show "The View" in 2006 and 2007. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

WTMJ-AM picks up syndicated political talk show hosted by Major Garrett

WTMJ-AM (620) is one of a handful of radio stations picking up "The Takeout," a podcast turned radio show hosted by CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett and CBS News political director Steve Chaggaris. The show, described as "a weekly, one-hour program about politics, policy and pop culture," will air at 3 p.m. Saturday starting Oct. 28 on WTMJ.It launches this Friday at 9 p.m. on talk-radio station KMOX-AM in St. Louis. Other stations lined up to carry "The Takeout" include WCCO-AM in Minneapolis, KXNT-AM in Las Vegas, WECK-AM in Buffalo and WJJF-FM in Montauk, N.Y. With the exception of shows hosted by Clark Howard (9 p.m. to midnight weekdays) and Jim Bohannon (midnight to 3 a.m. weekdays), most of the shows on WTMJ are the station's or paid/sponsored programming. Broadcasts of Packers, Brewers and Bucks games often pre-empt shows in the evenings and weekend afternoons.  Continue Reading