• Radical Russ Wins the Progressive Talk Radio Star Contest!
  • Congratulations to “Radical” Russ Belville, winner of the Progressive Talk Radio Star contest.

    Russ and Curtis Hannum battled it out during an exciting show in front of a live audience that was broadcast from the Center for American Progress this past Thursday. TalkProgress.com was there to film the event and sit down one-on-one with each of the contestants to get their thoughts and reactions when all was said and done.

    Video of the event and the one-on-one interviews will be made available Saturday evening after the re-broadcast over Clear Channel stations.

    Russ Belville  (Winner!)

    AM 620 KPOJ

    Curtis Hannum

    AM 760 Progressive Talk

  • The Battle Has Begun!

    Today America found out who the search for the next great Progressive Talk Radio Star finalists are. Each contestant had five minutes at the microphone to convince the judges why they deserve to be added to the progressive talk show lineup – with the likes of Ed Schultz and Bill Press.

    An on-demand audio of the show will be available through TalkProgress.com and visitors of the site will be able to leave their comments on the Message Board.

    Throughout the week we will be providing additional comments and behind the scene looks at what’s going on. We’ll also be checking in with contestants to see how they are holding up!


  • Ten Finalists for 'At Large' Contest Announced

    TalkProgress.com has announced the ten finalists for the Progressive Talk Radio Star ‘At Large’ contest. The announcement has been posted on TalkProgress.com in the 'Contestants' area. Finalist’s profile and audio demo will be published in this area on Tuesday October 24, 2006 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. America will then decide which contestant will win $1,000 in cash and a chance to compete in the nationals for a nationally syndicated talk radio show on Clear Channel Radio.



    Hopefuls anxious to see who will make it to the final 10


    The applications are in for the next great Progressive Talk Radio Star ‘At Large” contest. Out of the hundreds of hopefuls that applied, ten lucky hopefuls will be selected and America will decide which one will win $1,000 and a chance to move on to the finals and win a their own nationally syndicated radio talk show. Voters are required to register and will only be able to vote once.

    A quick review of the applications and demos that came in last week showed a variety of styles and talent. Some contestants used humor as their tool, while others took a more direct and hard-hitting approach. From what we’ve seen and heard, the judges have some tough decisions to make.

    One thing that all qualifying applicants will be interested in is that in addition to publishing the profiles and audio demos for the ten contestants, TalkProgress.com will be making all of the qualifying submissions available for America to see and hear. We will be announcing a special section for the showcase next week.

  • Interview with Bill Press, host of the search for the next great Progressive Talk Radio Star

    From investigative reporter to political insider to media personality, Bill Press knows politics inside out.

    Bill is former co-host of MSNBC’s Buchanan and Press, a lively debate show on current issues he hosted with former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan. Press and Buchanan still appear together daily on MNSBC as political analysts.

    Prior to joining MSNBC, Press was co-host of Crossfire, CNN’s dynamic political debate program, for six years. At CNN, he also co-hosted The Spin Room with Tucker Carlson.

    Press is the author of “Spin This!” in which he explores the culture of spin. He investigates exactly what spin is, who does it and why, and the impact it has on American society. His next book will be published by Dutton in June 2004. Title: Bush Must Go! – Top Ten Reasons Why George W. Bush Doesn’t Deserve A Second Term. Press is also a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, whose weekly column is distributed by Tribune Media Services to newspapers across the country.

    Press has enjoyed a high-profile career in government, politics and broadcasting, spanning three decades. He was chairman of the California Democratic Party from 1993 to 1996. He served as Chief of Staff to California State Senator Peter Behr, a Republican. He also served as Director of the California Office of Planning and Research under Democrat Jerry Brown. He has managed several local and statewide political campaigns, and in June 1990, Press was a candidate in the Democratic primary for California State Insurance Commissioner.

    In addition, Press is an award-winning radio talk show host and television commentator. He began his career as political commentator on KABC-TV and later on KCOP-TV, both in Los Angeles. He hosted Bill Press: True American on KFI-AM, Southern California’s number one AM radio station.

  • The ‘At Large’ contest has begun and they’re coming in by storm!

    The first group of applicants flowed in this past Monday with a wide range of personalities and styles. Though only ten will be selected to move on to the ‘At Large’ finals for the online judges and America to vote on, TalkProgress.com users will be able to view all qualifying submissions.

    Hopefuls are also encouraged to start discussions on the message board to build support for their entries and give listeners greater insight to who they are and what their about. So check in often.

    The Progressive Talk Format was born in 2004 in Portland, Oregon, when Clear Channel Radio's 50,000 watt AM radio station changed its call letters to KPOJ and became the first major market talk radio station to program all Progressive Talk. According to Clear Channel, KPOJ skyrocketed up the charts from #23 to #1 (Adults 25-54) based on the first full ratings evaluation period, according to Arbitron.

    Since that time, nearly 100 radio stations nationwide (including 8 out of the top 10 markets) have programmed The Ed Schultz Show and other progressive talkers.

    If you think you have what it takes to be America’s next great Progressive Talk Radio Star, don’t wait. Click on “Contestants” and register now!

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