Red State Talk Radio “Talk Show of the Year” Poll suspended

I’m sorry to have to report that listener voting for this year’s Red State Talk Radio “Talk Show of the Year” contest for 2012 has been suspended due to major cheating, especially on the part of one show. I’m very disappointed, but that’s it. It is what it is. The general manager of the network has decided to give the award to the show with the most listeners at Red State Talk Radio. We have thousands of listeners a week, but most of them listen live or here at teriobrien.com, not to the re-broadcast at Red State; therefore, even though we did win last year, it’s highly unlikely that we’re in contention for the award this year.  Here’s what they say over at Red State:

Due to problems with the accuracy of the online poll that we were conducting for Talk Show of the Year, I had to remove the poll and come up with a new way of deciding the award this year.

So, what I’ve decided is to give the award to the show with the largest average listening audience per show.  As I explained to all the show hosts on the network, the most important vote that a listener can cast is the “vote” to listen to your show.  Thus, that’s what we’ll use to determine the winner.

Thanks to those of you who took the time to vote.  I’m sorry that we won’t be able to use the results from the poll to determine the award, but it’s a situation that could not be helped.

I am so sorry if you were eager to vote, after my many requests that you do so, only to go there and discover that you couldn’t. Knowing that you are there keeps me going, and that means more than even I can put into words. Thanks again to you for your continuing encouragement and support.

Best,
T

My Close Encounter with Newt: Today on the Teri O’Brien Show

This coming Tuesday, we’ll experience the most significant, earth-shaking event since last season’s finale of “The Bachelor,” the Iowa caucuses. Not to be dismissive of our Hawkeye friends, but let’s get real. As Michael Barone pointed out in his excellent piece, As Iowa Goes, So Goes Iowa:

In the five presidential nominating cycles with active Iowa Republican caucus competition, the Hawkeye State has voted for the eventual Republican nominee only twice—in 1996 for Bob Dole, in 2000 for George W. Bush—and only once was the Iowa winner elected president.

One thing’s for sure: Iowa doesn’t pick the winner. It picks the losers.

What accounts for the apparent popularity of Ron Paul? Do a large percentage Iowa republicans really think we should replace the Marxist in the Oval Office with a 9-11 truther? Or are Paul supporters just excited at the prospect of legalized weed? I think we know the answer there is an enthusiastic yes,and by that I mean as enthusiastic as one can be when wasted.

If Newt doesn’t finish in the top three, can he survive to fight another day in South Carolina and Florida? Why hasn’t he fought back against the ridiculously incessant barrage of negative ads directed at him? Was he crying last Friday because every hotel room has a television? Is his real problem something that no one wants to mention, certainly no male commentator?

We’ll unpack this whole Iowa circus, and get your thoughts and predictions.

Of course, we’ll also talk about the year that was, and speaking of reminiscing, as promised, all share the story behind the photo posted here.

Tune in Sunday for the rest of the story.

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Thanks to all of you who voted for the Teri O’Brien Show as Talk Show of the Year on Red State Talk Radio. We won! We really appreciate your encouragement and support!

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