Talk Radio, often branded on-air as Talk Radio 165, is a talk channel on XM Satellite Radio featuring terrestrial radio show simulcasts from around the country, most of which come from Premiere Radio Networks. Talk Radio is a channel for call-in talk shows, even though it was originally begun as a channel for experts and advice shows.
The channel is one of two produced by Clear Channel Communications exclusively for XM Radio, the other being Extreme XM. It is Clear Channel's most listened to channel on XM Radio, going by average quarterly hour, as of the Spring 2007 Arbitron book. The channel is programmed out of Cincinnati, Ohio, and was programmed by Sean Compton until 2008-04-01. Advertising sales are handled by Premiere Radio Networks.
Ask! had always been an oddball in the XM talk lineup, trying to cater to the advice shows out there while at the same time not having enough of said subgenre of talk radio and having an overabundance of the other. While Ask! did carry plenty of experts/advice related shows like Dave Ramsey, Dr. Dean Edell, Coast to Coast AM, and Bruce Williams, other shows on the lineup like Paul Finebaum, G. Gordon Liddy's show and The Ed Schultz Show have never meshed too well with the rest of the lineup. Previously, XM channel 167 only carried part of The Ed Schultz Show and part of The Randi Rhodes Show, but to make room so that both left-wing shows could enjoy a full live show with only one liberal talk channel on the platform, Ask!'s Dr. Laura was moved over to America Right, despite not being a real right wing talk show, and was replaced with Ed Schultz on Ask!. For roughly a year, Ask! was often referred to in promos as Clear Channel 165. Eventually, the company realized that the name Ask! was becoming more irrelevant to the channel's content, and the name was changed.
On 2006-04-17, Ask! changed its name to Talk Radio, and there was a significant lineup change the following month. Glenn Beck was swapped with G. Gordon Liddy on America Right. Minor weekend shows were swapped and shuffled. Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline moved over to America Right, but Matt Drudge's program came over to Talk Radio. The channel also debuted a live morning show, The War Room with Quinn and Rose, which replaced the Coast to Coast AM replay. Dr. Dean Edell was moved to weekends on Extreme XM, while Finebaum was dropped from XM altogether. In place of Edell, XM 165 welcomed Ian Punnett's edition of Coast to Coast AM. Punnett made his channel debut broadcasting from the XM Satellite Radio studios in Washington, D.C. that weekend.
In mid-August 2006, Dave Ramsey finally got an afternoon drive timeslot, moving Ed Schultz to Extreme XM. Some people even switched to Sirius to hear the show live, which didn't last when Sirius removed their Sirius Advice channel. Ramsey's old timeslot was filled by a replay of the recently syndicated Mike McConnell. In the same month, Jesse Jackson and Bill Handel's weekend syndicated programs moved to Extreme XM. Weekends also welcomed Bob Costas' new program, Costas on the Radio, which began in September 2006. Beginning Monday October 2nd, 2006, USA Radio Network had their news coverage dropped in favor of news from 700 WLW and Fox Sports Radio's "Fox Sports Report." The :30 news portions are produced by Clear Channel Worldwide News.
In May 2007, XM received a cease and decist over comments made on The War Room with Quinn and Rose. The comments made their way to FreeRepublic.com, which cited the XM show, "Dean called Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius early, around 5 am, one morning after the tornado had destroyed the town of Greensburg, Kansas and discussed with her what to say about the tornado and how to blame the war in Iraq and the Bush administration on a slow response to the aftermath." XM responded to the cease and desist order saying that they are not responsible for content on channels programmed by Clear Channel, and that further issues should be taken up with the show and Clear Channel.
Beginning 2007-11-19, Bruce Williams and Quinn and Rose will no longer be heard on Talk Radio 165, as they will be moving to a new talk channel, America's Talk on XM 158. In their places will be replays of the Mike McConnell show and Coast to Coast AM respectively. This will be the first time Coast to Coast has had a complete morning replay on 165 since May 2006.
|5 a.m.||2 a.m.||Coast to Coast AM||Premiere Radio Networks||Replay|
|9 a.m.||6 a.m.||Glenn Beck||Premiere Radio Networks||Live|
|12 p.m.||9 a.m.||Mike McConnell||WLW|| Replay from XM 173|
Local Cincinnati content is edited.
|3 p.m.||12 p.m.||Dave Ramsey||Self-syndicated||Live, last two hours|
|5 p.m.||2 p.m.||Tape|
|7 p.m.||4 p.m.||Mike McConnell||WLW||Replay|
|10 p.m.||7 p.m.||Rollye James||Mediatrix||Live|
|1 a.m.||10 p.m.||Coast to Coast AM with George Noory||Premiere Radio Networks||Live|
|6 a.m.||3 a.m.||In the Garden with Ron Wilson||Premiere Radio Networks||Live|
|9 a.m.||6 a.m.||At Home with Gary Sullivan||Premiere Radio Networks|| Live. |
The fourth hour is not syndicated,
and is exclusive to 55KRC.
|12 p.m.||9 a.m.||The Weekend with Mike McConnell||Premiere Radio Networks||Live|
|3 p.m.||12 p.m.||At Home with Gary Sullivan||Premiere Radio Networks||Replay|
|6 p.m.||3 p.m.||Costas on the Radio||Premiere Radio Networks||Pre-recorded|
|8 p.m.||5 p.m.||Rollye James||Mediatrix||Thursday replay, hour 1|
|9 p.m.||6 p.m.||Art Bell, Somewhere in Time||Premiere Radio Networks||Art Bell archive shows|
|1 a.m.||10 p.m.||Coast to Coast AM with Ian Punnett||Premiere Radio Networks||Live|
|5 a.m.||2 a.m.||Coast to Coast AM with Ian Punnett||Premiere Radio Networks||Replay|
|9 a.m.||6 a.m.||At Home with Gary Sullivan||Premiere Radio Networks||Live|
|12 p.m.||9 a.m.||The Weekend with Mike McConnell||Premiere Radio Networks||Replay|
|3 p.m.||12 p.m.||Replay of first hour|
|4 p.m.||1 p.m.||The Group Room||Take on the Day / Premiere Radio Networks||Live|
|6 p.m.||3 p.m.||Costas on the Radio||Premiere Radio Networks||Replay|
|8 p.m.||5 p.m.||Replay|
|10 p.m.||7 p.m.||Live on Sunday Night, it's Bill Cunningham||Premiere Radio Networks||Live|
|1 a.m.||10 p.m.||Coast to Coast AM Sunday edition||Premiere Radio Networks||Live|