Who Are Some Well-Known Female Radio Personalities?


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Some famous female radio personalities include Laura Schlessinger, Diane Rehm and Terry Gross. Diane Rehm and Terry Gross both host long-running radio programs for National Public Radio, the "Diane Rehm Show" and "Fresh Air," respectively. Laura Schlessinger hosts her own show, "The Dr. Laura Program," on Sirius XM Radio's Sirius XM Stars.

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Laura Schlessinger, heard across the country for over 30 years, earned a post-doctoral certification in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling before beginning her radio program that covers advice on love, relationships and family. She won the Marconi Award for Network/Syndicated Personality in 1997.

After beginning her career in 1973, Diane Rehm began hosting the show "Kaleidoscope" for WAMU in Washington D.C. in 1979. Over the years, the show, renamed "The Diane Rehm Show" in 1984, acquired an international audience and reached over 200 radio stations across the country as part of NPR. In 2010, she won a Personal Peabody Award and received the National Humanities Medal in 2014.

Terry Gross, who started her career in 1973 at WBFO in Buffalo, New York, began hosting "Fresh Air" in 1975. The show and Gross won a number of awards, including the Peabody Award in 1994, the Gracie Award in 1999, the Edward R. Murrow Award in 2003, the Literarian Award in 2007 and Authors Guild Award for Distinguished Service to the Literary Community in 2011. Gross also authored the 2004 book "All I Did Was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians and Artists."

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