Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

February 10, 2010

John Batchelor: The Smartest Show on Commercial Radio

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 3:05 pm

I’ve praised his show in the past, lamented its departure from my local radio spectrum, and now am grateful for its return . He’s doing 4 hours a night, seven nights a week and it’s almost never boring. He’s on WABC 770 AM in New York at 9 p.m.. Same station as Rush, ditto heads, Tune in and learn the difference between inquisitive reporting, conflicting viewpoints and know it all pronouncing. (Hiswebsite can probably locate it in your area).

He’ll introduce you to an eclectic smart group of reporters and writers on a wide array of subjects particularly history, and he (generally) can tell those who have an edge on the pack on whatever current event comes up. Often real working reporters who know things, not pundits.

I may disagree, but I respect the intelligence of the guests, and Batchelor respects the intelligence of his audience. Which doesn’t mean being boringly pedantic, he gets excited by the unfolding of history in front of us. Sometimes offering an unexpected, cranky point of view of his own. He once asked me to be a guest, but our pre show discussion turned into a kind of argument, and we have not had occasion to speak since, so this is not a favor for a friend. I’m doing it for myself–and for you, blog reader.

I can’t think of a cable or talk radio show that matches its intellectual energy and intensity. Plus he sounds like he’s having fun doing, it and the zest doesn’t diminish the seriousness. Give it a try.



  1. I would have to agree with you; he’s quite interesting. You don’t hear too many working reporters these days; everyone’s a celebrity. And I admire that you take the higher ground.

    Comment by ahem — February 10, 2010 @ 4:00 pm | Reply

  2. ron,

    listen live here:

    Comment by newrouter — February 10, 2010 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

  3. While Ron Radosh is right to call Bob Dylan’s performance of “Time Ther Are A Changin'” at the White House “elegiac”, it is still a wonderful performance. Dylan’s voice echoes one of his first influences, Odetta, with an ancient dignity (you can hear it on YouTube, of course). I guess these music concerts at the White House are OK, but they are so programmed and unspontaneous. Both the Latino show and this recent Civli Rights show featured stars performing just one familiar tune apiece, fitting the PBS pablum in the PC bottle. Everything from the elite left is now a “teachable moment”: phony, pre-packaged and “universal” like a Coke commercial on the Winter Olympics. No wonder the only treue populist action is on the right from MILF Palin and her Tea Party dog pack: a sad situation with only the Obama phony balonies to blame.

    Comment by charlie finch — February 15, 2010 @ 1:54 am | Reply

  4. Thanks for the tip. You know who was a very intellectual host, before he passed away and even though I never agreed with him? David Brudnoy.

    Comment by MonkeyShines — February 16, 2010 @ 10:41 am | Reply

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at

%d bloggers like this: