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Glen Beck, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh's Parent Company Still Using Actors to Fake Radio Call-ins


Last Edited: March 7, 2011, 6:54 pm

Exclusive: Limbaugh’s parent company still using actors to fake radio call-ins, exec tells Raw


David Edwards
March 7, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

The company responsible for syndicating big conservative radio names like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity has been using paid actors to call in to their radio shows.

According to a recent report in Tablet Magazine, Premiere Radio Networks, a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications, hired actors to call in as guests.

A website for the Premiere On Call service was taken offline before the report was published, but a cached version of the website is still available.

However, when Raw Story contacted Premiere's entertainment division, one individual who spoke off the record claimed that the service was still being offered.

"Premiere On Call is our new custom caller service," the website said. "We supply voice talent to take/make your on-air calls, improvise your scenes or deliver your scripts. Using our simple online booking tool, specify the kind of voice you need, and we’ll get your the right person fast. Unless you request it, you won’t hear that same voice again for at least two months, ensuring the authenticity of your programming for avid listeners."

An audition request form  asked actors to sign a confidentiality agreement promising not to divulge details of their work.

"By requesting an audition you are also agreeing to keep the details of the audition and the type of work that you may perform confidential. This applies to information acquired while working for Premiere or any of its affiliates," the agreement said. "Disclosure to any third party, sharing project information or publicizing what you do (including via social media) may be considered grounds for dismissal or further action."

The audition form indicated that Premiere was looking for distinct voice types that included gruff, light, clean, crisp, high, deep and textured voices.

On actor told Tablet that for his audition, he called in to a fake radio show claiming he had been to a bachelor party that was ruined by a girlfriend that tagged along.

"Thank you for auditioning for Premiere On Call," a follow-up e-mail told him. "Your audition was great! We'd like to invite you to join our official roster of 'ready-to-work' actors."

The pay rate was $40/hour with at least one hour a day guaranteed.

The job was explained to him this way: "If he passed the audition, he would be invited periodically to call in to various talk shows and recite various scenarios that made for interesting radio. He would never be identified as an actor, and his scenarios would never be identified as fabricated -- which they always were."

Premiere Radio Networks spokesperson Rachel Nelson defended the service by saying that the radio shows that use the service were responsible for how it was used.

"Premiere provides a wide variety of audio services for radio stations across the country, one of which is connecting local stations in major markets with great voice talent to supplement their programming needs," Nelson told Tablet in an e-mail. "Voice actors know this service as Premiere On Call. Premiere, like many other content providers, facilitates casting -- while character and script development, and how the talent's contribution is integrated into programs, are handled by the varied stations."

While it's unclear which syndicated shows used the service, Op Ed News' Gustav Wynn speculated that Sean Hannity would be a prime candidate.

"Hannity's record of being caught manipulating public opinion, deceptively editing  video, suppressing opposing views, and lopsided call ratios through the decades speaks for itself," Wynn wrote.

A call to Rush Limbaugh's spokesman was not returned at the time of publication.

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Comment by joker17 - March 7, 2011, 8:25 pm
What a surprise !
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - March 7, 2011, 8:34 pm
Nahhhhh, that can not be true
What about this article for being a one sided opinion not mentioning liberal talk shows.
OHHH, he's pushing the pen.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - March 7, 2011, 9:15 pm
Never heard of the Raw Story so I checked it.
truecriticComment by truecritic - March 7, 2011, 9:57 pm
Raw Story picked it up from here, according to the article:

"According to a recent report in TABLET MAGAZINE, PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS, a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications, hired actors to call in as guests."

I like the idea of getting $40/hr with at least 1 hr per day guaranteed!
But I would have one more requirement - anything I phone in, will have to be anti-Rush!

I don't care one way or the other about Glen or Sean, I don't watch them or really know anything about them. Rush is way overdue to shut up though. He blows more hot air than my furnace. He makes up stories that can be applied to Republicans as easy as to Democrats.

My impression of Rush: "HoHoHo Oh, look, Obama wore a blue suit today. HaHaHa Did you see that? HaHaHa"

As if a Republican NEVER wore a blue suit.
He picks on tiny nothings and makes them sound like some important issue, when they definitely are not. That's why I stopped listening to him.
Comment by Piaceri - March 8, 2011, 12:37 am
Oh how I love 'news' reports from extreme political organizations with unidentified officials or individuals with extreme political views speculating about who are the prime candidates. I've been on democraticunderground.com and those people are freaking scary extreme liberal.

If anyone thinks Rush needs to pay anyone to phone in to his radio show, they are living in a vacuum. Rush is entertainment and very provocative. He has never claimed to be news media, but has often claimed to be nothing but a political commentator. He thrives on provoking people to action, whether that action is voting, a call in campaign to Congress, laughter, or hysteria. He's pretty good at driving liberals to hysteria, and he's a heck of a lot cleaner in his delivery than much of the liberal talk hosts.
Comment by joker17 - March 8, 2011, 1:28 am
Comment by louise black - March 8, 2011, 2:32 am
Don't listen to neither, use to listen to RL but advocated killing someone I turn him off in 1988 never turn him on again to this very day.

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