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Randi Rhodes is an American liberal talk radio personality featured on Air America Radio, where her self-named program, The Randi Rhodes Show, is heard from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
Randi Rhodes was born in Brooklyn, New York. Rhodes served in the United States Air Force and in 1979 was voted ‘Most Outstanding Woman’ in the USAF and won the American Women in Radio and Television award for Best Entertainment Programming.
Her radio radio career began in Seminole, Texas, where she also worked as a waitress in a Mexican restaurant to support herself as her radio career developed. As with many radio personalities, Rhodes worked at various radio stations for more than 10 years, moving from market to market throughout the country; she gained national attention soon after the September 11, 2001 attacks inside the United States. Rhodes was particularly critical of President Bush and closely monitored questions surrounding the incidents of the World Trade Center's destruction, the Pentagon crash and related issues. She was -- and remains -- highly crtical of rightists, fascists, Neoconservatives, and -- Christian, Islamic and Jewish -- religious fundamentalists.
In 1994 Rhodes married Jim Robertson, an independent television producer and cameraman. The couple divorced in April 2004 but remain close. Rhodes took the name Robertson when married, but continued -- and continues now -- to use her professionally known name, Randi Rhodes, on the air, a common practice amonst those in media and in business generally.
In 2004, Rhodes joined the team at Air America Radio, bringing The Randi Rhodes Show to its largest audience to date. Rhodes' show features monologues, guest interviews, comedy, listeners' calls, punctuated with musical interludes mostly of the heavy-metal genre. With her trademark distinctive Brooklyn-Queens accent she takes listeners' calls spanning the political spectrum during which she stridently defends herself and her views; she also is known for growing impatient and angry with callers who make what she considers to be specious or factually unsupported arguments.
While not a journalist, Rhodes is a stickler for some of the basic tenets of journalism such as corroboration, attribution and truthfulness peppering her commentary with citations to a wide array of newspapers, magazines, websites, government documents and electronic media (Radio/Television)reports. She is outspoken and has a clearly defined point of view which she characterizes as liberal, progressive and democratic; she also describes herself as a capitalist.
- Official Randi Rhodes web site
- The Randi Rhodes Show Archives
- Buzzflash Interview
- Washington Post Magazine article on Randi Rhodes: Radio Waves
- Washington Post follow up article: The Liberal Rush Limbaugh?
- Air America Radio - Randi Rhodes Biography
- 1995: Randi Rhodes, Goddess of Gab
- Insideradio.com interview with Randi Rhodes (cached from Google)
- Independent Air America Radio IRC Chat channel (chat room) on Undernet
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