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America's Top Blog Talkers Rev Up for Special FOX Series by Swapping Co-Hosting Duties

In a move that does democracy proud, the winners of FOX News Radio’s Battle of the Blog TalkersKevin “The Close Call Kid” Ross from the right and David “The Mouth from the South” McLaughlin from the left – are taking to each other’s shows to remind their fellow Americans to “get out the vote.”

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Kevin: Get thee to a polling booth!

Kevin kicks off the show of unity tonight on BlogTalkRadio’s The Kevin Ross Show at 11:30 p.m. ET as he welcomes David as his guest co-host. Then David does the same this Sunday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. ET on BlogTalkRadio’s The Kudzu Vine.

The fact the neither blog talker champ fits his party’s stereotype has not gone unnoticed.

“How ironic is it that I’m a black Republican from L.A. and David – a white guy from Georgia – is a Democrat?” Kevin tells us.

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David: Exercise your right to vote!

“Don’t forget that I’m a Baptist – and a football coach, to boot,” quips David.

Kevin and David beat out six other BlogTalkRadio hosts in last week’s weeklong FOX News Radio tournament to determine America’s best talkers from each side of the political spectrum.

Their victories (decided by listeners voting via mobile-text message and an online poll) were announced Monday by FOX News Radio anchor Spencer Hughes on Fox Across America, which hosted the historic debate series.

But the war of words isn’t over yet.

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 21, David and Kevin will join Spencer in co-hosting four days of Election 2008 shows on FOX News Radio, from 8 to 9 a.m. ET.  Stay tuned for details on that special series.

In the meantime, if you missed any of last week’s blog-talk action, click here to download those shows now.


David and Kevin Capture America’s Top Blog Talker Titles

It’s The Mouth from the South and The Close Call Kid!

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David: Our nation's No. 1 blog talker from the left.

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Kevin: America's top blog talker from the right.

David McLaughlin of Rome, Ga., and Kevin Ross of Los Angeles have been crowned America’s Best Blog Talkers for the left and right, re- spectively.

The BlogTalkRadio hosts beat out six other contest- ants in last week’s Battle of the Blog Talkers – the weeklong FOX News Radio tournament to determine the best BlogTalkRadio talkers from each side of the political spectrum.

Their victories (decided by listeners voting via mobile-text message and an online poll) were announced today by FOX News Radio anchor Spencer Hughes on Fox Across America, which hosted the historic debate series.

But the war of words isn’t over yet.

Beginning Monday, October 20, David and Kevin will join Spencer in co-host- ing an entire week of Election 2008 shows on FOX News Radio, from 8 to 9 a.m. ET.   Stay tuned for details on that special series.

In the meantime, if you missed any of last week’s blog-talk action, click here to download those shows now.
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McLaughlin Bags Round 3 in Battle for America’s Best Blog Talker

Call him The Mouth from the South!

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David: Don't be fooled by his sweet demeanor.

David McLaughlin of Rome, Ga., destroyed Tom D’Antoni of Portland, Ore., in Round 3 of Battle of the Blog Talkers – the weeklong FOX News Radio tournament to determine the best BlogTalkRadio talkers from each side of the political spectrum.

The public-school teacher’s victory (decided by listeners voting via mobile-text message and an online poll) was announced today by FOX News Radio anchor Spencer Hughes on FOX Across America, which is hosting the historic debate series.

The Heading Left hosts sparred over Tuesday’s town-hall tussle between White House hopefuls John McCain and Barack Obama.

Tomorrow, David mixes it up with Round 1 winner, fellow Heading Left host Julie Pippert, while Round 2 winner, Heading Right’s Kevin Ross, scraps with the to-be-announced winner from Round 3.

One winner from each faction will go on to co-host a full week of Election 2008 specials with Spencer, beginning October 20.

In the meantime, be sure to vote for your favorite contestants in Round 4 of the competition by clicking here.

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Get Ready to Rumble – in Round 3 of the Battle for America’s Top Blog Talker!

The bell in Round 3 of Battle of the Blog Talkers – the weeklong FOX News Radio tournament to determine the best BlogTalkRadio talkers from each side of the political spectrum – rings today at 2 p.m. EDT, as David McLaughlin of Rome, Ga., saunters onto the canvas with fellow Heading Left host Tom D’Antoni of Portland, Ore.

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Their topic?

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Last night’s town hall meeting of Oval Office contenders John McCain and Barack Obama.

And tomorrow, Heading Right moves into Round 4, as Elizabeth Blackney of Bend, Ore., takes on Andrea Shea King of Cape Canaveral, Fla., in a NorthWest-SouthEast clash that’s guaranteed to get messy!

In the meantime, be sure to vote for your favorite contestants, today and throughout the week, by clicking here.

The ‘Battle’ for America’s Best Blog Talker Rages On!

Round 2 of Battle of the Blog Talkers – the weeklong FOX News Radio tournament to determine the best BlogTalkRadio talkers from each side of the political spectrum – kicks off today at 2 p.m. EDT, with Heading Right hosts Kevin Ross of Los Angeles and Chad Everson of Princeton, Minn., jumping into the fray.

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Their topic?

Has there been a fundamental shift in the Republican party – as evid- enced by the fact that most GOP leaders voted nay on the $700 bil- lion Wall Street bailout?

And tomorrow, Heading Left moves into Round 3, as David McLaughlin of Rome, Ga., takes on Tom D’Antoni of Portland, Ore., in an East-West coastal collision you do not want to miss.

BlogTalkRadio Hosts Go Big-Time—on FOX—for Election Showdown

Way back in 2004, when John Kerry was challenging George W. Bush for the highest office in the land, few Americans had ever heard the word blog—let alone spent much of their free time devouring the most passionate and incisive among them.

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Today, blogging is not only the New Journalism, it’s a major force in shaping our nation’s political opinions.

So it should come as no surprise that FOX News Radio has selected eight of BlogTalkRadio’s most passionate and incisive hosts to voice their opinions about Election 2008 in the mainstream.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. ET, four hosts from our Heading Left Channel and four from Heading Right will square off during a weeklong, one-on-one tournament that will determine the best blog talker from each side of the political spectrum.

Election 2008: Battle of the Blog Talkers unfolds on FOX Across America, which is hosted by Spencer Hughes and carried on FOXNewsRadio.com and Sirius XM Radio.  (To hear more about this special, click here now.)

Lynne: Leading off the the left.

Lynne Lupien: Leading off the the left.

In Round 1, Spencer will moderate a debate between two Heading Left hosts, who will each have five minutes of uninterrupted time to respond to the same topic. Listeners then vote (via mobile-text message and online poll) for their favorite blog talker, who in turn moves onto Round 3. Meanwhile, two Heading Right hosts square off in Round 2, with the most popular moving onto Round 4. And in Round 5, the Heading Left and Heading Right victors go head to head.

After each round, the topics will be opened to discussion with Spencer, as well as with listeners calling into the show.

Then, throughout the week of Oct. 20, live from 8 to 9 a.m. EDT, the Heading Left and Heading Right victors will join Spencer in co-hosting a special FOX News Radio Election 2008 series.

Here are the BlogTalkRadio hosts who’ll be doing battle:

Chad Everson:

Chad Everson: Ready to do battle for the right.

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-Lynne Lupien of Lowell, MA: Left Ahead!.

-Julie Pippert of Houston, TX: MOMocrats.

-David McLaughlin of Rome, GA: The Kudzu Vine.

-Tom D’Antoni of Portland, OR: D’Antoni and Levine.

Heading Right

-Kevin Ross of Los Angeles, CA: The Kevin Ross Show.

-Chad Everson of Princeton, MN: Grizzly Groundswell.

-Elizabeth Blackney of Bend, OR: Media Lizzy.

-Andrea Shea King of Cape Canaveral, FL: Andrea Shea King Show.

Once the war of words gets under way, we’ll be keeping your apprised of all the action, so— in addition to tuning into this historic series—be sure to check in here daily.

‘Kudzu Vine’ Host Makes Political (and Internet) History

 

Never let it be said that BlogTalkRadio isn’t helping shape the future of democracy!

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Vernon Jones

In a history-making coup, The Kudzu Vine host David McLaughlin has booked the two remaining Democratic U.S. Senate candidates from the great state of Georgia – Vernon Jones and Jim Martin – for an exclusive debate on his show.

Airing Sunday, July 27 at 7 p.m. ET, the event was lauded today by Atlanta Journal-Constitution “Political Insider” columnist Jim Galloway as “the first high-profile debate that I know of to be conducted wholly on the Internet.”

Galloway also gave David a high-five for having additional impact on the race.

“This is the [show] where, one year ago, Jones acknowledged that he had voted twice for George W. Bush — which Martin has highlighted in his campaign.”

Not only Martin. Thanks to David’s scoop, Barack Obama also had something to say about Jones’ political faux pas.

In an interview earlier this month with the Atlanta JC, the Democratic presidential candidate said, “I do not endorse [Jones]; I have not endorsed him. He put my picture on his literature, without asking me.”

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Jim Martin

“Now I will tell you, in the southside of Chicago, and I’m assuming here in Georgia, those kinds of things aren’t uncommon,” Obama continued. “It’s a little less common to do when you’re a U.S. Senate candidate when presumably the scrutiny is a little higher.”

Obama added that he believes he met Jones at a previous campaign event:

“The reason I think I may have met him is I know somebody told me as I was shaking his hand that he had taken pride in voting for George Bush twice.”

Ouch!

David, meanwhile, tells us: “BlogTalkRadio is such a powerful medium to reach candidates and voters in both local and national races.

“This is just the beginning of a trend where more candidates use online radio as a way to spread their message.”