Your online political call-in talk show

Frequently Asked Questions


General


Q. What is Americaís Debate Radio (AD Radio)?
A. In a nutshell, AD Radio is a live, Internet-based, call-in, political talk show.

Q. When did AD Radio start?
A. Tuesday, January 31, 2006, immediately following the President's State of the Union Address.

Q. Is AD Radio broadcast live?
A. Yes. AD Radio is streamed live using Shoutcast technology.

Q. What day and time is AD Radio on?
A. AD Radio is a weekly program, and is broadcast live every Wednesday at 9:00 PM Eastern.

Q. What is the point of this?
A. It's fun. We have this strange notion that AD members have something to say. Beside that, most call-in talk shows are host driven. The opinions of the hosts drive the types of calls that are allowed on the air and the subject matter of the show. We try to make sure that is not the case for AD Radio. We want the callers to determine the dynamic of each show.

Listening


Please see the How to Listen page for more information.

Q. What do I need to listen to AD Radio?
A. Most modern media players should be able to connect to our stream. Players such as Winamp, Windows Media Player, iTunes, and RealPlayer should work fine. Winamp is the recommended player. Check out the How to Listen page for more specific information.

Q. How many people can listen to AD Radio at once?
A. The server supports 30 simultaneous listeners in two different quality level: 64kbps Stereo (broadband) and 24kbps Mono (dial-up). We will increase the number of simultaneous listeners as necessary.

Q. If I miss the live broadcast, will I still be able to listen?
A. Yes! You can download MP3 files of AD Radio from the Audio Archive and listen to them when you want.

Q. Is there a podcast?
A. Yes, there is a podcast. Please see the Podcast page for more information.

Q. What is a podcast?
A. A podcast is another way to receive the show. Special podcast software allows you to automatically download AD Radio whenever a new show is posted. This makes it easy to transfer the show to your MP3 player and listen at your leisure. Please see the Podcast page for more information.

Calling


Q. What is the most important thing for me to do when I'm on hold waiting for you to take my call?
A. Turn down the volume on your speakers! Seriously, if you don't do that, we guarantee that you will experience a 30-75 second lag between what coming out of your speakers and what is coming out of your phone. This means that we will say hello, and you will not hear it for 30-75 seconds. By the time you realize we are talking to you, we will most likely already have hung up. Please turn down the volume on your speakers, and listen to the show through your phone!

Q. Can I call AD Radio?
A. Yes! Please see the Call-in Numbers page for more information.

Q. Is it a toll-free call?
A. Yes, it is a toll free call. However, if you have unlimited minutes and want to save us some money, you can call the regular number as well.

Q. What is the phone number?
A. The toll free number is 888-DEBATE-5. The regular phone number is 912.342.2345.

Q. If I call now, will you answer?
A. Maybe. That's just a chance you are going to have to take.

Q. Can I leave a message?
A. Yes! Feel free to leave a message with the friendly Norwegian voicemail lady. Make sure that you say lots of nice things about AD so we can use it in our promotional material!

Q. Iím broke. Is there any way to call for free?
A. Yes! You may use Skype to call the show. Our Skype name is americasdebate. Please make sure you use a microphone and headphones to call or else you will experience an echo.

Q. I'm trying to call using Skype, but you're set as 'Do Not Disturb.' What's up?
A. Just call, it will work. We run a custom phone system that manages more than one Skype at a time, and we have to set it as 'Do Not Disturb' to make it function properly.

Q. Are calls be screened?
A. No. There is no call screener. Callers are placed directly on the air.

Q. How do you stop profanity and enforce the rules?
A. We don't. There is a warning at the beginning of the broadcast that explains that there is a good chance that listeners will hear profanity in the broadcast.

Q. If I swear, will you hang up on me?
A. Possibly. It depends.

Q. Do I have to give my real name when I call?
A. No, but it would be nice if you at least gave your member name, and your location. If you donít give us a name to call you, we might just make up something.

Q. Do I have to be a member at AmericasDebate.com to call?
A. Nope. Anyone can call.

Q. How do you decide which calls to take?
A. Calls are be answered on a first-come, first-served basis. We can only hold one line at a time, so if your call is answered, you are most likely next. If you get a busy signal, are sent to voicemail, or your call is disconnected, you are not next.

Q. Do I have to turn the volume down on my computer when I call?
A. Of course you do! Otherwise, you will experience a major echo, and will probably sound very confused to other listeners.

Miscellaneous


Q. I have an idea for AD Radio. Who should I send it to?
A. Please send it to radio AT americasdebate DOT com.

Q. Iím the complaining type. Can I complain to the FCC about the show?
A. Yes, but they have no authority over Internet radio.

Q. Can I advertise on AD Radio?
A. Sure, if you want. Send an email to radio AT americasdebate DOT com and we can work something out.

Helping


Q. Is there anything I can do to help?
A. Yes! Call-in early, and call-in often!

Q. Is there anything I can do to help besides calling-in?
A. Maybe! If you would like your own segment on the show, send us an email to radio AT americasdebate DOT com, and be sure to inculde your idea. Also, if you enjoy creating politically based comedy bits, we would be appreciative to have them, and glad to use them.

Q. Can I just send cash?
A. Of course. Donations are always appreciated. You can send large paper bags filled with unmarked, non-sequential bills of mixed denomination, and also sweepstake-sized checks, to the address listed on the AmericasDebate.com contact page. Or, you can just use PayPal like everyone else. Click here.