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Her Mission: "I don't want to hear, 'Lights, camera, action!'" says Gayle. "Radio is a very intimate medium, and I want to preserve that, even though I'll be talking to TV viewers now, too. When guests come to my studio, they always say, 'Wow, I feel like it's just you and me!' It's conducive to conversation. That's why I'm not having a studio audience."
Her Topics: Depending on the day, Gayle might touch on the challenges facing gay teens, the rise of Islamophobia, or the decline of civility in our politics, or she might invite Carrie Underwood, Michelle Obama, or Jay-Z to the studio for a chat. "I'm all over the place," she says.
Her Snark-Free Zone: "I don't want people to feel on guard when they come on my show or call in. I want them to know that even if they're going through something awkward, it's a safe place to have a discussion."
Her News Flash: "I have listeners who call my radio show and say, 'Gayle, you're the only place I get my news.' I want to give people some idea of what's going on in the world, but get your news someplace else, too!"
Her Message to the Audience: Come play! "I tell people, 'Put me on your speed dial, because I guarantee there will be something you'll want to weigh in on.' I want people to be engaged. I don't want to have a conversation by myself!"