Definition of phone-in in English:



  • 1A radio or television programme during which the listeners or viewers telephone the studio and participate.

    • ‘Furthermore, phone-ins will be a regular feature of Radio Five Live, BBC Local Radio, BBC national stations and election first-timers, 1Xtra and the Asian Network.’
    • ‘It is a time for people to be strong about things and ignore what people are writing or saying on phone-ins or hotlines.’
    • ‘But he is prepared to take the risk in order to play reggae music and host phone-ins that, as he sees it, are ‘empowering’ south London's black community with a message of racial pride.’
    • ‘Sarandon, a long-time political activist, said the way in which she and her family had been targeted by newspapers, radio phone-ins, teachers and people on the street because of her views was ‘horrifying’.’
    • ‘The same thing occurs if you listen to phone-ins on Radio Good Hope - a bunch of Americans from somewhere in Cape Town.’
    • ‘But can it make running its own mix of in-depth sports reporting and phone-ins attractive to listeners?’
    • ‘D-Day on the BBC also includes a wide range of regional output, from documentaries and news coverage to magazine programmes and phone-ins, both on radio and television.’
    • ‘I bow to his superior wisdom there; I don't listen to dull radio phone-ins.’
    • ‘These have led to some perilous moments, especially when the public's unmannerly curiosity about the nitty-gritty collides with radio phone-ins.’
    • ‘Within their usual format of banter, competitions and phone-ins, they talk about the role and responsibilities of York Council, to introduce new voters to what local government does for them and other citizens.’
    • ‘As the controversy spread from the broadsheets to the tabloids, to the daytime talkshows and the radio phone-ins, parental anxieties intensified.’
    • ‘Ray joined the station when it began broadcasting in September 1980, answering listeners' gardening queries on regular radio phone-ins.’
    • ‘In his spare time he says he places hoax calls to television phone-ins purely for his own personal amusement.’
    • ‘But I'm sure that those poor souls who are charged with thinking up topics for BBC radio phone-ins and discussion programmes will be lapping this one up.’
    • ‘I recently listened to one of those ubiquitous radio phone-ins where a caller was blaming the political parties for putting it on the agenda and pandering to public bigotry.’
    • ‘From the style of the phone-ins and a subsequent talk with JD, the programme director, it's apparent that Niu's audience is primarily people of Pacific origin aged between about 19 and 39.’
    • ‘The Muslim community will also be encouraged to campaign by writing to newspapers, discussing on the Internet and contributing to radio and TV phone-ins.’
    • ‘At a stroke the news bulletins and phone-ins charged off dutifully in the direction of the hunting debate.’
    • ‘Burley confided he was listening to a radio phone-in earlier this week when one caller claimed Hearts would still finish ‘sixth or seventh’.’
    • ‘And have you ever noticed that when a team is flying, radio phone-ins go strangely silent but the airwaves are jammed with supporters desperate to have their say when the sticky stuff hits the fan.’
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    1. 1.1as modifier Denoting something conducted by people leaving answers or messages by telephone.
      ‘a phone-in contest’
      • ‘All GAA clubs and pubs in the region were contacted about the phone-in auction which was conducted by neighbour, Patrick O'Brien, last week.’
      • ‘Radio Pembrokeshire has been accused of picking and choosing its competition winners after one caller on a phone-in quiz says she was refused her prize.’
      • ‘Chávez for his part had the state network at his disposal, and hosted a weekly phone-in show.’
      • ‘He also presents Broadcasting House on Sunday mornings, and a phone-in show, The Exchange, on Tuesdays.’
      • ‘There was a phone-in contest to win a Prince concert in your hometown, whose winner was a Mormon girl from rural Utah (the concert occasioned loud local protests).’
      • ‘We're going to take a break and when we come back we're going to have a surprise phone-in guest.’
      • ‘Music will also be a big priority, but the company feel they can offer a greater challenge to the listener through topical discussions and phone-in shows in the morning and evening.’
      • ‘It was a phone-in poll, so unscientific, but it was the largest vote they've ever recorded and the results were so emphatic it must be indicative of something.’
      • ‘Calls from listeners and phone-in polls conducted by commercial television networks overwhelmingly supported the government's stand.’
      • ‘We don't need a 1-900 phone-in poll to get that answer.’
      • ‘The station also takes phone-in requests, with pupils able to use text messaging to ask for songs or to give suggestions for future.’
      • ‘But later, after a phone-in vote, Kay got even when Phoenix Nights, set in a Northern social club, was named the winner of the People's Choice Award.’
      • ‘Randomization was not used in selecting supervisors, therapists, clients, sessions, or phone-in events.’
      • ‘Like answering the questions on radio phone-in competitions to win an iron lung or tickets for the Krankies, waiting is much harder than it looks or sounds.’
      • ‘Slaving as an office worker and almost down to the $8 she had sewn into the lining of her clothes for her rail fare back home, Hu called the phone-in show she now hosts.’
      • ‘The phone-in format was pioneered in the 1950s, notably by US DJ Wendy King.’
      • ‘In fact, with Maysoon she's taking part in a live phone-in debate and describing her humanitarian work.’
      • ‘A phone-in quiz interlude over the next four days has plenty of prizes in the form of cash and gold for winners.’
      • ‘As host of a daily phone-in show, he has extensive experience at stirring up arguments among the famously reserved and tolerant populace of Northern Ireland.’
      • ‘In 1978, the Mutual Radio Network tapped Larry to do a live national phone-in interview show.’