Definition of call-in in US English:



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

    • ‘Radio and television talk shows - especially those ubiquitous local radio call-in programs - often do something on the topic.’
    • ‘Within hours of a musician's death, favorite and even some dug-up singles hit the airwaves, radio call-in shows lurch into overdrive, and Web site traffic increases.’
    • ‘However, in this case, we heard all the talk shows and radio call-ins attacking Amber simply because she had a makeover.’
    • ‘I was on a radio call-in show on Sunday morning, and I had a lot of people call me a traitor.’
    • ‘One elderly radio listener phoned a call-in program to assert that she had read, somewhere, that Lincoln was black.’
    • ‘I edit a call-in programme for BBC Radio Leeds which today will be looking at whether its ever right to lie.’
    • ‘Call for Help, a daily live call-in show, is one example of such programming, encouraging viewers to ask for computer technical help.’
    • ‘Allowing guests to speak freely was radical enough, but then he introduced viewer call-ins.’
    • ‘Valda, despite her lack of talent, has her own radio call-in show in Australia, plus a newspaper column.’
    • ‘There's another call-in program featuring an immigration lawyer, and numerous segments offering health information on AIDS, immunizations, and how to get access to U.S. services.’
    • ‘This was articulated very clearly on call-in radio programmes after the local elections.’
    • ‘Letter writers and listeners to radio call-in shows have expressed their concerns through the media.’
    • ‘NPR is having an open call-in for veterans right now, in honour of Veteran's Day (Armistice Day, in other countries).’
    • ‘Washington Post Metro columnist Marc Fisher has begun doing a weekly, unscripted audio call-in show each Tuesday at noon.’
    • ‘Combining live interview, call-in and commentary, Randi engages her audience with a passionate presentation.’
    1. 1.1as modifier Denoting something conducted by people leaving answers or messages by telephone.
      ‘a call-in poll’
      • ‘The Secretary of State's policy on call-ins is to be very selective.’
      • ‘He said: ‘We have to listen to facts, not political views, and the facts did not justify a call-in.’’
      • ‘Appropriate supervision methods include supervisor directives, supervisor modeling of appropriate professional conduct, and directive call-ins.’
      • ‘For example, in a USA Today call-in poll 81 percent of the more than 6,000 respondents said that ‘he symbolizes what made the U.S.A. a great country.’’
      • ‘So there is no possibility of call-in by the Secretary of State.’