Definition of phone-in in US English:



  • another term for call-in
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ray joined the station when it began broadcasting in September 1980, answering listeners' gardening queries on regular radio phone-ins.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the controversy spread from the broadsheets to the tabloids, to the daytime talkshows and the radio phone-ins, parental anxieties intensified.’
    • ‘In his spare time he says he places hoax calls to television phone-ins purely for his own personal amusement.’
    • ‘But can it make running its own mix of in-depth sports reporting and phone-ins attractive to listeners?’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘These have led to some perilous moments, especially when the public's unmannerly curiosity about the nitty-gritty collides with radio phone-ins.’
    • ‘The same thing occurs if you listen to phone-ins on Radio Good Hope - a bunch of Americans from somewhere in Cape Town.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I bow to his superior wisdom there; I don't listen to dull radio phone-ins.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At a stroke the news bulletins and phone-ins charged off dutifully in the direction of the hunting debate.’
    • ‘It is a time for people to be strong about things and ignore what people are writing or saying on phone-ins or hotlines.’
    • ‘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.’
    broadcast, production, show, presentation, transmission, performance, telecast, simulcast, videocast, podcast
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/ˈfoʊn ˈˌɪn//ˈfōn ˈˌin/