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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the controversy spread from the broadsheets to the tabloids, to the daytime talkshows and the radio phone-ins, parental anxieties intensified.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At a stroke the news bulletins and phone-ins charged off dutifully in the direction of the hunting debate.’
    • ‘I bow to his superior wisdom there; I don't listen to dull 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But can it make running its own mix of in-depth sports reporting and phone-ins attractive to listeners?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is a time for people to be strong about things and ignore what people are writing or saying on phone-ins or hotlines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    broadcast, production, show, presentation, transmission, performance, telecast, simulcast, videocast, podcast
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/ˈfoʊn ˈˌɪn//ˈfōn ˈˌin/