A talk show is a television or radio program where an audience comes together to discuss various topics put forth by a talk show host. Often, talk shows feature a panel of guests, usually consisting of a group of people who are learned or who have great experience in relation to whatever issue is being discussed on the show for that episode.
Political talk shows of all sorts are common on radio stations across the country ranging from local radio talk stations in major metropolitan areas, to nationally syndicated radio talk shows such as the Rush Limbaugh show. Popular radio "shock jock" Howard Stern also hosts a talk show that is syndicated nationally.
Networks enjoy talk shows because they are generally inexpensive to produce. However, they rely heavily on the
personality of the talk show hosts, which sometimes makes that host a valuable commodity. There have also been cases in which a person who is skilled in acting has proven to be spectacularly bad talk show host as in the case of a short lived talk show host Chevy Chase.