Morton Downey Jr. moderates a raucous shock-jock talk show.
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One of the early shock-talk shows, Downey was a precursor to later hosts such as Jenny Jones, Ricki Lake and Jerry Springer. Downey's show tended to focus on political, rather than personal issues, but guests were still chosen on the basis of their dislike for one another, and their tendencies to lose their tempers suddenly, loudly and violently. These outbursts were encouraged by 'moderator' Downey, who would continually goad his guests to their limits. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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After ratings for this show started to drop significantly during the 1988-1989 season, flagship station WWOR TV Channel 9 in late 1988 switched the time slot from 9:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. See more »

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Himself - Host: [frequent catchphrase] Zip It!
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Genius
14 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Downey set the trend for every tabloid "talk show" that followed.

In the late 1980's a fellow police officer of mine, Robert Machete was killed in the line of duty. Downey did an entire hour dedicated to the memory of Bobby so it may be placed on video and given to Bobby's young daughter to have for when she was older. It was one of the most benevolent things I have ever saw a media symbol accomplish.

Downey wasn't popular with the left-winged liberals due to his love of country and calling every so-called civil activist out i.e. Al Sharpton and the likes. His in your face attitude, and the journalists award he was given he used as an ash tray (it looked like a punch bowl) was priceless.

Downey is sorely missed!


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