The hottest new show in talk radio begins each hour with Patti
LaBelle's vibrant rendition of I've Got a New Attitude .
"I'm in control, my worries are few," LaBelle sings, by way of
introducing Laura Schlessinger, America's new favorite radio
psychologist cum moral philosopher to a daily audience estimated
at more than 10 million listeners, including an estimated 8,900
each morning on Jacksonville's WOKV (AM 930).
The song "expresses my belief that it is attitude, infinitely
more than circumstance, that determines the quality of life,"
Schlessinger wrote in the introduction to her most recent
bestseller, How Could You Do That?!
And Schlessinger certainly brings plenty of attitude to her
daily three-hour radio program. Frequently impatient, often
demanding, she's intolerant of excuses and unwilling to listen
to long, rambling explanations of the problem. "I preach, I
teach and I nag to the best of my ability," she is quoted as
saying in a brochure describing her new syndicated newspaper
"Puh-leese" is her favorite on-air expletive, conveying
exasperation with callers who make excuses for why they aren't
responsible for whatever has gone wrong in their lives.
"Take it like a man," she exhorts the callers, an expression
she uses without regard to a caller's actual gender.