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Schlessinger has described her childhood environment as unloving and unpleasant, and her family as dysfunctional.She has ascribed some of the difficulty to extended family rejection of her parents' mixed faith Jewish-Catholic marriage.
Paramount's own daytime syndicated offerings, in the meantime, had not done as well; in the 1999–2000 season alone, two comparable series to the aforementioned shows (Leeza, which was more topical in the vein of Oprah, and The Howie Mandel Show, a variety series much like Rosie) that Paramount had syndicated were cancelled.
Schlessinger said her father was "petty, insensitive, mean, thoughtless, demeaning and downright unloving".
She described her mother as a person with "pathological pride", who "was never grateful", who "would always find something to criticize," and who "constantly expressed disdain for men, sex and love".
As of September 2009, Schlessinger broadcast from her home in Santa Barbara, California with KFWB as her flagship station. Schlessinger's fervor is indisputably evangelical, and her listeners believe her to be a paragon, a beacon of hope and rectitude in a dissolute, degraded world.
Podcasts and live streams of the show have been available on her website for a monthly fee, and the show was also on XM Satellite Radio. Laura Program was the second-highest-rated radio show after The Rush Limbaugh Show, and was heard on more than 450 radio stations. In May 2002, the show still had an audience of more than 10 million, but had lost several million listeners in the previous two years as it was dropped by WABC and other affiliates, and was moved from day to night in cities such as Seattle and Boston.
Leading up to the September 11, 2000, premiere of Dr.
Laura, Schlessinger created a significant amount of controversy.Favorite hobbies: Cooking delicious and healthy meals, going on adventures (hiking, exploring and traveling), yoga, DIY crafting projects and anything that has to do with fashion. That I don't snooze through my alarm clock on Monday mornings for my big girl job. Her radio program consists mainly of her responses to callers' requests for personal advice and has occasionally featured her short monologues on social and political topics.Schlessinger used "Hot Talkin' Big Shot", a song by country and blues singer and songwriter Nikki Hornsby, for several years as cue music for her radio program and for a national radio commercial advertising for the show.In 1999, Schlessinger signed a deal with Paramount Domestic Television to produce a syndicated talk show titled Dr.That year, the Los Angeles Times described her show as dealing with all types of emotional problems, "though sex therapy is the show's major focus". Her big break came when Sally Jessy Raphael began working at ABC Radio, and Maurice Tunick, former Vice-President of Talk Programming for the ABC Radio Networks, needed a regular sub for Raphael's evening personal advice show. Schlessinger began broadcasting a daily show on KFI which was nationally syndicated in 1994 by Synergy, a company owned by Schlessinger and her husband.