Off the Hook (radio program)

Off the Hook (radio program)
Off the Hook
Genre talk radio, current affairs
Running time 60 min.
Country United States
Languages English
Home station WBAI
Hosts Emmanuel Goldstein
Starring Various panelists
Creators Emmanuel Goldstein
Recording studio New York City, New York
Air dates since 1988
Audio format Stereophonic
Opening theme "Much Worse" (Extended Mix) by Big Audio Dynamite
Website Off the Hook
Podcast high-fidelity feed

Off the Hook is a hacker-oriented weekly talk radio program hosted by Emmanuel Goldstein.[1] It airs Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time in New York City on the community radio station WBAI 99.5 FM. It is also simulcasted online via streaming MP3, rebroadcast on various other radio stations,[2] and has been made available as a podcast since long before that term was coined.




Off the Hook was first aired on Thursday, October 7, 1988. It was originally set to debut Friday, August 12, 1988, but there was a fire on the radio transmitter floor of the Empire State Building, forcing the radio show to be broadcast at a later date.[3]

Notable events

Some notable events in the program's history include:


Emmanuel Goldstein has hosted the show since its inception and there are and have been many other individuals from across the hacker, activist, and info-sec community(s) on the show.

The show's current lineup: Past regular panelists: Other occasional returning and notable one-time guests:
  • Bernie S
  • [dot]Ret
  • Gus
  • Jim Vichench
  • Mike
  • Redhackt
  • Rob T Firefly
  • volt4ire
  • Arseny
  • Izaac Falken
  • Juintz
  • Leo
  • notKevin
  • Phiber Optik
  • Redbird

Format of the show

After a quick presentation of the panelist or guests present in studio (or on the phone), the radio show normally starts with a report and discussion of the last week's most interesting hacker or technology related news. Sometimes it also features an interview with external guests. At the end of the hour-long radio program the host might read some of the received listener e-mails, and if there's time for it, open up for listener phone calls who can call in live and either give their comment on the previously discussed topics or report their own news. Since the show is also streamed on the web, it also has an international audience.

It is also not uncommon to hear some of the callers seek help for a computer-related problem, possibly mistaking Off the Hook to be the subsequent radio program on WBAI, called Personal Computer Show[5].


External links

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