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Loveline is a syndicated radio call-in program in the United Statesmarker, Canadamarker and Mexicomarker, offering medical and relationship advice to listeners, often with the assistance of guests, typically actors and musicians. Its flagship station is KROQ-FM in Los Angelesmarker.

As of July, 2008, Loveline is heard from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m PT Sunday-Thursday (1 a.m. to 3 a.m. ET Monday-Friday). Syndication is usually on rock, alternative, and adult talk radio stations. Loveline can also be heard online anywhere in the world, by streaming through the websites of affiliate stations. Selected episodes are made available on Westwood One's website.


Loveline began in 1983 as a Sunday night dating and relationships segment on Los Angelesmarker radio station KROQ, hosted by DJ Jim "Poorman" Trenton and DJ Swedish Egil (Egil Aalvik). About a year later, Trenton added a segment called "Ask a Surgeon", hosted by his friend Dr. Drew Pinsky, who was not yet a doctor but a fourth-year medical student at the University of Southern Californiamarker.

The two segments soon merged into their own show, co-hosted by Trenton and Pinsky. In February 1992, the show went from airing solely on Sunday nights, to five nights a week (Sunday through Thursday).

Trenton's relationship with the station became strained, and in August 1993 he was replaced by former MTV VJ Riki Rachtman. Dr. Drew and Rachtman were joined by Adam Carolla in October 1995, as the show was first being syndicated nationally. The trio hosted together for several months, but Carolla and Rachtman often competed for airtime, leading Rachtman to resign in April 1996. From that point, Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew hosted the show until Carolla's departure on November 3, 2005.

The popularity and reach of the show increased dramatically during the "Pinsky/Carolla" years. The two had a natural chemistry, in which Carolla's jocular tone emphasized Pinsky's reasoned expertise. Together, they refined the format of the show, and capitalized on their growing popularity with speaking tours, a television show, a book, and cameo appearances on television shows and in movies. Carolla left the show to prepare for hosting a new morning radio show in 2005.

Loveline follows the call-in question-and-answer model with the primary goal of helping youth and young adults with relationship, sexuality, and drug addiction problems. As a practicing internist and addiction medicine specialist, Dr. Drew's answers have medical credibility, and the addition of Adam Carolla's humor and insight increased the program's entertainment value as well. Carolla repeatedly stated his role was acting as "a sheep in wolf's clothing:" he lured listeners with dirty jokes and wisecracks in hopes they'd learn to improve their lives and remedy serious problems.

After Carolla's departure, he was substituted on a temporary basis by numerous celebrity guests, some of whom announced their desire to take the job permanently. During his first appearance on Carolla's new morning show, Pinsky revealed that the shortlist of candidates included Carson Daly, Joel McHale, Danny Bonaduce, Steve-O, and Daniel Tosh. On July 23, 2006, KROQ disc jockey Stryker was hired as Pinsky's co-host.

On April 22, 2009, Stryker announced that due to financial cutbacks at Westwood One, he would be leaving the show. Dr. Drew will continue to host the show with a rotating cast of co-hosts and guests.

Shortly after the departure of Stryker, Dr. Drew hinted via his Twitter account, that Adam Carolla would be returning for several episodes. On May 6, 2009, confirmed that Adam Carolla would briefly return as the co-host of Loveline from May 10 through May 14.Riki Rachtman also reunited on the show on July 23, 2009.


Radio hosts (1983 - Present)

Frequent fill-ins

For Drew (in the case of medical physicians) or Adam (in the case of usual comedic co-host)
  • Dr. Gary Alter -- "Dr. Alter" ("Dr. Whack 'n' Sack, Dr. Alter-men")
  • Nicole Alvarez -- DJ on KROQ
  • David Alan Grier, a popular and frequent guest, sometimes referred to as the "Third Host" of Loveline or DAG.
  • Dr. Ohad Menashe Ben-Yehuda -- "Dr. Ben" (The Vag Doc)
  • Dr. Marcel Daniels -- "Dr. Marcel"
  • Dr. Bruce Heischober -- "Dr. Bruce" (Ichabod Bruce, Dr. Spaz)
  • Dr. Bruce Hensel -- "Dr. Bruce"
  • Dr. Reef Karim -- "Dr. Reef"
  • Dr. Robert Rey -- "Dr. 90210"

Television co-hosts (1996 - 2000)


  • Ann Wilkins-Ingold -- 1988 - Present
  • Lauren (Junior Producer) -- 2002 - December 20, 2007

Radio engineers

The show has had many engineers throughout the years who have developed their own on-air presence. Whether it be conversations with hosts and guests or specific "radio drops" that they have produced usually from clips of previous shows.
  • Anderson Cowan -- June 21, 1999 - Present ("The Magic Fingered One", "The Liberace of the Potentiometers")
  • Michelle -– 2004 - November 2005 (left for The Adam Carolla Show)
  • Damion Stephens -– 2000 - 2002
  • Chris Perez -– 2003 - 2005
  • Mike Dooley -– October 1995 - June 20, 1999 ("The One-Nut Wonder", produced "The Drew Shuffle" and "The Drew Boogie")

On screen and in print

Loveline: the TV show

A TV version of Loveline ran on MTV from 1996 to 2000; which was produced by Stone Stanley Entertainment. It followed the same general format as the radio program but featured a live audience and a female co-host. The female co-host role was filled over the course of the series by MTV VJ Idalis, actresses Kris McGaha, Catherine McCord, Diane Farr and comedian Laura Kightlinger. Loveline TV was filmed at Hollywood Center Studiosmarker.

Guest appearances


The Dr. Drew and Adam Book: A Survival Guide to Life and Love, an advice book written in a tone similar to the radio show, was released in 1998.

Games, in-jokes and traditions


  • The A-200 Club - A Poorman favorite term, Callers with crabs were said to be new members of the A-200 Club. A-200, as in the anti-crab topical medication.
  • Annilow - (rhymes with Manilow) one of Riki Rachtman's nicknames for producer Ann Wilkins, a Barry Manilow fan.
  • Ace Rockolla - Adam's alter-ego, making fun of "wacky" morning radio show hosts. (Named by rapper Ice-T)
  • Adam Carolla - An updated version of the popular pool game, Marco Polo. "Adam, Carolla" is yelled in the same, classic, sing-song way and "Adam's masturbating in the jacuzzi!" has been substituted for "fish out of water".
  • Armadildo - An idea Adam had for an invention, a dildo one wears on their arm. (NOT Adam's Idea. Came from a stoner caller on January 9, 2002)
  • Attack Crows - An idea raised by Adam Carolla, who suggested that someone should train crows as bodyguards.
  • Behymen - Anal virginity, a portmanteau of the words "behind" and "hymen".
  • Bogosity - The degree to which a Loveline caller's story is bogus.
    • International Laws of Bogosity - If a host declares a caller's problem to be fake, the caller is required to admit it. Also referred to as "the Geneva Convention of bogosity."
  • Bumper - The short snippet music that is played when it comes back from commercial.
  • C-Ring - cock ring; the word "cock" would get censored on the air, so Adam used this term
  • Chief Thunderbear - A Native American gynecologist. He only speaks in his native language, so Dr. Drew translates. He is voiced by Adam Carolla.
  • The Crab-Walk - A practical joke described by Stryker as when you walk upside down on all four limbs, ejaculate on your stomach, and walk into a room with your friends.
  • Crystal Ball - Dr. Drew often can look into his "crystal ball" and foresee the future of callers based on their behaviors and family history. He typically points out he sees things like a pole in a girl's future or bad addiction
  • Douchenozzle - Adam's version of the popular douchebag, claimed to be more insulting as it is the "business end of the douche." Suggested to be effective in traffic, as in "Shake your ass, ya douchenozzle!"
  • Drop Trou - Short for "dropping trousers," what "Ace Rockolla" is wont to do.
  • Egotard - Adams definition of an Ego Retarded caller.
  • Good Times - Used to indicate that everything is (or will be) all right, frequently as a method of ending a call. Occasionally used ironically by Dr. Drew when something has obviously gone wrong.
  • Happies - Adam Carolla's term for herpes.
  • Hobo-power - A measure of stink created by Adam. A 1-100 scale, where 50 is a cat crap on a white-hot hibachi grill (50 hobo-power is enough to make someone vomit), and 100 is a theoretical 'absolute zero' that has never been attained. It is theorized that 100 Hobo-power would be deadly.
  • The Little Lord Fauntleroy School for Albino Hemophiliacs - Adam's nickname for Dr. Drew's prep school.
  • Lesbian college - Adam will often end his stock advice to sympathetic female callers (almost always of a heterosexual orientation) from chaotic family lives out of their control with this salvo. Something along the lines of "You have to stay away from the bad people in your life, get your grades up, get into volleyball, and when you're 18 go away to some lesbian college in the Northeast."
  • The Lightning Round - The portion of the show, usually the final segment, during which Carolla assumes his "Ace Rockolla" alter-ego in a parody of various morning radio hosts.
  • Longtime listener, first-time caller - One night, a little over a year after Adam started on the show, he flew into a rant insisting that "Longtime listener, first-time caller" was a traditional part of the radio call-in show, but that in his time on Loveline nobody had ever used it. Starting with the very next caller, and running for years after, the phrase became the most common way for callers to start off their question.
  • Mahalo - Adam's traditional sign-off phrase of both the Loveline radio and MTV shows. When Adam left in 2005, Dr. Drew created his own sign-off, "be well." As of August 2007, he has most recently used, "Stay well," as his sign-off when unaccompanied by Stryker.
  • Manayz - Adam's fictitious rap name, as in "That's my main man, Manayz" said by Snoop Dogg. It's white like Adam and ends in a z like a rapper's name.
  • Mason Jar - The key term given by a bogus Loveline caller to declare its bogosity and end the call. (Usually preceded by "his/her asshole was the size of a…")
  • Nosredna - Stryker's nickname given to sound engineer, Anderson Cowan. This is "Anderson" backwards.
  • Passionate, Passionate Man - How Adam describes Dr. Drew. The term can also be used in reference to Ben Stein.
  • Perfectly normal, perfectly healthy. - Phrase used ironically to indicate that the caller's problem is out of the ordinary or that a sexual behavior may have serious psychological implications.
  • Petey - Nickname of the phone screener, Tyler
  • Phallacy - blend of phallus and fallacy. Lying about the size of one's phallus.
  • Radio Math - Adam Carolla's "sophisticated" calculations used to determine a female caller's actual height and weight based on the caller's claimed (and assumed to be false) height and weight.
  • Rape-bank - The pet name used by Carolla to refer to the city of Burbank, based on his supposition that the city officials' main goal is to financially and spiritually rape their citizens.
  • Ricockulous - More extreme than ridiculous. Replacing the "dic" with "cock".
  • Sativa - A car that Adam Carolla imagined after hearing a caller's name.
  • Shocking! - The response of Dr.Drew when a caller announces a bit of background, concerning the issue of the call, that would normally be considered a root cause of the issue by anyone with an IQ above 50.
  • Sploser - Someone who is 'part spaz, all loser.'
  • Stangry - A phrase coined for aggressive callers who are an unfortunate combination of stupid and angry.
  • Sushi Bar - A phrase Poorman coined to refer to giving a female oral sex.
  • Unitage - (rhymes with décolletage) or just the unit, this was one of the Poorman's favorite terms for penis.
  • Vicar of Christ - Adam's alias when the Roman Catholic Church was choosing a new Pope.
  • Waffle-crapper -A girl that is so hot that she could crap on a waffle and you would eat it and ask for more. Dr. Drew came up with the term while Will Arnett was telling a story.
  • Westwood Two - Adam's preferred name for the Westwood One studio, which he feels so inadequate and rundown that it does not deserve its 'One' status. Also frequently called it Westwood None.
  • Yucaipamarker - A city in San Bernardino Countymarker, Californiamarker from which callers frequently claimed to be calling when unwilling or reluctant to disclose their actual location. Adam and Drew frequently permitted callers to claim they were from Yucaipa despite the statistical improbability of so many callers coming from this rather small city.
  • You're Fat - An audio clip taken from Dr. Drew, often played back during a caller's question. The phrase is used pretty commonly on the show.

See also


  1. Westwood One - Loveline episodes
  2. A&E August 9, 1996: Feature Story, Loveline
  3. Carolla, Adam and Drew Pinsky The Dr. Drew and Adam Book: A Survival Guide To Life and Love Dell Books, 1998
  4. The Adam Carolla Show, 4/28/2008
  5. The Loveline Companion: Pictures
  6. Dawson's Creek Information Zone - Content
  7. Crank Yanker Fan: Episode 18
  8. Crank Yanker Fan: Episode 26
  9. Loveline Information Archive : Berman And Berman

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