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The Call is an American TV business program on CNBCmarker, aired from 11AM to 12 noon ET weekdays. Previous programs shown in the same time slot were The Money Wheel with Ted David and Martha MacCallum and Market Watch and Morning Call.

The Call offers a clear focus on real-time market coverage at the heart of the trading day.

About the program

Until 2007-07-19, CNBC aired Morning Call from 10AM to 12 noon ET weekdays. On 2007-07-20, CNBC replaced the first hour of the two-hour program with an expanded Squawk on the Street, due in part to Liz Claman's departure from the network (she joined the Fox Business Network three months later). The program was completely revamped on 2007-07-23 and re-named The Call on 2007-08-07, with Dylan Ratigan and Trish Regan serving as interim anchors. Ratigan (live from the New York Stock Exchangemarker), Regan and Melissa Francis were appointed permanent co-anchors as of 2007-10-08. In addition to the aforementioned July 2007 revamp, the anchors are now joined on set by a guest contributor, very similar to Squawk Box.

Dylan Ratigan left The Call in late 2008 as he was replaced with Larry Kudlow. Melissa Francis and Trish Regan both remain on the program, with Francis anchoring alongside Kudlow at the network's Englewood Cliffs studio and Regan anchoring at the NYSE. Ratigan ultimately left CNBC altogether in March 2009.

Regular reporters include Bob Pisani (NYSEmarker), Scott Wapner (NASDAQ), Sharon Epperson (NYMEXmarker), Rick Santelli (Chicagomarker), Steve Liesman, David Faber, Darby Dunn, and Brian Shactman.


(NOTE: Some of these segments below may not be current as of this writing.)

  • Here's The Call On...: The appropriately-titled first segment of the show (discontinued since October 2007) looks at the morning's business headlines.
  • The Bond Report: Rick Santelli reports from Chicago with a look at the US Bond market.
  • Your Best Trades Now: A guest joins the show with the anchors and a guest contributor to talk about what his/her best stock picks are right now.
  • Stocks To Watch: In this segment, we look at the US stocks making news.
  • MSNBC News Update: News headlines from MSNBC. Seen shortly after the bottom of the hour.
  • 2 Hours Into the Trading Day...: An update on the U.S. stock markets after the first 2 hours of trading. Seen at the start of the program's second half-hour.
  • CNBC.commarker Blog Watch: Seen during the program's second half-hour with a look at the key business stories blogged by CNBC reporters, such as Jim Goldman ("Tech Check"), Mike Huckman ("Pharma's Market"), Diana Olick ("Realty Check") and Darren Rovell ("Sports Biz").
  • The Journal Report: Seen on Mondays with a reporter from The Wall Street Journal. This segment was discontinued at the end of 2007.
  • Seidman Speaks: CNBC's chief commentator Bill Seidman made guest appearances and answered viewers' Email questions. This segment was seen on Thursdays, but was discontinued after Seidman's death in 2009.
  • Mutual Fund Pick and Pan of the Week: Seen on Fridays with Christine Benz of Morningstar.
  • West Coast Call: A guest from the West Coast joins the program, similar to the "West Coast Wake Up" segment on Squawk on the Street.
  • The Last Call: The last segment of the program.


"America is open for business coast-to-coast." This is the opening phrase used at the start of the show just before the opening title sequence.

Worldwide simulcast

The Call is not seen on CNBC Europe as the European network instead airs European Closing Bell at 1700 Central European Time. However, this program is seen on CNBC Asia.

See also


  1. TVNewser

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