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The Comedy Wire

By Pat Reeder & Laura Ainsworth

With so many radio services around, why was the Comedy Wire ranked at the top?

Unlike other prep services that promise a lot of material ("25 pages!" "50 pages!"), then bury you in reams of wire copy you can find anywhere, plus hit-or-miss gags from freelancers or Internet sources that your competitors have already mined, every word of the Comedy Wire was written by the award-winning team of Pat Reeder & Laura Ainsworth.

Pat and Laura worked all night, searching the wondrous Worldwide Web for the stories listeners would be buzzing about that morning.  They condensed all the pertinent facts into short, ready-to-air capsule form to cut down clients' prep time, then added multiple one-liners from a variety of viewpoints; jokes that were smart, funny, original, and informed by years of radio and comedy  stage experience and a ridiculously broad knowledge of news, history and pop culture.  Clients were more likely to compare it to Jay Leno, Dennis Miller or "The Daily Show" than to other radio services.  It all went out around 4:30 a.m. CST, "hot off the presses," with incredibly timely material that often scooped the morning papers.

That's how The Comedy Wire became the gold standard of scripted show prep services, used by top-rated, major-market, hall-of-fame talents who won national awards as the best in their formats!

Here's what Comedy Wire readers had to say...

"Dear Pat & Laura:  Just a short note to tell you how consistently falling-down funny your Comedy Wire is.  Highlight of many a day is one of your choice sardonic or tongue-in-cheek observations.  Truly original and truly clever.  In a world so full of blah, blah, blah, politically-correct blah blah blah, you sure sound good.

We love this product.  WE LOVE THIS PRODUCT!"

                                                                       -- Lee Bruner, President
                                                                          USA NEWS NETWORK            

"From the heart: We have used prep and comedy services for 25 years, and all pale in comparison to The Wire!  You always find the most talked-about stories, and provide solid, airable punchlines to go with them..Gives us a fresh take on current events, without the political correctness of other, more agenda-driven services...We depend on The Wire every day!"

                                                                     -- Hudson & Harrigan Show
                                                                        KILT-FM, Houston, TX

“For over 10 years, I’ve checked on what Pat and Laura think on a story, a line, an idea…Something to get me started on that story, too...Also, the edited stories give all the info and save me hours of reading time.”

                                                         -- Steve Harmon, KODJ, Salt Lake City
                                                           (CMA DJ of the Year, 3x Billboard DJ of the Year)

"Pat Reeder and Laura Ainsworth's Comedy Wire is as much a part of my morning reading routine as the Bible and the morning paper.  It may not be as important as the Bible, but it sure as heck is more pleasurable than the morning paper...In the interest of full disclosure, I confess that some mornings, I've hated Pat and Laura as well -- those days when I laughed so hard, I spewed coffee all over my computer keyboard or had to change shirts, or (please don't tell this!) pants."

                                                                        -- Mike Huckabee, Former Arkansas Governor
                                                                           Host of "Huckabee" on Fox News & "The Huckabee Report" on ABC Radio

"I have been a Comedy Wire subscriber since the mid '90's and they DELIVER quality stuff EVERY DAY!  They have been THE service I rely on every day I sit behind the mike.  Comedy Wire is consistent in its topicality and the ability to pay off for me every morning."

                                                          -- Rhubarb Jones, The Eagle 106.7-FM, Atlanta, GA
                                                                                  2001 Inductee, Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame

"I’m normally a pretty dull guy, but using the Comedy Wire gives me the ability to be witty, sage, a comedic genius, #1 in the ratings and good looking. I don’t know how I survived doing mornings without it...If your competition isn't already using the Comedy Wire, GRAB IT!!!  It makes an otherwise good morning show topical and hilarious. Your DJ's will sound like their comedy IQ went up 30 points.”
                                                           -- Gary Cummings, GM, Inland Northwest Broadcasting
                                                              KZFN-KRPL-KZZL-KRAO-KMAX-KCLX, Moscow, ID

“Fifteen years. That’s how long I have used, loved and laughed at the ‘Wire. My morning staple, which helped me make the transition to talk radio.”

                                                          -- Al Caldwell, KLVI, Beaumont, TX
                                                             2006 Inductee, Texas Radio Hall of Fame

"Pat and Laura are simply the best. I really couldn't do it without them. I almost feel guilty cashing the bonus checks. Almost."
                                                            -- Chris Reiser, Chris & Sherry in the Morning, Krater 96-Honolulu

“I based a lot of my morning show around the Comedy Wire. It paid off. The ratings for the morning show skyrocketed! Thank you again for such a topical and hilarious prep service!!!...THANK YOU !!! THANK YOU !!! THANK YOU !!!"
                                                            --  Bob Cain, Oldiez 96/WODZ, Utica/Rome, NY

"The Comedy Wire is the best, and I've seen 'em all. Fresh, funny and relevant material overnight, written by news & comedy pros. Worth every penny. Pat & Laura are phenomenal."

                                                              -- Gary Sadlemyer, 1110-KFAB, Omaha, NE

“Love you guys!…We're long-time subscribers. Story selection and smart-ass comments are a perfect fit for our 25-54 audience.”  
                                                               -- Kent and Alan, STAR 101.5-KPLZ, Seattle

"Just wanted to say how much I enjoy The Comedy Wire!  I get ALL THE GOOD STUFF first!  I'm using stories that even Paul Harvey dosen't have later in my show! Very well-written...Use the punch lines, make up your own, or let the story or  report stand alone.  Always accurate, funny, interesting and timely!"

                                                            -- Jeff Pigeon,Morning Show Host, WIBC, Indianapolis
                                                               2005 Marconi Legendary Station of the Year
                                                               2005 News-Talk Station of the Year

"If you have to choose one comedy service to keep you topical...informed...& has to be The Comedy Wire... The Best Service Anywhere!...Pat and Laura are 'on top of it!'"

                                                                                  -- Don Cannon, WOGL, CBS Radio, Phila. PA

"I don't know how we could do mornings without the Comedy Wire.  Many of our listeners say the little kicker stories and news tidbits are their favorite part of the morning.   As disc jockeys, its difficult for us to read every news source available, so it's nice to have it all neatly packaged in one service."

                                                                                   -- Carol Turner, 96KX Radio, Lincoln, NE

"Every day, Comedy Wire nails it with truly usable topical jokes.  They must work all night long because it's fresh each weekday morning at 6 a.m.!"

                                                                                   -- Bennett & Birch, Wink 96.9-FM, Fort Myers, FL

"Exhaustion, hangovers and fending off process servers before dawn usually gets in the way of adequate show prep for us, but thanks to the Comedy Wire, even we sound intelligent, informed and witty!"

                                                               -- The Todd & Bob Show, WIKX, Ft. Myers/Naples, FL


"There are a lot of prep services available via e-mail and on the net - only a handful are full of dynamite, usable prep every single day and the Comedy Wire is one of them! Buy it!!!!!"

                                                                                 -- Rick O'Shea
                                                                                    FM 104, Dublin, Ireland


"Sharp, Edgy, Topical...The Comedy Wire is the smart, slightly deranged kid in the back of the room...Pat and Laura make for an awesome support staff.  I wake up at noon, eat doughnuts, and torment my dog, assured that Pat and Laura have written great jokes for my radio show.  Plus, I'm cancelling my subscription to 'Grit.'  I get all the news I need from THE COMEDY WIRE!"

                                                                                  -- Terry Meiners, News/Talk
                                                                                     WHAS, Louisville, KY

"My radio days ended long ago, but as a professional comedy entertainer, I keep right on top of current comedy with the help of the Comedy Wire...The Comedy Wire helps keep me updated and funny on the current, the clever and the obscure...It is a key to keeping my laughs fresh entertaining the masses on cruise ships, casinos and for corporate dates. Humor ripped right from the headlines is a slogan that works for me, and the Comedy Wire helps provide that factor...I highly recommend it to any professional speaker, as the topical edge helps you leap over the mundane comic performer."

                                                                       --  Mark Merchant,

"Converting from a long-time afternoon drive jock to mornings was not the easiest thing in the world to do. But we owe a huge thanks to the Comedy Wire crew for getting us up and rolling each morning with the latest and greatest stories in the land. If it was not for Comedy Wire and five pots of coffee, we would probably be out of jobs!"

                                                                                    --  Kris Cooper
                                                                                        WDRK Eau Claire, WI

"Just wanted to drop you a line to tell you how much we enjoy and use Comedy Wire. We first discovered Pat and Laura years ago when they worked for another service. When they left that service, so did we. It was months later we found them and the Comedy Wire, and have been with them ever since. We even had it put into our contracts when we changed stations last June. We went from a CHR female audience to a Classic Rock male dominated audience, and didn't miss a beat.   That's how versatile your service is.  Keep up the great job!"

                                                                              --  Scott & Scott
                                                                                  Rock 106, Peoria IL


"I've been in radio for over 25 years and was never even tempted to subscribe to a comedy service until I saw yours."

                                         -- A morning show host in the Western U.S. who asked to remain anonymous

...And there are many more, but since we offered client confidentiality
(Shhhh!), we can't tell you their names.  But we can tell you they were top-ranked hosts in major markets around the world, whose shows won the highest awards in their formats, and they privately credited the Comedy Wire for making a great contribution to their success. 

All material © copyright 2005-2009 by Pat Reeder & Laura Ainsworth.