The Dave Ramsey Show is a three-hour, self-syndicated radio program and podcast, hosted by the eponymous finance author and speaker, that airs Monday through Friday from 2-5 EST. It is primarily broadcast from Brentwood, Tennessee, though often during the summer it is broadcast via remote from Ramsey’s lake house. As of 2008, it is one dave ramsey investing pdf the top ten most-listened-to radio shows.
Ramsey takes live calls on the theme of finance, and occasionally money-related Christian philosophy as it pertains to tithing, etc. During the show, he discusses life and money-related issues with callers.
Ramsey urges listeners to avoid all debt except for certain types of home mortgages, and to invest conservatively. One notable difference between his and other financial shows is that Ramsey attempts to go beyond mathematical mechanics and reach his callers on an emotional and spiritual level.
The program began June 15, 1992, when Ramsey, selling copies of Financial Peace out of the trunk of his car, was a guest on 99. The station had recently filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and one of its hosts had quit after not getting paid, which left the station scrambling to fill the gap in its lineup. Ramsey offered to do a one-hour show for free for one month, not entirely expecting to be successful. The Money Game went on the air with Ramsey, Hal Wilson and Roy Matlock each hosting the hour alone on certain days of the week.
Ramsey was the bankruptcy and “get out of debt” guru on Mondays and Wednesdays, Matlock answered investing questions Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Wilson’s Friday topic was primarily real estate. After station management asked Wilson to discontinue his portion of the program, Ramsey and Matlock teamed up to host the show five days per week. Eventually, Matlock left the show on good terms to focus on his financial services business, leaving Ramsey to host the show alone.
The program became quite popular in Nashville. Reportedly, when WWTN asked Ramsey who would be syndicating his show, Ramsey simply pointed to Blake Thompson, who continues as executive producer of the show to this day. As Bill Hampton, Vice President of The Lampo Group stated, “they learned syndication from the ground up. The Money Game changed its name to The Dave Ramsey Show in mid-1996.
As of 2017, the show is heard on more than 585 stations. It is the fifth year in a row for Dave Ramsey in the “Syndicated Personality of the Year” category, and the second year in a row for Bill Hampton in the “Executive of the Year” category. 5 million in network sales in 2005 while MyTMMO. Ramsey’s show is one of very few national radio shows to be self-syndicated.