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Genre Talk, Advice, Comedy
Running time Approximately 93 minutes (Two hours, including commercials)
Country United States United States
Home station KROQ
Starring Dr. Drew
Creators Scott Mason
Jim Trenton
Producers Ann Wilkins-Ingold
Air dates since 1983
Podcast itpc://

Loveline is a syndicated radio call-in program in the United States, Canada and Mexico, 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 Angeles.

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.[1]



Loveline began in 1983 as a Sunday night dating and relationships segment on Los Angeles 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 California.

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.[2] The trio hosted together for several months, but Carolla and Rachtman often competed for airtime, leading Rachtman to resign in April 1996.[2] 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:"[3] 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[4]. 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 and it would be his last appearance that night.

On March 11, 2010, it was announced that Psycho Mike from The Kevin and Bean Show would co-host Loveline with Dr. Drew.


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 - 2007 December 20

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.

  • Mike Dooley -– 1995 October - 1999 June 20 ("The One-Nut Wonder", produced "The Drew Shuffle" and "The Drew Boogie")
  • Anderson Cowan -- 1999 June 21 – Present ("The Magic Fingered One", "The Liberace of the Potentiometers")
  • Damion Stephens -– 2000 - 2002
  • Chris Perez -– 2003 - 2005
  • Michelle -– 2004 - 2005 November (left for The Adam Carolla Show)

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 Studios[5].


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

See also


External links

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