Radio: Bugle Boys Of the Airwaves

Talk-show hosts stir up a storm of political action

Not long after oil began spilling from the tanker Exxon Valdez in Alaska, anger started welling up in Mike Siegel. From his base in Seattle, Siegel launched a national anti-Exxon campaign: distributing bumper stickers, organizing picket lines and traveling to the company's New York City headquarters to dump 2,000 protest letters on the president's desk.

A phone call last December from consumer advocate Ralph Nader spurred Jerry Williams of Boston to help organize a citizens' revolt against the proposed 51% congressional pay raise. Among the tactics: deluging members of Congress with tea bags as a reminder of the Boston Tea Party.

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