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The Chicks on the Right (COTR) is an American podcast, website, social media presence and former radio talk-show, hosted by Amy Jo Clark and Miriam Weaver. The politically conservative duo, known professionally on the air as "Daisy" and "Mockarena" started their collaboration in 2009 from their home base in Indianapolis, Indiana. Following Clark's decision in early 2021 to leave the radio show but stay with the podcast, website, and social media, the radio show developed into "The Mock 'N Rob Show", airing Monday thru Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on WIBC (93.1 MHz), a commercial FM radio station in Indianapolis, Indiana. Weaver continues to co-host the show with Rob Kendall, previously the producer of the COTR radio show.
Clark and Weaver, who are "giving conservatism a makeover", began on radio in 2013. However, they were already established as Chicks on the Right since the launching of their politically Conservative website in early 2009 as well as the pair's social media pages. The duo was approached by WIBC and offered a Saturday afternoon radio slot. Eventually, they were moved to a weekday afternoon-drive time slot on the station, at which time they each left their corporate jobs to become full-time radio hosts. Following continued success on the air and online, they wrote a book, "Right for a Reason: Life, Liberty, and a Crapload of Common Sense".
The Chicks now do a live video broadcast - to more than 1.5 million followers - on Facebook and Youtube at 7:00 a.m. EST Monday through Friday. They also have a weekly podcast that is strictly audio, called the Deep Dive. The audio version of the both podcasts can be found on their website - https://www.chicksonright.com/chicks-on-the-right-podcast-featuring-mock-and-daisy/ or wherever podcasts are available.
Mock and Daisy continue to write for their website, chicksontheright.com, and still make speaking and other appearances locally and nationally. As Chicks on the Right, the radio hosts have been featured on national media to include both Fox News and CNN.
Before becoming one half of the radio talk show team, Clark was a medical writer and communications consultant in the private sector for over 20 years, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Communications at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. Weaver worked in corporate human resources prior to her radio career, with a focus on recruiting and hiring. The daughter of Polish immigrants who came to the United States in 1969, she is a first generation American.
In 2013, after their "Chicks on the Right" page was threatened to be removed from Facebook, the production team at WIBC contacted Weaver and Clark following an on-air mention of the threat by Fox News Radio anchor Todd Starnes as well as coverage by Glenn Beck and The Blaze along with Breitbart. Facebook ended up apologizing, and as a result of the media coverage from the incident, Weaver and Clark were offered a Saturday afternoon radio slot at WIBC by the station's director of talk programming, David Wood. A few months later, they auditioned for and were given the afternoon drive-time weekday time slot. This led them to leave their corporate careers to work full-time in radio.
In 2013, the radio hosts were contacted by a publishing agent about writing a book. This led to New York publisher and Penguin Random House company "Sentinel" publishing Weaver and Clark's Right for a Reason: Life, Liberty and a Crapload of "Common Sense" in 2014. Following their book, they pair started writing periodic op-ed articles for the Indianapolis Star newspaper.
After two years of drive time broadcasting, the show's hosts requested a time-switch for an even balance between work and their personal lives. WIBC's producers then moved the show to the 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. weekday morning slot. As Chicks on the Right, Weaver and Clark also hosted a weekly podcast called the 'Mock and Daisy Common Sense cast'. Weekdays before their broadcast, the pair hosted a daily live-stream video at the WIBC studios on Facebook and YouTube as a lead-up to the radio show. The live-stream was from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., Eastern Time.
And while the Chicks do not have a radio show together today, the live-stream video they did before their radio show has evolved to their podcast. The Chicks on the Right go live via Facebook and Youtube - where they have more than 1.5 million followers. An audio version of the podcast is available on all podcast platforms. The Chicks also have a weekly audio-only podcast called the Deep Dive, that is released on Wednesdays.
Politics, appearances, and interviews
The Chicks label their show as politically conservative. Nancy Pelosi is a disgrace. Dr. Fauci needs to go to jail. Biden is a joke. They love DeSantis. And Trump has really big balls. And in their interview with Rand Paul they called him ‘the man with the great hair.’
But in their remaking of conservatism, Clark and Weaver veered away slightly from what many consider to be traditional conservatism. In an interview with the Indianapolis Star in 2013, they said they were O.K. with the morning after pill, and birth control. Clark said, ‘I like Chicks because it offends so many people. And I want to offend people. We are not politically correct.’
During an interview with the Indy Star newspaper in 2014, the hosts were asked their feelings about gay marriage. According to the article, the pair was quoted as saying "We believe that gay couples should have the same legal and contractual rights to couplehood as straight couples, but we are conflicted on changing the entire definition of marriage to satisfy a small percentage of the population."
In a March 2020 interview with the entertainment and Hollywood-focused web-journal, Hollywood In Toto ("HIT"), Weaver and Clark spoke on what conservatives refer to as "Cancel culture": "We can only hope that pendulum is going to center itself. The resignation of Chris Matthews was a surprise...it seems pretty clear that he was “canceled” not because of his sleaziness towards women over the past few decades, but because he was speaking the truth about how dangerous of a candidate Bernie Sanders is on a channel that exists almost purely to promote Sanders-style socialist policies...Unfortunately, we see it getting worse on platforms like Twitter, where you can no longer safely suggest there are two sexes without violating "community guidelines." What’s most frightening is that we feel that this is a microcosm for our culture at large – one that’s gone completely insane for political correctness."
Media and Personal Speaking Appearances
In addition to their weekday radio show, podcast, and live stream commitments, the show's hosts also appear at local and national speaking events, and have been featured as guests on TV programs as Fox and Friends, Varney & Company with Stuart Varney, Happening Now, Fox Business, CNN Tonight with host Don Lemon, CNN Newsroom, Huckabee, and Anderson Cooper 360°. Along with appearing as guests on various syndicated radio programs, Time Magazine published a piece from the Chicks on the Right in the periodical's October 30, 2014 issue. The radio hosts also make appearances as event speakers that have included the 2019 Pink Elephant Gala fundraiser in Texas held by The Lubbock Area Republican Women, the Republican Women of Greater North Texas, and the Bush Legacy Republican Women of Weatherford, also in Texas.
The Chicks on the Right show has featured interviews by Clark and Weaver with politically conservative figures such as Charlie Kirk, Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw, former Wisconsin governor and GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker, and former South Carolina governor and United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley.
In October 2018, while the Chicks on the Right Show was on the air, an unexpected phone call from Eric Trump was received by the hosts, where they conducted an interview with the president's son talking about politics, his upcoming visit to Indianapolis, and Trump Administration policies.
On September 9, 2020, the Chicks on the Right radio program featured a live, on the air interview with current Special Presidential Envoy Richard Grenell. Grenell, who was previously the United States Director of National Intelligence and United States Ambassador to Germany was interviewed by Weaver and Clark for nearly 30 minutes on personal and political issues as well as the Serbia and Kosovo Peace Negotiations. Grenell was deeply involved in the negotiations that concluded successfully on September 7, 2020.
In 2021, the Chicks hosted Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (the man with the great hair) and his wife Kelley in a tell all interview. Episode 97 featured the couple speaking on the violence and threats they have faced, as well as covid-19 and Dr. Fauci controversy.
The Chicks on the Right show and website is continuing to grow each day as they reach millions each week. Super fans of the duo can join a Facebook group called the Chicks on the Right Insiders for $4.99 a month. The community the Chicks have built is what makes their show unique and popular.
Some not in the Chicks community has critiqued the show, USA Today columnist Dave Berg in 2017 poked fun at Clark and Weaver in an op-ed column.
Bust Magazine's Melanie Mignucci gave a mixed review of Clark and Weaver as well as the Chicks on the Right's program and blog over their different definition of feminism.
Hate messages the Chicks have received appear on their website in a section titled ‘The Wall of Shame.’ They do not tolerate critics that have nothing better to do with their time than attack them. The message is clear: hate doesn’t affect the Chicks.
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