Customers would call the advertised 800#, give their credit card info, and be connected to the conference for $X/minute.
The moderator kept track of people's times & also had a way to bounce anybody who got to be a problem.
Women customers were given free or nearly so access.
Here it is 8pm on a Saturday & 20 people are paying $3/minute each to listen to each other talk about lawn mowers or their crappy jobs.
In all, the concept is/was not much different from a message board or internet chat room where sex is the main reason for being there.
Not sure if this is the right forum - this might end up being more IMHO. Seems like it's going to be all dudes, or something, based on how they advertise (generally women in bikinis, from what I see here in Cleveland). Is that not why we have bars (and/or the internet)?
I'm married and have no inclination to actually call one of these "party lines" or "chat lines", but I've always sort of wondered - these late-night chat lines must be profitable or else they wouldn't buy up all the advertising after 11PM. The only one which seemed remotely likely to accomplish its purpose was one for a gay chat line, where presumably everybody knows exactly what to expect. It's often called a "poor man's Internet." Some of these chat line like on Talkee Free Chat Lines ( Are free, well in the sense if you have free long distance. I know Northern Illinois University shooter Steve Kazmierczak picked up both women and at least one man off Craigslist, before he went on the shooting rampage, just for sex.
It was scandalous because we knew she was underage and he wasn't.
They went out IRL for quite a while - I think he went with all of us to the prom. I wasn't on it too much because it skeeved me out a bit and I was pretty into the BBSes yet. I am guessing our parents would have shit bricks if they ever found out.There was a lot of "playing Dr." or "show and tell." Many moderators came from the ranks of women callers who got to liking the attention & wanted a few bucks an hour to boot.It always amazed my pal how often the conversations among the regulars would turn to non-sex stuff.Technologically, it operated like an ordinary business conference call.One female employee / contractor was on duty on the call as the "moderator" to keep the conversations going & spice it up if it got flat.They could also be a lot younger/cuter than they were IRL as long as their voice was cute.