I remember how much I hated phone interviews, both as a job applicant and as a manager. There's just something about looking at people face to face that cannot be duplicated.
If you have one of these coming up, you might ask the person interviewing you to do so via Skype. It's free, simple to set up, and can add so much to a simple conversation.
News Directors might like the idea as well, as you can always read a lot more from a person's face.