Talk radio

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Talk radio is a radio format which predominately features a host who talks about various issues, whether items in the news, book reviews, or political issues. When used in political discussions, the term talk radio refers to the predominantly conservative hosts.

Talk radio saw a dramatic rise when the FCC repealed the Fairness Doctrine which mandated that equal air time be given to opposing views. Since the repeal, talk radio has been dominated largely by conservative voices such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Michael Savage. Generally, liberal talk radio has failed; for example, Air America Radio, a liberal radio network, went bankrupt on October 13, 2006. As of July 2007, however, Air America is still broadcasting.

Talk radio includes topics such as gardening, the supernatural, relationships, advice, sports, health, and home improvement.

Talk radio is also available over the internet through use of streaming audio.

Heavy Hundred

These are the top 100 most important radio talk show hosts in America (As judged by Talkers magazine as of February 2009): [1]

  1. Rush Limbaugh
  2. Sean Hannity
  3. Michael Savage
  4. Dr. Laura Schlessinger
  5. Glenn Beck
  6. Laura Ingraham
  7. Dave Ramsey
  8. Lou Dobbs
  9. Mancow
  10. Thom Hartmann
  11. Mark Levin
  12. Joe Madison
  13. Doug Stephan
  14. Neal Boortz
  15. Mike Gallagher
  16. Alan Colmes
  17. Jerry Doyle
  18. Ed Schultz
  19. Bill Handel
  20. Don Imus
  21. Michael Medved
  22. Jim Bohannon
  23. Lionel
  24. George Noory
  25. Bill Bennett
  26. Lars Larson
  27. Clark Howard
  28. Dr. Joy Browne
  29. Jim Rome
  30. Stephanie Miller
  31. John and Ken
  32. Howard Stern
  33. Roger Hedgecock
  34. Dennis Miller
  35. Michael Smerconish
  36. Bev Smith
  37. Kim Komando
  38. Rusty Humphries
  39. Doug McIntyre
  40. Boomer & Carton
  41. Allen Hunt
  42. Dennis Prager
  43. Quinn & Rose
  44. Bob & Tom
  45. Mike & Mike
  46. Rachel Maddow
  47. Tom Sullivan
  48. Randi Rhodes
  49. Monica Crowley
  50. G. Gordon Liddey
  51. Opie & Anthony
  52. Bubba the Love Sponge
  53. Phil Hendrie
  54. Tom Leykis
  55. Ronn Owens
  56. Howie Carr
  57. Jay Severin
  58. Mike Francesca
  59. Kathy & Judy
  60. The Dolans
  61. Lincoln Ware
  62. John Gibson
  63. Phil Valentine
  64. Jim Gearhart
  65. Mitch Albom
  66. Bill Cunningham
  67. Janet Parshall
  68. The Monsters
  69. Jim Villanucci
  70. Mark Davis
  71. Hugh Hewitt
  72. Kirby Wilbur
  73. Fred Honsberger
  74. Steve Malzberg
  75. Roe Conn
  76. Jim Philips
  77. Mike Trivisonno
  78. Joey Reynolds
  79. Darrell Ankarlo
  80. Joe Pagliarulo
  81. Bob & Sheri
  82. Mike Rosen
  83. Marc Bernier
  84. The Junkies
  85. Allen Handelman
  86. Larry Young
  87. Glenn Ordway
  88. Brian & The Judge
  89. Neil Rogers
  90. Ray Lucia
  91. Martha Zoller
  92. Diane Rehm
  93. Dan Yorke
  94. Keith Larson
  95. John & Jeff
  96. Alan Stock
  97. Ian Freeman & Mark Edge
  98. Dave Graveline
  99. Errol Louis
  100. Leslie Marshall

References

  1. 2009 Talkers 250 - Featuring the Heavy Hundred, Talkers magazine, Accessed February 18, 2009
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