American Radio’s Top Ten HeavyweightsTalk Radio is acknowledged as potentially the most dominant form of broadcast media in many parts of the world. Talk radio is not simply limited to fill the gaps linking music and advertisements; it is an integral part of radio programming that elicits loyal listeners.
Talk Radio is credited for its ability to tap a huge audience or a particular consumer group. Talk radio can reach a wider range of consumers that are not necessarily ignorant to or isolated from other media. Talk radio generally has lower cost.
With the rise of new media like television, satellite and cable TV, and internet, Talk Radio experienced a declining rate in the number of listeners. Many predictions and speculations circulated that Talk Radio industry is dying, but this remains to be seen.
In the U.S., Talk Radio can be considered a pioneer and pillar of broadcasting industry and home to many famous and influential figures. These radio hosts enjoy broad influence and respect in the broadcast industry as well as in politics and government.
The Talkers Magazine put out this year’s list the most influential radio talk host across the United States. Here are the top ten hosts in the recent “2008 Heavy Hundred” list.
Considered as the highest paid radio host in the US for both syndicated radio and television with a contract worth $400 million for eight years, Limbaugh was born on January 12, 1951 as Rush Hudson Limbaugh III.
Limbaugh started to rise towards great standing in the 1990s when he became the host of his self-named radio talk show “The Rush Limbaugh Show” that is syndicated nationally. Since this show’s inception and until now, it became the most-listened-to syndicated radio show with a weekly turn-out of 14.25 million listeners.
Born as Sean Patrick Sanity on December 30, 1961, he is a celebrated radio host. His famous radio show “The Sean Sanity Show” has estimated 13.25 million loyal listeners per week.
Sean Sanity was awarded “National Talk Show Host of the Year” award for three years and a “Marconi Award” twice in 2007 and 2003 by the National Association of Broadcasters.
Born as Michael Alan Weiner, Michael Savage is a famous radio host, political commentator, and author. His well known “The Savage nation” radio show broadcasted by 350 radio stations US wide boast of 10 million avid listeners. He is known for his Conservative Idealism and strong dislike on Liberalism.
Dr. Laura Schlessinger
Born on January 16, 1947 as Laura Catherine Schlessinger; Dr Laura as she is called is a self-proclaimed feminist, a respected social and family counselor, and celebrated radio talk show host. “The Dr. Laura Schlessinger Program”, her daily radio show tackles various social issues and confers counsel to listeners.
Glenn Beck was born on February 10, 1964. He became renowned through his “Glenn beck Show” on TV and “Glenn Beck program” on radio. He has afforded himself media popularity and recognition along with strands of criticism and controversy by his provocative and hard-hitting commentaries.
Laura Ingraham is a political commentator, author, and radio host. She was born on June 19, 1964 and became well known by her “The Laura Ingraham Show” which has a listener following of 5.5 million a week. This show also ranks 8th among the most listened to radio programs.
John Donald Imus Jr,, later known as Don Imus is a writer, humorist, philanthropist, and a celebrated radio host. His syndicated radio show “Imus in the Morning” is famous for its satiric humor and commentaries on famous people and issues.
Ed Schultz is the host of “The Ed Schultz Show”, a syndicated radio program that usually deals with commentaries on famous people.
Mike Gallagher was born on April 7, 1960 and is well known conservative commentator with his radio program “the Mike Gallagher Show”. He ranks 8th as the most-listened- to host in the radio.
“The Neal Boortz Show” is the radio program hosted by Neal Boortz. He was born on April 6, 1945, and is a well known commentator touching on many controversial topics. He fondly called himself an “equal-opportunity offender”.
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