Posted by: Rick | Wednesday, August 4, 2010

This Is An Outrage!

TALKERS magazine has put out a list of the “Heaviest Hundred” hosts in the history of talk radio.  Here’s their top ten:

1. Rush Limbaugh. “The most important innovator in modern news/talk.”
2. Howard Stern. “The standard by which younger-demo talk is judged.”
3. Larry King. “The ‘king’ of syndicated talk during the format’s infancy.”
4. Sean Hannity. “The modern-era titan of conservative news/talk.”
5. Don Imus. “Remains relevant after four decades as talk icon.”
6. Arthur Godfrey. “Pioneer of unscripted talk radio and live endorsements.”
7. Dr. Laura Schlessinger. “The champion of moralism in the current talk radio era.”
8. Sally Jessy Raphael. “An early leader in friendly, female chat.”
9. Barry Gray. “Father of the call-in show. Early anti-establishment character.”
10. Bruce Williams. “Trailblazer in syndicated, business and life how-to talk.”

Personally, I’d flip Stern and Limbaugh, but I have no real problem with Rush being named number one.  He’s earned it.

The rest of this list looks reasonable, too, with one glaring exception: Number 4.

It’s not just that Sean Hannity is a moron with a scientifically measured IQ of 81.  It’s that (like everyone connected with Fox News except Shepard Smith) he’s nothing but a  shill for the Republican Party.  Everything he says is either a GOP talking point or simply idiotic.

I have no idea what Hannity’s rating are.  Maybe they’re so astronomical that they vault him above a historical figure like Arthur Godfrey.  But does the man bring anything interesting or original to the airwaves?  Nope.  He’s just another blowhard.

And Glenn Beck comes in at number 22 here.  Now, Beck may someday be exposed as the charlatan I believe him to be, but until such time, he’s got to be ranked higher than a mere blockhead like Sean Hannity.

At least Glenn’s “Crazy Mormon Prophet” routine is something new.



  1. TALKERS is a fairly conservative rag — I wouldn’t call it an industry magazine as much as a cheerleading newsletter for the talk industry, almost all of which is conservative.

    When TALKERS founder speaks in public, he tends to support conservative politics.

    So the inclusion of Hannity at an absurdly high number is understandable, if indefensible.


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