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Top Talk Radio Shows by Audience Size and Ideology
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Posted on 04/18/2005 9:35:01 AM PDT by Asphalt

1. Rush Limbaugh (Conservative)

14.50

2. Sean Hannity (Conservative)

11.75

3. Dr. Laura Schlessinger (Conservative)

8.50

Howard Stern (Non-ideological)

8.50

5. Michael Savage(Conservative)

7.00

6. Jim Bohannon (Moderate)

4.00

Dr. Joy Browne(Non-political)

4.00

Don Imus (Non-ideological)

4.00

George Noory (Non-political)

4.00

10. Neal Boortz (Libertarian)

2.50

Mike Gallagher(Conservative)

2.50

Clark Howard (Non-political)

2.50

13. Glenn Beck(Conservative)

2.00

Ken and Daria Dolan (Non-political)

2.00

G. Gordon Liddy(Conservative)

2.00

Doug Stephan and Nancy Skinner (Non-ideological)

2.00

17. Kim Komando(Non-political)

1.75

Bill O'Reilly (Conservative)

1.75

Jim Rome (Non-political)

1.75

20. Bob Brinker (Non-political)

1.50

Rusty Humphries(Conservative)

1.50

Michael Medved(Conservative)

1.50

Dave Ramsey (Non-political)

1.50

24. Dr. Dean Edell (Non-political)

1.25

Phil Hendrie (Non-ideological)

1.25

Laura Ingraham(Conservative)

1.25

Tom Leykis (Non-ideological)

1.25

Bruce Williams (Non-political)

1.25


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Unclassified
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1 posted on 04/18/2005 9:35:03 AM PDT by Asphalt
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To: Asphalt

The numbers are, of course, listeners in millions.


2 posted on 04/18/2005 9:35:48 AM PDT by Asphalt (Three can keep a secret if two are dead.)
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To: Asphalt

Dr. Savage and Medved are the only one's worth listening to anymore.


3 posted on 04/18/2005 9:36:03 AM PDT by NEBUCHADNEZZAR1961
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To: Asphalt

It should read: Don Imus (non-sensical)


4 posted on 04/18/2005 9:37:00 AM PDT by brewcrew
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To: Asphalt

A clear-thinking liberal Democrat has the opportunity here. The trouble is that there are few of them.


5 posted on 04/18/2005 9:37:21 AM PDT by Vicomte13 (Kawin waasikwa'anansin moowish.)
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To: Asphalt

Howard Stern' ideology shows through frequently and he is NOT a conservative.


6 posted on 04/18/2005 9:37:35 AM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: Asphalt

Huh. I would think at least some of those "non-politicals" or "non-ideologicals" should be classified as liberal.


7 posted on 04/18/2005 9:37:50 AM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (History remembers only what was, not what might have been.)
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To: Asphalt

24. Dr. Dean Edell (Non-political)

BS.


8 posted on 04/18/2005 9:38:13 AM PDT by MisterRepublican
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To: NEBUCHADNEZZAR1961

Savage is a liability to conservativism.


9 posted on 04/18/2005 9:39:01 AM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (Public Enemy #1, the RATmedia.)
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To: Asphalt
Don Imus is "non-ideological"? Bill O'Reilly is "conservative"?

Interesting list, though.

I don't see the name Franken anyplace.

10 posted on 04/18/2005 9:39:12 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: Asphalt

Michael Savage is NO CONSERVATIVE!


11 posted on 04/18/2005 9:40:13 AM PDT by Pippin ( HAPPY SPRING)
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To: BenLurkin
Stern considered running for governor on the Libertarian ticket and would have won the line because enough of his fans would've registered Libertarian to support him. I believe he balked at releasing his tax returns or discussing his finances.

TS

12 posted on 04/18/2005 9:40:25 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I teach Environmental Science in high school. Scary, isn't it?)
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To: justshutupandtakeit

Savage is a liability to himself, not a liability to conservatism.


13 posted on 04/18/2005 9:40:37 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: Asphalt
Tom Leykis (Non-ideological)

Whoever said that clearly hasn't listened to him.

14 posted on 04/18/2005 9:40:49 AM PDT by George Smiley (This tagline deliberately targeted journalists.)
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To: Asphalt

Where's scAir America and other liberal shows!!!
15 posted on 04/18/2005 9:40:59 AM PDT by Andy from Beaverton (I only vote Republican to stop the Democrats)
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To: Asphalt
Howard Stern (Non-ideological)

LOL.


BUMP

16 posted on 04/18/2005 9:41:27 AM PDT by tm22721
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To: MisterRepublican

I think Dr. Dean Edell is a fraud and a huckster too.


17 posted on 04/18/2005 9:41:31 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: MisterRepublican

I think Dr. Dean Edell is a fraud and a huckster too.


18 posted on 04/18/2005 9:41:31 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: Asphalt

Some of those so-called "non-ideologicals" are indeed liberals.


19 posted on 04/18/2005 9:41:34 AM PDT by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: MisterRepublican

Leykis is also liberal. Franken is noticably absent.


20 posted on 04/18/2005 9:41:39 AM PDT by Spok
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To: Vicomte13
"A clear-thinking liberal Democrat has the opportunity here. The trouble is that there are few of them."
There is no such thing as a clear thinking liberal. The very definition of a modern Liberal is Socialist. They only think using the emotional brain stem not the frontal lobe for analytical analysis of facts.
21 posted on 04/18/2005 9:41:50 AM PDT by pwatson
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To: justshutupandtakeit

Savage is not a "Conservative" and he says so on a regular basis. So you've listened to his show once Heh?


22 posted on 04/18/2005 9:42:20 AM PDT by southparkNationalist
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To: Asphalt

I would have thought that Laura Ingraham would be higher.


23 posted on 04/18/2005 9:42:34 AM PDT by TXFireman
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To: justshutupandtakeit

We are winning ! ! !


24 posted on 04/18/2005 9:42:51 AM PDT by bicyclerepair (Help I'm surrounded by RATS (South. Florida))
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To: KC_Conspirator

Not to mention he's boring as heck. I tried listening to him once and turned the radio off after about two calls.


25 posted on 04/18/2005 9:42:58 AM PDT by Asphalt (Three can keep a secret if two are dead.)
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To: NEBUCHADNEZZAR1961

"Dr. Savage and Medved are the only one's worth listening to anymore."


I ALWAYS learn something when I listen to Medved; the guy's a genius. Once in awhile, I enjoy Michael Savage (Weiner)...when he's in a reasonably mellow mood. I can't take him on the yelling/ranting/raving days. I don't know if he's bi-polar, drinks, or just very moody.



26 posted on 04/18/2005 9:43:13 AM PDT by Maria S
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To: Asphalt

So the socialists don't listen to the radio. What a surprise!. If they did, they would get the facts and wouldn't be socialists anymore!. How easy it is to brain wash ignorants!.


27 posted on 04/18/2005 9:43:43 AM PDT by angelanddevil2
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To: Asphalt

If Howard Stern is "non-ideological", then I'm from the planet Jupiter.


28 posted on 04/18/2005 9:44:19 AM PDT by jpl
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To: Asphalt

I'm surprised Glenn Beck isn't higher up the list. He airs here in Atlanta, and I think he is great ... more fun to listen to than Boortz.


29 posted on 04/18/2005 9:44:58 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Maria S

I don't know why they have Jim Bohanan down as middle of the road, he's pretty liberal.


30 posted on 04/18/2005 9:45:00 AM PDT by Asphalt (Three can keep a secret if two are dead.)
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To: Asphalt

Doug Stephan and Nancy Skinner (Non-ideological)


I would disagree on this one...at least with Nancy Skinner, who is nothing more than Hillary-lite. BTW, she and Doug are no longer on together. I think she has her own show (which we are blessed to NOT get in Amarillo).

Another BTW: Did anyone hear Stephan the morning he revealed that he and Nancy Skinner had been an "item" for awhile? Had a little "involvement" going on!


31 posted on 04/18/2005 9:46:45 AM PDT by Maria S
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To: Asphalt

Medved only gets 1.5 million? Man, that's a shame.. They need to get him on more stations.


32 posted on 04/18/2005 9:47:39 AM PDT by Josh in PA
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To: NEBUCHADNEZZAR1961

Medved has a good message, but his voice is like nails on a chalk board...when he talks about movies I turn the radio off. Savage is on cue, until he starts screaming and getting radical. Listening to Hedgecock now, subbing for Rush, I like him.


33 posted on 04/18/2005 9:48:19 AM PDT by Burlem
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To: Asphalt

It figures, my two favorites - Prager and Hewitt - are not on the list.


34 posted on 04/18/2005 9:48:25 AM PDT by FreedomSurge
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To: MizSterious
Howard Stern (Non-ideological liberal)

Michael Savage(Conservative)

Jim Bohannon (Moderate)

Dr. Joy Browne(Non-political liberal)

Don Imus (Non-ideological liberal)

George Noory (Non-ideological liberal kook)

Dr. Dean Edell (Non-ideological hard leftist)

I fixed a few of them.

35 posted on 04/18/2005 9:50:07 AM PDT by CFC__VRWC (Ted Kennedy and the New York Times do NOT select our next Pope.)
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NANCY SKINNER (non-ideological)

THAT'S GREAT!!!! She ran as a Democrat for Senate in Illinois. She was a liberal voice on WLS in Chicago. What a joke!!! Who assigned the labels here, Tom Harkin, the "conservative." HA!


36 posted on 04/18/2005 9:50:23 AM PDT by JCRoberts (We're at war. You think we're going to win it with a bunch of fish-eaters...Denny Crane)
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To: Asphalt

Anybody have any idea about Jerry Doyle?


37 posted on 04/18/2005 9:50:23 AM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: Asphalt
I hope Bill Bennett's talk show will make these ratings. It is relatively new (about one year old), but Bennett's insights in politics are as good, maybe better than those of Rush Limbaugh, and his cultural views are as insightful as those of Michael Medved. Bennett tends to be somewhat low key and comes across like a conservative version of NPR, which may be a detracting factor. No one would accuse Limbaugh, Hannity, or Savage (numbers 1, 2, and 5, respectively) of not being boisterous and argumentative. The soft-spoken style of Bennett is not the predominant one among conservative talkers.

Some of those styled "non-political" are really not. Howard Stern tends to be liberal, with some libertarian leanings. Don Imus is moderate to liberal. Tom Leykis is extremely liberal. All three tend to more societal commentary, as opposed to Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage, etc, who are predominantly political. OTOH, Laura Schlesinger is basically non-partisan and really is a "traditional values" version of Joyce Brothers or Dewey Brazelton. Her "beat" is family issues and cultural matters. In that sense, she is at least as "non-political" as Stern, Imus, and Leykis.

38 posted on 04/18/2005 9:50:40 AM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: FreedomSurge

I really like Hewitt alot, Prager I haven't heard, Medved is good but I don't like his voice. Savage and Boortz go between really, really good, and really, really bad.


39 posted on 04/18/2005 9:50:59 AM PDT by Asphalt (Three can keep a secret if two are dead.)
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To: Asphalt

This list is two years old. Guess this explains why Ingraham is so low and that Prager, Medved & Hewitt would place. Air America wasn't even launched when this list was created.


40 posted on 04/18/2005 9:51:25 AM PDT by inkling
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To: BenLurkin
How would you describe Howard Stern's show? Self absorption?
41 posted on 04/18/2005 9:51:45 AM PDT by blastdad51 (Proud father of an Enduring Freedom vet, and friend of a soldier lost in Afghanistan)
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To: Asphalt
Howard Stern (Non-ideological)?8.50

If his genius for filth isn't an ideology then let's call it a religion. He sure isn't a YR. He's a liberal.

42 posted on 04/18/2005 9:52:12 AM PDT by Calusa (itís a mere fig leaf of fairness.)
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To: Josh in PA

"Medved only gets 1.5 million? Man, that's a shame.. They need to get him on more stations."

I agree! He is wonderful and has the best reasoned arguments for every subject. He is really good at debate on his subjects. I wonder if they counted all the XM listeners he gets.


43 posted on 04/18/2005 9:52:24 AM PDT by TN4Bush
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To: Asphalt

Where is Hugh Hewitt?


44 posted on 04/18/2005 9:52:36 AM PDT by MileHi
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To: Asphalt


Mike Gallagher getting 2.5 million is a joke.

The Dork Alarm goes off on that dweeb.

And he's only a marginal conservative. The only reason they have him listed here as a conservative is because he claims to be one. If you listen to his substance he's much more of a moderate than he lets on to be.


45 posted on 04/18/2005 9:52:43 AM PDT by Josh in PA
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To: southparkNationalist

I have listened to and followed his statements from radio and tv shows. He is too much of an idiot for me to waste much time on.


46 posted on 04/18/2005 9:53:28 AM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (Public Enemy #1, the RATmedia.)
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bump


47 posted on 04/18/2005 9:53:35 AM PDT by Pa' fuera
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To: southparkNationalist
Savage is not a "Conservative" and he says so on a regular basis. So you've listened to his show once Heh?

He constantly calls himself "an independent conservative" and the creator of the phrase "compassionate conservative". Are you confusing "Republican" with "conservative"? He definitely says he's not a Republican.

48 posted on 04/18/2005 9:53:39 AM PDT by Squeako (ACLU: "Only Christians, Boy Scouts and War Memorials are too vile to defend.")
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To: Asphalt
Skinner For Senate - Nancy Skinner, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Illinois, talk show host and rare liberal voice in the media

http://upload.democraticunderground.com/links/pages/State_and_Local/Illinois/more2.html

49 posted on 04/18/2005 9:54:09 AM PDT by JCRoberts (We're at war. You think we're going to win it with a bunch of fish-eaters...Denny Crane)
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To: inkling

Actually, it says summer 2004, it's more like 9 months old.


50 posted on 04/18/2005 9:54:37 AM PDT by Asphalt (Three can keep a secret if two are dead.)
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