Thursday, August 5, 2010

Local hosts make Talkers Magazine's Top 100 of all time
As part of its 20th anniversary issue, the Springfield, MA-based Talkers Magazine has announced its "Heviest 100" - a list of on-air personalities it considers to be the 100 most important talk-show hosts in America.

Do we really care? Well, lists are always kind of fun, although by naming 100 hosts, there's always room to question and debate the selection of choices and their rankings.

Rush Limbaugh(heard locally on WXKS 1200/"Rush Radio") is ranked at #1, ahead of Howard Stern at #2. And then there's always that questinable call which comes in the form of Larry King at #3(go figure!).

A few local names in the mix. The two late great Boston talk radio legends - Jerry Williams(#18) and David Brudnoy(#25) got the much deserved recognition. Among the present time local talk masters, Howie Carr WRKO 680's afternoon drive ratings monster described as "contemporary news/talk giant in Boston" ranked at #68. WTKK 96.9's afternoon boat shaker Jay Severin made the cut at #97 with "controversial conservative perennial wavemaker" blurb. On the lighter end of the talk spectrum, Tom and Ray Magliozzi of WBUR 90.9-produced "Car Talk" fame, parked themselves at #82.

Oh, and by the way, the criteria by which the magazine made its decisions were ratings, longevity, uniqueness, potential, social impact, service, industry recognition, revenue, effort and talent. In case of this special list, 'historical relevance' played a major factor in choosing the names.

BRW Notebook :

Programming Notes : WBUR 90.9's sports program "Only A Game" program changed its Saturday evening timeslot. OAG used to air at 7:00am and 6:00pm. Now it airs at 7:00am and 7:00pm on Saturdays. WBUR has added a national food show "The Splendid Table with Lynne Rossetto Kasper" in the 6:00pm timeslot. Speaking of "Only A Game", it has recently added 17 affiliates from Georgia Public Broadcasting which brings its national syndication total to 209.

Chalres comes up short in hall of fame bid : A local broadcast legend missed his first shot at induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame. In the local radio pioneer category The legendary morning host Charles Laquidara on WBCN 104.1 was beat out by Ralph Emery, a country music radio DJ and TV host from Nashville, as the voting results were announced yesterday by Chicago-based Radio Hall of Fame. Not a great day for former WBCN personalities, Howard Stern also got the short end of the stick from RHOF's voters as he was bested by NPR's broadcaster Carl Kasell in the national category. The good news for Laquidara and Stern, one can be nominated five times so they have a few more cracks at getting in.

Fully insured : WBZ 98.5 /the Sports Hub announced earlier this week that the Safety Insurance Group, Inc has renewed its exclusive title sponsorship of the New England Patriots Radio Network, continuing a relationship that began in 2007. This multi-year deal includes designation as The Exclusive Property & Casualty Insurance Company of the New England Patriots Radio Network


Anonymous said...

Carl Kasell deserves it. Shame about Chuck, though.

Anonymous said...

How can Howard stern not be number 1? This list is very flawed Alan Berg is a top 10

jvwalt said...

Larry King may or may not deserve to be #3, but he did have a long and very successful career as an overnight personality.

His prime occurred before the age of Limbaugh et al., so today's listeners may not remember him. But until Rush came along, he was the #1 national radio personality in the business.

Laurence Glavin said...

If you're going to have a "Bob and...", then it just has to be "Bob and Ray".