The 2022 Talkers “Heavy Hundred” list features a familiar name at the top. For the fourth year in a row, Sean Hannity is the nation’s top-rated radio talk show host. The list is compiled by the magazine’s editors and is subjectively based on several factors.
Hannity’s radio show is currently heard on more than 600 affiliates across the U.S. Last year’s list is strikingly similar regarding the top ten hosts. The most notable change occurred in the 11th spot where newcomers Clay Travis and Buck Sexton bumped SiriusXM’s Howard Stern who fell 10 places to 21.
According to the website, the list of hosts is based on factors that include courage, effort, impact, longevity, and inclusion meaning hosts must be active at the time and have a regularly scheduled professional show on the air at a minimum of one terrestrial or satellite radio station.
In addition to Hannity, Dave Ramsey (2), Mark Levin (3), Brian Kilmeade (4), and Joe Madison (5), round out the top five.
Other notable changes from last year’s list include Dan Bongino making his debut at 14, Glenn Beck falling four places to 16, and Ben Shapiro sliding up one place to 18.
Talkers said the goal of the “Heavy Hundred” is to create a list reflective of the industry’s “diversity” and “total flavor.”
Mark Levin: Laura Ingraham “Has a Cork up Her Nose” About Dr. Mehmet Oz
Levin even took a shot at colleague Laura Ingraham saying she “has a cork up her nose” about this “perfectly legitimate conservative.”
Fox News’ Mark Levin is coming to the defense of celebrity cardiothoracic surgeon-turned-Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz.
Levin even took a shot at colleague Laura Ingraham saying she “has a cork up her nose” about this “perfectly legitimate conservative.” He didn’t mention the Fox News host’s name but referred to her by her time slot.
“For some reason, the ten p.m.-er has a real hate-on for Oz,” Levin said, per The Wrap. “I don’t hate Oz. I don’t hate [Pennsylvania Senate candidate David] McCormick. I think they’re both terrific men. I don’t really hate any of these candidates.”
Levin speculated what Ingraham’s issue is with Oz since she isn’t from the state; however, he does say that some hosts feel they’re entitled to the power of a camera and that they know what’s best for certain states.
“But there’s something going on with the 10 p.m.-er. I’m a Pennsylvanian. 10 p.m.-er is not a Pennsylvanian. But some people, because they have a camera in their face, actually think they know what’s best for you without actually inquiring into it,” Levin added.
“Sounds like a perfectly nice guy, sounds like a perfectly legitimate conservative. No reason to tear the guy down, I don’t think — Do you Mr. Producer? And yet these people get these platforms; they think they’re so smart. 10 p.m.-er has a cork up her nose at this. I don’t know what the problem is.”
WBEN Among the Local Outlets Leading Coverage on Buffalo Man Shooting
WBEN broadcast coverage of numerous press briefings Saturday and Sunday in addition to fielding phone calls from residents who were clearly shaken by Saturday’s events.
Buffalo’s News Talk WBEN covered the horrific mass shooting at a Tops Market Saturday, leaving ten people dead. According to police, the attack was live-streamed on the social gaming platform Twitch.
The story captivated a national audience and quickly fueled debates about First Amendment rights as reports circulated that 18-year-old suspect Payton Gendron published a manifesto consistent with white supremacist ideology.
WBEN broadcast coverage of numerous press briefings Saturday and Sunday in addition to fielding phone calls from residents who were shaken by Saturday’s events. Station reporters sought reaction from the scene speaking to Tops worker Fragrance Harris Stanfield who she’ll never forget the second gunshots ring out.
“I turned around to tell my daughter how I was feeling, and we heard gunshots,” Standfield told the website. “We weren’t sure they were here at our building, so everyone stopped and turned and looked for the front door.”
WBEN spoke to Buffalo attorney Paul Cambria who discussed the challenges of monitoring social media platforms to thwart future attacks.
“They’re really no controls on social media speech,” Cambria said. “Twitter and Facebook and so on people can live stream things without the government telling them no you can do this and do that.”
Cambria alluded to certain Facebook rules where users can end up in “Facebook jail” for violating community standards but reiterated there are no specifics safeguards in place to prevent attacks like the one we witnessed on Saturday.
“That is a company policy as opposed to one imposed by the government,” he added.
KMOX’s Charlie Brennan Bids Farewell to His Audience
KMOX legend Charlie Brennan bid an emotional farewell to his audience Thursday following a remarkable career that stretched more than three decades.
In the final hour of his program, Brennan was greeted by several guests whom he had worked with over the course of his career. One of those guests was Fox News contributor Juan Williams.
“I can’t believe you’re leaving; what a loss,” Williams said. “You have been such a presence. I am more of a national guy than a St. Louis person. I remember sitting in the studio with you and feeling so welcome. And the fact that you had read what I had written was so unusual.”
Brennan not only touched the people he worked with on the air. According to the station’s website, in 2020, Brennan spearheaded a four-day campaign to raise money for Cardinal Children’s Hospital, a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center.
Dan Farrell, Senior Vice President of Sales of Marketing for the St. Louis Cardinals, praised Brennan for his tireless work in the community.
“Thank you for all the times you got behind community efforts to make this a better place to live; you deserve all of the credit. Nobody does it like you,” Farrell said.
KMOX hired Brennan in 1988 to work evenings and weekends. Two years later, he was appointed to the midday morning shift.