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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Talkers Magazine Ranks Local Hosts

If you ranked Cincinnati's most important radio talk hosts, would Lincoln Ware be ahead of Bill Cunningham? Would Mike McConnell be ahead or behind Willie?

"Talkers" magazine, the self-proclaimed "Bible of talk radio and the new talk media," has released its annual rankings of "the 100 most important radio and talk show hosts in America."
Three local hosts made the "Heavy Hundred:"

No. 59: Lincoln Ware, WDBZ-AM.
No. 69: Bill Cunningham, WLW-AM and Premiere Radio Network
No. 86: Mike McConnell, WLW-AM and Premiere Radio Network (the list was compiled before McConnell’s weekday syndication ended Feb. 1.

The Top 15: Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, Don Imus, Ed Schultz, Mike Gallagher, Neal Boortz, Bill O’Reilly, Dave Ramsey, Howard Stern, Mancow and Mark Levin. Mancow #14? Ahead of Bob & Tom (#45) or Mike & Mike (#47)???

Here's the list:

The magazine also mentioned an additional 150 hosts, including syndicated home improvement expert Gary Sullivan from WKRC-AM (550) and Jay Love, who left WDBZ-AM last month.

No local sports talk hosts made the list.

I think Lance McAlister and Paul Daugherty deserve to be mentioned. Lance is always prepared and entertaining. I think Doc is going a very good job, with insightful guests and commentary, without the radio theatrics of Cunningham or Andy Furman. Reminds me of the old Trumpy/Collinsworth no B.S. days.

How would you rank local or national hosts? Who here deserves national recognition?


at 2/22/2008 4:01 PM Blogger Bengal43 said...

How about Rick & Bubba?

at 2/22/2008 4:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Rome is at #29. That looks like he is the #1 sports talk host in America. Mike and Mike are good to, but sometimes it seems like they are always on vacation, and they have annoying guest hosts that just want to talk about the Red Sox and Yankees.

at 2/22/2008 4:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

As much as I think Lincoln is a solid professional, there is no way someone with that small of an audience should be in the top 100 of any poll in the nation.

Willie probably should rank higher than McConnell because of the national pub Cunningham gets on his semi-regular visits to H&C on Fox.

at 2/22/2008 5:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never heard of Lincoln ware

at 2/22/2008 9:04 PM Blogger liz said...

I like Lincoln Ware. A few weeks ago he was the only local show on in the morning and I started listening to him. At least you get to keep up with what is going on in Cincinnati.

at 2/22/2008 11:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

January Fairy on WAIF-FM?

at 2/23/2008 5:20 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give me a break:

" important radio and talk show hosts"

Just what on earth constitutes important?
What do any one of these egomaniacs actually contribute to society other than devisive rhetoric?

"self-important radio and talk show hosts" would be more accurate.

at 2/23/2008 1:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact that Howard Stern is so far down on the list - and not even in the top 10 - just shows automatically that this list is biased and flawed. Love him or hate him, the man reinvented morning radio - and really set the stage for national syndication for the likes of Rush Limbaugh and those who followed him. Not to mention the fact that Howard single-handedly got millions of people to subscribe to an entirely new method of radio delivery.

at 2/23/2008 3:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lincoln ware was the one who said there should be riots before they happened. jeez I wonder why his listnership is down.

at 2/24/2008 9:23 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lance = Entertaining?

His preparation consists of writing down stats from sports' websites and trumpeting them as his own knowledge. What the &^%@ is so entertaining about that?

The only thing entertaining about him is his obsession with "celebrity" women. (actually, it's sad for a 40-something year old to be proud about such an obsession)

at 2/24/2008 2:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

you should change the name of your block to "Local Media" or something like that... You write as much about Radio as you do
TV... not that there's anything wrong with that :)

at 2/25/2008 12:42 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"you should change the name of your block to "Local Media" or something like that... You write as much about Radio as you do
TV... not that there's anything wrong with that :)"

I never get sick of reading that.

Lincoln works 19 hours a day, the Seg works about the same, so I give the honor to them. I would bet that Cunningham works 2.4 hours a day, and that is just about enough for him.

at 2/25/2008 11:35 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the guys who do the morning show on WMOH? They seem pretty popular

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