Coming Monday: America’s top ten local talk show hosts

by editor on July 15, 2011

Coming Monday: IHateTheMedia.com rates America’s top ten local talk show hosts – people you’d love to listen to, but can’t hear in your town. We’ll start with #10 and count ’em down to #1 each Monday to Friday for the next two weeks.

You can’t get away from Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck if you wanted to. They’re everywhere. Rush has 600+ stations, Hannity has more than 500 and Beck is over 400.

But what about other great talent? Terrific local and regional broadcasters who aren’t on the air where you live. The up-and-comers who have the potential to be step into Rush’s, Sean’s and Glenn’s shoes someday.

We asked talk radio program directors and talk show hosts around the country to name their favorite hosts. The criteria were simple: Hosts who aren’t nationally syndicated, who are currently big fish in smaller markets or large market hosts who are ready to break through nationally.

Oh, one other rule. We wanted hosts who didn’t just parrot Rush. We wanted unique, creative personalities that shine through on the air, who are a little quirky, people who made you sit up and take notice.

The result is our great collection of great local and regional talk show talent from around the country.

It all starts on Monday. Don’t miss it.

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Borrego
Guest

Armstrong and Getty. 650 Sacramento, CA.

VelvetKevorkian
Member

If you’re in the area, Jerry Bader on WTAQ/Green Bay 1360AM/97.5FM is outstanding. You can also hear him on WSAU/Wausau 550AM/99.9FM.

Lee
Member

Dana Loesch.
She`s also editor at http://bigjournalism.com/

KW Willy
Member

I hope John and Ken of KFI AM 640 aren’t the future of talk radio. Just listened to them after all those glowing recommendations. One guy laughs like a complete idiot at absolutely nothing while the other comments on the happenings of the day. His comments sound very liberal, especially regarding gun ownership. Couldn’t tolerate too much of them.
I do like Micheal Savage, very intelligent. often way to rude to guests and callers, but the man’s knowledge of history and this country’s past is amazing.

hisham
Guest

I wonder who thumbs downed you? I had to give you a thumbs up for your analysis and try to balance your post out before the non readers came through and blasted your post based purely on the one thumbs downer.

RockingHorseGuy
Member

Did you listen long enough to understand that they are energizing conservatives across the state, and helping them to fight the liberal morons in Sacramento? And that they have actually had some successful campaigns against individual liberal politicians? Whether you like their style or not, they are doing good work here, and I appreciate it. Heads on a stick!

East_TN_Patriot
Guest

Bernie Thompson in Panama City, FL. A true libertarian and not afraid to take on the politicians in Florida. He and Charlie Crist had quite a feud going for a while. He does stream on the web and his show is about the only thing I miss about living in Florida.

http://www.talkradio101.com/bio-mornings.shtml

Exile
Guest

Tom Marr out of WCBM in Maryland. He fills in for the Great One, Mark Levin, sometimes.

Omar
Member

Herman Cain on WSB in Atlanta from 6 to 9pm, before he decided to go pursue some office in the shape of an oval…or something like that…
Now there’s a guy named Erick Erickson on that time slot.
We still have Neal Boortz as well.

Babydoll102187
Member

“before he decided to go pursue some office in the shape of an oval…or something like that…”

LOL! I like that!

brm
Member

My go-to guy when I lived in Reno was Bill Manders on KOH 780 AM. I checked and he’s still there, but I haven’t listened recently (the whole time zone thing really messes me up).

I once submitted an “embedded shopper” report to him, which he read on-air. It was during the Pro-Mexican illegal alien Boycott all businesses day. Remember when they did that around the country? They were going to boycott our businesses to show us what an impact they had on our economy.

Everywhere I shopped was full of Hispanics, who undoubtedly wanted to take advantage of the “empty” stores. Ha!

Also loved John and Ken when I lived in L.A. They (almost) made the traffic bearable.

R
Guest

Jon Justice 104.1 The Truth in Tucson, AZ is a bright conservative light in the most liberal city in Arizona. He’s been filling in for Roger Hedgecock lately. Anyone else a Jon Justice fan?

hisham
Guest

I don’t know of him but I heard Roger Hedgecock and I liked what I heard!

RockingHorseGuy
Member

Roger’s pretty good. He’s on in San Diego.

LibsMakeMeLaugh
Member

Along the gulf coast (Houston – New Orleans) its Walton & Johnson hands down. They have many affiliates. 93.7 The Arrow (Houston). 98.1 The Eagle (Baton Rouge)

Patty Fitzgerald
Guest

From Northern California, Armstrong and Getty radio, KSTE 650 AM, weekdays 6-10 am. They have to make the list. Have been listening for the past 10 years and could not make it through the day without them. The real facts about everything, but the best part is they make you laugh uproariously.

JPTravis
Member

Shoot, since you started compiling your list I have become a talk show host. I went as a guest, the host liked me, and now I’m her regular co-host. I’m assuming I’m going to be on your list… right?

http://jpattitude.com/RadioShows.php

Vic
Member

I nominate Rusty Humphries. Last I knew, he was on TRN (Talk Radio Network) out of Oregon. I worked with him at KKOH in Reno.
And my favorite Rush fill in Walter Williams!

hisham
Guest

I listen to Rusty on Sundays.

whiskeyriver
Guest

I have two, both on KKOB AM out of Albuquerque, NM. Bob Clark in the morning, best after 8 am, then Jim Villanucci from 3 to 7 pm weekdays.

Both are conservative/libertarian, and neither suffer fools gladly or any other way.

Jan
Guest

If you don’t include Ray Appleton, KMJ, Fresno, your list is worth squat.

Pittzer
Guest

This is awesome. I’ll bet most, if not all, of these hosts are streaming on the web. Great idea, fellas!

Our local guy in Austin is Jeff Ward on KLBJ AM. He’s libertarian to the core, sarcastic and often impatient with dumb@ss callers. You’ll probably love him or hate him.

hisham
Guest

I’d probably love him, but Oblovia would probably hate him.

Ruben
Member

John Caldara, 850 AM KOA out of Denver, CO. He grinds the communists and kooks of Boulder and the Front Range into sausage. Then he grills them.

Jim Stewart
Member

Yup, I mentioned Caldara earlier and forgot to mention you can download the podcast from the KOA web site.

WiscoDave
Guest

Mark Belling, WISN 1130 out of Milwaukee, WI
I believe he’s sitting in for Rush today…

hisham
Guest

Mark Belling, what a cool guy. When he sits in for one of the great ones, I make sure I’m listening!

hisham
Guest

In fact I’m listening to him fill in for the Great One this very moment!

Vince
Member

Hometown Hero, Mr. Right Jason Lewis

Liz
Member

John & Ken, KFI AM 640 More Stimulating Talk Radio. Los Angeles. Very wide reaching station, most of Southern California. They tell it like it is. No leaning left or right. And do they take the tax clowns and illegals to the woodshed!!!

hisham
Guest

I love John and Ken, used to listen to them when I lived in Pine Mountain. Guys kept me in stitches while I drove to and from work.

Liz
Member

Yes. They are just the best. No offense to the rest of the correct wing thinkers around the country.

RockingHorseGuy
Member

And you can listen to them online, too. Google KFI 640. They’re on our side.

RockingHorseGuy
Member

By the way, when a Republican gets out of line, they get on his case even harder than the Dems. I like that.

poppajoe49
Member

Are they the same John and Ken that used to be on NJ 101.5 in Trenton NJ? If so, I used to listen to them around 10 years ago.

brm
Member

You’re absolutely right.

According to a source I’d rather not admit to using since the information on it was “edited” predominantly by 25-year-old males with no credentials whatsoever, but is very handy for those of us in a hurry or too lazy to check credible sites: “They left 101.5fm in late 1992, to move to KFI to do their afternoon drive time spot”

poppajoe49
Member

Yes, I found that last night. I listened to some of their currently posted tapes and I think they were more entertaining in NJ.
BTW, I believe the source you mention is actually edited mainly by 16 year old boys who are still enamored with fart jokes and have no real life experience beyond watching girls on St Pete Beach.

perlcat
Member

What’s wrong with fart jokes and watching the girls on St. Pete Beach? Sounds like my idea of a good afternoon, especially if I can go fishing after.

poppajoe49
Member

I didn’t say there was anything wrong with it, it’s just that wikipedia is run by leftists from St Pete, and they have no clue.

FormerlyDeanH
Guest

What is this, some kinda Tampa Bay area convention we got going here?

poppajoe49
Member

Besides you and me, who else is from the area?

RockingHorseGuy
Member

It’s perfectly alright to be enamored with fart jokes and watching bikini-clad girls, but only if you’re 54.

poppajoe49
Member

You mean I gotta wait 2 more years?

drb
Member

You guys are somethin’ else. 🙂

Jim Stewart
Member

If you live within the nighttime reach of 85 KOA/Denver give a listen to Jon Caldara. Listening to Mr. Caldara deal with the libtards from Boulder is a delight.

hisham
Guest

Inga Barks, KERN radio 1180 and 1410 AM, was cancelled recently. I used to listen to her while I was waiting for Rush to come on! If you’re a leftist you’d say she’s partisan!

hisham
Guest

Inga Barks, KERN radio 1180 and 1410 on the AM dial; went and got herself cancelled, according to local scuttlebutt. I, however, believe the new CSUB director had something to do about it…commie!

perlcat
Member

I liked listening to her when she was on in place of Mark Levin.

anarchocapitalist
Guest

Chris Stigall, Philadelphia, formerly in Kansas City. He is witty and brilliant.
Oh and he’s a staunch Conservative/Libertarian.

Diego
Guest

Kansas City resident here. Seconded. We miss Chris.

SheilaK
Member

Abdul Hakeem Shabazz, WXNT Radio Indianapolis- who doesn’t love a cigar smoking,martini swilling, bacon eating, smart aleck muslim?

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