2009 Black Talkers
Talented 10 (Radio)
1. Joe Madison - He is the veteran morning
star heard nationwide on XM 169 and
a local institution on WOL-AM.
2. Al Sharpton - He is nationally
syndicated via Syndication One on XM 169
and 32 radio stations.
3. Bev Smith - She is a major terrestrial
radio presence on more than 30 stations
via American Urban Radio Networks.
4. Montel Williams - Making the rare
jump from being a mega TV star to radio,
he is making waves across the industry
via Air America on 48 stations.
5. Warren Ballentine - He is
nationally syndicated via Syndication
One on XM 169 and 20 radio stations.
Mark Thompson (Matsimela Mapfumo) -
Has defined himself as a force in
Satellite Radio - he is heard on Sirius
Left and on XM's America Left.
7. Armstrong Williams - He remains a
force in Black Talk through his
self-syndicated radio show heard on XM
169 and three affiliates in his home
state of South Carolina.
8. Errol T. Louis - He has taken New
York City by storm with his show heard
9. Thera Martin-Connelly - She is a
rising daily talk show host and program
director of a rising radio station, WURD-AM, in
10. Ray Taliaferro - He
was the first black
talk show hosts on a major market radio
station in the country and is still
making them talk in the wee hours of the
morning on San Fran
Francisco's big stick KGO-AM.
(Note: Show hosts that
play songs all the way through were
disqualified for this list of talkers.
Hosts also have to have been on the air Monday
through Friday. Audience size,
influence, uniqueness and longevity were
paramount in compiling this list ).