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Black Talk Top Hosts  
  More than 20 percent of people who listen to talk radio are black and that tally does not include Black Talk formatted radio stations. Black Talkers Founder Robert "Rob" Redding Jr. says, "Black talkers and their listeners are the most neglected in talk radio today."

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.

6. 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 on WWRL-AM.

9. Thera Martin-Connelly - She is a rising daily talk show host and program director of a rising radio station, WURD-AM, in Philadelphia.

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 ).








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