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Magazine selects seven blacks for top talk list, Oprah unlisted

By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.

Editor & Publisher

July 31, 2010, 11:30 p.m. - Seven blacks have been selected for "The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts of All Time" by Talkers magazine.

An unlikely radio music jock, Tom Joyner, lead the list at No. 14. The list, which omits talk icon Oprah Winfrey, contains non-music playing radio talk show hosts.

Washington, D.C.-based talk personality Joe Madison was listed at No. 39; Bev Smith was ranked No. 63; Larry Elder at No. 66; Wendy Williams at No. 69; Tavis Smiley at No. 73; and Ken Hamblin at No. 100. 

"It's an honor to be listed among the famous and infamous in this industry," Madison said.

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Talkers' "The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts of All Time" top honor went to Rush Limbaugh; Howard Stern was ranked at No. 2; Larry King at No. 3; Sean Hannity at No. 4 and Don Imus at No. 5.

Talkers Editor and Publisher Michael Harrison discussed the rankings with Radio Info.

“Rush is a part of a movement that he has influenced and defines as a whole an historic genre of radio. Stern might have been #1 for the greatest shock-jocks or DJ’s or greatest entertainers.” Harrison told the radio site.

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