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Barrett News Media’s Top 20 Major Market News/Talk Afternoon Shows of 2022

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We’ve made it to day 4 of BNM’s Top 20 of 2022 series presented by Steve Stone Voiceovers. If you’re checking in here for the first time and missed this week’s prior announcements, check out who made our lists among the News/Talk radio format’s top National Shows, Major  and Mid Market Morning Shows, and Major and Mid Market midday shows. The results are collectively determined by 44 radio industry programmers and executives from 15 companies in 36 cities. Their participation is greatly appreciated.

After today, we will still have three days left to go. Still to be presented are the format’s top program directors, radio stations, and original digital shows. We were going to keep it simple and just say ‘Digital Shows’ but we wanted to make sure it’s understood that the programs listed in the category were built specifically for digital, not radio programs that get turned into repurposed digital content.

As a format, News/Talk radio programming is available on over two thousand stations. The only larger format is country. We try our best to make sure the top shows, hosts, programmers and brands are listed for voting consideration but also allow room for our voters to add nominees if for some reason someone isn’t listed on our document. Additionally, though we triple check everything before publishing our lists and hope to present the perfect layout, sometimes things slip through the cracks. If you notice an error, please let us know. We want to shine the light on the format’s best brands and shows in a way that makes them feel proud to be recognized, not frustrated by an incorrect detail.

As you review these results, please keep in mind that they represent the collective opinions of forty four industry programmers and executives. If your show didn’t make the list, it doesn’t mean you’re no good, not successful or critically important to your employer. In other words, don’t beat yourself up over it. Though it’s cool to be recognized, there are way more good shows out there than there are slots.

If you wish to stay informed on each day’s results, it’d help us out if you’d give us a follow on Twitter at @BNMStaff, visit us on Facebook at Barrett News Media or sign up for our daily newsletter, ‘The Rundown‘ by clicking here. You can also bookmark this website to stay updated on future news/media industry content. Your support is greatly appreciated.

As it pertains to the voting, here are a few key things to be aware of.

#1 – Our voters were asked to pick their Top 20 selections for each category in exact order based on a few key factors; quality of show (ear test), originality, ability to entertain-inform-connect across multiple platforms, ratings success, clearance (national shows) and industry buzz. Remember, our voters live in different cities, have different tastes, work for different groups, and value certain factors higher than others. This isn’t a perfect system but it’s the best one we’ve been able to create to showcase the industry’s best. Having done this for seven years for the sports talk format, we’re going to stick with it until another approach makes more sense.

#2 – Our executive panel consists of program directors and corporate executives from a number of top broadcasting companies including Audacy, iHeart, Cumulus, Beasley, Hubbard, Good Karma Brands, Cox Media Group, Radio One, Alpha, Bonneville, FOX News Radio, Hearst, Federated Media, Zimmer Communications, and Westwood One. We involve a large number of people in order to receive feedback from all parts of the country, and to avoid the results heavily favoring one company.

#3 – A total of 35 shows in the Major Market N/T Afternoon Shows category appeared on ballots turned in by our executive panel.

Which brings us to today’s category – Major Market News/Talk Afternoon Shows. For the third time in three days, KFI in Los Angeles reigned supreme. This time, the station’s afternoon show John and Ken earned the top spot recognition. BNM congratulates John, Ken, Robin Bertolucci and the entire KFI team on being voted #1, and every other show which earned a spot on this year’s list.

Now, here are the full results of “BNM’s Top 20 Major Market News/Talk Afternoon Shows of 2022!”

Additional Notes:

  • John and Ken cruised to a 78 point victory in the afternoon category. The KFI drive time tandem were also the recipient of the most first place votes among all shows with nine (9).
  • Coming in 21-25 were Michelle Durham & Jay Scott Smith, Slater & Lou, The PM Rush, Russell & Hunter, and Michael Wallace & Steve Scott.
  • The closest contests saw Vince Coglianese finish 3 points in front of Charles Feldman, and Carl Demaio finish 1 point ahead of Leo Terrell.
  • Of the 35 shows to receive votes, seven (7) received at least one 1st place vote.

Here is the remaining schedule for the BNM Top 20 of 2022.

  • Thursday December 15 = The Top 20 Major/Mid Market N/T Radio Afternoon Shows of 2022
  • Friday December 16 = The Top 20 Major/Mid Market N/T Radio Program Directors of 2022
  • Monday December 19 = The Top 20 Major/Mid Market N/T Radio Stations of 2022
  • Tuesday December 20 = The Top 20 Original N/T Digital Shows of 2022

A reminder, BNM will have a big announcement following the Top 20 series on Wednesday December 21st. Make sure to visit the website that day to learn what else we’re up to.

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Barrett News Media’s Top 20 Major Market News Talk Radio Stations of 2023

“A total of 51 news/talk radio stations received votes in our Major Market News/Talk Radio Stations category.”

Jason Barrett

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BNM Top 20 Major Market Radio Stations

Welcome to the finale of Barrett News Media’s Top 20 of 2023 series. If this is your first time visiting our website and you missed the prior Top 20 announcements, click here to see who performed best among local and national shows, and the format’s top program directors. We also encourage you to bookmark our website, follow BNM on X at @BNMStaff and on Facebook at Barrett News Media and to sign up for our daily newsletter, ‘The Rundown‘ by clicking here.

For those who are unaware, the News/Talk radio format is offered on more than two thousand radio stations. We try our best to make sure the top shows, hosts, programmers and brands from the News/Talk world are listed for voting consideration on our ballots, and though we triple check everything before publishing the lists and hope to present a perfect layout, sometimes mistakes happen. If you see an error, please let us know. We want to shine the light on the format’s best brands and shows in a way that makes them feel proud to be recognized, not frustrated by an incorrect detail.

As you review the results, please remember that they represent the collective opinions of fifty four (54) news/talk radio programmers and executives. We try our best to make sure the top shows, hosts, programmers and brands are listed for voting consideration. Industry decision makers are then asked to vote on categories based on where their stations/shows operate. BNM’s role in the voting process is to gather the feedback, add it up, and present the results.

I want to thank Barrett Media’s Digital Director Alex Reynolds for doing an awesome job on this year’s graphics, as well as each PD and executive who participated in this process. We had representation from fourteen companies and forty different cities, which was even better than last year. For those who didn’t vote and were invited to do so, I hope you’ll change your mind next year. It’s good for the format if you’re involved, and depending on the final votes, it can benefit your staff, sales team, and company, and excite your audience and advertisers.

Moving on to the voting, here are a few things to keep in mind.

#1 – Our executive voters are asked to rank their Top 20 selections for each category based on a few key factors; quality of show (ear test), originality, ability to entertain-inform-connect across multiple platforms, ratings success, clearance (national shows) and industry buzz. Remember, our voters live in different cities, have different tastes, work for different groups, and value certain factors higher than others. This is not a perfect system but it’s the best one we’ve come up with to showcase the industry’s top performers. Having done this for eight years with the sports talk format, we’re going to stick with it until a better option arises.

#2 – The executive panel consisted of program directors and corporate executives from a number of top broadcasting companies including Audacy, iHeart, Cumulus, Hubbard, Cox Media Group, Townsquare Media, Salem Media Group, Radio One, Alpha Media, Bonneville, FOX News Radio, Westwood One, Federated Media, and Zimmer Communications. We involve a large number of people in this process in order to receive feedback from all parts of the country, and to avoid the results heavily favoring one group. Given the variety of people in this process, it means there’s no guarantee that last year’s success will be repeated this year.

#3 – A total of 51 news/talk radio stations received votes in our Major Market News/Talk Radio Stations category. Many of these brands hold dominant ratings positions in their respective markets, delivering timely information, expert opinion, and world class entertainment to large audiences. Additionally, they are trusted by key advertisers to increase brand awareness and sales through over the air and digital content associations. Many on the list have a strong case for the top spot, but only one gets to hold it, so let’s get to the results.

Claiming the top spot this year is KFI in Los Angeles. The dominant news/talk brand has won every major market honor this year, including moving up one spot in this category from last year to unseat WTOP as the format’s best brand. The race was extremely close, a mere two (2) points separated first and second place. Congratulations is in order for Robin Bertolucci and her entire team, as well as every other news/talk station which earned a spot on this year’s list.

Now, here are the full results of “BNM’s Top 20 Major Market News/Talk Radio Stations of 20223.”

Additional Notes:

  • KFI prevailed over WTOP in a very tight race. The Los Angeles talk station won this category by only two (2) points. They did however secure the most first place votes with six (6).
  • Spots 21-25 belonged to WLS in Chicago, KTAR in Phoenix, KIRO in Seattle, WIOD in Miami, and WPHT in Philadelphia.
  • The closest contest outside of the battle for 1st and 2nd was between WABC and WSB. The New York news/talk station held off the Atlanta brand by three (3) points.
  • Of the 51 radio stations to gain votes from our panel, fifteen (15) received at least one 1st place vote.
  • Among broadcasting companies, Audacy performed best with nine (9) of the top twenty (20) stations being under their ownership.

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Barrett News Media’s Top 20 Mid Market News Talk Radio Stations of 2023

“A total of 79 news/talk radio stations appeared on ballots for voting consideration in our Mid Market News/Talk Radio Stations category.”

Jason Barrett

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BNM Top 20 Mid Market Radio Stations

Welcome to the finale of Barrett News Media’s Top 20 of 2023 series. If this is your first time visiting our website and you missed the prior Top 20 announcements, click here to see who performed best among local and national shows, and the format’s top program directors. We also encourage you to bookmark our website, follow BNM on X at @BNMStaff and on Facebook at Barrett News Media, and to sign up for our daily newsletter, ‘The Rundown‘ by clicking here.

As you review the results below, please remember that they represent the collective opinions of fifty four (54) news/talk radio programmers and executives. We try our best to make sure the top shows, hosts, programmers and brands are listed for voting consideration but if you notice a mistake, please let us know. Industry decision makers are asked to vote on categories based on where their stations/shows operate. BNM’s role in the voting process is to gather the feedback, add it up, and present the collective results.

I want to thank Barrett Media’s Digital Director Alex Reynolds for doing an awesome job on this year’s graphics, as well as each PD and executive who participated in this process. We had representation from fourteen companies and forty different cities, which was even better than last year. For those who didn’t vote and were invited to do so, I hope you’ll change your mind next year. It’s good for the format if you’re involved, and depending on the final votes, it can benefit your staff, sales team, and company, and excite your audience and advertisers.

Moving on to the voting, here are a few things to keep in mind.

#1 – Our executive voters are asked to rank their Top 20 selections for each category based on a few key factors; quality of show (ear test), originality, ability to entertain-inform-connect across multiple platforms, ratings success, clearance (national shows) and industry buzz. Remember, our voters live in different cities, have different tastes, work for different groups, and value certain factors higher than others. This is not a perfect system but it’s the best one we’ve come up with to showcase the industry’s top performers. Having done this for eight years with the sports talk format, we’re going to stick with it until a better option arises.

#2 – The executive panel consisted of program directors and corporate executives from a number of top broadcasting companies including Audacy, iHeart, Cumulus, Hubbard, Cox Media Group, Townsquare Media, Salem Media Group, Radio One, Alpha Media, Bonneville, FOX News Radio, Westwood One, Federated Media, and Zimmer Communications. We involve a large number of people in this process in order to receive feedback from all parts of the country, and to avoid the results heavily favoring one group. Given the variety of people in this process, it means there’s no guarantee that last year’s success will be repeated this year.

#3 – A total of 79 news/talk radio stations appeared on ballots for voting consideration in our Mid Market News/Talk Radio Stations category. Many of these brands hold dominant ratings positions in their respective markets, delivering timely information, expert opinion, and world class entertainment to large audiences. Additionally, they are trusted by key advertisers to increase brand awareness and sales through over the air and digital content associations. A large number of them can make a case for #1, but only one gets to occupy the top spot, so let’s get to the results.

Finishing in first place once again is 700 WLW in Cincinnati. This is the station’s fourth category win of this year’s series, matching the station’s performance in 2022. Congratulations to DJ Hodge, Scott Reinhart, and the entire staff on the well deserved recognition, as well as every other news/talk station which earned a spot on this year’s list.

Now, here are the full results of “BNM’s Top 20 Mid Market News/Talk Radio Stations of 20223.”

Additional Notes:

  • WLW won this category soundly by thirty eight (38) points over WBEN. The Cincinnati news/talk powerhouse also recorded a category best five (5) first place votes.
  • Spots 21-25 were occupied by NJ 101.5 in Trenton, Talk 99.5 in Birmingham, WTIC in Hartford, WISN in Milwaukee, and KCMO in Kansas City.
  • The closest races in this category saw WBT hold off KXL by one (1) point, and WTAM nip WTMJ by two (2) points.
  • Of the 79 stations to earn votes from our panel, seventeen (17) received at least one 1st place vote.

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Barrett News Media’s Top 20 Major Market News Talk Program Directors of 2023

“A total of 39 program directors received votes in the Major Market PDs category.”

Jason Barrett

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BNM Top 20 Major Market Program Directors

Our second annual Barrett News Media Top 20 series wraps up week one with a look at the Top 20 Major Market News/Talk Program Directors for 2023. If you missed our Morning, Midday or Afternoon Show releases or the Top 20 National shows, click here to visit the Top 20 section and access the lists you’re interested in. In the meantime, please bookmark our website, follow BNM on X at @BNMStaff or on Facebook at Barrett News Media or sign up for our daily newsletter, ‘The Rundown‘ by clicking here to stay updated.

This year’s series focuses on six categories; Major and Mid market news/talk radio morning, midday, and afternoon shows, program directors, radio stations, and the format’s best national talk shows. Major Markets represent shows, stations, and PDs operating in markets #1-#20. Mid Markets cover markets #21 and below. Not included are NPR brands and shows. Maybe in the future we’ll change that or add an extra category but for now, mainstream news/talk radio outlets are the main focus.

As you review the results, please remember that they represent the collective opinions of fifty four (54) news/talk radio programmers and executives. We try our best to make sure the top shows, hosts, programmers and brands are listed for voting consideration. Industry decision makers are then asked to vote on categories based on where their stations/shows operate. BNM’s role in the voting process is to gather the feedback, add it up, and present the results.

I want to thank Barrett Media’s Digital Director Alex Reynolds for doing an awesome job on this year’s graphics, as well as each PD and executive who participated in this process. We had representation from fourteen companies and forty different cities, which was even better than last year. For those who didn’t vote and were invited to do so, I hope you’ll change your mind next year. It’s good for the format if you’re involved, and depending on the final votes, it can benefit your staff, sales team, and company, and excite your audience and advertisers.

Moving on to the voting, here are a few things to keep in mind.

#1 – Our executive voters are asked to rank their Top 20 selections for each category based on a few key factors; quality of show (ear test), originality, ability to entertain-inform-connect across multiple platforms, ratings success, clearance (national shows) and industry buzz. Remember, our voters live in different cities, have different tastes, work for different groups, and value certain factors higher than others. This is not a perfect system but it’s the best one we’ve come up with to showcase the industry’s top performers. Having done this for eight years with the sports talk format, we’re going to stick with it until a better option arises.

#2 – The executive panel consisted of program directors and corporate executives from a number of top broadcasting companies including Audacy, iHeart, Cumulus, Hubbard, Cox Media Group, Townsquare Media, Salem Media Group, Radio One, Alpha Media, Bonneville, FOX News Radio, Westwood One, Federated Media, and Zimmer Communications. We involve a large number of people in this process in order to receive feedback from all parts of the country, and to avoid the results heavily favoring one group. Given the variety of people in this process, it means there’s no guarantee that last year’s success will be repeated this year.

#3 – A total of 39 program directors received votes in the Major Market PDs category. These talented men and women help guide America’s top brands, often avoiding the spotlight so their teams can reap the rewards. But whether they like the public attention or not, they’re getting it because their hard work deserves to be recognized.

In order to avoid complaints and confusion, please understand that some folks hold titles such as Vice President of News/Talk, Director of Operations, Brand Manager, etc.. We’re not trying to discredit anyone’s credentials or change anyone’s titles but to keep it simple we’re using the common term ‘Program Director’ since it’s existed for decades and describes how managers are viewed by those inside of programming departments.

And that brings us to this year’s winner. Congratulations goes out once again to Robin Bertolucci of KFI in Los Angeles on becoming a two-time category winner. Under her leadership, KFI has been one of the most successful brands in all of talk radio. One glance at this year or last year’s Top 20 series and you’ll quickly see how well the station and its shows are seen by industry decision makers. We applaud Robin on a job well done, as well as every other brand leader who earned a spot on this year’s list.

Now, here are the full results of “BNM’s Top 20 Major Market News/Talk Program Directors of 2023!”

Additional Notes:

  • Robin Bertolucci won this category by a slimmer margin this year than in 2022. Nineteen (19) points separated her and Ben Mevorach. She did also received the most first place votes in the category with eight (8).
  • Spots 21-25 belonged to Greg StockerMarcus Brown, Ann ThomasDave Tepper and David Darling.
  • The closest races saw Ken Charles finish in front of Julia Ziegler by two (2) points, and Kristina Koppeser slip by Brad Lane by three (3) points. Bryan Erickson also held off Greg Stocker by three (3) points for the final spot.
  • Of the 39 programmers to earn votes from our panel, twelve (12) received at least one 1st place vote.

Here is the remaining schedule for the BNM Top 20 of 2022.

  • Monday December 18 = The Top 20 Major/Mid Market N/T Radio Stations of 2023

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