The article, by Max Blatherwick, doesn't really explain how he came to the conclusions he did or why these particular hosts are ranked in the order they are.
Some are obvious. I certainly would not have come up with the same list. You can decide for yourself if he got it right or not.
His list includes Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh, Terry Gross, Dr. Laura, Ira Glass, and others. To see it all with short descriptions of each personality, check out therichest.com
04/20 - On this day in 1926, the first check was transmitted by radio facsimile across Atlantic.
04/21 - On this day in 1940, The CBS Radio program, "Take It or Leave It" offered up the first "$64,000 Question."
04/22 - On this day in 1933, the Dutch government forbid the broadcast of a leftwing Radio address.
04/23 - On this day in 1996, the "Howard Stern Radio Show" debuted on KRZQ-FM in Reno, Nevada.
04/24 - On this day in 1953, Eric Bogosian was born in Woburn, Massachusetts. Bogosian is best known for his starring role in the movie, Talk Radio.
04/26 - On this day in 1982, the CBS Radio Network began "Radio Radio", a youth-oriented series of broadcasts.
From Brother Stair to Jimmy Swaggart, radio has provided a forum for sermons and access to a worldwide audience. But, for some reason many of these men have had issues, personal and legal. Here are a few of the more interesting radio preachers from the past 100 years. Read more.
Former Indianapolis radio host, Kelli Jack-Kelly, has been arrested for stealing the identities of four family members.
Jack-Kelly used to work at WFMS-FM, a Country-formatted station. The station had no comment. Jack-Kelly was being held at the Marion County Jail in lieu of $10,000 fond.
04/14 - On this day in 1925, the Chicago Cubs broadcast a regular season baseball game for the first time on WGN-AM, Chicago.
04/15 - On this day in 1924, WHO-AM, Des Moines, Iowa began broadcasting.
04/16 - On this day in 1956, the first solar powered radio went on sale.
04/17 - On this day in 1967, Shortwave Radio "New York Worldwide" went back on the air after being off for one week.
04/18 - On this day in 1945, Clandestine Radio 1212, after having broadcasted pro-Nazi propoganda for months, turned and used its influence to trap 350,000 German troops.
04/19 - On this day in 1965, WINS-AM in New York City became the first all-news formatted Radio station. (Logo by Corey Deitz, Graphics: Logo Garden)
It's not just radio play and record sales, but that has a lot to do with it. Get some backstories on this year's choices. Read more.
Expectedly, reaction from tweeted responses and other corners was swift and pointed. Leaderpost.com described it as "fury" and "outrage" while edmontonjournal.com reported management "...said the poll was a clumsy attempt to gauge response to a news story..."
After trying to reword the tweet, it was eventually pulled off Twitter completely. But, once something is on the Internet, it's almost impossible to erase instances of it. Radio stations love social media but the ripples of publicity it affords can sometimes result in returning waves of disdain.
630 CHED is a news/talk station and you can listen to it here.
But, last Tuesday talker Ed Schultz, who has a show on MSNBC plus his own syndicated radio gig, let fly with a caller and just lost it. Worse yet: his producer or screener didn't bleep the profanity. This is a broadcaster's worse nightmare next to getting fired. And, you can listen to it in all its glory here.
Ben Sisario at nytimes.com writes: "Cumulus wants Nash to encompass not only radio but also television, print and online media, and even licensed merchandise like kitchenware and cars...While country broadcasters typically give their stations names like 'The Wolf' or 'The Coyote,' suggesting rural stereotypes, Lew Dickey, chief executive of Cumulus, said his new brand captured a broader and more upwardly mobile audience for the genre."
Sisario's article is a good read which will provide you with a quick understanding of what is going on with today's country music, its audience, and the radio industry.
04/06 - In 1931, the Radio serial, "Little Orphan Annie", was first broadcast on the NBC Radio Network.
04/07 - On this day in 1967, KMPX-FM, San Francisco unveiled what became known as the "Progressive Rock" format on Radio.
04/08 - On this day in 1981, Larry "Snortin" Norton from WGRQ-FM, found a place in the Guiness Book of World Records for the most consecutive hours on-the-air. He went 20 days, four hours.
04/09 - On this day in 1967, "Radio New York Worldwide", a shortwave broadcaster, unfortunately lost its transmitter to a fire.
04/10 - On this day in 1987, Newsman Dick Smythe ended an 18-year run at CHUM-FM and walked across the street to CFTR-FM.
04/11 - On this day in 1921, KDKA-AM becamse the site of the first live sporting event to be broadcast on Radio. It was a boxing match featuring Johnny Ray and Johnny Dundee.
04/12 - On this day in 2007, Don Imus was fired from his syndicated program by CBS Radio after a week of controversy brought on by racial remarks broadcast a week earlier about the Rutgers women basketball team. One day earlier, Imus' simulcast of his show on MSNBC was canceled.