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Joe Madison leads 'Talented 10' in talk radio

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By Staff

ATLANTA, Nov. 7, 2011, 11:50 a.m. - Sirius XM Radio's Joe Madison topped Black Talkers annual list of the 10 top black radio talk show hosts in America. 

"This award means the most because it comes from the people," Madison said.

Madison beat Atlanta's Derrick Boazman, of CBS Radio-owned WAOK-AM, by more than 30 votes, according to the black talk media covering Web site.

In the closest year of voting ever, there were two ties. There were ties between Helen Blocker-Adams and Michael McFadden and Warren Ballentine and Bev Smith, who just lost her show a few weeks ago but was included in the voting. The ties were broken based on who has appeared on the list before.

This was also the first year that BlogTalkRadio hosts were included.

Below are the 2011 Black Talkers "Talented 10" (Radio):

1. Joe Madison - Sirius XM Satellite Radio/WOL-AM - 17.3% (79 votes)

2. Derrick Boazman - WAOK-AM - 9.6% (44 votes)

3. Rob Redding - GCN/ Sirius XM Satellite Radio - 9.0% (41 votes)

4. Tommy Sotomayor - BlogTalkRadio -7.7% (35 votes)

5. Helen Blocker-Adams - There's Always Hope Radio - 6.1% (28 votes)

6. Michael McFadden - BlogTalkRadio - 6.1% (28 votes)

7. Lincoln Ware - WDBZ-AM - 5.9% (27 votes)

8. Warren Ballentine - Syndication One/ Sirius XM Satellite Radio - 5.0% (23 votes)

9. Bev Smith - No Longer Syndicated/AURN  - 5.0% (23 votes)

10. Al Sharpton - Syndication One/ Sirius XM Satellite Radio - 3.9% (18 votes)

(See entire PDF for voting all votes by clicking here) (See last year's list) (See the 2009 list)

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The "Talented 10" list is a two week-long survey of talk radio listeners that saw nearly 500 votes cast. Listeners selected their favorite weekday talk star from a list of 40 names and could even write-in candidates. Listeners, however, could not vote twice and could not view the results until now.

Last year, like this year, the Talented 10 list was decided by the people. The 2009 list, was selected by Black Talkers.

The BlackTalkers.com Web site, which was launched on Nov. 2, 2009, covers nearly 30 Black Talk formatted radio stations, with its media directory; hundreds of TV and radio talk show hosts, with its pair of media "Talented 10" lists; and black talk media industry events, with its front page section.

The site will be announcing its annual personality and programming awards early next year.

Black Talkers is owned by Redding Communications, Inc. (RCI), which also owns Redding News Review.


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