Talkers Magazine

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Talkers Magazine
Talkers magazine cover, showing Randi Rhodes, Dec. 2005/Jan. 2006 issue.
Frequency 10 per year
Publisher Michael Harrison
Founder Michael Harrison
First issue  1990 (1990-month)
Company Talk Media Inc.
Country  United States
Based in Springfield, Massachusetts
Language English

Talkers Magazine is a trade industry publication related to conservative talk radio in the United States. Its slogan is "The Bible of Talk Radio and the New Talk Media". In addition to radio, it covers talk shows on broadcast and cable television as well as Internet-only shows and podcasting. The magazine advocates the advancement of conservative, progressive and apolitical talk radio.[1] Ratings for talk shows are based upon "the opinion of the TALKERS editorial board" and are "non-scientific projections... and do not represent exact Nielsen Audio or any other ratings service totals."[2]


Twice a year, Talkers publishes rankings of the top-rated radio talk shows; these rankings are often quoted in newspapers and other publications. Talkers also publishes a yearly "Heavy Hundred"[3] list of the top 100 radio talk shows across the country. Beginning in 2006, it published the "Talkers 250" to expound on the "Heavy Hundred", listing #101 to #250, though in alphabetical order by genre instead of order of importance. In 2002, it published a list of the top 25 radio and television talk shows each of all time. In 2009, it published the Frontier Fifty,[4] listing in alphabetical order a "Selection of Outstanding Talk Media Webcasters."

The magazine was launched in Summer 1990 by current publisher Michael Harrison. It publishes 10 issues per year out of Springfield, Massachusetts. The magazine is owned by Talk Media, Inc.


The magazine's online counterpart is, which provides free access to all content from the print version. Talkers also produces its own original podcasts via their sister site,

Talkers acquired, a radio news and information previously owned and operated by the estate of Doug Fleming, in August 2012. That site's message boards will continue to be held by the Fleming estate.


  1. ^ May, Caroline (March 14, 2012). Talkers magazine publisher: Limbaugh likely ‘has the biggest audience he’s had in years’. The Daily Caller. Retrieved March 14, 2012.
  2. ^ audience chart (April, 2014). [1].
  3. ^ "Heavy Hundred". TALKERS magazine. TALKERS. Retrieved 6 Sep 2011. 
  4. ^ "Frontier Fifty". TALKERS magazine. TALKERS. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 

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