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Ranking the Top 100 Sports Radio Shows

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Talkers Magazine has once again ranked the Top 100 sports radio shows in the country, and New York’s unintentionally hilarious blowhard, Mike Francesa, remains No. 1.

I don’t pretend to listen to nearly enough radio shows across the country to rank them all, but I can say this with some certainty: Mike Francesa is one of the few radio hosts who can drive internet traffic. For a variety of reasons, that tiny group includes (with their ranking on the list in parentheses) Jim Rome (3), Dan Patrick (4), Colin Cowherd (22) and Dan LeBatard (14). Is it a case of those guys knowing the right buttons to push for maximum pickup, or are they just some of the most visible hosts in radio? Or perhaps they have a strong producing team that knows good radio when it happens, and knows what websites to send it to for maximum coverage?

Here’s last year’s list. And here are a few names from this year’s list, with some thoughts (since photos were added, I’ll let you chime in on the whiteness of the medium):

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1-10: Guess how many in the Top 10 are in the I-95 corridor (Washington, Philly, NY, Boston)? Seven. Two in Detroit. And then Rome.

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14. Mike Missanelli – An absolute injustice. I listen to about seven minutes daily – when Francesa, Rush or NPR are on commercial – and my ears really do bleed.
29. Chris Russo – On no planet is Mad Dog better radio than …
31. Tony Kornheiser – Wish I listened to his show more.
42. Paul Finebaum – He’s a huge deal in college football and in the South, which makes this ranking seem low.
56. Steve Somers – Kitschy and friends with Jerry Seinfeld, the latter which probably explains this ranking.
57. Stephen A. Smith & Ryan Ruocco – They go head-to-head with Francesa.
77. LaVar Arrington & Chad Dukes – Said it last year, will say it again: Criminally underrated. And not just because I’m on there sometimes.
93. Jorge Sedano & Mark Schlereth. Such a new pairing … how can they possible crack the list?

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