Joe Madison Tops “Black Talkers Talented 10” List

Black Talkers a new website dedicated to covering talk radio targeted to the African-American community, has released it’s  “Black Talkers Talented 10” (radio) list. Joe Madison of WOL Washington and XM radio is at the top of what Black Talk founder Rob Redding calls  “The definitive list of top black radio talk show hosts in the talk media industry.”  The list includes a number of syndicated radio talkers, with Syndication One personality Al Sharpton ranking at number two. The complete list is below.

1. Joe Madison – He is the veteran morning star heard nationwide on XM 169 and a local institution on WOL-AM.

2. Al Sharpton – He is nationally syndicated via Syndication One on XM 169 and 32 radio stations.

3. Bev Smith – She is a major terrestrial radio presence on more than 30 stations via American Urban Radio Networks.

4. Montel Williams – Making the rare jump from being a mega TV star to radio via  Air America on 48 stations.

5. Warren Ballentine – He is nationally syndicated via Syndication One on XM 169 and 20 radio stations.

6. Mark Thompson (Matsimela Mapfumo) – Has defined himself as a force in Satellite Radio – he is heard on Sirius Left and on XM’s America Left.

7. Armstrong Williams – He remains a force in Black Talk through his self-syndicated radio show herd on XM 169 and three affiliates in his home state of South Carolina.

8. Errol T. Louis – He has taken New York City by storm with his show heard on WWRL-AM.

9. Thera Martin-Connelly – She is a rising daily talk show host and program director at  WURD-AM, in Philadelphia.

10. Ray Taliaferro – He was the first black talk show host on a major market radio station in the country on San Fran Francisco’s big stick KGO-AM.

5 thoughts on “Joe Madison Tops “Black Talkers Talented 10” List

  • November 12, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    We need to make a statement economically. Talk is cheap. SPEAK WITH OUR DOLLARS!


    Trump said blacks have nothing to lose.
    So see what happens when we stop spending our dollars this Xmas holiday in protest of the Trump presidency.

    According to National Retail Federation, holiday sales will exceed $630 billion. Nielsen forecasts multicultural consumers are driving increased sales with African-Americans making up the largest increase. That’s 17% more than other groups. Our purchasing power is reaching $1.3 trillion, and we should use it wisely.

    Boycott store and internet spending this Christmas!

    Make America Listen Again!

  • November 12, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    We’re not in a post racial era because of Obama and never were. If anything, racism is showing it’s ugly head more than ever. Fox News is keeping up the attacks on the President and First Lady with ugly and plain nasty rhetoric. Black talk radio is needed to counter the lies and racist dialogue. I salute Joe Madison and Al Sharpton for their dedication to that.

  • November 10, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    audience and stations

  • November 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Great point Lars, I just wonder why many of the talkers on this list are absent from the other compiliations that we’ve seen. These are all very good talk show hosts, and many of them national, when and where do they get acknowledged?

  • November 5, 2009 at 11:46 am

    i thought we were now in the post racial era of Obama.

    what difference does skin color make when it comes to talking for a living?


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