Talkers Magazine is a trade industry publication related to 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.[2] 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."[3]

History

Talkers 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.

Twice a year, Talkers publishes rankings of the top-rated radio talk shows; these rankings are often quoted in newspapers and other publications. The magazine also publishes a yearly "Heavy Hundred"[4] 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,[5] listing in alphabetical order a "Selection of Outstanding Talk Media Webcasters."

Online

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

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