Forum staff reports, Published April 17 2012
Industry magazine names Schultz among 'most important talk radio hosts in America'
Schultz ranked fourth on TALKERS’ “Heavy Hundred” list of the nation’s top 250 radio hosts this year.
The magazine’s editorial board compiles its annual rankings based on a variety of the hosts’ qualities, including: courage, impact, longevity, potential, ratings, revenue talent and uniqueness.
Aside from hosting MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” Schultz broadcasts a syndicated radio show with a weekly audience of more than 3 million listeners, TALKERS said.
“Ed Schultz’s conversion from conservative to progressive through a series of personal experiences is well documented,” the magazine wrote in its summary of Schultz. “Perhaps it is a combination of that transcendence combined with his everyman persona, gruff exterior and dogged pursuit of his ideals that makes him so popular with his audience.”
The top three are Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Michael Savage, all of whom are conservatives and nationally syndicated radio hosts.