Saturday, November 26, 2005

Politically Direct and Ecotalk move up:

Ratings for the week ended 25th November 2005:

  1. Mike Malloy ***** 5 shows a week

  2. Peter Werbe ***** 1 show a week

  3. Laura Flanders ***** 2 shows a week

  4. Ring of Fire (Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Mike Papantonio) ***** 1 show a week

  5. Bernie Ward ***** 4 shows a week

  6. Ray Taliferro ***** 5 shows a week

  7. The Rachel Maddow Show **** 5 shows a week

  8. The Stephanie Miller Show **** 5 shows a week

  9. Politically Direct (David Bender) **** 1 show a week

  10. Ecotalk (Betsy Rosenberg) **** 1 show a week

  11. Radio Inside Scoop (Mark Levine) ***4 shows a week

  12. Mike Webb *** 5 shows a week

  13. John Rothmann *** 2 shows a week

  14. Thom Hartmann *** 5 shows a week

  15. Morning Sedition (Marc Maron, Mark Riley) *** 5 shows a week

  16. The Young Turks (Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz and Jill Pike) ** 5 shows a week

  17. The Randi Rhodes Show ** 5 shows a week

  18. Nate Clay ** 1 show a week

  19. The Majority Report (Janeane Garofalo, Sam Seder) ** 5 shows a week

  20. Revolution in the Air (Lizz Brown) ** 5 shows a week

Unrated this week:

This week, Ring of Fire, with hosts Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Mike Papantonio, jumps to fourth place behind a still climbing Laura Flanders. They also have hit 5 star rating. It would be great that instead of their Saturday show being repeated on Sunday, that they had a second show as they cover interesting topics and they seem to have no shortage of them!

Both Rachel Maddow and Stephanie Miller are climbing and improving their star ratings.

Politically Direct, hosted by David Bender, is improving greatly in the ratings.

There is also a big jump for Ecotalk hosted by Betsy Rosenberg. The new time of the broadcast, 12 noon Eastern Time on Saturdays (GMT 17:00) makes it good early evening listening for us in Finland.

Thom Hartmann is still going down. I found a couple of major Talk Show Hosts agreeing with me that his absolutely stressful schedule of 6 hours a day is now taking its toll on the quality and content of his programs.

Randi Rhodes is still dropping. At this rate, despite her still continued great audience figures, she may drop off my ratings, joining Al Franken and Ed Schultz on the unrated list.

Guy James was again unable to take to the air last Saturday and, therefore, goes unrated.

Thanks for all the great emails about the rating system. I am greatly obliged for the many suggestions. I will reveal the system shortly. I do not as yet want copies of this rating system online, so only when this site is a permanent feature will I reveal the methodology used to come to my ratings.

But remember, these are purely MY ratings, not YOURS. You have every right to your opinions, just as I have the right to mine.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Malloy tops again; Sharp drop -Thom Hartmann:

There have been many sharp changes in this weeks ratings in the Liberal talk Shows.

Ratings for the week ended 18th November 2005:

  1. Mike Malloy ***** 5 shows a week

  2. Peter Werbe ***** 1 show a week

  3. John Rothmann **** 2 shows a week

  4. Laura Flanders ***** 2 shows a week

  5. Ring of Fire (Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Mike Papantonio) **** 1 show a week

  6. The Rachel Maddow Show **** 5 shows a week

  7. Bernie Ward ***** 4 shows a week

  8. The Stephanie Miller Show *** 5 shows a week

  9. Politically Direct *** 1 show a week

  10. Ray Taliferro **** 5 shows a week

  11. Radio Inside Scoop (Mark Levine) **** 4 shows a week

  12. Mike Webb **** 5 shows a week

  13. Thom Hartmann **** 5 shows a week

  14. Morning Sedition (Marc Maron, Mark Riley) **** 5 shows a week

  15. The Randi Rhodes Show *** 5 shows a week

  16. Nate Clay *** 1 show a week

  17. The Majority Report (Janeane Garofalo, Sam Seder) **** 5 shows a week

  18. Revolution in the Air (Lizz Brown) *** 5 shows a week

  19. Ecotalk ** 1 show a week

  20. The Young Turks (Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz and Jill Pike) ** 5 shows a week

Unrated this week:

This week there is a steep drop in the rating of Thom Hartmann. Thom also loses a star.

Thom is getting careless, probably due to overwork and stress. Despite his many commitments to writing and research, he is also trying to keep 6 hours of Talk Radio going on every weekday. This week he allowed a guest to speak absolute and utter rubbish about the situation in Kashmir. If it had not been for a caller, an educated and responsible one from the other side of the spectrum, a total lie would have been let slip by Thom.

That is unforgivable by any Talk Show host.

On Friday he spent two hours on his "scoop" by having his co-author on the show to promote the conspiracy theory about the assassination of John F. Kennedy which is contained in their new 900 page book. Hardly a scoop for an international audience that listens to the show, maybe for the fringe groups whom Thom has continuously stopped expressing their views on his show.

John Rothmann was especially strong this week in his anger about the way the Republicans have been attacking John Murtha, the Democrat who came out strongly and adopted my position of withdrawing the coalition forces from Iraq immediately.

John concentrated on the issues rather than get diverted by side shows as criticizing other people. He gained a star.

Politically Direct had a great show last week and made it into the ratings. The show gained 2 stars. Ecotalk also makes it to the chart this week and also gains a star.

Guy James was unable to take to the air last Saturday and therefore goes unrated.

Randi Rhodes is dropping as she tends to love everyone who appears on her show, despite her stand against them on many issues. She behaves almost like a gutless gushing sycophant in many instances. If she continues in this vein, despite her audience figures, she may drop off the ratings, very much like Al Franken and Ed Schultz.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Mike Malloy Loses Top Spot:

Yesterday, Thursday evening in San Francisco, Friday morning in Oulu, was a unique day in the arena of Talk Radio.

KGO, the station broadcasting from north to south in California, held a special KGO All Stars live debate where both liberal and conservative Talk Show Hosts that appear regularly on KGO went against each other.

KGO All Stars Broadcast 10.11.2005
Participants of the KGO All Stars Broadcast on 10th November 2005

It was one of the finest programmes that I have heard in a long while, full of emotion and issues, egged on by a diverse yet partisan audience, as the hosts tackled local and international issues.

The Liberal Talk Show Hosts, led by an absolutely superb Bernie Ward and emotional Ray Taliaferro, came out completely on top, despite the disingenuous effort by Dr. Bill Wattenburg to deflect the discussions away from the issues by using his standard technique of focusing on the messenger rather than the message. Karel, with his sniping, was not much appreciated but made the best interjection of the evening. When Bernie was talking about torture being illegal in the US and how it was being carried out in the 8 East European countries along with the rendition of prisoners, Karel quipped "That is why we outsource it!"

Dr. Wattenburg's argument about the war was that Kerry spoke and voted for the war, so that meant that Bush was not the one to be judged in carrying out this terrible death and destruction! He even made many ridiculous and false statements, such as that France vetoed the proposed invasion of Iraq! His suggestion for getting an exit strategy was even more outrageous as he said that it would be up to the Opposition to make a suggestion to the pResident as to the exit strategy!

Is the pResident so bankrupt of brainpower and the Republican party in control of both the House and the Senate so stupid that they cannot work out their own exit strategy which is good for America as a country? They are the ones who got America into this mess so they should make the effort to get them out of it. If not, they should hand over power to the Opposition to solve this mess.

In the light of this performance, this week's top rated Talk Show is this one-off KGO All Stars.

From the feedback, which could be heard immediately after the show, when John Rothmann was standing in for Bernie, this event may now become a quarterly or half-yearly event. In this instance, it was held after a period of 4 years.

Mike Malloy holds 2nd spot this week. Peter Werbe holds on to 3rd spot. Even though Thom Hartmann's Friday guest, Independent Congressman Bernie Sanders was exceptionally good this week, and the reports from White House correspondents on Thom's programme were interesting and first hand, Thom has dropped two places behind Peter to 4th.

Now that Bernie Ward is back on the online air, he has moved up sharply to 5th place. Guy James had a time mix up which meant several listeners did not hear his new programme from the new radio station. Guy is introducing a new call-in function. Although I called in, this did not work as yet. Let us hope we can try it out tomorrow night, as this could lead to a sharp improvement in Guy's present rating of 6th.

Ray Taliaferro jumps back up 7th place. Laura Flanders holds 8th place. Mark Levine's interview of Joe Wilson helped him jump to 9th spot. Mike Webb dropped down to 10th.
As can be seen from the above, the battle for each place seems to be really hotting up. This applies for spots from 11th to 20th as well.

Ring of Fire (11th), Morning Sedition (12th) and The Rachel Maddow Show (13th) are standard and good programmes. They out-rate the two popular and lively ladies, Randi Rhodes (14th) and Stephanie Miller (15th). Though good, these shows tend to be superficial and largely egoistic. Nate Clay has moved down to 16th position.

The chopping and changing of hosts in The Majority Report has led to its going down to 17th. There was a short interview of Janeane Garofalo on the Randi Rhodes Show where she did not appear on time and had to leave early. That did not help her own programme rating. Lizz Brown, who is still struggling to get her programme live on-air on the internet, is in 18th place. John Rothmann is now at the 19th spot. He raised some good questions during last week which evoked quite lively listener comment. The unpredictable Young Turks occupy the 20th spot this week.

If you want me to investigate and rate any more shows, please send me complete details for online listening, for my further perusal. Please email the names of the hosts and the times they are available on the internet for me to check them out.

Ratings for the week ended 11th November 2005:

  1. KGO All Stars Show *****

  2. Mike Malloy *****

  3. Peter Werbe *****

  4. Thom Hartmann *****

  5. Bernie Ward *****

  6. Guy James *****

  7. Ray Taliferro ****

  8. Laura Flanders *****

  9. Radio Inside Scoop (Mark Levine) ****

  10. Mike Webb ****

  11. Ring of Fire (Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Mike Papantonio) ****

  12. Morning Sedition (Marc Maron, Mark Riley) ****

  13. The Rachel Maddow Show ****

  14. The Randi Rhodes Show ***

  15. The Stephanie Miller Show ***

  16. Nate Clay ***

  17. The Majority Report (Janeane Garofalo, Sam Seder) ****

  18. Revolution in the Air (Lizz Brown) ***

  19. John Rothmann ***

  20. The Young Turks (Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz and Jill Pike) **

Unrated this week:

Springer on the Radio (Jerry Springer) *
Politically Direct *
Ecotalk *
The Al Franken Show, Al Franken
Ed Schultz

I am sure that all the Talk Show Hosts are now be competing for top spot in what is becoming the best and only independent rating system on the internet for Online Liberal Talk Shows. The methodology which I use will become evident as I write my short analysis of each of these Talk Show Hosts over the next few weeks.

Friday, November 11, 2005

KGO All Stars - Great Show:

(John Rothmann, in the KGO show after the All Star Show, read part of my email to him! He read what I emailed him that this was probably the best 2 hours of radio that I had heard in a long long time.)

This was not Liberal Talk Show, but the major Talk Show Hosts, including some Liberal Talk Show Hosts, who broadcast on KGO, had a real live debate between tonight, called the KGO All Stars Show.

I hope this is archived somewhere.

This show may go right to the top of the ratings for this week.

It was an absolutely great to and fro, moderated by Ed Baxter.

It was indeed an outstanding performance by Bernie Ward, Ray Taliaferro and Karrel on the liberal side. They won every arguement as the right had to resort to diversionary tactics.

This is not to say that the others - Pete Wilson, Gene Burns and Dr. Bill Wattenburg - did not get their say, but those on the right were just without any solid ground to stand on.

The most dangerous Talk Show Host on the Right is Dr. Bill Wattenburg, as he is a brilliant individual who knows how to twist the facts to get his point across - never answering the real questions that are posed to him. This was not much different today.

I do listen to Wattenburg as he "blinds" his audience with "science" to get them into the mindset to twist them around his little finger. He throws in his political philosophy most suttly and his listeners follow like sheep.

Wattenburg is one of the most dangerous men on the radio, substantially more dangerous than the idiotic people as Bill O'Rielly, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, who everyone knows are just straightout liars.

With Bush tanking:

Clear Channel is starting to bet on Liberal Talk Show hosts.

This is their line up at Detroits Progressive Talk radio at am 1310 wdwv

Streaming Shows (Times shown must be EST which is in Detroit, Michigan which is -5 hours to GMT)

5am-6am Rachel Maddow
6am-9am Nancy Skinner AM
9am-12pm Jerry Springer
12pm-3pm Al Franken
3pm-6pm Ed Schultz
11pm-1am Mike Malloy
1am-6am Air America

However, there appears to be a problem with streaming.

I have emailed their streaming software company, Eonstreams, which is based in Knoxville, Tennessee, that their streaming does not work on my computer using the latest Netscape 7.2 and the most up-to-date Mac OS X software.

Doing my own research, after installing a Windows Media Player Plugin, the stream is now working. It is near to hear Nancy on line.

Rachel Maddow, Jerry Springer and Mike Malloy (No. 1) presently feature in my Liberal Talk Show ratings.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Radio and me:

My love of radio started when I was a small boy living in India.

I used to love to listen to cricket broadcasts from around the world, Australia playing England for the Ashes, either in England or Australia, India against the touring English side, which was called the M.C.C, and of course, the performances of the West Indian superstars, especially the three W’s, Walcott, Weekes and Worrell, who later became Sir Clyde Walcott, Sir Everton Weekes and Sir Frank Worrell, as well as the great rivalry between India and Pakistan with such great names as Mushtaq Ahmed, Vijay Hazare, Ghulam Ahmed., rolling off my tongue

Politics never entered the equation of my listening experience.

My listening of cricket was so intense that my late grandfather, K. C. Mammen Mappillai, who laid the foundation of the Malayala Manorama newspaper to become the largest circulating one in India (presently over a million copies daily), encouraged me to write a summary of cricket test matches that I listened to on the radio for printing in the newspaper, when I was less than 10 years old. He even paid me for my efforts.

Seeing my very first article published in the Malayala Manorama, receiving the appreciative comments from my mom and dad, raised me to revere the field of journalism. It was not just reading and listening that drove me on, but the thought that I could use that knowledge gained to communicate to literally thousands of unknown individuals who also wanted to know, fired me beyond my wildest dreams.

After that phase I moved into the more sedate music phase. I listened to American and British pop and jazz music as played by the most popular Radio Station at that time in India, Radio Ceylon, as it was known then. Even the school going was set against the time checks provided by that station.

After the music phase, I entered the BBC Comedy phase where I greatly enjoyed the comedy that was heard over the radio, such as "The Goon Show" with Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe. Also the superb programmes by Gilbert Harding as the "Round Britain Quiz", "The Brains Trust", and "Twenty Questions" attracted me greatly.

All through the early years, the old valve radio set was the main means to receive these Short Wave broadcasts. There were very few programmes on Medium Wave as the Indian Radio network, known as All India Radio, was just getting its legs.

I got my first transistor set when I set off to Delhi University where I was to live in the college hostel. My mom knew I was a radio addict and she knew it would keep me glued to my study table if I had this constant companion. One of the very best presents I ever received.

There, I had to listen through headphones, as it was not allowed to use a radio in our college hostel rooms.

My interest in news got a boost when the Chinese attacked India on October 20, 1962. Many of my friends were glued to my radio set to hear what evil had befallen our troops, especially as we had fathers of many of our college friends in the army. The student in the room very next to mine, had his father, a Brigadier, who was captured by the Chinese.

We listened to news from stations outside of India to get accurate news of what was happening as the Indian News was being filtered. The idea was supposedly not to demoralise the population!

That was my first taste of the censorship practiced by a country at war. I hoped that it would just go away, as I got the feeling that freedom of news and the truth was far more important for a national whose country is at war. Propaganda may sound nice, but when one knows the spin is totally against the grains of truth, then one gets worried as to what else is being spun.

Those days we were able to pick up BBC World Service as well as Voice of America. From these we were able to glean more accurate news than delivered to us by our Indian News Service and even the local newspapers.

I carried the same radio set with me to England in 1963. The same set entered me into a new phase of listening - as the Medium Wave channel in England, quite bankrupt in India, was filled with programs, news, discussions and music.

Late evening was spent listening to Radio Luxembourg, which was the top station for the latest pop music, till pirate radio stations off the coast of England, like Radio Caroline, came on stream. BBC dominated the news scene with a series of stations. I even got used to listening to a couple of series, such as the Archers, although British Comedy still remained my staple diet. All four of us who shared the flat would gather around to listen to some of the great shows of that time, as "Round the Horne" with Kenneth Horne, Hugh Paddick, Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden and Douglas Smith. "Steptoe and Son" with Wilfrid Brambell as Albert Steptoe and Harry H Corbett as Harold Steptoe was also a favourite.

Right through till 1984, this Short Wave and Medium Wave experience was sufficient for my diet.

My wife, Annikki, also became a radio fan as she carried out her housewifely duties and she also tried to listen to very weak signals of the Finnish Broadcasting Station when we were living in India.

When we came to Finland, I bought a second hand radio cum 4” screen black and white television. Besides entering into the world of miniature TV screens, I got interested into the world of FM, as the broadcast was crystal clear. However, this was in the Finnish language, which I did not understand too well in those days, so BBC on Short Wave remained my staple diet.

When travelling to India on vacation, I bought the best digital radio set that was available at that time, from Dubai, which greatly enhanced my Short Wave listening experience.

Digital radio

This digital set replöaced an absolutely superb Russian radio that I had obtained in Finland.

With the advent of a desktop computer in our home for the first time in 2000, the Short Wave radio was replaced by listening to the CDs I could play on this device. Since I was getting live news on the internet through various web pages, my interest in the traditional radio became less and less.

Then came the anger at Bush and his policies in the run up to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. I was desperate to get information and give information about the anger that I felt against the injustices of the Bush regime.

Then, in iTunes, I discovered the world of Internet radio and, which was carrying broadcasts of Liberal Talk Show Hosts, Mike Malloy and Peter Werbe, who were broadcasting on the now defunct Thom Hartmann came onto the scene as he stood in for one of these hosts, and I got hooked on him.

My anger at the US and Americans was dissipated very quickly as I suddenly realised that there was a whole army of people in the US who shared my beliefs. From that time onwards, Liberal Talk Radio from the US became the godsend that I had been looking for.

With the advent of broadband connection and with the Mac computer becoming more universal in the types of programmes it could run, such as RealPlayer and Windows Media Player, other than just iTunes and Quicktime, this has been an exploding experience.

When Peter got fired by ieamericaradio, I must have been the only non-US citizen in a far-way land who wrote a stinger to the radio station!

The closure of was great depressing moment of my life as Mike (and Peter a few weeks ewarlier) had departed from my life. I lobbied Air America to get Mike back on the air.

Then came Guy James, several KGO liberal talk show hosts, Mike Webb and Air America radio into my life - and things have looked bright since.

What you will see written in subsequent blog entries is my post-2000 experience as I discovered several great Liberal Talk Show Hosts.

I also discovered many right wing Talk Show Hosts.

It became easy to distinguish between the two. The right wing hosts focused on very local sources and local issues, which obviously got them huge local audiences, but they missed the global picture.

This took me back to my life in India, where the censorship of issues was being played out, and I could read the distortion from that side of the fence with no problem at all.

It is not to say I did not find a few on the left of the spectrum who also distorted the truth, but these got thrown in the garbage heap very quickly, just as the right wing hosts.

I listen almost constantly, when I am computing, to the Liberal Talk Show hosts. Thanks to the absolutely dedicated service of people like Ben Burch, who archives many Liberal Talk Shows on his site, The White Rose Society, and Shelby LaPre, who runs the stream in iTunes, this has been a point in my life that I could contribute to the debate in my own small way.

I will be telling you some of this in later postings as I continue in my endeavour to rate Liberal Talk Show Hosts for those interested in knowing which shows to listen to on their computers.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Liberal Talk Show Ratings:

There is presently no web site or blog that actually rates Talk Shows based on the overall content, presentation, or any important criteria that listeners would like to know to decide which Talk Show to listen to.

The objective of this site is to rate various Liberal American Talk Shows so that you, as a listener, can decide which Talk Show to listen to.

Presently, I only intend to cover US Liberal Talk Shows in the English Language that can be heard either live, are rebroadcast on the internet or are podcast on the internet. Live and rebroadcasts could be directly from the radio station or rebroadcast by such wonderful sites as Network or archived by the most outstanding site of all The White Rose Society.

Talk Shows from the Right Wing are just a load of bull, regurgitating Talking Points issued by the Republican National Party. The Right Wing Talk Shows may have a huge listener base, but that is purely because of how their shows are marketed by a compliant mass media. I do not subscribe to rating these Talk Shows.

The ratings that I make are completely different from what you get from Arbitron. Arbitron is the only organisation which actually does listener surveys to arrive at ratings of listener habits.

My ratings have nothing to do with listener habits. My ratings are to do wth the shows themselves.

The Talk Show hosts must be truthful. They must be online, either live, rebroadcast or podcast for listening on the internet. The ratings reflect the quality of the host or hosts, the quality of the listeners, the quality of how the host handles his callers, both pro and anti, the competence of the host, the sources that the host uses, the playbacks used, the quality of the music played, and almost everything that makes a Talk Show worth listening to. The passion of the Talk Show host plays only a small small part in arriving at the ratings.

But that is not all that I use to arrive at the ratings. I look at the formats used to relay the show on the internet. If the shows can be heard by all the different computer operating technologies and formats, it certainly helps to push up the ratings (eg. Quicktime, RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, mp3, Mac, Linux, Windows, etc.).

Additionally, I study the web pages of the show, whether there is an active discussion forum, whether the show has an active blog, whether the show or host has a moderated or unmoderated discussion group. Another important aspect is whether the callers are screened or not.

I also evaluate the quality of the technology used for handling callers, especially those from non-US locations. The news that Guy James intends to use Gizmo Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) in this week's show, and if it is successful, would dramtically influence his ratings, already high on the list.

The hours at which shows are braodcast does make quite a marked impact on the ratings. Also, whether the show is once, twice, three or five times a week does make a difference on the ratings, but is not crucial. The reason is that the content becomes quite critical for its usefulness to the listener. To hear stale news on a Talk Show degrades the rating quite markedly. Hence, some Talk Shows, even though only once a week, are truly outstanding to get very high ratings. Peter Werbe and The Guy James Show are examples of this type of once a week show, although their formats are completely different.

It is sometimes sad when top rated shows clash - as is the case on Saturday nights with The Guy James Show clashing with another outstanding show, The Laura Flanders Show.

Many Talk Show hosts tend to concentrate on local issues rather than national or international issues. This also affects the ratings, as local, national and international audiences may have quite different expectations. But then it is up to the Talk Show host to make his subject universally interesting. Mike Webb did an outstanding job when he was covering the 2004 race for the Washington State Governor.

Some Talk Show hosts use guests, some use opponents to debate issues, while some only concentrate on callers. This materially does not matter, except that it must keep my interest, as an international listener. If it does, the rating goes up.

I also watch the callers that call in. If the same callers come on day after day or week after week, this pushes the ratings down considerably.

It can be seen that several callers seem to dominate on all the major Talk Shows, so I cannot penalise the Talk Show because of this. However, if they tend to use the same callers week after week, it really means that their show is not prompting the larger audience to call in.

The ratings may vary quite sharply on a weekly basis as they proceed as there is quite heavy competition between these Talk Show hosts.

I am in quite detailed correspondence with several of them, especially those who like to know why their shows are rated above or below someone else.

Remember, there are two types of ratings which I give - the actual position (1 to 20) in the table as well as the show quality rating based on the 5-star principle.

Most of these Talk Show hosts have been on first name terms with me for many years. That in no way determines the ratings that I give them. They have to fight for their positions in my table as I know that if I do not like their broadcast, they will drop position or get a low star rating, or even go totally off the list.

I am sure that my views are being listened to, as corrective steps are seen to being taken by Radio Stations when they find their ratings drop on my scale.

Your feedback, however, would be most welcome. Also, Talk Show hosts who feel I could also include them in my study should contact me.

Here were my ratings for the week ending 4th November 2005.

1. Mike Malloy *****
2. Thom Hartmann *****
3. Peter Werbe *****
4. Guy James *****
5. Laura Flanders *****
6. Ring of Fire (Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Mike Papantonio) *****
7. Morning Sedition (Marc Maron, Mark Riley) ****
8. The Rachel Maddow Show ****
9. Mike Webb ***
10. The Randi Rhodes Show ***
11. The Stephanie Miller Show ***
12. Nate Clay ***
13. The Majority Report (Janeane Garofalo, Sam Seder) ****
14. The Young Turks (Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz and Jill Pike) **
15. Springer on the Radio (Jerry Springer) *
16. Revolution in the Air (Lizz Brown) ***
17. Radio Inside Scoop (Mark Levine) ****
18. Bernie Ward *****
19. Ray Taliferro ****
20. John Rothmann ***

The Bernie Ward, Ray Taliaferro and John Rothmann streams were now off the internet when these ratings were done. Possibly, because of my ratings, KGO has rapidly got them back on stream on the internet. Their station, KGO, had not replied to my several emails. Hence they are at the bottom of my top 20 ratings, but their value is much much greater than that. Next week will show them in the correct spots.

Also, Mark Levine moved his time slot so as to make him drop low, as I am a listener who rates shows only on the live content. I do listen to Mark who is archived at White Rose Society. Similarly Lizz Brown is not live, despite my many emails to her station, but she too is archived on White Rose Society.

KGO has removed Bernie from the White Rose Society archives, which could impact the ratings considerably, as Bernie has a competitor in Mike Webb from Seattle, Washington, who is also exceptionally good.

Politically Direct and Ecotalk are not included in the above list, but whenever I have had a chance to listen to them, they have been very good programmes.

Tony Trupiano was high on the list but because of his decision to go active in politics, his show is now off the air and my list.

Probably the worst programme on air today is The Al Franken Show, Al Franken, as he is a egoistic comedy routine. I find it difficult to understand how he is kept on Prime Time and that he is given so many repeat slots!!

But then, as he is hopefully planning his Senate run, he could be quietly moved off off the air without losing his support, which I do understand Air America Radio depends on for political expediency. After his co-host has gone his show has gone from worst (unrated) to even more worst (totally ignored).

I also find it difficult to listen for any length of time to the otherwise top-rated Liberal Talk Show host, Ed Schultz, so he is not presently on my list.

I hope you enjoy my efforts, and do Comment on the page if you want to tell me something specific.