In the past decade and a half, online radio broadcasting has helped create new talk radio superstars. We thought it would be interesting to examine the current internet talk radio landscape and come up with a list of the Top Five Online Talk Radio Personalities, but with one caveat. We are excluding talk radio hosts who had already made a large name for themselves through terrestrial radio. This list is more a representation of internet radio show hosts who have gained fame and large audiences primarily through their online radio presence.
Laura Ingraham, Politico Turned Radio Maven
A former speechwriter for the Ronald Reagan administration, Laura Ingraham is a conservative political commentator that started “The Laura Ingraham Show” in 2001. The program is broadcast from Washington DC and focuses on politics, media bias and popular culture. Ingraham has gained a massive following in the past decade and is considered by many to be the second most influential online radio personality. Only Rush Limbaugh commands a bigger internet radio audience.
For your daily dose of political and popular culture analysis on Talktainment Radio, check out “Conversate In The AM” with host Khari Enaharo.
Tammy Bruce, From Activist to Leader in Online Radio
Tammy Bruce first made a name for herself in the 1980s and 1990s as a high-profile pro-choice activist in Los Angeles and she also worked on many Presidential campaigns throughout those years. “The Tammy Bruce Show” is the fifth-most listened to online radio program and focuses on politics and current issues. Bruce’s website describes her as “a gay, pro-choice, gun owning, pro-death penalty, Independent Tea Party Conservative.”
If you share the passion Bruce displays over social injustice issues, you will want to listen to “The Compensatory Concept” hosted by Neely Fuller on Talktainment Radio.
Alex Jones, Public Enemy #1 or Freedom Fighter?
Based out of Austin, Texas, Alex Jones gained notoriety during the early 2000s for views on conspiracy theories, especially in light of the terrorist events on Sept. 11, 2001. “The Alex Jones Show” consists of interviews and discussions on topics ranging from politics, war, liberty, health and constitutional law. Jones often conducts interviews via Skype and his show has come under fire from time to time for being viewed as “anti-government”.
If you agree with the concerns Jones has for private citizens in America, then you should listen to “Fight Back!” hosted by Bob Fitrakis on Talktainment Radio.
Rusty Humphries, Singer-Songwriter with Unique Style
Rusty is not quite a shock jock, as some stunts in his days as a terrestrial radio on-air personality would have you believe, but more a satirical songwriter and political commentator. Humphries bounced around many terrestrial stations before accelerating his career via online radio with his show “The Rusty Humphries Show“. Humphries’ most notable work as a songwriter is his album “Bomb Iraq – Rusty Humphries Takes on the Terrorists”, and he is known for his considerable charitable work with the US Armed Forces.
If you enjoy a side of comedy with your talk radio experience, be sure to check out “Nut Up or Shut Up” on Talktainment Radio, hosted by Chip Smith, Camilo Colotto and Calvin Harper.
Kim Komando, The Authority on Personal Technology
A former salesperson for IBM and AT&T, Kim Komando started her own online radio station in the 1990s and her program content on “The Kim Komando Show” has always focused on technology, personal computers, the internet and gadgets. Komando broadcasts from Phoenix, Arizona and she often refers to herself as “America’s Digital Goddess.” A large portion of the show features call-ins from listeners seeking advice on consumer electronics.
If you are a fan of Kim Komando, you should definitely check out “Digital 411” on Talktainment Radio, hosted by Dr. Erika Pryor.
Kim Komando wraps up our completely unofficial list of the Top Five Internet Talk Radio Personalities. Tell us what you think in the comments below. Is there an online talk radio show host that deserves to be on this list? Who knows, maybe one of the show hosts from Talktainment Radio will be the next big personality in internet radio!