by Rachael Woodhouse
Continuing its ascent as America’s premiere independent talk radio network, Genesis Communications has placed three programs in the TALKERS magazine “Heavy Hundred” annual ranking.
This is no small feat. In an industry dominated by well-established heavyweights like Rush Limbaugh, and networks that specialize in more mainstream programming, the power of GCN’s programming cannot be denied.
In a sense, Genesis Communications is “the little engine that could.” While most self-made entrepreneurs would have been satisfied with having established one successful business, Midas Resources CEO Ted Anderson had another dream. Ted’s second brainchild, GCN, was established in 1997 by bringing on a handful of shows including the still-popular stalwarts The Power Hour and The Alex Jones Show.
In the decade since 9/11, Americans are no longer satisfied with spoon-fed propaganda masquerading as soft news, and the popularity of truth-seekers such as Alex Jones and Joyce Riley is proof of that.
There is a growing demand for truly independent programming that uncovers the truth about government and corporate abuses of power, and GCN is committed to giving airtime to the new school of talk radio hosts, independent journalists, and vigilant bloggers who are determined to uncover the truth and reveal it to the American people.
And now, the drum roll…
Jackhammering his way onto the TALKERS “Heavy Hundred” list at #98 is GCN’s top-rated program The Alex Jones Show. In 2010, Alex was named in TALKERS’ “Frontier 50”, a list reserved for up-and-coming talk media webcasters. Alex Jones’ debut on the “Heavy Hundred” list in a mainstream industry publication may come as a shock to some, but not to Alex’s millions of followers. This important recognition shows that truly independent journalism can no longer be dismissed.
Making the “Heavy Hundred” for the third year in a row is Free Talk Live, hosted by Ian Freeman and Mark Edge. Currently nearing the 100-affiliate mark with GCN, Free Talk Live is a paradigm-shattering libertarian program that is 100% caller-driven. Free Talk Live comes in at #79 for 2011, up from #84 in 2010 and #98 in 2009.
And finally, coming in at #14 on the list is a popular, mainstream heritage talk host that just began partnering with GCN for syndication this year, Doug Stephan. Doug is the host of Talk Radio Countdown and Good Day. In just the first few months with GCN, we’ve brought Good Day to three new markets: Newark, New York; Paducah, Kentucky; and Florence, South Carolina.
But wait – there’s more…
TALKERS also publishes an unranked #101 – 250 every year. In the “General Issues/Politics” category, America Tonight with Kate Delaney made the list, and in “Health Talk” (an exclusive list of only five picks), The Robert Scott Bell Show received recognition. In “Pop Culture Talk”, The John & Jeff Show made the cut.
According to TALKERS, selecting the hosts who make the cut “is one of the most challenging tasks that TALKERS undertakes each year, considering that there are thousands of talk show hosts across the country, ranging from national icons to those laboring in relative obscurity.”
“Aside from the hosts whose sheer numbers and fame demand their inclusion on this list, the selection process is subjective, with the goal being to create a list reflective of the industry’s diversity and total flavor as well as giving credit where credit is due.”
At GCN, we couldn’t agree more that credit is due to our innovative, engaging, passionate talk hosts. We extend our sincere congratulations and gratitude to not only our hosts who earned their well-deserved recognition in TALKERS, but to all our talkers who make it their mission to deliver high-quality information and entertainment each and every week.
Contact: Rachael Woodhouse
News & Public Relations
Phone: 877-996-4327 ext. 151