is a trade industry publication related to talk radio
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in the United States
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. Its slogan is "The Bible of Talk Radio and the New Talk Media". In addition to radio, it covers talk show
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s on broadcast and cable television as well as Internet-only shows and podcasting
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Twice a year, Talkers
publishes rankings of the top-rated radio talk shows
; these rankings are often quoted in newspapers and other publications. Talkers
also publishes a yearly "Heavy Hundred" 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 , listing in alphabetical order a "Selection of Outstanding Talk Media Webcasters."
The magazine was launched in Summer 1990 by current publisher Michael Harrison. It publishes 10 issues per year out of Springfield, Massachusetts
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. The magazine is owned by Talk Media, Inc.
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.