They say that nobody's listening. But apparently, they are.
According to Talker's Magazine, the nation's most successful progressive talk show radio host, Ed Schultz, is now tied in the number of radio listeners to conservative radio personality Bill O'Reilly. A new survey listed Schultz's weekly audience at 3.25 million weekly listeners, the same number of listeners enjoyed by O'Reilly, host of the Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor.
Schultz and O'Reilly, along with radio hosts Jim Bohannon, Clark Howard and Doug Stephan, share the number seven slot. The same survey in 2006 pegged the Fargo talker's unique weekly listeners at 2.25 million, sharing the number 10 slot among radio hosts nationwide. The audience size bests a few other notable personalities, including George Noory, sports talker Jim Rome and loudmouth shock jock plagiarist Mancow Muller.
Limbaugh, who had 14.5 million weekly listeners in 2005, has not recovered from his loss of audience reported in the 2006 survey. His audience has been holding steady at 13.5 million listeners since that report.
"To hear some Democrats tell it, the GOP should be afraid," Newsweek's Jonathan Darman penned in a 2005 profile on the Fargo, North Dakota-based Schultz. "Schultz is coming after them and doing it on their own turf, smack dead in the middle of Red State America."
A little further down, in the #11 slot, are the likes of Alan Colmes, Thom Hartmann, Lionel, Stephanie Miller and Randi Rhodes.