HOWARD STERN IS THE MOST POPULAR TALK RADIO PERSONALITY WITH WEB USERS FOR THE FOURTH STRAIGHT YEAR
THE LYCOS 50&trade Presents its Fourth Annual List of the Top 20 Most Popular Talk Radio Hosts
Michael Savage sees Largest Bump in Search Activity; Bob & Tom, Al Franken, Tom Leykis, Glen Beck and Lionel all Make List for First Time Ever; Don Imus, Don and Mike, Laura Ingraham, Click and Clack all Drop off
WALTHAM, Mass.- August 5, 2004 - Terra Lycos (NASDAQ: TRLY), the global Internet group, today announced its fourth annual list of the most popular radio talk show hosts with Web users based on The Lycos 50TM http://50.lycos.com). The Lycos 50 is a weekly list of the most popular people, places and things users are searching for online.
The Top 20 Most-Searched Talk Radio Personalities, Reflecting Search Activity from January 1 through July 31, 2004 are (numbers in parentheses reflect rank last year):
Howard Stern continues his reign as "King of all Media" online, according to Web users. Last year, Stern generated nearly five times as much search activity as any other talk radio personality or team of radio hosts. This year, due in part to Stern's continued battle with the FCC and President George W. Bush, Stern now generates seven times more search activity than any other talk radio personality on this year's list.
"Stern's searches have been consistent all year, but after his press conference vowing to fight the FCC, creating a 'radio jihad' with Clear Channel, and announcing he is not off to satellite radio just yet, his online popularity has doubled over last year," said Dean Tsouvalas, writer of The Lycos 50.
Searches for conservative talk radio host Michael Savage outpaced all other rivals, with search activity growing more than 900 percent over 2003, when Savage didn't even come close to making the top 20. "Savage searches surged over the past few months, specifically after he allowed the beheading videos of Nick Berg and Paul Johnson to be shown on his Web site, fueling pro-war sentiment with his listeners," Tsouvalas said. Meanwhile, Sean Hannity experienced the biggest gain in online popularity over last year, jumping from number 13 in 2003, to number five this year.
"Ironically, although they've been off the air for more than a year, searches for Opie and Anthony also spiked 250 percent this year," Tsouvalas said. Fans of Opie and Anthony maintain a huge online presence speculating a return of the duo. "Opie and Anthony recently went public for the first time in over a year, discussing a comeback on satellite radio when their WNEW-FM contract officially expires in October," Tsouvalas added.
Although they've been on the air for more than 20 years, some of the new names making this year's list include Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold of the Bob & Tom Show. Also making the list for the first time ever are Tom Leykis and Al Franken. "We predicted Leykis would be 'one to watch' last summer after the controversial Los Angeles -based radio host made a big deal out of revealing the name of Kobe Bryant's accuser on his show, causing Web users to search frantically for Leykis," Tsouvalas said. Another surprising newcomer to this year's list is Lionel, who spent years in local talk radio in New York and short stints on cable television, and has hosted his own nationally-syndicated radio since 2000.
Although Bill O'Reilly, Dr. Laura, Larry King, Clark Howard and Paul Harvey all made this year's list, search activity for each is down over last year. O'Reilly generated 20 percent less searches in 2004; Dr. Laura dipped by 14 percent; Larry King dropped by 28 percent; Clark Howard dropped 30 percent; and Paul Harvey generated 50 percent less searches than last year.
Dropping out of the top 20 this year are Don Imus, Click and Clack, Laura Ingraham, Don and Mike, Neal Boortz and Dr. Drew and Adam Corolla, whose search activity all dipped dramatically over the past year.
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