Lycos Presents its 5th Annual List of the Top 20 Most Popular Talk Radio Hosts, Based on Web Search Activity

Laura Ingraham, Biggest Jump in Search Activity; Mancow, Biggest Drop Kim Komando, David Lee Roth Make First-Ever Appearances on List; Al Franken Falls

WALTHAM, Mass.- Nov. 10, 2005 - Lycos, Inc. (, a media destination for creators and consumers of quality content, today announced its fifth annual list of the most popular talk radio personalities with Web users based on The Lycos 50TM( The Lycos 50 is a weekly list of the most popular people, places and things web users search for everyday.

Howard Stern continues his reign as "King of all Media" online for the fifth consecutive year, generating eight times more search activity than any other talk radio personality or team of radio hosts. Searches for Sirius Satellite Radio are also up 1,300 percent due to Stern's scheduled exit from traditional radio at the end of this year. Of total Stern search activity, 50 percent of online interest specifies Sirius Satellite.

"Based on the fact that half of Stern's searches specify Sirius, it's easy to predict that half of Stern's present terrestrial radio audience will follow him to satellite," said Dean Tsouvalas, writer of The Lycos 50. "Over the past year, Stern's popularity with web users has tripled, and if web search activity is any indication, David Lee Roth will pull in bigger audience numbers than Adam Corolla once Stern departs. But right now, Stern is 63 times more popular online than Roth, and Corolla's search activity doesn't even register a blip on the radar with web users."

Another big winner with web users this year is Laura Ingraham, seeing a 2,050 percent rise in search activity, up from number 28 last year. Kim Komando makes her first-ever appearance on this year's list, with a 500 percent bump in online interest.

While Sean Hannity experienced the biggest gain in online popularity last year, he slips 44 percent this year, falling from number five to number 11. But Mancow is the biggest loser this year, with a 109 percent drop in search interest, falling from number nine to number 19 in search activity.

Of the three newcomers to last year's list, only Tom Leykis remains, as Al Franken and Lionel drop off the list completely. Search activity for Franken dropped 95 percent over the past year.

The Top 20 Most-Searched Talk Radio Personalities of 2005 (numbers in parentheses reflect last year's rank):
1) Howard Stern (1) 11) Sean Hannity (5)
2) Rush Limbaugh (2) 12) Janeane Garofalo (-)
3) Tom Joyner (7) 13) Laura Ingraham (28)
4) Bob & Tom (3) 14) David Lee Roth (-)
5) Michael Savage (6) 15) Don & Mike (-)
6) Dr. Laura (8) 16) Paul Harvey (11)
7) Art Bell (4) 17) Tom Leykis (12)
8) Bill O'Reilly (13) 18) Kim Komando (-)
9) Laryy King (14) 19) Mancow (9)
10)Opie & Anthony (16) 20) Tavis Smiley (29)

About Lycos, Inc.

Lycos is one of the original and most widely known Internet brands in the world, evolving from one of the first search engines on the web, into a comprehensive network of social media web sites that foster online communities.

Lycos has been a pioneer in intelligent spidering search technology, combining its proprietary technology with other best in class search services to provide a powerful and relevant search experience for its users.

Times change, and Lycos has changed with them, evolving into digital media power house with two major divisions

Lycos, is a network of easy to use community and social sites. Lycos's award-winning products and services include tools for blogging, web publishing and hosting, online games, e-mail, and search. The Lycos Network of sites and services include, Tripod, Angelfire, HotBot, Gamesville, WhoWhere, and Lycos Mail. Integrated, these sites help in bringing people together to interact, conduct commerce, have fun, and experience the best the Internet has to offer, is in our DNA. We offer 40 Local Sites in 120 Languages with a community spanning across 177 Countries. Lycos consistently averages 12 - 15 million monthly unique visitors in the U.S.

Lycos employs over 500 people working out of 24 offices worldwide, including the US, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Sweden, Serbia, Israel, China, Thailand, Panama, India, Emirates, Russia and Australia, and with representatives or partners in Spain, South Africa, and The Netherlands.

Media Contact

US PR Department

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" - that is, statements related to future, not past, events. In this context, forward-looking statements often address our expected future business and financial performance, and often contain words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "should" or "will." Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain. For us, uncertainties arise from the behavior of financial and digital marketing industry, and fluctuations in exchange rates; from future integration of businesses; and from numerous other matters of national, regional and global scale, including those of a political, economic, business, competitive or regulatory nature. These uncertainties may cause our actual future results to be materially different from those expressed in our forward-looking statements. We do not undertake to update our forward-looking statements.

Date: 2005-11-10