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Talk Radio Ranks the Top Stories of 2016

January 10, 2017 - 8:30am

Talkers magazine, well regarded in the talk radio community, has looked at the top stories and people of the last year and, not surprisingly, the presidential race overshadowed everything else. 

Recently, Talkers released its annual lists of the top 15 news stories and top 15 people of the year.

The lists raised some eyebrows in the Sunshine State as not everyone in the news radio business in Florida agreed with the rankings. 

John Harper, the general manager for WMEL talk radio on the Space Coast said the list missed a major story here in the Sunshine State.  

“One of the top stories that wasn’t on the list that you have to include is the Orlando Pulse night club shooting last June where 49 people lost their lives," Harper told Sunshine State News. Harper noted this was not only a big story in Florida but also had a national impact. 

Wayne Dillon, who helps lead Planet Vero, a media company that contracts with I Heart Radio on WAXE Talk Radio on the Treasure Coast, also had an issue with the list of top stories. 

“The list is good but I do believe the Clinton Foundation scandal stands on its own and should be near the top of the list in terms of most disturbing developments of 2016,” Dillon told Sunshine State News. 
Dillon noted one of the most important, yet underreported, stories in Florida over the past year was Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes and the mishandling of over  160,000 votes in Broward County. 

“This reeked of partisan politics and cronyism at best,” Dillon said. “At worst, the credibility of the Broward vote could have been compromised.”     

The survey was conducted of the biggest issues on stories across the nation but also in top markets in Florida.



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