Mike Francesa Named Most Influential Sports Talker

For several years, Talkers magazine has compiled the “Heavy Hundred” talk radio hosts. With sports such a huge radio genre, the magazine is unveiling its first list of 100 Most Important Sports Talk Hosts in America.

Numerous New York personalities dot the survey. But you can start right at the top, as Mike Francesa(left) is selected as the best. The WFAN afternoon host has been in the driver’s seat alone since 2008 when Chris Russo (a.k.a. Mad Dog) bolted for SiriusXM.

Russo failed to get the same support from Talkers, landing at number 39. He was surpassed by WFAN’s morning team Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, in the high rent district of number 4.

Other WFAN hosts on the inaugural list include: Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts at 42, and original host Steve Somers at 56.

Several personalities from ESPN New York 98.7 are also part of the Talkers list.

Although heard nationally and based in Bristol, Connecticut, Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic are the WEPN morning show who go against Boomer and Carton. Mike and Mike grabbed sixth place. It’s a huge tumble to the next ESPN NY entry with Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco ranked 57.

While Francesa was atop the list, his WEPN afternoon counterpart Michael Kay settles for number 78.

Talkers declares on its Website, “ratings and revenue are two of the major factors” in determining the Top 100.