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Posted: October 15, 2018

Winner: Best news talk radio personality in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Rashad Richey of News & Talk 1380 WAOK was one of several nominees in the best news talk radio show host in Atlanta poll.

By Kyle Nazario

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When it comes to news talk radio, AJC readers don’t mess around. Y’all made your voices heard, loud and clear.

When we asked you last week to vote for your favorite news talk radio host, you all delivered.

»RELATED: This is the best sports talk radio host in Atlanta, per an AJC poll

The winner is…

Rashad Richey of News & Talk 1380 WAOK swept the poll with 44 percent of the final vote. Thank you to every fan who wrote in to make sure he was included. Richey spoke to the AJC this September for an interview covering his new podcast, politics and his background as a professor and writer.

“My days are packed but I thoroughly enjoy being a broadcaster, writer and professor in equal parts,” he told the AJC. 

Second place with 27 percent was Shannon Burke of The New Talk 106.7. Burke also did well on a poll last year asking readers for their favorite radio personality. Burke locked down a three-year-contract last year after his show became a hit with Atlanta-area listeners.

Eric Von Haessler of WSB Radio 95.5 came in third. Von Haessler, who took Herman Cain’s old spot, joined WSB in 2015 with a weekly Sunday show.

Other radio hosts in the poll were Kim Peterson of News Radio 106.7, Mark Arum of WSB Radio 95.5, Erick Erickson of WSB Radio 95.5, Derrick Boazman of News Talk 1380 WAOK, Scott Slade of WSB Radio 95.5, Lois Reitzes of WABE 90.1, Leah Fleming of GBP 88.5, Jim Burress of WABE 90.1 and Dana Barrett of WGST 640 AM.

To see what else readers like hearing on the radio, check out our poll of their favorite urban radio show and our interviews with personalities including Dana Barrett and Rickey Smiley.

Disclosure: The AJC is a part of Cox Media Group, which also owns WSB.

Read about our other Best of Atlanta winners and nominees here.


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