Boy, You Folks Sure Talk a Lot

But None of You Beat Horizon's Brad Adgate

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- With a new set of criteria working in his favor, Brad Adgate, senior VP-director of research at Horizon Media, topped Ad Age's annual MediaTalk survey with a weighted total of 16.1 million media impressions.
Top Talker: Brad Adgate
Top Talker: Brad Adgate

Prepared for Ad Age by Delahaye Medialink Research, Norwalk, Conn., MediaTalk ranks leading media players' mentions in a number of media outlets in the year leading up to the Media Mavens Special Report. Previously ranked by a tally of all mentions in media outlets, the survey's new criteria places more weight on the prestige of the publication and its placement of the advertiser. Also new this year, Delahaye factored in online outlets to the totals.

Mr. Adgate kept his visibility high this year by providing insight on reality TV and other programming to the prestigious likes of The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and even Advertising Age on multiple occasions. The inclusion of digital formats in the Nielsen ratings in June also made Mr. Adgate a very busy talking head for business media.

Last year's go-to gabber -- Stacey Lynn Koerner, president-consumer experience practice at Interpublic Media -- drops four slots to No. 5 this year, presumably because fictional TV was a lot less newsworthy than non-fiction this year.

Elsewhere on the list, Steve Sternberg, exec VP-director for audience analysis at Interpublic Group of Cos., holds tight at No. 2, while Bill Cella, chairman-CEO of Interpublic's Magna Global, moves up a whopping 15 spots from his 2005 position to No. 3.

Lower in the chart, a trio of female execs make debut appearances in the top 25: Mary Gerzema, president of Universal McCann's U.S. operations; Wendy Marquardt, chief operating officer, ZenithOptimedia USA; and Peggy Green, president-broadcast and entertainment for Zenith Media Services. Harry Keeshan at PHD seems to have benefited the most from the new online-mention criteria, entering the chart this year at No. 24.

The Top 25 Media Mavens, By Impression, 2006
  1. Brad Adgate, Horizon Media, 16.1 million
  2. Steve Sternberg, Magna Global, 10.9 million
  3. Bill Cella, Magna Global, 7.5 million
  4. Stacey Lynn Koerner, Interpublic Media, 7.3 million
  5. Laura Caraccioli-Davis, Starcom, 6.2 million
  6. Andy Donchin, Carat North America, 5.6 million
  7. Sam Armando, Starcom, 5.4 million
  8. Renetta McCann, Starcom MediaVest Group, 4 million
  9. Tim Hanlon, Denuo Ventures, 3.7 million
  10. Tim Jones, ZenithOptimedia Group, 3.3 million
  11. John Rash, Campbell-Mithun, 3 million
  12. Mark Rosenthal, Interpublic Media, 3 million
  13. Jon Mandel, MediaCom, 2.5 million
  14. Bob Coen, Universal McCann, 2.43 million
  15. Tim Spengler, Initiative Media, 2.4 million
  16. John Muszynski, Starcom, 2.1 million
  17. Jean Pool, Universal McCann, 1.8 million
  18. David Cohen, Universal McCann, 1.55 million
  19. Shari Anne Brill, Carat, 1.5 million
  20. Jason Maltby, MindShare, 1.4 million
  21. David Verklin, Carat, 1.3 million
  22. Peggy Green, ZenithOptimedia, 1.2 million
  23. Wendy Marquardt, ZenithOptimedia, 1.18 million
  24. Harry Keeshan, PHD, 1.17 million
  25. Mary Gerzema, Universal McCann, 1.1 million
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