16. Ebro Darden and Thea Mitchem (Tie)
The Gig: Program Director at Hot 97, VP Programming of Clear Channel (NYC)
He programs what's played on New York's flagship hip-hop station. She oversees programming for Clear Channel New York's 5 stations (Z100, Power 105.1, KTU, Lite FM and Q104). Ebro is the longstanding veteran with over 20 years under his belt. Mitchum is the fresh-faced challenger. Darden runs the Emmis Communication station which features The Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg Show with Kay Foxx, Throwbacks at Noon with Mister Cee, The Angie Martinez and The Funk Master Flex Shows. Mitchum is armed with the relatively new and highly successful Breakfast Club morning show hosted by DJ Envy, Charlemagne tha God and Angela Yee. Competitors in the country's number one urban market, both Darden and Mitchum have made their indelible marks in rap, and continue to. It's anyone's guess as to who'll win the fierce battle for the number one spot in the long run, win or lose, these two formidable combatants are still in command of the biggest battlefield in today's most competitive radio landscape.