If you want to say:

He works for a radio station that is the most popular in his country

Popular here does not necessarily mean "well-liked", but rather that it has the highest listenership numbers.

How can you convey this message succinctly, without using the word popular?

  • You can rephrase the sentence and remove the relative clause entirely. "He works for the most listened to radio station in his country". (I copy Wikipedia style. – user178049 Apr 19 '17 at 13:19

He works for the highest-rated radio station in his country.

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  • That can also be interpreted as the radio station that has the highest user-ratings (reviews). – zerohedge Apr 19 '17 at 13:41
  • @zerohedge Well, I suppose it can, but if you google the quoted phrase "highest rated radio station" together with the word "Arbitron" you will find more than 4,000 hits using the phrase as I meant it. I could find no use of the phrase with the meaning you suggest. One might also substitute, "most listened to", I suppose, but in the context of radio and TV, the word, "ratings" is well understood to mean quantity of ears and eyes. – Tupelo Thistlehead Apr 20 '17 at 18:58
  • Another data point: The search, "highest rated" site:talkers.com, which confines the query to a trade journal on talk radio yields about a 1000 hits. – Tupelo Thistlehead Apr 20 '17 at 19:09

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