Hosting Recommendation for Popular News/Commentary Site

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Looking for advice on an appropriate host (preferably reseller since my network has a few domains, but it’s not mandatory) for a popular news and commentary site run entirely on WordPress. It features mostly text articles and some image galleries – all videos are posted as embedded streams.

My Needs:

*I do about 100GB of bandwidth per month.
*Wordpress site does about 5-10K unique visits per day. As it is entertainment news-related and very Google News-friendly, however, it will have spurts of enormous traffic. I had about 2000 real-time users when ranking first for “Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball.” When the entire cast of Scandal Tweeted me out, I had about 1200 real-time users. These rushes will happen from time to time.
*Performance/speed is key. I deal with a lot of high-level entertainment companies/celebrities and am also very Google-driven, so I can’t afford anything that compromises performance.
*No overselling, shoutcast, p0rn, filesharing, etc on the server. I find that this kind of stuff slows servers down, invites malicious activity including DDos attacks and damages brand credibility. I’m looking for people who primarily host CONTENT providers.
*Some burst/wiggle room during those moments of high traffic (which is what makes me nervous about VPS).
*24/7 support via chat or phone. I can’t stand the lack of accountability in ticket systems.

What kinds of hosting is good (and please recommend any specific hosts)? Is VPS actually an option? What should I be looking for price/feature wise?

Note that I used to go Dedicated, but I have found reputable shared providers to be better as far as optimization, management, etc. I also am no longer in the same commercial position I was (I’m 100% ad dependent, and where I used to make a killing off pop-ups, that channel doesn’t really exist anymore)

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