Mike Gallagher Biography
Mike Gallagher is an American radio host and conservative political commentator. He is the host of The Mike Gallagher Show, a nationally syndicated radio program that airs throughout the United States on Salem Radio Network and is also a FOX News Channel Contributor and guest host. According to Talkers magazine, Gallagher is the ninth most-listened-to radio talk show host in the United States.
He started his radio career by reaching the position of station manager at South Carolina’s WFBC-AM. He made his writing debut with the 2006 book Surrounded by Idiots: Fighting Liberal Lunacy in America. He featured John McCain on his radio show, while he was running for president in 2008.
Mike Gallagher Age
Mike was born on April 7, 1960, in Dayton, Ohio, United States. He is 59 years old as of 2019.
Mike Gallagher Net Worth
Gallagher, through his radio hosting work and conservative political commentator, has an estimated net worth of $3 Million.
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As a 17-year-old high school senior in Dayton, Ohio, Gallagher talked his way into an on-air shift at WAVI-AM. From there he joined WFBC-AM in Greenville, South Carolina, eventually becoming station manager. He then became an on-air host in Albany, New York, on WGY-AM. Gallagher went on to New York City, where he spent two years as morning drive host on WABC-AM.
In 1998, The Mike Gallagher Show was launched nationally with 12 radio stations. As of early 2011, he was the sixth most listened-to talk radio host in America with over four million weekly listeners. He is heard daily in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Detroit, Atlanta, and Philadelphia as well as in small, medium and major markets all over the country. According to the Benchmark Company, he is the 8th most-recognized talk radio personality in America.
Gallagher’s show hosts many high-profile politicians as guests, including former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former US President George W. Bush, Speaker of the House John Boehner, Republican presidential candidate John McCain during his 2008 electoral run, Vice President Dick Cheney while in office, and then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Then in 2012 Gallagher served as the moderator of a “virtual” online debate between presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, pre-taped on October 12, 2012, and broadcast on the Internet after the third 2012 Presidential debate.
Mike Gallagher Author
In the summer of 2005, he authored a book he named Surrounded by Idiots: Fighting Liberal Lunacy in America (2005, William Morrow; which became a New York Times bestseller. The Times reviewed the book writing, “You might disagree with the man’s politics, but dang, you gotta love a guy who slaughters a steer live on the radio just to annoy the ideologues at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, then gives the meat to the poor.”
On his radio show, he announced he was writing a book called 50 Things Liberals Love to Hate which was released August 28, 2012. The book was reviewed by former Speaker Newt Gingrich, who said of the book that it, “is smart, funny, and uses satire and wit to take apart the left. If Jon Stewart had writers who were conservative, they’d write a book like this.” On September 10, 2012, Gallagher gave a reading of his new book at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library.
Mike Gallagher Controversy
In December 2006 Gallagher made a controversial comment on Fox News, in response to a discussion of whether film actors and television personalities should be held to account for public statements they make against the government in a time of war, specifically Joy Behar’s comparison of then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to Adolf Hitler. Gallagher stated that they should round up all of these folks. Roundup, Joy Behar. Round up Matt Damon, who last night on MSNBC attacked George Bush and Dick Cheney. Roundup, Olbermann. Take the whole bunch of them and put them in a detention camp until this war is over because they’re a bunch of traitors.”
Gallagher has come under fire of accusations of racism and Islamophobia after stating that airports ought to have a “Muslims Only” line in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, saying “It’s time to have a Muslims check-point line in America’s airports and have Muslims be scrutinized. You better believe it, it’s time.”
Mike Gallagher Philanthropy
On May 8, 2006, he used his show to raise money for the creation of homes in poverty-stricken areas of Jamaica in conjunction with Food for the Poor, during a live broadcast in the Jamaican national capital. Gallagher is also the namesake of his main charity, Gallagher’s Army: The Mike Gallagher Show Charitable Foundation, which he founded in 2005 after he began asking his listeners and others to support the families of American military families. In 2008 Gallagher expanded his efforts by founding the Gallagher’s Army: Fallen Officer Fund, which gathers funds from his listeners and others to support the families of police officers who have fallen in the line of duty.
Gallagher has made his views on the protesting of American war dead upon their return from theatres of war, using his air time to try and prevent such protests from taking place. On October 6, 2006, he convinced the controversial Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church to appear on air with an hour of air time in exchange for not picketing a funeral for victims from the West Nickel Mines School shooting near Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. Initially, Gallagher offered the organization money not to picket the funeral. With this gesture being accused of being blood money, the syndicated radio host gave the church an hour to appear on air.
Following plans by the Westboro Baptist Church to protest funerals of victims of the Virginia Tech massacre, Gallagher offered the group three hours of airtime in exchange for an agreement not to protest these funerals. The WBC was the in-studio guests of Gallagher’s program for its entirety on April 24, 2007. He has made a similar agreement with Westboro concerning possible protests at the funerals of those killed in Tucson, Arizona on January 8, 2011.
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