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Sean Hannity

Sean Hannity at King of Prussia Mall (2004)
Born December 30, 1961 (1961-12-30) (age 48)
New York City, New York
United States
Nationality American
Education Attended New York University
Attended Adelphi University
Occupation Radio host/television host, political commentator, author
Employer Citadel Broadcasting, Fox News Channel
Known for Political commentary
Political party Conservative Party of New York
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Jill Rhodes Hannity
Parents Hugh J. and Lillian F. Hannity

Sean Hannity (born December 30, 1961) is an American radio and television host, author, and political commentator. He is the host of The Sean Hannity Show, a nationally-syndicated talk-radio show that airs throughout the United States on Premiere Radio Networks. Hannity also hosts a cable-news show, Hannity, on Fox News Channel. Hannity has also written two New York Times bestselling books,[1][2] Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism and Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism.


Personal background

Hannity is the son of Hugh J. and Lillian F. Hannity. Both his paternal and maternal grandparents emigrated from Ireland. He has two sisters, Joanne S. Hannity and Therese (Hannity) Grisham. He grew up in Franklin Square, New York [3] and attended Sacred Heart Seminary in Hempstead, New York during his middle school years and St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary high school in Uniondale, New York.[4] Hannity dropped out of New York University and Adelphi University to pursue his broadcasting career.[5]

During the late 1980s, Hannity was a general contractor[6] in Santa Barbara, California and also a bartender.[7] He married Jill Rhodes, a columnist for The Huntsville Times, on January 9, 1993. They have two children.[citation needed]

Professional life

Hannity in a radio and television interview with Vice President of the US Dick Cheney

Hannity hosted his first talk radio show in 1989 at the volunteer college station at UC Santa Barbara, KCSB-FM, while working as a general contractor. The show aired for 40 hours of air time;[8] Regarding his first show, Hannity has said, "I wasn't good at it. I was terrible."[9] Hannity's weekly show on KCSB was canceled after less than a year by station managers upset with his remarks about gays and lesbians. This was after two shows featuring the book The AIDS Coverup: The Real and Alarming Facts about AIDS by Gene Antonio; among other remarks, Hannity told a lesbian caller "I feel sorry for your child".[10] The station later reversed its decision to dismiss Hannity due in part to a campaign conducted by the Santa Barbara Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Hannity decided against returning to KCSB.[11]

After leaving KCSB, Hannity placed an ad in radio publications presenting himself as "the most talked about college radio host in America." Radio station WVNN in Athens, Alabama (part of the Huntsville market) then hired him to be the afternoon talk show host.[8] From Huntsville, he moved to WGST in Atlanta in 1992, filling the slot vacated by Neal Boortz, who had moved to competing station WSB. In September 1996 Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes hired the then relatively unknown Hannity to host a television program under the working title Hannity and LTBD ("liberal to be determined").[12] Alan Colmes was then hired to co-host and the show debuted as Hannity & Colmes.

Later that year Hannity left WGST for New York, where WABC had him substitute for their afternoon drive time host during Christmas week. In January 1997, WABC put Hannity on the air full-time, giving him the late night time slot. WABC then moved Hannity to the same drive time slot he had filled temporarily a little more than a year earlier. Hannity has been on WABC's afternoon time slot since January 1998.[13]

Conservative Cal Thomas and liberal Bob Beckel, in their book Common Ground, describe Hannity as a leader of the pack among broadcasting political polarizers, which following James Q. Wilson they define as those who have "an intense commitment to a candidate, a culture, or an ideology that sets people in one group definitively apart from people in another, rival group."[14]


Hannity was a co-host of Hannity & Colmes, an American political "point-counterpoint"-style television program on the Fox News Channel featuring Hannity and Alan Colmes as co-hosts. Hannity presented the conservative point of view with Colmes providing the liberal viewpoint. Critics argue that the show highlights Hannity's views and those of conservative guests over Colmes' and those of liberal guests. [15]

Hannity had on air clashes with show guests such as Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer of Human Life International, who challenged Hannity on his public dissent from the Catholic Church on the issue of contraception.[16][17] Hannity stated that if the Catholic Church were to excommunicate him over the issue, he would join Jerry Falwell's Thomas Road Baptist Church.[18]

In January 2007, Hannity began a new Sunday night television show on Fox News, Hannity's America.

In November 2008, Colmes announced his departure from Hannity & Colmes. After the show's final broadcast on January 9, 2009, Hannity took over the time slot with his own new show, Hannity, which has a format similar to Hannity's America.

In April 2009, Hannity said he'd allow himself to be waterboarded for charity.[19] The statement generated some attention, though there has been no public follow-up by Hannity and has since dropped from the media's attention.


Hannity's radio program is a conservative political talk show that features Hannity's opinions and ideology related to current issues and politicians. The Sean Hannity Show began national syndication on September 10, 2001 on over 500 stations nationwide.[20] As of spring 2008, the program is heard by over 13.25 million listeners a week.[21] In 2004, Hannity signed a $25 million five-year contract extension with ABC Radio (now Citadel Media) to continue the show through 2009.[22] The program was made available via Armed Forces Radio Network in 2006.[23] In June 2007, ABC Radio was sold to Citadel Communications.[24]

In January 2007, Clear Channel Communications signed a groupwide three-year extension with Hannity on over 80 stations.[25] The largest stations in the group deal included KTRH Houston, KFYI Phoenix, WPGB Pittsburgh, WKRC Cincinnati, WOOD Grand Rapids, WFLA Tampa, WOAI San Antonio, WLAC Nashville, and WREC Memphis.

The opening theme music for the Sean Hannity Show is "Independence Day" by Martina McBride followed by "O Fortuna" (from Carmina Burana) by Carl Orff, followed by "The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby and the Range.[26]


Hannity is the author of two books, Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism and Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism published through ReganBooks. Both books reached the nonfiction New York Times bestseller list, the second of which stayed there for five weeks.[27][28] Hannity has stated that he is too busy to write many books,[27] and dictated a lot of his own two books into a tape recorder while driving in to do his radio show.[29]

On February 16, 2010, Hannity announced that he has written a new book, Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama’s Radical Agenda, which will be released by HarperCollins on March 30, 2010.[30]

Freedom Concerts

Since 2003, Hannity has hosted country music-themed "Freedom Concerts" billed to help benefit the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund, a charity created by Oliver North to provide college scholarships to children with a parent severely disabled or killed in military action.[31] As of 2009, more than $9 million has been raised by the concerts.[32]

Artists such as Charlie Daniels[33][34], Billy Ray Cyrus[33], Hank Williams, Jr., Ted Nugent, Montgomery Gentry[35][34], Martina McBride, Buddy Jewell, LeAnn Rimes, Lee Greenwood,[33][34] Michael W. Smith,[33] and Avalon[34] have headlined at Hannity's concerts. Between musical sets, the concerts include short intermissions with politically conservative speakers such as Oliver North, G. Gordon Liddy, Mark Levin, Newt Gingrich, Jon Voight, and Rudy Giuliani. Headlining names for the 2010 concert series are Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, and Michael W. Smith.[36][32]

Awards and honors


  • Hannity, Sean (2002). Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism, ReganBooks, ISBN 0-06-051455-8.
  • Hannity, Sean (2004). Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism, ReganBooks, ISBN 0-06-058251-0.


  1. ^ "BEST SELLERS: September 22, 2002". New York Times. 2002-09-22. Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  2. ^ "BEST SELLERS: April 4, 2004". New York Times. 2004-04-04. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  3. ^ Hannity's WSB bio
  4. ^ Hannity, Let Freedom Ring, p. 49.
  5. ^ "Sean Hannity". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved December 2, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Sean Hannity bio". WKNW. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  7. ^ Kurtz, Howard (January 14, 2002). "Radio's New Right-Fielder". Washington Post. Retrieved 2006-11-04. 
  8. ^ a b "Hannity Bio". The Sean Hannity Show at WDBO. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  9. ^ "'Hannitization' Of America". CBS News. 2004-05-23. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  10. ^ Cohen, Jeff (2006). Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media. Polipoint Press. pp. 85. ISBN 0-9760621-6-X. 
  11. ^ Rendall, Steve (November/December 2003). "An Aggressive Conservative vs. a 'Liberal to be Determined'". Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Sean Hannity is a multi-media superstar, spending four hours a day every day reaching out to millions of Americans on radio, television and internet". WABC. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  14. ^ Thomas, Cal; Bob Beckel (2007). Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That Is Destroying America. New York: William Morrow. pp. 3–6. ISBN 0-06-123634-9. 
  15. ^ An Aggressive Conservative vs. a "Liberal to be Determined" by Steve Rendall, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, November/December 2003
  16. ^ "YouTube - Hannity's Gospel". Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  17. ^ McCain, Robert Stacy (March 14, 2007). "Hannity at Odds with Catholic Doctrine". Washington Times. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  18. ^ Royal, Robert. "Sean and Rudy's excellent adventures in moral theology." National Catholic Reporter; March 30, 2007, Vol. 43 Issue 22, p19-19, 2/3p.
  19. ^ "Hannity, Grodin Go One-on-One on Waterboarding, Obama's Agenda". 2009-04-23.,2933,517609,00.html. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  20. ^ "Canon Communications LLC: Home". Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  21. ^ "The Top Talk Radio Audiences". Talkers Magazine. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  22. ^ "Sean Hannity Profile". WSGW. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-08-11. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  23. ^ "Canon Communications LLC: Home". Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  24. ^ The Walt Disney Company (2007-06-12). "Disney and Citadel Announce Completion of ABC Radio Merger". Press release. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  25. ^ Clear Channel Communications (2006-09-28). "Clear Channel Radio Renews Sean Hannity Through 2010". Press release. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  26. ^ "The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby Songfacts". Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  27. ^ a b Contemporary Authors Online, Thomson Gale, 2005.
  28. ^ Sean Hannity's ABC Radio Networks biography page
  29. ^ Poniewozik, James; Sean Hannity (2002-11-05). "10 Questions for Sean Hannity". Time.,9171,1101021111-386927,00.html. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  30. ^
  31. ^ "HANNITY BRINGING 'FREEDOM' CONCERT BACK TO SIX FLAGS". New York Daily News. 2006-07-20. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  32. ^ a b "Sean Hannity & WHIO Present: The Dayton Freedom Concert". WHIO. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  33. ^ a b c d "Sean Hannity's Freedom Concert '09". KFMB. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  34. ^ a b c d "Hannity Freedom Concert South". WSB. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  35. ^ "Montgomery Gentry loves country and sings for "Freedom"". New York Daily News. 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  36. ^ "Freedom Concerts homepage". Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  37. ^ Citadel Media (2007-09-28). "Sean Hannity Wins 2007 Marconi Award" (PDF). Press release. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  38. ^ "Heavy Hundred". Talkers Magazine. July/August, 2009. pp. 267. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  39. ^ Business Wire (2005-11-29). "Sean Hannity and Michael Medved Shows Come to News Talk 590 KTIE-AM". Press release. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  40. ^ Pierce, Jared (2007-04-17). "Hannity to speak at Liberty". The Liberty Champion. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  41. ^ Business Wire (2008-10-08). "Sean Hannity Re-Signs with FOX News Channel". Press release. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 

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Three hours a day, everyday. That's all we ask.

Sean Patrick Hannity (born 30 December 1961) is an Irish American, conservative talk radio host (The Sean Hannity Show), host of Fox News Channel's program Hannity, and author of two books.


  • Anyone listening to this show that believes homosexuality is a normal lifestyle has been brainwashed. It's very dangerous if we start accepting lower and lower forms of behavior as the normal.
    • Hannity's first radio show at UC Santa Barbara (May 25, 1989) [1]
  • The tape is astonishing. And here's what's frustrating to me. And you asked specific questions, for example, about what people knew about Bill Ayers, you know, and who they voted for, the coal power plant comments. And these were really significant issues. And it seems that Obama voters, if you don't listen to talk radio, if you don't watch the FOX News Channel, you are not anywhere nearly as informed as people that are just hearing the bumper stickers, the slogans, the snippets of the commercials of the media so, journalism died in 2008, and it influenced a lot of people on the way out.

Quotes about Hannity

  • The bronze to Sean Hannity of Fixed News. On the Rupert Murdoch Network talking about those carbon off-sets you purchase to off-set your carbon footprint, “those off-sets, that is the biggest hoax in the world. You know what it's like. You go cheat on your wife and then say, 'Honey, don't worry, I bought an off-set.' Good luck.” This is the second time Hannity has dismissed off-sets and going green and climate change, apparently utterly unaware that his boss pledged to make News Corp carbon neutral by 2010: “While we reduce our own carbon footprints, some emissions will be unavoidable. As a last resort, we will off-set these emissions. The carbon off-set is a financial tool to support projects that prevent carbon from being released in the atmosphere. Done right, they will widen the implementation of carbon saving technologies and give an incentive to create new solutions.” Murdoch has also boasted that the telecast of the most recent Emmys was carbon neutral...
  • Aping urbanity,
    Oozing with vanity,
    Plump as a manatee,
    Faking humanity,
    Intellectual inanity,
    Journalistic calamity,
    Fox Noise insanity,
    You’re a profanity,

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Sean Hannity
Born December 30, 1961 (1961-12-30) (age 49)
New York City, New York
Nationality American
Education High School Diploma
Employer Citadel Broadcasting, Fox News Channel
Known for political commentary
Political party Republican (Conservative)
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse Jill Rhodes Hannity
Parents Hugh J. and Lillian F. Hannity

Sean Hannity (born December 30, 1961) an American radio talk show host and best-selling author.[1] He first was noticed as the co-host for the Fox News program Hannity & Colmes, a political television program co-hosted by Alan Colmes. He is the second highest rated talk-radio show in the United States,[needs proof] for his work with his show called The Sean Hannity Show. He is also the host of Hannity's America, on the TV station Fox News Channel.


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