ichael Smerconish is the Philadelphia market's premier talk
radio host and is heard daily on Infinity Broadcasting's Big
Talker 1210 AM -- WPHT. His morning drive-time show is a
lightning rod of controversy and spirited discussion. A
Philadelphia lawyer turned political commentator, Smerconish
is a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and a regular
commentator on CNN's Paula Zahn Now and Anderson Cooper's
360. Michael Smerconish keeps a hand in law and remains "of
counsel" to the Beasley Law Firm in Philadelphia.
Facts about Michael Smerconish:
* Smerconish is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Lehigh
University with majors in government and journalism and a
1987 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
He is an active member in the Pennsylvania Bar.
* He has provided current events and political
commentary on a variety of national television programs,
including the NBC Today Show, The O'Reilly Factor on Fox
News, and Hardball on CNBC..
* Smerconish is a regular substitute host for
Westwood One and has filled-in for Bill O'Reilly on The
* Smerconish is the author of Flying Blind: How
Political Correctness Continues to Compromise Airline Safety
* In 2003, author Bernard Goldberg re-published
one of Smerconish's Daily News columns in his book
Arrogance, a follow-up to his bestseller Bias.
* In January of 2002, he traveled to Cuba where he
interviewed and dined with Fidel Castro. His reports on this
extraordinary meeting were serialized in the Daily News.
* At the age of 29 he served as a presidential
appointee under George H.W. Bush as a Regional Administrator
in the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
* He has won numerous awards including
Philadelphia Achievement in Radio awards for Best Talk Show
Host and Best Evening Program; Philadelphia Magazine's 2004
Best Radio Talk Host; and was a 2003 nominee for Radio &
Records best local talk host.
* Born in 1962 in Doylestown, Bucks County,
Pennsylvania, Smerconish now resides in Montgomery County,
Pennsylvania with his wife, Lavinia and their four children.
Books:Talk, May 2014
Murdered by Mumia, December 2007
Muzzled, April 2006