- The Sean Hannity Show
"The Sean Hannity Show" is an American radio show hosted by conservative commentator
Sean Hannityon ABC Radio Networksand Premiere Radio Networks. Hannity is noted for his opening line to callers in which he greets them with the line "you're a great American." The program is broadcast live every weekday from the studios of WABC-AMin New York Cityand aired in syndication by Citadel Radio on terrestrial radio affiliates across the United States and the America Rightchannel found on XM Satellite Radioand Patriot Channel found on Sirius Satellite RadioMonday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). The primary focus is the politics of the day, with regular interviews of liberal commentators, such as Al Sharptonand Bob Beckel, as well as noted conservatives. According to "Talkers' Magazine," "The Sean Hannity Show" is the second-most-listened to show in the United States, with 13.25 million listeners weekly. [http://www.talkers.com/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=17&Itemid=34]
Syndication began through the
ABC Radio Networkson September 10, 2001, one day before the September 11 attacks. The program is carried on WSB-AMin Atlanta, Georgia(delayed one hour), WBAP-AM in Dallas, Texas, KSL Newsradioin Salt Lake City, Utah, KABC-AM in Los Angeles, California, WMAL-AM in Washington, D.C., KFYI-AMin Phoenix, Arizona, WJR (AM)in Detroit(first two hours), WCBMin Baltimore, Marylandand WKRC-AMin Cincinnati, Ohio, among others. The show is carried in most markets by a Citadel Broadcastingradio station; the show is owned by Citadel Broadcasting, which acquired the ABC Radio networks in 2006.
Hannity's first version of his radio show was in the late 1980s as a volunteer broadcaster for the
University of California, Santa Barbara's radio station, KCSB-FM. He was dismissed from the station in 1989 following a controversial interview about AIDSin which he insulted a lesbiancaller. [http://www.experiencefestival.com/a/Sean_Hannity_-_Early_Life_amp_Career/id/2132423] Later, Hannity would bring his program to WVNN in Athens, Alabamaand NewsRadio WGST-AMin Atlanta, Georgia.
Hannity is the second highest rated talk program, only behind "
The Rush Limbaugh Show", which leads into Hannity on many stations. The show is carried on 530 stations. Fact|date=February 2007 He is a two-time consecutive winner of Radio & Records National Talk Show Host of The Year Award in 2003 and 2004, as well as the National Association of Broadcasters' 2003, 2004 and 2005 Marconi awards for Talk Show Host of the Year, and the Talkers Magazine 2003 Freedom of Speech Award.Fact|date=February 2007 In 2004, Hannity signed a $25 million, five-year contract extension with ABC Radio to continue the show through 2009; however, ABC Radio's acquisition by Citadel Broadcastingon June 12, 2007apparently gave Hannity an opportunity to leave one year after the acquisition.
July 22, 2008, it was announced that Hannity's show will be co-managed by Citadel's ABC Radio Networks and Premiere Radio Networks, a division of Clear Channel Communications. Premiere Radio will handle advertising sales and distribution to all non-Citadel owned stations, including Clear Channel owned stations. Hannity already has agreements with approximately 80 Clear Channel stations in a separate agreement. The two networks will cooperate for special circumstances.
The show primarily features a mixture of monologues, conversations with callers, and interviews with those in the news.
Hannity's frequent political targets have included Democrats, and Republicans that he considers to be soft on
terrorismand illegal immigration. He frequently characterizes American liberalismas a movement more in line with democratic socialismthan classical liberalism. [ [http://www.jbs.org/node/2540 Is the John Birch Society "Liberal"?] Alan Scholl1 February 2007]
The show frequently features "Man on the street" interviews, where
New Yorkpedestrians are stopped and questioned about politics.
The show also features the occasional inclusion of behind the scenes staff, including producers 'Sweet Baby' James and
animal-rightsproponent 'Flipper.' 'Gregster' is the engineer who typically plays the audio clips.
The show used to close daily with the segment "Trash the Lines" where calls were taken unscreened, with callers given approximately five seconds to say whatever they wanted. The segment, which had its roots in a late-night show Hannity hosted earlier in his career, has been used less frequently since the summer of 2006.
Each hour of the "Sean Hannity Show" opens with the following musical pieces, in order:
1. The refrain of "
Independence Day" performed by Martina McBride("Let freedom ring...")
Carmina Burana (Orff)", over which announcer Scott Shannonproclaims "From coast to coast, from border to border, from sea to shining sea, Sean Hannity is on!"
3. The instrumental opening to "The Way It Is" performed by
Bruce Hornsby and the Range, over which Hannity begins speaking.
Occasionally on the third hour, "
Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor will replace both "Carmina Burana" and "The Way It Is", with Shannon announcing, "Overlooking Madison Square Garden, deep in the heart of midtown Manhattan, the last beacon of truth in a troubled time! This is the Sean Hannity Show and the world-famous Final Hour Free-for-All!"
Traditionally during election years, an additional announcement was made after "Carmina Burana", proclaiming the edition to be "a special edition of The Sean Hannity Show: The Battle for America," featuring a countdown until Election Day. Since Election Day 2007 on
November 6, 2007, the “special edition” message counted down the days that remained until the Iowa Caucus( January 3,  ), “Super Tuesday” ( February 5, 2008), and Election Day ( November 4, 2008).
The "Hate-Hannity Hotline"
Hannity provides a phone line for people who disagree with him to call in. He plays some of these clips at the beginning of the bottom half hour segment of the show. He usually supplements these clips with the explanation that he is performing a service to the American people by "Absorbing the hate and bitterness of the angry left so that they will be nicer to you when you meet them along your way."
top Hillary/Obama Express
A more recent feature of the show is the ongoing "Stop Hillary Express", dedicated to criticism of
Hillary Clinton, although he has recently joked about renaming the show "Stop Hillary and "Obama" Express". When Hillary Clinton suspended her bid for the Democratic Party's nomination for President, Sean Hannity shifted his programs focus solely on Barack Obama and his "Stop Obama Express". More recently Hannity has taken to calling it the "Stop the Radical, Barack Obama Express".
Mark Levinfrequently filled in for Hannity during the host's absence until Levin obtained his own syndicated program. Guest hosts have included Barry Farber, Mike Gallagher, Curtis Sliwa, Scott Hennen, Kirby Wilbur, Dennis Millerand Mark Simone.
The "Hannity" show also has a book club with author interviews and discussions on topics. More recent books have included "Strategery" by
Bill Sammonand "Fight Back" by G. Gordon Liddy. Hannity has also authored two " New York Times" bestsellers on politics and current events.
Hannity's website offers subscribers to the "Hannity Insider" subscription service live and recorded streaming audio of the program, available for download to an
Ipodor other MP3player. In addition, the program was added to the Armed Forces Radio Networkin December 2005. Audio streams of "The Sean Hannity Show" average more than 190,000 subscribed listeners per month. There is also "Hannidate", a chat roomfor conservative singles, both heterosexualand gay. [ [http://web1.hannity.com/hannidate/ Hannidate website] ]
"Fortune" described Hannity's radio show as "every blowhard's dream: getting paid to preach to the choir," mentioning that he made U.S. $5-million from the show in 2005. "Fortune" described the show as run by what it described as Hannity's "sure-fire formula: if you agree with his conservative worldview, you're deemed a 'great American.' If you don't, you're a pusillanimous blame-America-lib, who might as well pledge allegiance to
France". [Bonamici, Kate. "Getting Paid to Mouth Off! "Fortune"; 10/17/2005, Vol. 152 Issue 8, p154-154, 2/3p, 1c.]
June 2007, Hannity announced that he would be hosting a Hannicue at his mansion at a date to be named later. The idea was brought to his attention by a caller and continued calls for it encouraged him to acquiesce to the request. He has stated that his favorite callers will be given invitations to attend.
Hannity and Colmes"
* [http://foxnews.radiobar247.com News Talk Radio 247 Toolbar]
* [http://www.seanhannity.org Hannity Fan Club]
* [http://www.hannity.com Hannity's radio website]
* [http://www.flirtyflipper.com Hannity Show cast member- Flipper]
* [http://talkers.com/talkhosts.htm Show ratings via "Talkers" Magazine]
* [http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/archives/12849 Hannity program added to Armed Forces radio]
* [http://premierspeakers.com/560/index.cfm Profile of host Hannity]
* [http://www.StopObamaExpress.com The Stop Obama Express As heard on the Sean Hannity Show]
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