Mike Gallagher’s road to being the 6th most-listened-to radio talk show host in the country (Talkers Magazine) began in 1978 as a 17-year-old high school senior in Dayton, Ohio. Mike talked his way into an on-air shift at WAVI-AM in his Ohio hometown and has been talking on the radio and television ever since. Mike’s broadcasting career has taken him from Dayton to Greenville, South Carolina where his ratings and revenue success led to his eventual promotion to station manager. He was also the host of the popular Tiger Tailgate Show on the Clemson Football Radio Network. From there, he became the afternoon drive-time leader in Albany, New York on upstate powerhouse WGY-AM.
From Albany, it was just a short drive south to the nation’s number one market, New York City, where Mike enjoyed a two year stint as morning drive host on WABC-AM, the nation’s most listened-to talk radio station. In 1998, The Mike Gallagher Show was launched nationally with 12 radio stations. Today, Talkers Magazine reports that he’s the 6th most-listened-to radio host in America with over 3.75 million weekly listeners in top ten markets like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Philadelphia as well as cities all over the country, and is the 7th most recognized talk radio personality in America (The Benchmark Company). Mike has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and Forbes.
Besides his talk radio duties, Mike is equally comfortable in front of television cameras. He’s a FOX News Channel Contributor making frequent appearances on all of the FOX News Channel programs as well as occasionally guest hosting talk shows on the cable news giant. He added “author” to his resume with his first book, which became a New York Times Bestseller, Surrounded by Idiots — Fighting Liberal Lunacy in America, published by William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins. In September 2012, Simon and Schuster (Threshold) published Mike’s second book, 50 Things Liberals Love to Hate, a humorous, insightful romp about the many things about America liberals seem to hate.
In addition to his broadcasting duties, Mike enjoys performing on stage and film as a professional actor. Highlights included touring with Sally Struthers in the A.R. Gurney play, “Love Letters”, as well as appearing at the Shubert Theatre in New York in the Broadway production of the Tony award-winning musical, “Memphis” as well as several cities on the show’s national tour, playing the role of the White Deejay in the show’s opening number. One of his favorite theaters in America is Lyric Stage in Irving, Texas, where he will be playing the role of Mayor Shinn in The Music Man in June 2013. He’ll also be shaving his head (or will he?) when he plays Oliver Warbucks in the (Greenville) South Carolina Children’s Theatre production of Annie in September 2013. He recently became a Broadway investor, supporting the smash hit production of Pippin, which won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
Mike’s proudest achievement is his family. On the morning of June 29, 2008, the love of his life, his wife Denise, died at home after a valiant and dignified year-long battle with endometrial cancer. She passed away the day before her 52nd birthday. Mike was holding her when she died, their four boys – Bryan, Trevor, Matthew and Micah – all present as well, which is just how Denise wanted it. As he promised to Denise, Mike is sleeping each night with beloved puggle Rory, who constantly shadowed her every move but now seems quite content to take care of him.
Now in Mike’s 14th year of national syndication, the “happy conservative warrior” offers a combination of a fast-paced, fun delivery, a passionate interaction with his listeners and a first-name basis relationship with leading newsmakers from coast-to-coast, all of which makes The Mike Gallagher Show one of the most consistently popular programs on national radio today.