Sean Hannity is a multi-media superstar, spending three hours every day broadcasting in front of millions of American people on radio, television and the internet!
Sean began his WABC radio career over Christmas week 1996, filling in on the afternoon show. He did such a great job that the station asked him to join the lineup as a late night host the following month. He was instantly #1, and a year later, in January 1998, Sean took over afternoon drive on WABC. He did so well there WABC syndicated the show nationwide on September 10, 2001.
Within 6 months, the show had become the fastest growing syndicated radio talk show in modern radio history. As the host of the “The Sean Hannity Show,” his voice is carried on more than 515 ABC Radio Network stations across the country reaching almost 14 million listeners each week for three hours every day. As the co-host of the highly successful television program, “Hannity and Colmes” which airs daily (M-F, 9-10PM ET) on the Fox News Channel, Hannity has interviewed some of the top newsmakers and opinion shapers of the 21st Century. Moreover, Hannity’s website, www.Hannity.com, is among the most visited political websites on the Internet with more than 30 million page views and 600,000 unique visitors each month. Audio streams of “The Sean Hannity Show” average more than 84,000 unique listeners per month, making it among the most listened to internet broadcasts in the past year, according to Aribitron.
A gutsy talk show host who always lands on the “right side” of the issues, Hannity has quickly made a name for himself as one of the hottest young personalities in the media world. He is a two-time consecutive winner of Radio & Records National Talk Show Host of The Year Award (2003, 2004) as well as the National Association of Broadcasting’s 2003 AND 2007 Marconi Award for Talk Show Host of the Year, and the Talkers Magazine 2003 Freedom of Speech Award.
In addition to his “on-air” duties, Hannity is the best selling author, most recently, of Deliver Us From Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism (Harper Collins/Regan Books, 2004) which shot to #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list during it’s first week and remained in first place for five straight weeks. Hannity’s critically-acclaimed first book, “Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty Over Liberalism” (Harper Collins/Regan Books, 2002) rode the New York Times bestseller list for remarkable 17 weeks.
While on tour promoting Deliver Us From Evil in early 2004, Hannity visited 43 cities in 6 weeks, hosting live shows in 30 different radio stations and signing more than 100,000 copies of the book. The aptly-titled Hannitization of America Tour brought Hannity in front of nearly 200,000 people in markets from coast to coast, an achievement unmatched by any radio personality in America.
Sean Hannity grew up in Franklin Square, Long Island in the shadows of America’s largest media market. A self-described “Reagan Republican,” he got his start in commercial radio after drawing attention and enthusiasm from his college radio station. Hannity placed a “JOB WANTED” ad in the radio industry’s leading trade journal, Radio and Records, billing himself as “the most talked about college radio host in America.” A station in Huntsville, Alabama took a chance on the brash young voice and the world of talk radio would never be the same.
Hannity quickly moved to NewsRadio WGST-AM in Atlanta where his strong ratings attracted the attention of 77WABC in New York and cable television’s Fox News Channel.
In September 1996, Hannity joined Fox News Channel as co-host of “Hannity & Colmes,” a primetime one-hour debate driven talk show focusing on the controversial issues and newsmakers of the day. The executives at Fox were so confident in Hannity’s ability to attract viewers the network slotted the new show opposite “Geraldo” on CNBC and “The Larry King Show” on CNN. As the program’s conservative counterpart to liberal Alan Colmes, “Hannity & Colmes” is currently the second highest rated program in cable news behind “The O’Reilly Factor.”
Following an extraordinary successful week-long spot as a substitute host in December 1996, Hannity joined 77WABC Radio in New York City full-time in January of 1997. Taking over the 11pm to 2am show on 77WABC, Hannity quickly sent the show to #1 in New York and kept it in that spot for the next year.
After moving to the 3pm to 6pm timeslot, Hannity quickly became the #1 rated news and talk show in the afternoon drive period. By September 2001, ABC Radio Networks recognized the potential for Hannity on a national scale and moved to syndicate “The Sean Hannity Show” across the country. History was made when “The Sean Hannity Show” went live on the air across the country on September 10, 2001, just 24-hours ahead of the most tragic day in American history.
The move was such a success that Talker’s Magazine deemed “The Sean Hannity Show,” “the fastest growing syndicated talk show in talk radio history.” After just one year in syndication, that same publication moved Hannity up to 2nd place in the nation in their semi-annual list of nationally syndicated radio talk show personalities. He had officially become an American media phenomenon.
Sean Hannity’s energy, charisma and seasoned professionalism score high points with audiences and critics alike as he continues to be one of the hottest commodities in media. A husband and father of two, Hannity continues to reside on Long Island.