Michael A. Smerconish is a Philadelphia lawyer-turned-political commentator whose home base is CBS RADIO’s The Big Talker 1210 AM, WPHT. At age 29, he served as the presidential appointee under George H. W. Bush as Regional Administrator in the Department of Housing and Urban Development. A true independent, Smerconish endorsed Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 National Election Campaign.
Already a national media figure, Smerconish has guest hosted for Bill O’Reilly on The Radio Factor and for Glenn Beck on CNN Headline News. He has also appeared as a frequent guest on the NBC Today Show, The Early Show on CBS, Real Time with Bill Maher, The View, The Colbert Report, and Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC, among many more.
He is the author of three books, including “Flying Blind: How Political Correctness Continues to Compromise Airline Safety Post 9-11,” and writes separate weekly columns for both the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer.
Smerconish has been named to Talkers Magazine’s annual Heavy Hundred most important talk show hosts in America, News/Talk All Star Player (R&R 2006), nominated Best Local Talk Host in America (R&R 2003), was awarded Best Talk Show and Best Evening Program (Philadelphia Achievement in Radio Awards),and Best Radio Talk Host (Philadelphia Magazine, 2004). He lives in Philadelphia.