Mike Gallagher : biography
In 1998, The Mike Gallagher Show was launched nationally with twelve radio stations. As of the Spring 2011, Talkers Magazine reports that Gallagher is the sixth most listened-to talk radio host in America with over four million weekly listeners. He is heard daily in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Detroit, Atlanta, and Philadelphia as well as in small, medium and major markets all over the country. According to the Benchmark Company, he is the 8th most-recognized talk radio personality in America. Gallagher has also been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and Forbes. Talkers Magazine has named Gallagher one of the 100 most influential talk hosts in America for eleven consecutive years.
Gallagher’s show hosts many high profile politicians as guests, including former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former US President George W. Bush, Speaker of the House John Boehner, Republican Presidential candidate John McCain during his 2008 electoral run, Vice President Dick Cheney while in office, and then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Then in 2012 Gallagher served as the moderator of a "virtual" online debate between Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, pre-taped on October 12, 2012 and broadcast on the Internet after the third 2012 Presidential debate.
Gallagher is a Fox News Channel contributor and sometimes co-host, making frequent appearances on many Fox News Channel shows.
In the summer of 2006, he authored Surrounded by Idiots: Fighting Liberal Lunacy in America (2005, William Morrow; ISBN 0-06-073798-0), which became a New York Times bestseller (#27 on the extended bestseller list). The Times reviewed the book writing, "You might disagree with the man’s politics, but dang, you gotta love a guy who slaughters a steer live on the radio just to annoy the ideologues at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, then gives the meat to the poor. Checkmate. Fans of Gallagher will love the book, and even those liberal loons might enjoy reading it just to play Spot the Inconsistencies." On his radio show, he announced he is writing a book called 50 Things Liberals Love to Hate which was released August 28, 2012. The book was reviewed by former Speaker Newt Gingrich, who said of the book that it, "is smart, funny, and uses satire and wit to take apart the left. If Jon Stewart had writers who were conservative, they’d write a book like this." On September 10, 2012 Gallagher gave a reading of his new book at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library.