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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, the #1 debate show and the #1 9:00 PM cable news show in America. 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. 

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 Network 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 New York’s Long Island. 

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