March 12, 2012
HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY on Thursday to seriouser and seriouser talk-radio host slash political hobnobber slash best-selling author slash Inky columnist slash occasional nudist Michael Smerconish. The Main Liner and onetime major Republican made big waves four years back when he endorsed Barack Obama for prez. Today, his views are solidly middle-of-the-road. Not sure about Smer's opinions on astrology, but the stars say he oughta enjoy where he is now and latch on to adventure in April. Sharing space on this week's birthday list is slenderized sandwich star Tony Luke Jr., also 50 today.
August 11, 2014 |
Trudy Rubin's Worldview column and Michael Smerconish's The Pulse do not appear today.
September 6, 2011 |
THE SAD NEWS hit hard for those around Chris Stigall. Their sympathy knew no bounds. "There were so many people who got next to me and said, " 'Good luck, good luck.' They would almost talk . . . like [I was] a terminal cancer patient," recalled Stigall, who mans the morning drive-time shift on WPHT-AM (1210). Stigall's perfectly healthy. But concerned fans in his native Kansas City, Mo., and here, too, acted "like I was on death's door" when, late last year, he announced he was leaving talk-radio stardom in his hometown to take over the 5:30-9 a.m. slot at 'PHT on the first Monday of 2011, when Michael Smerconish moved to afternoons.
September 17, 2004
THE FACT that columnist Michael Smerconish comes back from the GOP convention convinced of a Republican victory is very disturbing. Perhaps the party has let their top propagandists know that, just as in 2000, the fix is in. The administration cheated to gain office last time, and no one should be surprised if this collection of haters pulls the same kind of dirty stunts this time around. Bernard McGinley, Philadelphia
October 30, 2008
ONCE AGAIN, Michael Smerconish has impugned the character of white voters in the state by suggesting they're reluctant to support radical leftist Barack Obama due to race. Might I suggest it's actually their well- formulated principles that keep them from supporting him. Unlike Smerconish, many Pennsylvanians have not decided to compromise all they've ever stood for simply to put a liberal, even a black one, in the White House. Perhaps they remember Obama didn't vote for Chief Justice Roberts and are concerned that he'll appoint strident leftists to the courts?
March 8, 2013 |
Michael Smerconish, a longtime big talker on WPHT-AM (1210), is leaving terrestrial radio. On April 15, he's taking The Michael Smerconish Show over to SiriusXM. He'll hold forth from 9 a.m. to noon on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S., channel 24, on weekday mornings, and will be rebroadcast 6-9 p.m. He's also leaving his 80-plus market syndication, just as Talkers mag rated the audience for Smerconish - Inquirer columnist, lawyer, MSNBC host, progressive rock maven, author - in the Top 10 of talk.
September 16, 2008
MICHAEL Smerconish continues in vain to try to explain why he has cast off conservative politics and has chosen to follow Sen. Barack Obama. His empty (like Obama) reasoning states that only Obama is serious about hunting down and killing bin Laden and al-Zawahiri. Obama gave one speech in August 2007, to the Council on Foreign Relations, and Michael is swooning. Did Mr. Smerconish also read the part of the speech that stated that Iraq can not be won militarily and should be abandoned?
February 12, 2014 |
I NQUIRER columnist, former Daily News contributor and radio host Michael Smerconish will join CNN for a new weekly show that will air Saturday mornings. His target to start is the middle of next month. Smerconish will continue to host his Sirius XM show and write his weekly Inquirer piece. Smerconish told me he didn't know what the show would look like yet so he couldn't give further details. "I know I'll be hosting the program, it'll be topical, it'll be current-event driven and I'll deliver a short commentary at the end of it," he said.
March 17, 2014 |
WHO KNEW President Obama could mix it up with an established funnyman? Is the Biebs back with his former galpal? Where is Malaysia Airlines flight MH370? Take the bullet train to Celebrityville and at least two of your questions will be answered. Friday CNN honcho Jeff Zucker is expected to try out Philly broadcast personality Michael Smerconish for the 9 p.m. Piers Morgan slot that will be vacated March 28 by the British journalist, sources told Deadline.com. Smerconish recently joined CNN and will test along with colleagues Jake Tapper , Bill Weir and Don Lemon , the website said.
October 17, 2012
Rest in peace, Arlen Specter Even to a casual observer of the political landscape, it was evident that former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter "got it. " ("He defied political odds," Monday). "It" being that hard work, a focus on results, a willingness to compromise, and an emphasis on people, not party, was the correct path. While no one would expect to agree with all of his positions, one had to admire his sense of conviction. If his style and methodology were to inspire even a few of today's political hacks to set aside their partisan tunnel vision for the greater good, this country would certainly have the opportunity to get to a better place.