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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.
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August 11, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Trudy Rubin's Worldview column and Michael Smerconish's The Pulse do not appear today.
NEWS
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
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September 6, 2011 | BY CHUCK DARROW, darrowc@phillynews.com 215-313-3134
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.
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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?
NEWS
March 8, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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?
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March 17, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
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.
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June 13, 2012 | Choose one .
Pulitzer-winning journalist, pundit, and noted Philadelphian Buzz Bissinger, best known for his football tome Friday Night Lights, has a new job: talk radio. Local CBS station Talk Radio 1210 WPHT (1210-AM) on Monday announced that Bissinger, 57, will take the wheel at the station's afternoon drive show (from 3 to 7 p.m. daily) with cohost Steve Martorano. Bissinger tells us he's excited about working in a new, fresh medium. "This will be my first regular full-time gig on radio," says Bissinger, who left The Inquirer in 1988.
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February 12, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
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.
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December 11, 2014
ISSUE | FERGUSON, MO. Call for backup Since when is the absolute guarantee of a conviction the basis for deciding whether to charge an individual with a crime ("Close read shows the Ferguson grand jury got it right," Dec. 7)? That would seem to be Currents columnist Michael Smerconish's conclusion in defending the prosecutor's decision not to bring charges against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, but it skirts the very issue Smerconish portends to address.
NEWS
August 11, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Trudy Rubin's Worldview column and Michael Smerconish's The Pulse do not appear today.
NEWS
July 30, 2014
ISSUE | DEATH PENALTY Different tack, same conclusion In suggesting that the justice system has been "manipulated into coddling its worst offenders at the expense of victims' loved ones," Michael Smerconish misses two important points ("Death delayed is injustice," July 27). First, all victims' relatives do not see the death penalty the same way. Many understand that a death sentence will not provide them the closure that capital punishment advocates claim. (A co-signer of this letter whose daughter was murdered is among them.)
NEWS
March 17, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
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.
NEWS
February 19, 2014
Bus improvements Working within its budget, SEPTA is proactive in trying to find ways to improve capacity on heavily travelled transit routes ("SEPTA should resolve bus roulette," Feb. 14). In fact, eight of the 10 steps to improve bus riders' experience listed in Inga Saffron's recent Changing Skyline column are measures SEPTA is taking to address rush-hour crowding and chronic pass-ups. Many of these steps were employed during the Transit First pilot to improve on-time performance of Route 47 buses.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
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.
NEWS
March 8, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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