Neal Boortz (that's me) has been a Talk Show Host (What Bill Clinton would refer to as a "Preacher of Hate") in Atlanta, Georgia since 1969. Since 1993 I have been holding forth on News Talk 750 WSB, a radio station with a 50,000 watt afterburner. Since early 1999 my show has been syndicated on radio stations from Maine to California and from Alaska to Florida. My program airs live from 8:30 to 1:00 pm each weekday. Right now I am closing in on four million listeners nationwide. Hey, that's not up to Limbaugh standards, but then I'm growing faster than he is.
Background? O.K., as if you weren't bored enough.
I was born on April 6, 1945 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. I didn't particularly like the accent of the people up there so I left for Texas about 30 days later when my Dad returned to the Pacific to continue his participation in World War II. (Marine pilot.) Texas was always my "official" residence, but I lived all over the place since Dad was in the Marine Corps. Some addresses would include Honolulu, Hawaii, Laguna Beach, California, Morehead City, North Carolina; Virginia Beach, Virginia, Pensacola, Florida and others.
By the ever-loving skin of my teeth I graduated High School in 1963 from Pensacola High with something like a C- average. A good collection of Polaroid photos of a member of the admissions staff opened the doors to Texas A&M University, and off I went. I was a worse student at A&M than I was in high school. I finished at A&M in 1967 and came to Atlanta to visit my parents. Dad was working at Lockheed at the time. I liked the place, and I stayed. I've been here ever since.
I wasn't through with higher education after Texas A&M. I entered law school in Atlanta in 1973 and graduated in 1977. Law school finally presented a challenge worthy of my attention, so I worked at it and graduated near the top of my class. I passed the bar before graduation so I went into practice immediately. I continued practicing law until I signed a contract with WSB in 1992.
During my years in talk radio I have managed to find other things to do. We'll attribute this to the fact that I am easily bored. From 1977 to 1992, as I said, I practiced law in addition to doing the talk show. Prior to 1977 you could find me working as a jewelry or carpet buyer, an insurance salesman, selling life and casualty insurance, loading trucks, slinging mail at the post office, working in an employment office, writing speeches for the Governor of Georgia and auditing the books overnight at a sleazy motel. Since I didn't retire from my law practice until I signed with WSB in 1992 this would mean that I was 47 years old before I ever had less than two jobs
I live in the Northern 'burbs during the week and in Southwest Florida during most weekends. When I'm not on the air or giving a speech somewhere, I like to spend whatever free time is left playing golf or flying. When it's time to slip the bonds of gravity I choose between a hot air balloon, my Mooney Ovation2 or my Super Decathlon. There's nothing like flying upside down to clear your mind ... among other things.
When I feel particularly frisky I like to sit down and write. My first book, "The Terrible Truth About Liberals," has been through six different printings. I'm presently working on my next book, "Somebody Has To Say It." I expect a brutal bidding war from several publishers for that one.
Politics? I'm a confirmed Libertarian. I believe that the principal difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats just want to grow our Imperial Federal Government a bit faster than the Republicans do.
Yes, I'm married. My wife, Donna, doesn't listen to the show. Never has. This is good. My daughter, Laura, uses a fake last name. Another good idea.
Run for office? Well, thanks for asking --- but I'm afraid that the worst possible thing would happen. I would win. That would be a financial disaster for me. I am, however, toying with the idea of running for President on the Libertarian Party ticket after I retire from talk radio. I'll run just once --- and just for the hell of it. I'll select the most qualified vice-presidential candidate possible just in case something strange happens and I win. After I'm sworn in I hang around long enough to sign an Executive Order requiring all airport screeners to have graduated in the top one-half of their high school class. Then I'll free all non-violent drug offenders, take a few spins on Air Force One and get to know the interns. Then I'll resign and let the vice president take the controls.
Yes, I am available for speaking engagements. And --- no. I'm not free. I'm a confirmed greedy capitalist.
Any federal tax increase on me is going to cost you money, not me.
Well now. Our economy is really lunging forward, isn’t it? What a ride! Are you holding on?
This is nuts. I mean, really folks ... we have gone bat-guano insane over this AIG bonus brouhaha.
We now have the benefit of PEBO’s* general position on a plan to stimulate our economy. Government shall be our savior.
There’s a lot of talk in Washington about yet another so-called “stimulus” package.
You might think that the election is over -- has been for two weeks now. Not so.
The election is now eight days way. If you've made up your mind for Obama; or if you're trying to noodle through some of the things he's been saying on the campaign trail, this should help.
I’ve noted that some other “pundits” out there are starting to post, in columns and in their blogs, the reasons they are going to vote the way they are going to vote.
If you're not from Atlanta or any other area where about one out of five gas stations is open and the lines are 90 minutes and more, read this story
You’ve seen the headlines, and you heard of the failures and buyouts. Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, AIG; all big names and all in big trouble.
Among the rights guaranteed to you in our Constitution are:
Once again, though, I find myself offering a column in response to still more absurd – irresponsibly so – attacks on the FairTax.
Last Thursday Townhall contributor Hank Adler published a column on this website entitled “A Hard Look At The Fair Tax”. Almost immediately the emails started pouring into my show.
Perhaps you’ve noticed lately – it sure hasn’t escaped our attention – that the FairTax proposal (H.R. 25) is really creating quite a stir lately.
These two pathetic fools need to be removed from XM satellite radio right now. Today. No suspension. No warning. Fire them. Now.
If people own their own Social Security accounts, how in the wide wide world of politics will the Democrats frighten the wizened citizens with outrageous charges that the Republicans are going to take all or part of their Social Security benefits away?
Warren Buffet is giving away about 85% of his fortune. Now that certainly makes Warren a very special guy, and the media is fawning over him as if he had discovered a cure for baldness, age spots and body odor in one fell swoop.
Buried deep in this column is a bit of advice that you would actually pay me for … so read on.
It is my considered opinion, backed by 37 years of radio yammering, that 98.4% of the people in this country who use the word “fascist” have no idea what the word actually means.
The tax reform panel, having failed to follow its mandate, should be dissolved immediately and the panel members sent off to create mischief elsewhere.