De Pasquale's Dozen with Talk Radio Host Mike Broomhead

Lisa De Pasquale
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Posted: Jul 09, 2015 12:01 AM
De Pasquale's Dozen with Talk Radio Host Mike Broomhead

In her second New York Times bestseller, Slander, Ann Coulter wrote:

To be sure, conservative radio talk-show hosts have a built-in audience unavailable to liberals: people driving cars to some sort of job… The paradox of liberal talk radio is that if liberals cared about ideas or knew any facts, they would cease being liberals. Liberalism thrives on ignorance… This is not an ideology that can withstand several hours a day of caller scrutiny where their goofball notions can be shot down by any trucker with a cell phone.

Talk radio host Mike Broomhead is the perfect example of why this is still true. In just a few years he went from calling in to local radio shows while driving a truck for his electrical contracting business to hosting Arizona’s top drive-time show. In addition to Broomhead’s show on KFYI in Phoenix, Arizona, he’s a frequent guest host for Glenn Beck and other radio and TV shows, and is a popular public speaker.

Broomhead, along with his two younger brothers, was raised by a single mom in Ft. Myers, Florida. He got his first job at 12 and had the dream of one day being in the military or law enforcement. Unfortunately, an injury during basic training sidelined him, so he went on to start his own business. He’s experienced the ups and downs of the economic rollercoaster, the War on Terror, and the everyday trials of average citizens. His journey gives him the unique ability to connect with his audience, who like him only six years ago, are just driving from point A to point B with the hope that they can ensure a better future for the next generation.

The De Pasquale's Dozen asks political figures and free market-minded writers and entertainers to take a break from politics and talk about their pop culture obsessions.

1. What's your favorite movie line and whom would you like to say it to?

"You see, in this world, there's two kinds of people, my friend — those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig." -Clint Eastwood, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. I'd love to say that to Piers Morgan.

2. Tell me about your favorite teacher and how he or she influenced your life.

Bill Geddes, Dean at Cypress Lake High school in Ft. Myers, Florida. I always thought he hated me. Years after I was out of school he remembered everything about me and my family and even follows my career on Facebook. He made me realize that he cared even when I didn't.

3. If you could be paid to do anything besides your current job, what would it be?

All I ever wanted to be is a cop. Definitely law enforcement.

4. What canceled TV show would you put back on the air?

NYPD Blue. LOVE the character Andy Sipowitz

5. What's your current “guilty pleasure” TV show?

Judge Judy. I love how exasperated she gets with idiots.

6. What’s the best present you ever received as a child?

A radio. I love music and used to stay up way past my bedtime listening.

7. What’s the best present you ever gave?

My brother was killed in Iraq. When my father died, he left me one of the flags that covered my brother's casket when he was brought home from Iraq. I gave it to my youngest brother.

8. What advice do you remember your mother or father giving you? Did you take it?

My mom always said, "If you're gonna be dumb, you'd better be tough." I learned to be pretty tough.

9. Who would be on the perfect Red Eye panel?

Adam Carolla, Condoleezza Rice and me.

10. What books are on your summer reading list?

Dreamers and Deceivers by Glenn Beck and to re-read The Strength to Love by MLK Jr.

11. What would you like tomorrow's headline to say?

PEACE ON EARTH, GOD BLESS AMERICA

12. Tell me about the moment you decided to enter the political arena.

I decided to enter the political arena after my brother was killed while serving in Iraq -- everyone was focused on the politics of the war and I thought the members of the military and their sacrifices ought to be the focus. All too often, we only hear about members of the military or law enforcement officers when they do something wrong or they die. So I started speaking out, not politically but unabashedly pro-troops. And, it set me on a path that I never imagined would lead me to where I am today. Since that time, my passion has been fueled by two things. First, the poor treatment and broken promises to our veterans, and shameful actions and responses by the VA. Second, my grandsons. To me, the future now has two faces and I'm constantly wondering how the decisions we make today will impact their futures.