Sean Patrick Hannity, world-renowned for his works as the host of "The Sean Hannity Show," and "Hannity" was honored by Radio and Record magazine with ‘National Talk Show Host of the Year Award’ for three years. Here are 30 interesting facts about the television and radio personality:
He was born Sean Patrick Hannity on December 30, 1961 in New York City, New York, to Lillian and Hugh Hannity of Irish ancestry. He has three older sisters.
He attended Sacred Heart Seminary and St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary high school in New York. He was a three sport athlete, standing out in hockey, baseball and athletic.
At various point of his life, he was enrolled at Adelphi University, New York University and at New England Institute of Technology at Warwick, Rhode Island. He discontinued after three years pursuing his broadcasting dream.
In 2005, he was bestowed with honorary degree by Jerry Farwell of ‘Liberty University.’
As a youngster, he had enough time to be ‘a troublemaker.’ He will sneak cigar in the high school bathroom. He used to hang on the back of the cars in winter and he was taken home by the police.
Hannity admits he once expressed interest in the priesthood and was committed for six months before they turned him down. He even tried his hand as dish washer in a restaurant.
After an unsuccessful college life, he launched his own Rhode Island house painting business in 1982. He saved $ 50,000 in three years and landed in Santa Barbara as a building contractor.
He hosted his first radio talk show at University of California, Santa Barbara, KCSB-FM in 1989. He was there for about less than a year before he was fired for encouraging the guest on his show who was making inflammatory remarks.
Based on his advertisement as ‘the most talked about college radio host in America’ he was hired by radio station ‘WVNN’ in Athens, Alabama, as an afternoon talk show host.
He was hired by ‘Fox New’ in September 1996, along with Alan Colmes to air live television show ‘Hannity & Colmes’ presenting a conservative and liberal perspective. The show was premiered on October 07, 1996 and was second highest rated program after ‘The O’Reilly Factor.’
In 1996, he was hired by ‘WABC’ as a substitute for their afternoon drive time and later put on full time for late night time slot. He was with ‘WABC’ until late 2013.
On September 10, 2001, his radio show ‘The Sean Hannity Show’ was aired over 500 stations nationwide. The program is heard by 13.25 million listeners a week as of October 2013.
In March 2007, Hannity had on the show clash with Rev. Thomas Euteneuer, the president of ‘Human Life International,’ over the use of contraception. He was criticized for his support for contraception, which angered cultural Catholic for dissenting.
On January 07, 2007, he hosted a new American talk show called ‘Hannity’s America’ on the Fox News Channel. It was a weekly show with his opinion about the nation. The show was on till the end of 2009.
Beginning January 19, 2009, the Hannity &Colmes show on the Fox News was replaced with his own new show called ‘Hannity’ following Alan Colmes departure.
In 2008, Hannity signed a five year contract with ‘Citadel’ worth $100 million, after takeover of the ABC radio. The conservative political talk show now boasts of being the second largest radio show in the country.
He is ranked number two among top 100 talk host in America and was listed 72nd on Forbes’ ‘Celebrity 100’ list as of 2013.
On May 2014, the theme music for the ‘Sean Hannity Show’ was changed after the writer of ‘Independence Day,’ Martina McBride publicly said that the song is about domestic abuse, not political values.
In October 06, 2014, during a talk show with Piers Morgan, Hannity acknowledged that he has been carrying a weapon more than half his life.
Hannity authored three books. The book ‘Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism and Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism and Liberalism, stayed on the New York Times best seller list.
Between his radio and television shows, he has hosted country music-themed ‘Freedom Concerts’ to raise money for charity since 2003. The Freedom Alliance provides scholarship to children of military personal killed or disabled in the line of duty.
Hannity was party to the notion that Barack Obama was born in Kenya and called on Obama to release his birth certificate. In 2016, he stirred the controversy by offering to buy one way ticket to Kenya for Obama.
He was criticized for being overly favorable to the candidacy of Donald Trump with more air time than other candidates during the 2016 primaries.
Hannity periodically targeted Hillary Clinton during 2016 presidential election with conspiracy theory that she had serious medical problems and also that she was drunk at a rally.
In May 2017, he faced the backlash from both left wing and right wing sources after he promoted the theory that Hillary Clinton and Democratic Party had a DNC staffer killed. This resulted in many advertisers pulling out from his program.
After his opinion about Julian Assange took sea change, he offered to host him on the Fox News TV show and hoped that he will get free one day. In 2010, he had said that Assange waged a ‘war’ on the United States and that Wikileaks put American lives in Jeopardy.
Early this year Hannity suggested purging of Obama era bureaucrats and appointees in governments. He promoted the idea over ‘deep state’ as a ‘Shadow Government’ to hinder the Trump administration.
Hannity married Jill Rhodes in 1993, who was a political columnist for the Hunstville Times. The have two children, a son Patrick and a daughter Merri Kelly.
He is a church going Catholic, who believes in faith, family and country. His syndication deal included a driver, but he turned it down because according to him ‘I’m at peace with myself. I talk about is the way I live.’
He is recipient of ‘NAB Marconi Radio Award ‘as ‘Syndicated Personality of the Year’ in 2003 and 2007.