After a string of successful radio shows on WNBC, WABC and WMCA in New York, Alan Colmes gained a reputation as a hard-hitting liberal known for his electric commentary on the American agenda. He has interviewed many key political and pop culture figures, including President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, Lynn Cheney, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senators�John Kerry and John McCain, Newt Gingrich, Deepak Chopra, and Carole King.
After penetrating the Boston and New York markets with hit local radio shows, Colmes went from major market success to national talk radio prominence in 1990 with his fast-paced and informative afternoon news-driven show, which aired daily on hundreds of affiliates nationwide. He joined FOX News Channel in 1996, and co-hosted�Hannity & Colmes for over twelve years. Today his radio show is syndicated by FOX News and heard on terrestrial radio stations across America, XM and Sirius Satellite Radio, and the American Forces Radio Network.
Originally from the Seattle area, Joel moved east to attend NYU Film School, which somehow led to work in TV, radio and the Internet. As the very first intern on Hannity & Colmes, Joel began working with Alan shortly after the launch of Fox News Channel. Alan never bothered to complain about Joel to Fox executives, who eventually gave him a paying job at the network. This led to work on several early FNC programs such as Fox In Depth and Fox On Health, and on the Fox News Guest Booking Unit. He left Fox for a few years, during which he worked at MSNBC and on a political website called Vote.com. After Alan returned to the radio airwaves in 2003, Joel joined him on the Colmes show staff, where he�s now Alan�s Senior Producer. In his spare time, Joel enjoys traveling to Pearl Jam concerts, supporting the Seahawks, and being a couch potato.
Aimee De Benigno
A native of Danbury, Connecticut, Aimee De Benigno has been working with Alan since 2006. After attending Marymount Manhattan College in New York to pursue a career in media, Aimee interned at WABC Radio where she found her niche in broadcasting. She was hired full-time after college and worked with several hosts including Monica Crowley and Alan�s former TV partner, Sean Hannity. Aimee left the business for a brief period to explore an opportunity in the medical field but was pulled right back to her calling and happily landed on Alan�s show.
A former sanitation worker and graduate of Syracuse University, Mike Boyle is the technical producer for Alan�s radio show. Mike has been fascinated with radio for as long as he can remember and knew it was what he wanted to do at an early age after begging his parents to bring him to meet New York radio legend Cousin Bruce Morrow at an appearance in his native Westchester County, NY. After being part of a morning show on college radio Mike went on to work as a jock on Long Island before coming to Fox in 2005. Mike enjoys sleeping in and pursues this enthusiastically given the late hours of Alan�s radio show.
Assistant to Alan Colmes
Robin got her first taste of television news at WBFF Fox 45 in Baltimore. After that she headed further south to Washington DC, where she interned for a Sunday show on another �Cable News Network� and fell in love with TV and production. She now assists Alan on his television appearances, on new projects, and on the radio show, making sure Alan stays informed and up to date. When not at work, Robin likes spending time with her friends and going to the beach in her home state of New Jersey.
• 3 more suspects. Alan looks into the latest arrests and news about the Boston bombing.
• Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson and Alan talk about immigration, gun reform and more.
• Are older siblings more influential than parents? Alan talks to Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior Richard Rende about some startling new research.
A mysterious conservative group is doing push polls trying to impugn the Democratic candidate.
ThinkProgress spoke with multiple individuals in South Carolina’s first congressional district who have received push polls from an unknown conservative group that only referred to itself as “SSI Polling”.
April Wolford, a middle-aged woman who has long been active in Democratic politics in the state, was one. At 12:55pm on February 25th, Wolford’s cell phone lit up with “Unavailable” on the caller ID screen. A young man without a discernible accent – “he certainly wasn’t from South Carolina,” she noted – said he was conducting a poll and began with general questions about the race. “But they quickly got slanted,” Wolford noted, “and they didn’t ask a single question about Sanford at all!”
As the conversation turned, she asked him where he was calling from. “SSI Polling,” he told her, but wouldn’t elaborate.
The questions they did ask ranged from outlandish smears to thinly-veiled Republican talking points. Here are some of the issues SSI brought up in various iterations of the push poll, according to those ThinkProgress spoke with:
- “What would you think of Elizabeth Colbert Busch if I told you she had had an abortion?”
- “What would you think of Elizabeth Colbert Busch if I told you a judge held her in contempt of court at her divorce proceedings?
- “What would you think of Elizabeth Colbert Busch if she had done jail time?”
- “What would you think of Elizabeth Colbert Busch if I told you she was caught running up a charge account bill?”
- “What would you think of Elizabeth Colbert Busch if she supported the failed stimulus plan?”
- “What would you think of Elizabeth Colbert Busch if I told you unions contributed to her campaign?”
After about a half dozen of these questions, Wolford began to challenge the caller for asking such absurd questions. He apologized, telling her, “ma’am, I’m just paid to ask questions.”
• Another gun control battle? Alan Looks into Senator Joe Manchin’s vow that he is not through with his push to tighten background checks.
• More to follow? NBA player Jason Collins came out and announced he was gay Alan looks at whether more will follow.
Jason Collins has a ex-fiancee who is quite surprised. Carolyn Moos (who played a few seasons in the WNBA) dated Collins for seven years and was engaged to him until they broke up in 2009. Click here for the full story.
• Rosemarie Smead talks to Alan about being ordained a Catholic priest.
• Former Senator Mike Gravel (D-AK) is on with Alan to talk about seeking the truth about UFO’s.
• Regret for Bush Vs. Gore? Alan looks into Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s statement about the 2000 presidential election.
They’re having a hard time doing it.
The state issued a plea this month for public assistance in renaming five geographic features. The five are part of a total of 18 sites that include the word “squaw” or “Negro” in their names and have been designated by the legislature as needing renaming.
But some of the replacement names suggested by the South Dakota Board of Geographic Names board have been rejected by an obscure federal body called the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.
“It is hard for us to come up with a good name,” said June Hansen, a member of the South Dakota Board of Geographic Names. Tops on the list for renaming are places known for decades as “Negro Wool Ridge” and “Negro Gulch,” landmarks that in their early history were known by a different “n” word, said Hansen.
An effort to rename Negro Creek to Medicine Mountain Creek failed to garner approval of the federal body, for instance.
“There is some pretty strict criteria for what the name has to be,” said Hansen.
The federal board says that names should center on local history, folklore, events or natural aspects of the area, and says names cannot duplicate others attached to geographic features in South Dakota or nearby states.
The federal body does not consider the word “Negro” to be offensive, said Lou Yost, its executive secretary. Similarly squaw is not a problem for the federal board, though the three-letter shortened version of Japanese is, Yost said.
• Author Cass R. Sunstein talks to Alan about his new book Simpler and if we can make governement run better.
• Reprieve founder Clive Stafford Smith talks to Alan about the hunger strikes at Guantanamo.
• It’s a Friday Night Free-for All!
President Barack Obama vowed Friday to join Planned Parenthood in fighting against what he said are efforts by states to turn women’s health back to the 1950s, before the Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide, and singled out the GOP-governed states of North Dakota and Mississippi for criticism.
“When politicians try to turn Planned Parenthood into a punching bag, they’re not just talking about you,” Obama said, becoming the first sitting president to address the abortion-rights group in person. “They’re talking about the millions of women who you serve.”
Obama asserted that “an assault on women’s rights” is underway across the country, with bills introduced in more than 40 states to limit or ban abortion or restrict access to birth control or other services.
The things he did wrong were really wrong:
President Bush presided over the near collapse of the American economy. He neglected a war that was thrust upon us to fight a war that he never should have begun. His judicial appointments consistently place conservative ideology before the law. And his administration flouted the laws banning torture. On the eve of President Obama’s first election, only 23 percent of Americans approved of Bush’s job performance.
And, yet, he appears moderate compared to today’s Republican Party.