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Using the perfect blend of analysis and humor, Michael Smerconish delivers an engaging, thought-provoking and balanced dialogue on today's political arena and the long-term implications of the polarization in politics.
In addition to his acclaimed work as nationally syndicated radio talk show host, newspaper columnist and best-selling author, Michael Smerconish hosts CNN’s Smerconish which airs live at 9:00 am ET on Saturday mornings from New York and also provides analysis and opinion on CNN programming throughout the week. Prior to joining CNN, Smerconish was an MSNBC contributor and served as guest-host for Hardball with Chris Matthews. His presentations provide audiences with a balanced, thought-provoking and entertaining analysis of the 2016 presidential election. Smerconish details what he describes as the “rural rebellion” that led to President-Elect Donald Trump’s surprise victory. In so doing, he lends insight that could only come from someone who covered the election from start to finish daily on SiriusXM radio, and participated in CNN’s coverage of every primary, election night, party conventions, all four presidential and vice presidential debates, and spent 9 hours on set for the finale on election night. Smerconish has received numerous accolades for his talk show including the National Association of Broadcasters, which selected him as a 2011 Marconi Award finalist in the category of Best Network/Syndicated Host and TALKERS magazine, which has consistently named him one of America’s most important talk show hosts. He is the host of the Michael Smerconish Program heard exclusively on SiriusXM - POTUS Channel 124 from 9a–12p ET and re–airing again 6-9p ET. Satellite radio has over 25 million paid subscribers and more than twice as many listeners. He was the first radio host to interview President Barack Obama live from the White House. In addition to his seven interviews with President Obama including his most recent in October, 2012, Smerconish has interviewed Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter as well as Vice Presidents Joe Biden, Dick Cheney and Al Gore. He is the author of six books including two New York Times’ best sellers and his new book, TALK: A Novel (May, 2014). Smerconish’s twice-weekly column in The Philadelphia Inquirer is reprinted in various newspapers both in the U.S. and abroad and he has been a frequent guest on NBC’s Today Show, The Colbert Report, The O’Reilly Factor and Real Time with Bill Maher just to name a few. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and today is of counsel to the Philadelphia law firm of Kline & Specter.
Some of the great comments we've received for Michael Smerconish:
“The Carolinas Credit Union League wanted an unparalleled experience at our 2015 Annual Meeting, including a full day of speakers. With a 2.5-hour block on politics and advocacy, it was important that we begin strongly. From introductory video to his final response during Q&A, Michael Smerconish delivered. His expert perspective and direct, entertaining style brought and kept attention on what often is a starchy, analytical, and polarizing subject. Michael’s material was up-to-the-minute and showed he thought as much our audience and bringing them together as we did of his insight.
By most every account our participants called this our best annual meeting ever, and we have Michael to thank for such great momentum through the advocacy block and the rest of the schedule. As one participant shared in an evaluation, “I could have listened to him all day!” - Carolinas Credit Union League
“As President of the New Jersey Association of Health Underwriters (NJAHU), we had the opportunity to have Michael Smerconish speak to our members at our states annual conference. Michael’s presentation was entertaining, timely, and most importantly engaging. Our members were extremely happy with his presentation. Michael’s involvement with our event not only elevated the overall conference, but elevated our association as well. I strongly recommend having Michael as keynote speaker.” - New Jersey Association of Health Underwriters
“Michael Smerconish served as the closing speaker at our annual convention. He was extremely well-received and provided an engaging and insightful bi-partisan view on the current status of the issues facing our nation and its implications for the future. In addition, he was very easy to work with in the pre-event planning. I would definitely have Michael talk with our members again!” - Missouri Hospital Association
“At the Fall dinner meeting of the Bar Association of Lehigh County our guest speaker was Michael Smerconish. Everyone was delighted with his presentation. It was timely, informative and entertaining. The question and answer session following was lively, fun and the best we have had in recent memory. Before, during and after the event Mr. Smerconish was very accommodating and personable. Everyone was left wanting more.” - Bar Association of Lehigh County
“Michael made an excellent presentation at our Annual Board Meeting. He was extremely well received. His thoughtful, timely, and relevant presentation kept everyone’s attention. His warm and personal insights offered during his comments were enjoyed by all.” - Anti-Defamation League
“Smerconish was fresh, entertaining and engaging. A genuine storyteller who connected with our audience from start to finish, Michael walked our audience behind the scenes of the media, between the aisles of Washington and into the everyday life of Michael Smerconish. We walked away with a better understanding of the polarizing views dividing our nation and a deeper appreciation that not every issue has to be black and white, us versus them. Most of all, we discovered that the simple conversational things about our lives are what matter most and make for the most interesting dialogue. Our attendees have seen many keynotes, and we wanted to give them something slightly different, something they haven’t seen or heard before. Michael gave us all of that and more. As a result, both NASCO and Michael have expanded our fan base.” – NASCO
“Michael was able to address a diverse group of senior executives and directors on current U.S politics in a very candid and direct way. His views are clearly well informed, and perhaps more importantly, heartfelt and authentic. Great job…” - Milestone Partners
“Michael spoke at our Annual Conference & Expo, to an audience of homeowners and managers in condo and homeowner associations. His speech focused on the polarization in politics and the increasing lack of civil discourse in America. Our audience loved Michael’s presentation and found it extremely relevant to their every day experiences. One of our attendees called his speech “Absolutely one of the best keynote addresses I have heard. Intelligent, engaging and thought-provoking.” Nothing makes a conference organizer more satisfied than attendees who believe the event was engaging and thought-provoking. Smerconish delivered on all counts.” - Community Associations Institute
“As our keynote Radio Show luncheon speaker, Michael Smerconish was most well received by our radio broadcasters from different market sizes across America. His passion for radio’s responsibility to our listeners came through as he encouraged productive bipartisan dialogue.” - National Association of Broadcasters
Meet Michael Smerconish
Book of Secrets
How Washington Has Changed Since the 80s
The Polarization of the Media
Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right: American Life in Columns
Based on and inspired by his book of the same name, Michael Smerconish, through his political research and unique experiences, talks to audiences about why he believes that the American political divide has been greatly exaggerated by those with a motivation to perpetuate polarization. As characterized by Foreward Reviews: "Michael Smerconish’s collection is compelling and entertaining—not as a filtering of daily news through a predictable ideological lens, but as a group of insightful entries into conversations about current events and issues….This sampling of Smerconish’s columns exemplifies the kind of discourse, based on reason and evidence, that makes a newspaper, in print or online, indispensable to citizens of democracy."
Smerconish's common sense often sets him apart from today’s media provocateurs. His optimistic outlook, derived from his political research and unique experiences, is a message for our times: that the American political divide has been greatly exaggerated by those with a motivation to perpetuate polarization. At ease in front of live audiences, he’s a master at telling political stories, and can be equally passionate when discussing such disparate subjects as family pets, lessons learned from yard sales and why he disfavors the torturous SAT exam.
Michael Smerconish delivered a great speech at our meeting. He presented a great overview of today’s political landscape and his point of view of what we must do as a nation to return to a civil discourse of the challenges we face domestically and internationally. Our clients found his commentary to be not only insightful but also straight to the heart of the topic at hand.Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.
He is the perfect speaker, especially for organizations involved in advocacy or public policy issues.American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Washington D.C.
Michael Smerconish gave a riveting keynote address that captivated the audience and sparked many thoughtful conversations.Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts
Michael Smerconish was the perfect guest speaker for our fundraiser. Great story teller. Engaging. Topical. Entertaining. Insightful. Approachable. We had a wonderful evening discussing politics and current political issues with Michael Smerconish that was pragmatic and substantive without being personal. Very refreshing.Congregation Adath Jeshurun
At this summer's American Association for Justice convention, our members were thoroughly captivated by remarks made by Michael Smerconish. Michael is a talented speaker who presents his analysis of the current political landscape with equal doses of searing wit and heart. His thoughtful critique of the polarized nature of the political discourse in this country inspired and educated our members. Michael's shared insights were a real highlight of this conference.American Association for Justice
Michael Smerconish was very well-received at our event in Chicago earlier this month. In terms of content, he is a master of weaving together big ideas and down-to-earth examples. As for delivery, he is everything you would hope for from a talk radio guy: articulate and silver-tongued. He was easy to work with onsite, and our audience found his remarks insightful and entertaining.Institutional Investor Conferences
Michael Smerconish presented a rousing speech packed with a factual, refreshingly honest breakdown of our country’s political landscape.Kansas Hospital Association
In November 2017, Michael spoke at the Walkers Fundamentals seminar in New York, addressing several hundred asset management professionals. Michael was dynamic, engaging and straight to the point. He presented a well researched view of the divisions in society and managed to be both balanced and extremely passionate at the same time.The audience raved.Global Managing Partner, Walkers
Michael Smerconish was fresh, entertaining and engaging. A genuine storyteller who connected with our audience from start to finish, Michael walked our audience behind the scenes of the media, between the aisles of Washington and into the everyday life of Michael Smerconish. We walked away with a better understanding of the polarizing views dividing our nation and a deeper appreciation that not every issue has to be black and white, us versus them. Most of all, we discovered that the simple conversational things about our lives are what matter most and make for the most interesting dialogue.National Account Services Company
Our Organization’s event planning committee was excited to have Michael Smerconish as our keynote speaker for our years largest event. We were thrilled with the mix of 45 minutes of humor and political insight that Michael provided. He possess a unique view from the inside of the political reporting process.Greater Philadelphia Society of Financial Services Professionals
With so many conferences being offered, the decision isn't always about the budget, but your ROI! That ROI is multiplied when you attend and/or produce a conference that has a line-up of keynote speakers to inspire, inform and energize. That's what Washington Speakers Bureau provided with Michael Smerconish for our annual conference. Michael was not only a dynamic speaker, but an engaging personality and very well received by all. He took time for photos with our attendees too as well as book signing and commentary. He was exceptional in every way.PerformRX
Michael Smerconish was the keynote speaker at our annual conference in Philadelphia. He provided an engaging view on issues of the day and his presentation was timely, informative, and entertaining. His keynote address was exceptionally well received by those in attendance and it truly set the stage for a terrific conference. I would recommend Michael to anyone considering an event speaker.International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc.
Michael delivered an insightful 45-minute speech about the current U.S. political environment that enthralled our partners and clients. …he was outstanding in the Q&A session as well, engaging our audience in an array of current relevant political topics. We will have him back!PricewaterhouseCoopers
Michael Smerconish did a great job in his speech. The audience felt that he was very warm and engaging with everyone that he met, and hope we can bring him back at some future date.Tiger Bay of Volusia County
Michael Smerconish served up an outstanding keynote for our Villanova Business Leaders Forum. He was engaging throughout - a perfect blend of humor and analysis to provide his perspective on the increasingly partisan political landscape. The talk was fantastically well-received, without exception, by audience members representing the full range of political orientations - a feat unto itself. Perhaps no less important, Michael was a gracious and thoughtful guest. He spent considerable time and effort understanding our event and making it special. An all-around home run!Villanova School of Business
The evaluation results for Mr. Smerconish’s presentation were exceptional. Our members were attentive and engaged throughout his speech due to his innate ability to resonate and connect with the audience. His impartial perspective, relevant observations, and personal experiences provided a compelling analysis of our country’s political landscape. And as an added bonus, he even offered persuasive ideas as to what we can do to make the system work again. It was a 'grand slam' event thanks to Mr. Smerconish’s presentation. A quote by an attendee sums up the sentiments of the audience: “He was fabulous and I could have listened to him forever.”Anne Marie Matteo, Chief Executive Officer Suburban West Realtors® Association
Michael Smerconish’s talk at one of our recent events was absolutely superb. The audience was composed of individuals who are politically engaged and his remarks hit exactly the right tone. He was witty, insightful, impartial, and tremendously knowledgeable about the politics of the Commonwealth and the U.S. Highly recommend him.Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
Everyone - all 234 people - LOVED Michael! He was insightful, bright, funny and warm. He shared stories that everyone loved. My husband just said, I could have listened to him all night. Couldn't be happier!SFPR
Michael Smerconish’s keynote address at our IMPACT conference 3 weeks after the election was the talk of the conference. His analysis of Trump’s disruptive win and Clinton’s surprising loss shed light on the political climate that has been brewing over the past 30 years. Smerconish told an unbiased, relatable story that resonated with our audience. His insights were crucial to our attendee’s understanding of the current social landscape effecting their businesses.Grant Thornton LLP
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