Join Michael Smerconish at CAI's Annual Conference

Feb 2, 2012

CAI is pleased to welcome Michael A. Smerconish as our 2012 “Coming Attractions” Annual Conference & Expo Keynote Speaker.

Michael A. Smerconish is a nationally syndicated radio host, newspaper columnist, author and MSNBC contributor.

Smerconish has often been recognized for his radio work. Talkers Magazine has consistently named him one of America’s most important talk show hosts.  In 2009, prior to his syndication, Radio and Records named him the nation’s Local Personality of the Year. Philadelphia Magazine has named him the City’s best talk show host, as well as one of the City’s most powerful citizens.

In 2009, Smerconish became the first radio host to interview President Barack Obama live from the White House. The interview was televised live on MSNBC, CNN and Fox News.  Smerconish has interviewed President Obama on six different occasions.  He has also interviewed Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as Vice Presidents Al Gore, Dick Cheney and Joe Biden.

Smerconish is the author of five books, two of them New York Times’ best sellers. He donated all author proceeds from three of those manuscripts to charity. Additionally, through a promotional partnership with jeweler Steven Singer, Smerconish has raised in excess of $300,000.00 for the Flight 93 National Memorial.

Smerconish also authors a twice-weekly column in the Philadelphia Inquirer. His columns have been re-printed in various newspapers across the country.

Smerconish is also an on-air contributor with MSNBC, and has often guest-hosted Hardball for Chris Matthews  He has been a guest on virtually every television program where politics is discussed, including: NBC’s Today Show, Colbert Report, O’Reilly Factor, Larry King Live, The View, and Real Time With Bill Maher.

Smerconish became a radio and television commentator after experiences in Republican politics. While still in college he was an advanceman for (then) Vice President George H.W. Bush. At age 29, he was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to a sub-cabinet level position (Regional Administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he reported to HUD Secretary Jack Kemp).

Prior to turning to broadcasting as a full-time endeavor, Smerconish practiced law for ten years with James E. Beasley, a legendary Philadelphia-based trial lawyer, who is the namesake of the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. Today Smerconish is of counsel to the Philadelphia law firm of Kline & Specter.  He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and remains a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Smerconish was a trial lawyer specializing in complex tort litigation. His clients ranged from the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police to the City of Rome, Italy. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyer’s Association.

Smerconish is a 1984 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Lehigh University where he majored in government and journalism.  He lives in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, with his wife and their four children.

Mr. Smerconish’s appearance is sponsored by State Farm Insurance – Steve DiOrio, a 2012 CAI Gold Premier Partner.

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