Michael Berry (radio host)

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Michael Berry
Michael Berry in 2008.jpg
Member of the Houston City Council from the At-large #5 District
In office
January 2, 2004 – January 2, 2008
Preceded by Carroll Robinson
Succeeded by Jolanda Jones
Member of the Houston City Council from the At-large #4 District
In office
January 2, 2002 – January 2, 2004
Preceded by Chris Bell
Succeeded by Ronald C. Green
Personal details
Born Michael Christian Berry
(1970-11-10) November 10, 1970 (age 44)
Orange, Texas, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Nandita Venkateswaran Berry
Children Two sons
Residence Houston, Texas
Alma mater University of Houston
University of Texas School of Law
University of Nottingham
Occupation Czar of Talk Radio, attorney, real estate developer
Religion Southern Baptist

Michael Christian Berry (born November 10, 1970) is an American conservative radio talk show host based in Houston, Texas. A former member of the Houston City Council, Berry has worked as an attorney and real estate developer.

Early life[edit]

Originally from Orange in Orange County in far southeastern Texas, Berry graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas School of Law and a Master of Laws and Letters degree from the University of Nottingham in England. His wife is Nandita Venkateswaran Berry, or "Nandy", the 109th Secretary of State of Texas, who is originally from Hyderabad, India.[1] He and his wife are Southern Baptists. Michael Berry's height is 6' 0 1/2" ( 184 cm ) tall.[2]

Political career[edit]

Berry was a three-term Houston at-large city council member and also served as Mayor Pro Tem. He was named "Councilman of the Year" by the Houston Police Officers Union. After helping Houston film director and choreographer Shawn Welling with a legal dispute involving the city council, Berry became producer on Welling's next film, which won acclaim from notable Houston newspapers the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Press.[3] Berry told the station, ""I think that this story is so compelling that if it can generate an initial buzz, then it will take on a life of its own... The beauty of the story is it's a story of redemption." [3]

Radio career[edit]

In 2005, Berry began hosting weekend program Michael Berry's Real Estate Review on Houston radio station NewsRadio 740 KTRH.[4] The following year, Berry began hosting a weekday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. talk show on sister station Talk Radio 950 KPRC that replaced the syndicated Glenn Beck Program.[5][6]

On April 27, 2007, Berry became operations director for the three Clear Channel Communications AM radio stations in Houston: KTRH, KPRC, and KBME "790 the Sports Animal".[7] Berry remained in that position until 2011.[8] In June 2007, Berry began hosting a 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. show on KTRH in addition to his morning KPRC show.[9] KTRH moved Berry's show to 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in July 2007 to make room for The Sean Hannity Show and The Chris Baker Show.[10] KPRC dropped Berry's show on July 30, 2007 as part of its revamped "Radio Mojo" format that put Walton and Johnson and Mancow's Morning Madhouse in weekday mornings.[11] Berry returned to his old timeslot after KTRH canceled Baker's show in November 2007.[12] In 2010, KPRC "The 9-5-0 Radio Mojo" brought back Berry in the 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. slot, and KTRH cut Berry's 5 p.m. show back one hour in order to present all three hours of The Mark Levin Show afterwards.

Clear Channel station in Portland, Oregon, NewsRadio 1190 KEX, began simulcasting Berry's KPRC show live in the 12 to 3 p.m. (PT) slot in April 2011.[13]

In January 2012, KPRC replaced Berry's afternoon show with a show by KTRH morning host Matt Patrick. KTRH put Berry on the 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. slot previously occupied by the last hour of Houston's Morning News and The Glenn Beck Program; KPRC took in Glenn Beck.[14] This marked the end of KEX broadcasting Berry live, as KEX's noon broadcast of Michael Berry became a delayed version of Berry's KTRH morning show.[5] KEX dropped Berry in June 2013 in favor of Glenn Beck. Berry's afternoon show expanded to other markets on Clear Channel stations; it is simulcast live in Waco, Texas on KWTX NewsRadio 1230,[15] Nashville, Tennessee on NewsRadio 1510 WLAC,[16] Baton Rouge, Louisiana on NewsRadio 1150 WJBO,[17] Birmingham, Alabama on NewsRadio 105.5 WERC,[18] Atlanta, Georgia on Talk Radio 640 WGST,[19] and Albany, New York on NewsRadio 810 and 103.1 WGY, in Dallas, Texas on KFXR (AM),[20] in New Orleans, Louisiana on WRNO-FM [21] and delayed in Beaumont, Texas on News/Talk 560 KLVI[22] and San Antonio, Texas on NewsRadio 1200 WOAI.[23]

Berry won the readers' choice award of best talk radio host from the Houston Press in 2010.[24]

Berry has been a guest host of the nationally syndicated Mark Levin Show.[5]

Berry is the host of the radio show Texas Time, which airs on weekends. The intent of the program is to showcase new featured music releases and festivals in Texas.

Controversy[edit]

Referring to the Muslim community center proposed for construction near the Ground Zero site of the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York City, Berry stated on his May 26, 2010, KPRC program that if the center were to be completed, "I hope that someone blows it up".[25] The following day, he expressed partial regret, issuing a statement which said in part, “I apologize to you, my listeners, for insulting your intelligence and saying something so stupid. I do not apologize, however, for my opinion that that mosque should not be built."[26]

Like many other Right-wing radio hosts, Michael Berry indulged in the President Obama birth certificate controversy. Berry suggested that the birth certificate presidential candidate Obama provided to the public in 2008 was somehow flawed. [27] To satisfy Berry and other conspiracy theorists, Obama compelled Hawaii to release its copy of the official birth certificate on April 27, 2011. [28] When the second birth certificate was released Berry defended his conspiratorial speculation on his facebook page by asking:

"WHY would President Obama spend so much time and political capital hiding "this" document, if it is authentic and proves he was born in Hawaii? For anyone who criticizes you for asking, just ask them to explain this very simple question." [29]

On March 24, 2015, after Canadian-born Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced his intention of running for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States, Berry spoke approvingly of the Senator. [30] He did not suggest that Cruz would be ineligible to hold the office. Nor did he take the opportunity to explain how he previously came to a different conclusion with regards to President Obama.

Hit-and-Run Incident[edit]

On February 16, 2012, the Houston Chronicle reported that Berry had been accused of leaving the scene of an accident that is said to have occurred at approximately 11 p.m. on January 31, 2012 in the parking lot of a Montrose gay bar. On February 21, 2012, Berry responded to the allegations on his morning radio show.[31] While Berry, who is married with children, admitted through his attorney Dick DeGuerin that he was at the gay bar that evening, he denies the allegations.[32]

It was reported on February 24, 2012, that the accuser had settled the matter in exchange for a payment of $2,000.00 from Berry for damages to his car. The settlement included a stipulation that Berry was not admitting guilt.[33] After prosecutors were unable to contact the alleged victim, the investigation into Berry's alleged crime was terminated. The Assistant DA, Connie Spence, declined to pursue charges in the case.[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pierce, Alicia or Hillery, Jeff. "Nandita Berry sworn in as Texas Secretary of State", Retrieved January 7, 2014
  2. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/michael-berry-show-on-ktrh/ 11/14/2013 10am podcast at 31:30 mark
  3. ^ a b Docudrama explores Bolivar characters KHOU 11, 2009.
  4. ^ "Program schedule". NewsRadio 740 KTRH. Archived from the original on January 14, 2005. 
  5. ^ a b c Kinosian, Mike (May 15, 2013). "Self-Syndication is Berry, Berry Good". Talkers. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Program schedule". Talk Radio 950 KPRC. Archived from the original on January 10, 2006. 
  7. ^ Mack, Kristen (April 28, 2007). "Councilman takes on new role in radio". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ April 30, 2012 Facebook post
  9. ^ "Schedule". NewsRadio 740 KTRH. Archived from the original on June 25, 2007. 
  10. ^ "Schedule". KTRH. Archived from the original on July 31, 2007. 
  11. ^ Plocek, Keith (August 1, 2007). "Now the Question Can Finally Be Answered Once and for All: Jessica Alba or Jennifer Aniston?". Spaced City. Houstonpress.com. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ Barron, David (November 7, 2007). "Chris Baker's talk show canceled on KTRH and KPRC". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ "KEX Adds FM Translator Simulcast, Michael Berry For Middays". All Access. April 4, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Michael Berry Doubles Up At KTRH, Matt Patrick To Host On Both KTRH and KPRC". All Access. January 4, 2012. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  15. ^ http://www.newstalk1230.com/pages/michaelberry.html
  16. ^ http://www.wlac.com/pages/michaelberry.html
  17. ^ http://www.wjbo.com/pages/schedule.html
  18. ^ http://www.wercfm.com/onair/
  19. ^ http://www.640wgst.com/pages/www/program/
  20. ^ http://www.dfw1190am.com/onair/michael-berry-13986/
  21. ^ http://www.wrno.com/onair/michael-berry-13986/
  22. ^ http://www.klvi.com/pages/MichaelBerry.html
  23. ^ http://radio.woai.com/pages/michaelberry.html
  24. ^ "Best Radio Host (Talk) - 2010: Michael Berry — KTRH". Houston Press. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  25. ^ Staff writer, "KPRC's Michael Berry Under Fire For Mosque Comment", AllAccess.com, Written May 28, 2010, Retrieved 2011-05-31
  26. ^ Mendoza, Moises, "Berry under fire for mosque bomb remark", Houston Chronicle, Written May 28, 2010, Retrieved 2010-11-06
  27. ^ ,"[1]", Politfact, Written June 27, 2008, Retrieved 2015-03-24
  28. ^ CNN Political Unit,"[ http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/27/white-house-releases-obama-birth-certificate]", CNN, Written April 27, 2011, Retrieved 2015-03-24
  29. ^ Michael Berry Fan Facebook Page,"[2]", facebook, Written April 27, 2011, Retrieved 2015-03-24
  30. ^ The Michael Berry Show,"[ http://www.iheart.com/show/139-The-Michael-Berry-Show/?episode_id=27191914]", The Michael Berry Show, Recorded March 23, 2015, Retrieved 2015-03-24
  31. ^ http://blog.chron.com/newswatch/2012/02/michael-berry-responds-to-hit-and-run-allegations/
  32. ^ http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Talk-show-host-Michael-Berry-won-t-be-charged-in-3524861.php
  33. ^ http://news92fm.com/176792/man-accusing-michael-berry-of-hit-and-run-says-matter-is-settled/
  34. ^ http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Talk-show-host-Michael-Berry-won-t-be-charged-in-3524861.php

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