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 43)
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 Talk radio host, 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.

Radio career[edit]

In 2005, Berry began hosting weekend program Michael Berry's Real Estate Review on Houston radio station NewsRadio 740 KTRH.[3] 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.[4][5]

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".[6] Berry remained in that position until 2011.[7] In June 2007, Berry began hosting a 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. show on KTRH in addition to his morning KPRC show.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] Berry returned to his old timeslot after KTRH canceled Baker's show in November 2007.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] 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.[4] 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,[14] Nashville, Tennessee on NewsRadio 1510 WLAC,[15] Baton Rouge, Louisiana on NewsRadio 1150 WJBO,[16] Birmingham, Alabama on NewsRadio 105.5 WERC,[17] Atlanta, Georgia on Talk Radio 640 WGST,[18] and Albany, New York on NewsRadio 810 and 103.1 WGY, and delayed in Beaumont, Texas on News/Talk 560 KLVI[19] and San Antonio, Texas on NewsRadio 1200 WOAI.[20]

Berry won the readers' choice award of best talk radio host from the Houston Press in 2010.[21]

Berry has been a guest host of the nationally syndicated Mark Levin Show.[4]

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".[22] 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."[23]

In 2013, the Houston Chronicle criticized Berry in an editorial: "Playing to the lowest common denominator of his radio audience, he targets Muslims, blacks and other minorities — and, of course "libtards" and Mayor Annise "Porker" — all in the name of brave truth-telling and class-clown satire."[24]

Alleged 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. On February 21, 2012, Berry responded to the allegations on his morning radio show.[25]

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.[26] After prosecutors were unable to contact the alleged victim, the investigation into Berry's alleged crime was terminated. No charges were filed.[27]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Pierce, Alicia or Hillery, Jeff. "Nandita Berry sworn in as Texas Secretary of State", Retrieved January 7, 2014
  2. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/michael-berry-show-on-ktrh/ 11/14/2013 10am podcast at 31:30 mark
  3. ^ "Program schedule". NewsRadio 740 KTRH. Archived from the original on January 14, 2005. 
  4. ^ a b c Kinosian, Mike (May 15, 2013). "Self-Syndication is Berry, Berry Good". Talkers. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Program schedule". Talk Radio 950 KPRC. Archived from the original on January 10, 2006. 
  6. ^ Mack, Kristen (April 28, 2007). "Councilman takes on new role in radio". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ April 30, 2012 Facebook post
  8. ^ "Schedule". NewsRadio 740 KTRH. Archived from the original on June 25, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Schedule". KTRH. Archived from the original on July 31, 2007. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ Barron, David (November 7, 2007). "Chris Baker's talk show canceled on KTRH and KPRC". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ "KEX Adds FM Translator Simulcast, Michael Berry For Middays". All Access. April 4, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Michael Berry Doubles Up At KTRH, Matt Patrick To Host On Both KTRH and KPRC". All Access. January 4, 2012. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ http://www.newstalk1230.com/pages/michaelberry.html
  15. ^ http://www.wlac.com/pages/michaelberry.html
  16. ^ http://www.wjbo.com/pages/schedule.html
  17. ^ http://www.wercfm.com/onair/
  18. ^ http://www.640wgst.com/pages/www/program/
  19. ^ http://www.klvi.com/pages/MichaelBerry.html
  20. ^ http://radio.woai.com/pages/michaelberry.html
  21. ^ "Best Radio Host (Talk) - 2010: Michael Berry — KTRH". Houston Press. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  22. ^ Staff writer, "KPRC's Michael Berry Under Fire For Mosque Comment", AllAccess.com, Written May 28, 2010, Retrieved 2011-05-31
  23. ^ Mendoza, Moises, "Berry under fire for mosque bomb remark", Houston Chronicle, Written May 28, 2010, Retrieved 2010-11-06
  24. ^ "Michael Berry's tired shtick". Houston Chronicle. June 15, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  25. ^ http://blog.chron.com/newswatch/2012/02/michael-berry-responds-to-hit-and-run-allegations/
  26. ^ http://news92fm.com/176792/man-accusing-michael-berry-of-hit-and-run-says-matter-is-settled/
  27. ^ http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Talk-show-host-Michael-Berry-won-t-be-charged-in-3524861.php

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