Michael Reagan

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Michael Reagan
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Born John Flaugher
(1945-03-18) March 18, 1945 (age 69)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Residence Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, California U.S.
Alma mater Arizona State University
(first semester drop-out)
Occupation Radio talk show host
Spouse(s) Pamela Gail Putnam (m. 1970–71)
Colleen Sterns (m. 1975)
Children Cameron[1] and Ashley Reagan[2]

Irene Flaugher Lange (1916-1986) John Bourgholtzer (d. 1993)

Ronald Reagan (1911–2004)
Jane Wyman (1917–2007)

Michael Edward Reagan (born John Flaugher; March 18, 1945) is an author and former American radio host. His nationally syndicated radio show, The Michael Reagan Talk Show, aired on stations throughout the United States on the Premiere Radio Networks. After Premiere dropped the show, it was picked by Radio America. The show later moved to American Family Radio for about 4 months. The show is no longer on the air. He is the adopted son of Ronald Reagan and his first wife Jane Wyman.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Los Angeles, California, to Irene Flaugher (born 1916[3]- died December 26, 1985[4]), an unwed woman from Kentucky[5] who became pregnant through a relationship with U.S. Army corporal John Bourgholtzer. He was adopted by Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman shortly after his birth.[6]

Michael grew up with the Reagan family in Beverly Hills, California, and later nearby Pacific Palisades. He was sent to boarding school when he was six and spent a total of four days per month visiting his father and mother.[7] One childhood story he has told that introduced him to politics was how at the age of 8, he asked his father for a raise in his allowance. At the time, around 1953, his allowance was $1 a week. Ronald Reagan said that since he was paying 90 percent of his earnings to the federal government as income tax, he was not able to increase Michael's allowance. This, according to Michael, was how he was introduced to the subject of tax cuts and how that affected people.[7]

He was expelled from Loyola High School after a short period of time at the school [6] and in 1964 he graduated from the Judson School, a boarding school outside of Scottsdale, Arizona.[8] At his high school graduation, Ronald Reagan introduced himself to his son by saying, "My name is Ronald Reagan. What's yours?" He replied, "I'm your son Mike." "Oh," said Ronald Reagan. "I didn't recognize you."[8] He attended San Fernando Valley State College[9] and Arizona State University.[10]


Sometime prior to September 1970, Reagan was working as a salesman for the clothing company Hart, Schaffner & Marx. He then became a director of special events catering at Michaelson Food Service Company in Los Angeles.[9]

In the mid-1970s Reagan began his radio career with "On Energy". His big break in talk radio started in the Southern California local market as a guest host for radio commentator Michael Jackson's talk radio show slot on KABC in Los Angeles. After this beginning, he landed a talk show spot on KSDO radio in San Diego, California. Reagan's rating success in the San Diego market gave him the opportunity to take his talk show nationwide in 1992 with the Premiere Radio Networks, later being dropped from the network. He then went to the Radio America Network where he was once again dropped. His show was then picked-up by the American Family Radio Network for about 4 months and then discontinued. Since that time Michael has focused on public speaking about Ronald Reagan. He also delivers conservative commentary from time to time on cable television news programs such as the Fox News Channel as well as on the Internet for websites such as NewsMax.[11][12]

In 1988, he authored with Joe Hyams an autobiographical book Michael Reagan: On The Outside Looking In.[7] In 2005 he wrote "Twice Adopted" about his feelings of rejection being adopted, parents divorcing and becoming a Born Again Christian.[6]

After his show was dropped from the Premiere Radio Networks, it was picked up by the Radio America Network. In January 2009, Reagan's show was removed from the Radio America lineup and replaced by Roger Hedgecock.[13]

Reagan interjected his broadcasts with provocative and controversial statements. Reacting to the Mark Foley scandal in 2006, Reagan said, "Any member of Congress who was aware of the sexual emails and protected the congressman should also resign effective immediately."[14]

In April 2013, in a syndicated column, Michael Reagan made a statement that, in regards to arguments supporting gay marriage, similar arguments could be used to support polygamy, bestiality, and murder. As he wrote: “There is also a very slippery slope leading to other alternative relationships and the unconstitutionality of any law based on morality. Think about polygamy, bestiality, and perhaps even murder."[15] In 2013 Michael Reagan wrote an opinion piece accusing churches of “wimping out” by not fighting harder to block same-sex marriage.[16]

In March 2010 Reagan began selling email addresses with the suffix @Reagan.com for an annual price of $39.95 per year. Reagan said that the service was meant to combat competitors such as Apple, Hotmail, AOL and Gmail, which contribute money to liberal causes.[17]

Legal problems[edit]

In June 2008, activist Mark Dice launched a campaign urging people to send letters and DVDs to troops stationed in Iraq which support the theory that the 9/11 attacks were an "inside job". "Operation Inform the Soldiers", as Dice has called it, prompted Reagan to comment that Dice should be killed for treason.[18] Reagan said on June 10, 2008: "How about you take Mark Dice out and put him in the middle of a firing range. Tie him to a post, don't blindfold him, let it rip and have some fun with Mark Dice."[19] Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, a liberal/progressive media criticism organization, asked Radio America at the time to explain whether it permits "its hosts to call for murder on the air."[20] Reagan filed a copyright infringement claim to prevent audio clip of him calling for the murder of Dice from circulating the Internet.[19] Dice explained that the use of the audio clip fell under fair use laws, and the clip was evidence of a crime.[19]

On September 20, 2012 Michael Reagan was sued by Elias Chavando, the founder and creator of the @Reagan.com email service.[21] Chavando sued Reagan and his company, The Reagan Group, along with Reagan's partners Tim Kelly,[22] and Jay Hoffman [21] for fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud, conversion, breach of partnership agreement, breach of fiduciary duty, promissory estoppel and unjust enrichment, for dealings related to the Reagan Email service.[23] Hoffman is a board member of Michael Reagan's non-profit entity, the Reagan Legacy Foundation.[24]

According to the filings on the case[21] the email service was started by Chavando, Kelly and Reagan. It attracted thousands of subscribers and turned large profits. Chavando says he requested funds for a software upgrade in August 2011, but Tim Kelly allegedly told Chavando that the business had no money. Kelly and Reagan "became very upset" when Chavando discovered that Reagan and Kelly had embezzled money out of the business, leaving the bank accounts empty.[23] Reagan & Kelly then sold the email business to Chicago business man Anthony Saliba.[23] Saliba is also board member of Michael Reagan's non-profit entity, the Reagan Legacy Foundation.[24]

Michael Reagan's defense attorney is Max Blecher. Blecher is also representing Donald Sterling and his law suit against the NBA.[25] Michael Reagan’s company and his business partners are represented by the law firm of Robert K. Kent.[21]

Political views[edit]

Reagan endorses Brad Sherman during the 2012 elections

During the 2012 elections, Reagan endorsed Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman,[26] a pro-choice Congressman.[27]

Reagan was said to be considering a challenge to Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2012[28] but stated that chairing the Citizen Legislature Act, a proposed ballot initiative that would have established a part-time legislature for California, "is better for me and the state."[29]

Personal life[edit]

In 1971 Reagan married Pamela Gail Putnam (born 1952). She was the daughter of Duane Putnam, who was then the Atlanta Falcons football line coach.[9] The couple divorced in 1972.[30]

He married Colleen Sterns, an interior decorator, in 1975 at the The Church On The Way.[10] Together, they have two children, son Cameron and daughter Ashley. Reagan and his wife live in the Toluca Lake area of Los Angeles.[11] Son Cameron Reagan has been arrested several times and charged with crimes including possession of drugs, violence and hitting a police officer.[31]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mehta, Seema (January 7, 2010). "Reagan grandson arrested in Van Nuys". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ Edwards, Anne The Reagans: Portrait of a Marriage. St. Martin's Griffin (2004) ISBN 0312331177.
  3. ^ Genealogy of Campbell Rice (includes Irene Flaugher) Accessed 7/4/2009.
  4. ^ Dougherty, Margot and Lois Armstrong. "Binding Up the Wounds." People Magazine, 29, 11 (1988-03-21).
  5. ^ Irene Flaugher, birth mother of Michael Reagan. Kentucky Historical Society (2005)
  6. ^ a b c Reagan, Michael Twice Adopted: An Important Social Commentator Speaks to the Cultural Ailments Threatening America Today. B&H Books (2005) ISBN 0805431446.
  7. ^ a b c Reagan, Michael; Hyams, Joe. Michael Reagan: On the Outside Looking In. Kensington Publishing Corporation, 1988 ISBN 0821723928.
  8. ^ a b Lavin, Cheryl (April 17, 1988). "Family Outcast: A Reagan Son Sadly Remembers Years Of Neglect". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  9. ^ a b c "Michael Reagan, Governor's Son, to Marry Miss Pamela Putnam". New York Times. Sep 22, 1970. Retrieved August 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Barrett, Laurence I.; Wallis, Claudia (1981-01-05). "Four Reagans Used to Going Their Own Ways". Time. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "Motivational Speakers/Michael Reagan". Premier Speakers Bureau. 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  12. ^ NewsMax Pundits. NewsMax.com.
  13. ^ "Roger Hedgecock Goes Daily with Radio America" (Press release). Lubbock, TX: KCBD. October 28, 2008. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  14. ^ Beutler, Brian (October 2, 2006). "Conservatives also seek Hastert's resignation". The Raw Story. 
  15. ^ Reagan, Michael (April 2, 2013). "Churches: Time to fight back". Ironton Tribune. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 
  16. ^ Stolberg, Sheryl Gay (April 3, 2013). "Reagan’s Daughter Says He’d Have Backed Gay Marriage". New York Times. Retrieved Aug 17, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Ronald Reagan's Son Launches @Reagan Email Alternative to Lefty Gmail, AOL, Hotmail". Fast Company. 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  18. ^ "Alex Jones interviews Mark Dice over Mike Reagan death threat constroversy". The Alex Jones Show. Jun 13, 2008. https://archive.org/details/AlexJonesInterviewsMarkDice. Retrieved Aug 30, 2014.
  19. ^ a b c "Reagan Files Copyright Claim in Attempt to Get Mark Dice Death Threat Removed". Infowars. Jun 19, 2008. Retrieved Aug 30, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Talk Show Host Calls for Murder". FAIR. Jun 24, 2008. Retrieved Aug 30, 2014. 
  21. ^ a b c d Elias Chavando vs. Michael Reagan, Case Number: BC492373 (Los Angeles Superior Court 2014).
  22. ^ "Tim Kelly: Executive Profile". Bloomberg Businessweek. May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  23. ^ a b c Reynolds, Matt (September 20, 2012). "Ousted by Reagan's Son, Entrepreneur Says". Courthouse News Service. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  24. ^ a b "Board Members". Reagan Legacy Foundation. 2014. Retrieved Sep 8, 2014. 
  25. ^ Schrotenboer, Brent (Aug 13, 2014). "Donald Sterling bid to stop Clippers sale rejected". USA Today. Retrieved Aug 17, 2014. 
  26. ^ Reed, Mark (Jul 28, 2014). "Calling the National Guard to California-Arizona-Mexico Border Pt 1". Patch. Retrieved Aug 27, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif., 27th)". The Hill. Feb 23, 2010. Retrieved Aug 27, 2014. 
  28. ^ Garofoli, Joe (September 16, 2011). "Feinstein weak in poll, but no GOP challenger yet". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 
  29. ^ Reagan, Michael (March 15, 2012). "Saving California". TownHall.com. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 
  30. ^ Boyle, Louise (December 31, 2012). "'You'll never get in trouble if you say I love you once a day': Ronald Reagan's touching letter to son on eve of his wedding". Daily Mail. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  31. ^ "LA Police: Cameron Reagan, Ronald Reagan's Grandson, Arrested". Huffington Post. January 7, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 

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