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Philip Carr "Phil" Valentine (born circa 1959) is an American conservative talk radio show host in Nashville, Tennessee. He broadcasts daily on flagship station WWTN, a Cumulus Media station, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Central Time and is syndicated through Dial Global on over 110 radio stations. He is probably best known in Tennessee for leading protests against a state income tax.
Valentine is the son of former six-term Democratic U.S. Representative Tim Valentine of North Carolina, but is nonetheless a self-described conservative. His mother is the late Betsy Valentine who was killed in an auto accident one month shy of Valentine's 22nd birthday. He grew up in Nashville, North Carolina and graduated from Northern Nash High School. After attending East Carolina University, he decided on a career in radio. ECU did not offer a broadcast major so Valentine left the university and enrolled in Carolina School of Broadcasting in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Valentine is the author of three books, The Conservative's Handbook, Right from the Heart: The ABC's of Reality in America, and Tax Revolt. Mr. Valentine was very active as a community organizer for the people of Tennessee to stop the passage of a state income tax against their wishes as citizens of that state. The Conservative's Handbook is a revision of Right from the Heart with new chapters and updated information. The foreword for both books was written by Sean Hannity.
Film and television
In August 2009 Valentine launched production of his documentary, An Inconsistent Truth, a rebuttal to Al Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Truth. The movie held its world premiere on January 26, 2012, and officially opened on January 27, 2012. For the first two weeks after the film's release, Truth was the top-grossing movie per screen in the country. At the time, it was playing at a single movie theater and earned a total of $36,439 for those two weeks. It picked up second place at the Appalachian Film Festival in Huntington, West Virginia, in February 2012. The movie also won the Excellence in Filmmaking award at the Anthem Film Festival and won Best Documentary at the Nevada Film Festival in Las Vegas.
Valentine's other movie credits include a supporting role in the 1998 movie A Letter From Death Row, written and co-directed by Bret Michaels of the rock group Poison. He was also the voice of a radio talk show host in a 2003 episode of ABC-TV's Threat Matrix television drama. Valentine has made numerous appearances on Fox News Channel and MSNBC.
Awards and honors
Valentine has received numerous AIR Awards (Achievement in Radio) in Philadelphia and Nashville and the Gold World Medal for Best Talk Show Host from the New York Festivals International Radio Awards.
Valentine is consistently listed in the Talkers Magazine "Heavy Hundred" as one of the 100 most influential talk show hosts in America and is listed by Talkers as one of the 100 most influential talk show hosts of all time. For 2013, he is ranked #39 on the Heavy Hundred list.
- "Behind the head shot: Phil Valentine". The Tennessean. March 13, 2005. Archived from the original on March 23, 2005. "I saw the movie poster for One Million Years B.C. [a 1966 film] when I was 7. I was never the same."
- "WTN Official Website". Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- "Dial Global Official Website". Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- Gettleman, Jeffrey (July 29, 2001). "Radio talk shows generate wave of dissent in Nashville". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Los Angeles Times News Service. p. 12A. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
- "Phil Valentine, Cumberland House Publishing sign book deal". Nashville Business Journal. February 18, 2003. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
- "The Phil Valentine Show Official Website". Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- "'An Inconsistent Truth' stays No. 1". NashvillePost.com. 8 Feb 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
- "Anthem Film Festival".
- "Nevada Film Festival". Retrieved 12/6/12.
- The Phil Valentine Show official website
- "About Phil Valentine". Penguin Publishing. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- "The Heavy Hundred". Talkers Magazine. 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
- Further reading
- "Phil Valentine Finds the Philadelphians Unexpectedly Delightful". Philadelphia Inquirer. October 4, 1996. Retrieved May 23, 2012. (subscription required)
- "Talk radio's Valentine offers 'rehab' for liberals". The Tennessean. 2003-10-02. Retrieved 2012-05-23. (subscription required)