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16 March 1945
|Occupation||Radio talk show host|
Mike Siegel is an American radio talk show host. Siegel is a native of New York, Jewish and a political conservative. He has worked on stations from Seattle's KVI to Boston's WRKO and hosted a webcast. He has substituted for nationally syndicated conservative talk show hosts, including Michael Reagan.
Siegel was the host of the late-night talk show Coast to Coast AM from April 2000 until January 2001. He became a frequent substitute of the show's host, Art Bell in late 1999, and when Bell announced his retirement in early 2000, he recommended Siegel to succeed him. Siegel maintained the format of the show that Art Bell had created, but his personal style was very different, and the show became less popular. Early in 2001, Bell decided to return, and Siegel left the show. Siegel hosted the show from Seattle, Washington, where he lived.
Later, Siegel hosted a daily talk show on WLIE, in Islip, Long Island. During this tenure, he promoted the movement to make Long Island the 51st state (with himself as its first Governor), and advocated "smoke-ins" to protest the county's smoking ban.
Siegel was the host of first a conservative noon-time to three pm talk show on KVI in Seattle, Washington; followed by a move to morning drive, on KTTH in Seattle, Washington. He was key in movements of the time to introduce accountability to Washington state government. He helped former representative Linda Smith and initiative to the people "King" Tim Eyman to get motor vehicle license fees reduced from 2.2% of the vehicle's value to $30 a year.
In early December 2005, his contract with KTTH expired and he was replaced by David Boze and Dan Sytman in the morning.
On February 1, 2006 Siegel began hosting "Noonday" on WDAY in Fargo, North Dakota. He was replaced by other hosts, but continued as a regular substitute for WDAY general manager Scott Hennen on the Hot Talk program.
In April 2008, Hennen left WDAY to become owner of his own station, WZFG/1100. Upon Hennen's departure, Siegel served as host of Hot Talk on WDAY until June 2008. Siegel followed Hennen to AM 1100 and was a regular fill-in host for the Scott Hennen Show.
Siegel worked the 3-7 PM time-slot on WRKO-AM 680 in Boston, Massachusetts, beginning in September 2014, when the contract with The Howie Carr Show ended. This assignment ended on March 16, 2015 when Carr returned.
- He was professor of communication at both Emerson College (Boston) and Fitchburg State College (Fitchburg).
- Was a guest on Geraldo in a discussion about the congressional pay raise campaign which was instrumental in stopping a 51% pay raise for members of Congress.
- Guest on Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect (January 2000) along with Actress Carol Alt and Rap Artist/Actor Ice Cube.
- Appeared on Court TV (January 2000) breaking the story of Jeff Smith, the Frugal Gourmet, accused pedophile on KIRO.
- Recognized by Talkers Magazine as one of the 100 Most Important Talk Hosts in America.
- Mike Siegel signed an exclusive broadcast agreement with Cameo Entertainment Groups' CyberStationUSA.Com, the world's largest online radio station, and began airing his first internet radio show on February 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm EST. Mike will continue to air his internet radio show, exclusively on CyberStationUSA.Com every weekday, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST.
- In 2017 Mike Siegel began hosting Your Second Opinion a podcast produced by the news and public policy group Haym Salomon Center].