Steve Gill (born November 15, 1956) is an American conservative talk radio host based in Nashville, Tennessee. He is currently serving as a political commentator on Nashville television station News 2 WKRN, and his radio show, The Steve Gill Show, is broadcast from his flagship station 1510 am WLAC to stations across the state of Tennessee and on approximately 40 stations around the country via syndication through Radio America.
Education and personal life
Gill attended the University of Tennessee, where he received an undergraduate degree in history and a law degree. He played varsity basketball while in college and was a member of the 1977 Tennessee team that won the Southeastern Conference championship. As a student, he was also president of the student body, president of Omicron Delta Kappa, and student member of the university board of trustees. Gill was an adjunct faculty member at Belmont University from 1991 to 2004, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in international business, business law, and negotiations. Gill lives in Brentwood, Tennessee and has two sons, Patrick and Ryan.
In 1992 Gill was appointed to a White House Fellowship by President George Bush. During his fellowship year he served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the U.S. Trade Representative in the Executive Office of the President under both the Bush and Clinton Administrations.
In 1994 and 1996 Gill was the Republican nominee against longtime Sixth District U.S. Representative Bart Gordon, barely losing in 1994 and again in 1996, being outspent each election by over $1 million. One of the statements used against him during the campaigns was in response to a push to increase the minimum wage. Video was shown in which he noted the logistical and economic problems with a national minimum wage setting payments in both New York City and rural Tennessee, "Five dollars an hour goes a lot farther down here."
Gill was the morning host on 99.7 FM WWTN, leaving the air on June 30, 2006. On July 31, 2006, Nashville radio station WLAC 1510 AM announced Gill's return to the station, with a program to air Saturday mornings on WLAC and a number of other stations in the state of Tennessee starting August 12, 2006. Since 2009, Radio America has handled syndication. WLAC also announced plans to begin airing a weekday morning show hosted by Gill on October 2, 2006. Gill began his talk radio career on WLAC.
Starting January 1, 2010, Steve Gill's flagship station, WLAC, underwent a major lineup change to take advantage of the increasingly popular nationally syndicated shows of Glenn Beck and Mark Levin. Mr. Beck, whose show previously occupied the 5PM–8PM (tape delayed) timeslot was moved to Gill's 8AM–11AM slot. Gill moved into the 5AM–8AM morning drive slot and in 2011 the station dropped an hour of Beck and added an additional hour for the Gill Show from 8–9 am. Gill's show now airs live in Nashville Monday – Friday from 5–9 am CST. The Steve Gill Show also airs live Monday–Friday on 87.7 fm/1210 am WMPS "The Point" in Memphis, WJZM 1400 am in Clarksville, and WHUB 1400 am in Cookeville. Mark Levin now occupies Beck's old 5PM–8PM slot and is live.
He has interviewed many Washington figures on his shows, including Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Other guests have included former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Condi Rice, numerous Senators, Members of Congress, Governors and Cabinet officials. Actors and Entertainers like Charlie Daniels, John Rich, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Lou Diamond Phillips, Kyle Chandler, Teri Hatcher, Janine Turner, Fred Thompson, Gene Simmons, and Gene Hackman have also made appearances on the show.
His book about the potential presidential campaign of Fred Thompson, The Fred Factor: How Fred Thompson May Change the Face of the '08 Election, (ISBN 0976873710) was released on May 25, 2007.
In 2000 and 2001 Gill was instrumental in leading an effective protest against a state income tax. At his urging, anti-tax protesters deluged legislators with phone calls and e-mails, and circled the state capitol building in cars and trucks, continually honking their horns. Americans for Tax Reform recognized Gill with a "Hero of the Taxpayers" award for these actions. However, there also was criticism for the tactics used, which resulted in broken windows and other damage at the capitol, required state police to barricade and patrol the capitol to protect legislators, and led to several legislators being taken from the capitol building by ambulance to be hospitalized for cardiac problems. and CNN
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- Duren Cheek (August 20, 2004). "Steve Gill, Bob Rochelle swap shots at tax structure hearing". The Tennessean. p. A1. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- Donald Rumsfeld (November 30, 2004). "Donald Rumsfeld Is Interviewed By Steve Gill, WWTN-FM Radio, Nashville, Tennessee". eMediaMillWorks Political Transcripts (FDCH e-Media, Inc.). Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- Bonna de la Cruz (January 23, 2005). "Gill, who questions campaign spending, underwent scrutiny too". The Tennessean. p. A19. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- Brad Schmitt (June 28, 2006). "Gill looks for more green, but it probably won't be at WTN". The Tennessean. p. A3. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- Brad Schmitt (July 1, 2006). "Gill's WTN talk show ends after contract talks fail". The Tennessean. p. B1. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
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- Mike Organ (November 17, 2006). "Gill in wrong position during his time at UT". The Tennessean. p. C2. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- Beverly Keel (October 24, 2007). "Rich becomes a regular on Gill's talk radio show". The Tennessean. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- "Talk radio host, Gill, to hold debate party". The Daily News Journal. October 7, 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- Michael Cass (December 5, 2009). "Steve Gill to moderate convention hall forum". The Tennessean. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- Tony Gonzalez (July 14, 2011). "GOP's Herman Cain to Steve Gill: I'm a problem solver". The Tennessean. Retrieved 5 August 2012.