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Alan Colmes Biography
Alan Colmes born Alan Samuel Colmes was an American radio and television host, liberal political commentator for the Fox News Channel, and blogger. He was also the host of The Alan Colmes Show, a nationally syndicated talk-radio show distributed by Fox News Radio that was broadcast throughout the United States on Fox News Talk on Sirius and XM.
From 1996 to 2009, he served as the co-host of Hannity & Colmes, a nightly political debate show on Fox News Channel. In 2015, he supplied the voice of The Liberal Panel on Fox News Channel’s The Greg Gutfeld Show.
Alan Colmes Age
Alan Samuel Colmes was born in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
on 24th September, 1950. He passed on in Manhattan, New York, U.S. on 23rd February, 2017 at the age of 66 years.
Alan Colmes Family
He was born in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. to a Jewish family. He grew up in Lynbrook, New York on Long Island, attended local public schools. He then went to Hofstra University, where he graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from its School of Communications. While there, he worked at its radio station WRHU.
Alan Colmes Wife
He was married to Dr. Jocelyn Elise Crowley, a professor of public policy at Rutgers University. Her sister Monica Crowley, is the conservative radio commentator, pundit and television personality.
Alan Colmes Death
Colmes died on February 23, 2017, of lymphoma at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. He died at the age of 66.
Alan Colmes Books
He wrote the Red, White & Liberal: How Left Is Right and Right Is Wrong (2003) and Thank the Liberals for Saving America (2012).
Alan Colmes Career
He begun his career in stand-up comedy. He developed his radio career in the Northeast, working at stations such as WABC, WNBC, WHN, WMCA and WEVD in New York, WNHCin New Haven, Connecticut, and WEZE and WZLX in Boston.
His radio career debuted when WABC hired him for the morning drive time slot. He was billed as “W. Alan B. Colmes,” as in the station’s call sign. In 1987, he moved to WNBC, but his occupation there would be short when NBC announced in 1988 it would close its radio division. His voice was the last to be heard, when WNBC went off the air for the last time on October 7, 1988.
He had been syndicated nationally, starting with his involvement with Daynet, a venture created by Colmes and other regional radio hosts. Daynet was sold to Major Networks, Inc. in 1994. He kept his own show, which was distributed by Fox News Radio.
In 1996, he was hired by Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. He co-host ed Hannity & Colmes, beginning with the Fox News Channel launch on October 6, 1996, and ending on January 9, 2009. He also appeared live on Shovio.com’s new broadcasting technology, TalkBackTV.
His non-fiction book, Red, White & Liberal: How Left is Right and Right is Wrong (ISBN 0-06-056297-8), was published in October 2003. It tackles issues such as civil rights, the war on terror, and the perceived liberal media bias.
In January 2009, he left Hannity & Colmes, with Fox replacing it with Hannity. He continued as a commentator on Fox News, most often on The O’Reilly Factor where he frequently appeared with his conservative sister-in-law, Monica Crowley. He was also an occasional guest-panelist on Fox News’ late-night satire program Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld.
Post–Hannity & Colmes, he was a frequent panelist on the news analysis program Fox News Watch alongside Cal Thomas, Judith Miller, and other pundits.
Criticism and satire
He described himself as a liberal and his Fox News biography touted him as “a hard-hitting liberal,” he has sometimes been referred to disparagingly as a “token liberal” or a “Fox News liberal”. Colmes told USA Today that he considered himself “quite moderate.” In an article he wrote in 2013, Colmes described himself as “very liberal”.
Throughout his run on Hannity & Colmes, he was criticized for being less charismatic and telegenic than Sean Hannity, and just a “seat-filler” for the liberal side. Some newspapers reported him as being Hannity’s “sidekick”.
Former Democratic Senator Al Franken criticized Colmes in his book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, saying he refused to ask tough questions during debates and neglected to challenge incorrect claims made by Hannity or his guests. Franken used a smaller font in his book when he addressed “Colmes” by name and claimed that he did not speak as much as Hannity during the show. Other liberal critics questioned whether both hosts receive equal time to interview guests.
Some of his other liberal critics, notably commentators at Media Matters for America, praised him toward the end of the show’s run. He began to cite their reports in interviews with some conservative guests on the program.
The Colbert Report
On January 5, 2009, the beginning of his last week on Hannity & Colmes, he was a guest on The Colbert Report in a spoof called “Colbert & Colmes,” which parodied criticisms of Hannity & Colmes. In addition to being given a list of pre-approved responses to Stephen Colbert’s opinions and forced to sit on a stool (making him appear shorter than his co-host), his face was covered by the on-air graphics while Colbert discussed issues of the day.
After the announcement that he was leaving Hannity & Colmes, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart also paid tribute to him with a guest appearance by legendary rock duo Hall & Oates, who in a parody version of their hit “She’s Gone,” dubbed him “Tango to his (Hannity’s) Cash” and “Laurel to his Hardy.
Alan Colmes Net Worth
Colmes was a devoted American radio and television host and liberal political commentator who had an estimated net worth of $12 million.