The Sean Hannity Show is an American radio show hosted by conservative commentator Sean Hannity on ABC Radio Networks and Premiere Radio Networks. Hannity is noted for his opening line to callers in which he greets them with the line "you're a great American." The program is broadcast live every weekday from the studios of WABC-AM in New York City and aired in syndication by Citadel Radio on terrestrial radio affiliates across the United States and the America Right channel found on XM Satellite Radio and Patriot Channel found on Sirius Satellite Radio Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). The primary focus is the politics of the day, with regular interviews of liberal commentators, such as Al Sharpton and Bob Beckel, as well as noted conservatives. According to Talkers' Magazine, The Sean Hannity Show is the second-most-listened to show in the United States, with 13.25 million listeners weekly.
Hannity's first version of his radio show was in the late 1980s as a volunteer broadcaster for the University of California, Santa Barbara's radio station, KCSB-FM. He was dismissed from the station in 1989 following a controversial interview about AIDS in which he insulted a lesbian caller. Later, Hannity would bring his program to WVNN in Athens, Alabama and NewsRadio WGST-AM in Atlanta, Georgia.
Hannity is the second highest rated talk program, only behind The Rush Limbaugh Show, which leads into Hannity on many stations. The show is carried on 530 stations. He is a two-time consecutive winner of Radio & Records National Talk Show Host of The Year Award in 2003 and 2004, as well as the National Association of Broadcasters' 2003, 2004 and 2005 Marconi awards for Talk Show Host of the Year, and the Talkers Magazine 2003 Freedom of Speech Award. In 2004, Hannity signed a $25 million, five-year contract extension with ABC Radio to continue the show through 2009; however, ABC Radio's acquisition by Citadel Broadcasting on June 12, 2007 apparently gave Hannity an opportunity to leave one year after the acquisition.
On July 22, 2008, it was announced that Hannity's show will be co-managed by Citadel's ABC Radio Networks and Premiere Radio Networks, a division of Clear Channel Communications. Premiere Radio will handle advertising sales and distribution to all non-Citadel owned stations, including Clear Channel owned stations. Hannity already has agreements with approximately 80 Clear Channel stations in a separate agreement. The two networks will cooperate for special circumstances.
The show primarily features a mixture of monologues, conversations with callers, and interviews with those in the news.
The show frequently features "Man on the street" interviews, where New York pedestrians are stopped and questioned about politics.
The show also features the occasional inclusion of behind the scenes staff, including producers 'Sweet Baby' James and animal-rights proponent 'Flipper.' 'Gregster' is the engineer who typically plays the audio clips.
The show used to close daily with the segment "Trash the Lines" where calls were taken unscreened, with callers given approximately five seconds to say whatever they wanted. The segment, which had its roots in a late-night show Hannity hosted earlier in his career, has been used less frequently since the summer of 2006.
3. The instrumental opening to "The Way It Is" performed by Bruce Hornsby and the Range, over which Hannity begins speaking.
Occasionally on the third hour, "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor will replace both Carmina Burana and "The Way It Is", with Shannon announcing, "Overlooking Madison Square Garden, deep in the heart of midtown Manhattan, the last beacon of truth in a troubled time! This is the Sean Hannity Show and the world-famous Final Hour Free-for-All!"
Traditionally during election years, an additional announcement was made after Carmina Burana, proclaiming the edition to be "a special edition of The Sean Hannity Show: The Battle for America," featuring a countdown until Election Day. Since Election Day 2007 on November 6, 2007, the “special edition” message counted down the days that remained until the Iowa Caucus (January 3, [), “Super Tuesday” (February 5, 2008), and Election Day (November 4, 2008).