Born: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA
Neal A. Boortz Jr. (born April 6, 1945) is an American author, former attorney, and former conservative radio host. His nationally syndicated talk show, The Neal Boortz Show, which ended in 2013, was carried throughout the United States. The content of the show included politics, current events, social issues, and topics of interest, which Boortz discussed with callers, correspondents, and guests. Boortz touched on many controversial topics.Boortzs first involvement with radio was in the 1960s, while he was a student at Texas A&M University, working as a local on-air personality at WTAW. After moving to Georgia, he became an avid listener of Atlantas first talk radio station. Boortz became a regular caller to the morning talk show. When the shows host died, it created a job opening, which Boortz actively pursued. He was initially hired on a two-week trial run, and later offered the permanent position. Boortz attended night law school, earning a law degree in 1977. For some years he worked as both an attorney and as a talk show host. He eventually closed his law practice to concentrate on his work in radio.Boortz has received many industry accolades. He was named as one of the 25 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America by Talkers magazine, and one of Georgias 100 Most Influential People by Georgia Trend. In 2009, Boortz was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.Boortzs first book was The Commencement Speech You Need To Hear in 1997, followed by The Terrible Truth About Liberals, in 1998. In 2005, he co-wrote The FairTax Book with Congressman John Linder, proposing to implement a variant of a national retail sales tax in lieu of other federal taxes. Boortzs involvement with the FairTax is covered in the documentary film An Inconvenient Tax.
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