Michael Reagan tweeted Saturday, “Ron, my brother was an embarrassment to his father when he was alive and today he became an embarrassment to his mother.”
The reach of Mike Reagan's tweeting probably surpasses that of his talk radio work these days, but airing the family laundry was definitely enough to get him weekend headlines on the Yahoo.
His brother is Ron "Don't call me Junior" Reagan, 52, has speculated lovingly and convincingly in a new memoir (and on ABC's 20-20) that their sainted father, 40th president, Ronaldo Maximus, suffered from Alzheimer’s disease while president.
This has caused a predictable shit-storm in the right-wing media. Ron has long been a perfect right-wing foil- he was a talk show host in Seattle and on Air America; he's a liberal, an atheist... and a Seattleite. He's a weather-breeder for the right.
Mike Reagan, who says birther claims "must be taken seriously," ought to know about embarrassment, he's been embarrassing even to his conservative cohort for years. What success he's had outside of boat racing can be directly traced to his pimping his famous father's name, despite his whining biography in 1988 complaining he was neglected by a distant father, and bitch of a step-mother.
And, of course, he's got a new book of his own coming out on Tuesday.
Michael Edward Reagan, 63, is a veteran radio broadcaster, former speedboat racer, and adopted son of Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman. He's one of the weakest talents in right-wing radio. He's flogged his name shamelessly to no avail -- his radio career has been on a descending glide path for years. Read our Tear Down that Dignity! Michael Reagan Scrapes the Bottom, here.)
Last year he was dropped from the third rate right-wing network he was on and was picked up by a fourth-rate one. He was dropped to make room for Roger Hedgecock, the disgraced former San Diego mayor cum radio talk host. It's hard to find Mike Reagan on any dial, he's been out of our market for many years... even when Seattle had 3 conservative stations.
We've always kept track of Mike Reagan because he got his start in Seattle at KVI in the early '90's, seminal days of right-wing talk. Mike Siegel, then at the top of the local Seattle talk-heap, took the rookie Reagan under his wing, and got him some practice shifts as KVI was just beginning to roll and AM right-wing radio was being born.
(Even though they were relatively early in the talk radio heyday, Siegel and Reagan were soon swamped by a tsunami of larger talents (beginning with Rush Limbaugh) and washed out to sea, so to speak).
Sensational eliminationist talk has given Michael Reagan the headlines of his professional life in recent years.
In 2008, Reagan got his name in lefty blogs like BlatherWatch, and a Worst Person out of Olbermann for announcing he'd like to stick a grenade up the butts of any Palestinian baby named after Hezbollah by their mothers, and "I'd light it."
In 2008, after deluded Truthers sent letters to troops stationed in Iraq claiming that 9/11 was perpetrated by the U.S. government. Reagan said,"We ought to find the people who are doing this, take them out and shoot them. Really. You take them out, they are traitors to this country, and shoot them.... I'll pay for the bullets."
In 2005, he told a listener, "Howard Dean should be arrested for treason and either hung or put in a hole until the war's over."
We've asked over the years: What does it take -- short of child molesting -- to finish a career in talk radio?
Reagan tried everything but settled on mediocrity, and ungrammatical, dumbed-down, right-wing rhetoric with a target audience of those with his own lack of sensibilities.
You'd think such a formula would work -- and it did for a while.
But he was never able to grow a major audience despite the built-in advantage of his name which he whores continuously -- we've counted the times he said "my father" in one hour -- it averages over 30.
(Ron Reagan speaks only about his father, the president in the most intellectual terms, never airs any familia gripes; Michael, on the other hand, whines about how neglected he was by Ronald and Nancy on air! Listen to him complain about never getting any parental mail at summer camp here, it's pathetic).
In 2004, The Republican National convention committee asked him to give the countering speech to half-brother Ron 's pro-stem cell research one at the D's Convention.
After all that, plus lots of face time on Fox News, and CNN you'd think he might have a better than average chance, but it hasn't helped -- his new network is the tiny, rabid Christianist/right-wing American Family Radio network, of Tupelo, Mississippi.
The network has few stations in major markets, and no major stations anywhere.
AFR is the media "arm" of far-right goofball and eliminationist Christian Donald Wildmon's American Family Association (AFA) a network of about 165 radio stations. that depend on evangelists and vitamin salesmen who pay for their own shows.
Mike Reagan will be by far the biggest name on their little Christian stations scattered mostly in the South, and the Midwest. God and Donald wildmon only know what kind of financial arrangement Reagan's got: he might have to sell some vacation packages to make ends meet.
(Catch AFR's Today’s Issues show broadcasting live Jan. 30, 10a from the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky)
Reagan hasn't been heard in the Seattle market for several years: for that we are grateful, although his show was occasionally great for comic relief. Mike might do well to follow the suggestion of a few commenter on his unlively web forum:
I think that it would be really great to have a lively discussion/debate about modern techniques that could be employed in the harvesting of redwood trees. Compare and contrast this with the planting and harvesting of corn in Nebraska.