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Phil Donahue

Phil Donahue at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007
Born December 21, 1935 (1935-12-21) (age 72)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

Phillip John Donahue (born December 21, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American media personality and writer, best known as the creator and star of The Phil Donahue Show, also known as Donahue, the first tabloid talk show. The show had a 26-year run on national (U.S.) TV, preceded by three years of local broadcast in Dayton, Ohio, before ending in 1996. Poster for the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival Box office at the Manulife Centre The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), held in Toronto, Canada, is widely considered to be one of the top film festivals in the world. ... is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... Cleveland redirects here. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... Cleveland redirects here. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Freaks talk back by Joshua Gamson: scholarly text about tabloid talk shows. ... : Gem City : Birthplace of Aviation United States Ohio Montgomery 56. ...

His shows have generally focused on issues that often divide liberals and conservatives in the United States, such as abortion, consumer protection (his most frequent guest was Ralph Nader, for whom he campaigned in 2000), civil rights and war protests. Donahue also hosted a talk show on MSNBC from 2002 – 2003. Liberalism is an ideology, philosophical view, and political tradition which holds that liberty is the primary political value. ... American conservatism is a constellation of political ideologies within the United States under the blanket heading of conservative. ... Ralph Nader (born February 27, 1934) is an American attorney, author, lecturer, political activist, and candidate for President of the United States in five elections. ... The United States presidential election of 2000 was a contest between the Democratic candidate Al Gore versus the Republican candidate of George W. Bush. ... Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ... For the news website, see msnbc. ...


Personal history

In 1949, Phil was in the graduating class of Our Lady Of Angels. In 1953, Donahue was a member of the first graduating class of St. Edward High School, an all-boys college prep Catholic high school run by the Brothers of Holy Cross in suburban Lakewood, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.B.A. in 1957. A year later he married his first wife, Marge Cooney, who divorced him in 1975. There were five children from that marriage. He married his second (and present) wife, actress Marlo Thomas, in 1980. St. ... Lakewood is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. ... For other universities and colleges named Notre Dame, see Notre Dame. ... BBA redirects here. ... Marlo Thomas Marlo Thomas (born Margaret Julia Thomas on November 21, 1937 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American actress, who first achieved fame on the TV series That Girl in the 1960s. ...

Early career

Donahue began his career in 1957 as a production assistant at KYW radio and television in Cleveland. He got a chance to become an announcer one day when the regular announcer failed to show up. After a brief stint as a bank check sorter in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he became program director for WABJ radio in Adrian, Michigan, soon after graduating. He moved on to become a stringer for the CBS Evening News and later, an anchor of the morning newscast at WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio, where his interviews with Jimmy Hoffa and Billie Sol Estes were picked up nationally. While in Dayton, Donahue also hosted Conversation Piece, a phone-in afternoon talk show from 1963 to 1967 on WHIO radio. There, among others, he interviewed civil rights activists (including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X) and war dissenters. WTAM is an AM radio station in Cleveland, Ohio broadcasting on 1100 kHz with 50,000 watts. ... Albuquerque redirects here. ... Adrian is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... CBS Evening News is the flagship nightly television news program of the American television network CBS. The network has broadcast this program since 1948, and has used the CBS Evening News title since 1963. ... WHIO-TV is a television station in Dayton, Ohio. ... : Gem City : Birthplace of Aviation United States Ohio Montgomery 56. ... For other uses, see Hoffa (disambiguation). ... Billie Sol Estes (born 1924) was a scandal-ridden Texas-based financier best known for his association with US President Lyndon B. Johnson and for accusing Johnson of a variety of crimes, including the assassination of John F. Kennedy. ... WHIO 1290KHz and since October 30 2006 rebroadcast on WHIO-FM 95. ... The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr, Ph. ... Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, also known as Detroit Red and Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Omaha, Nebraska, May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965 in New York City) was a Muslim Minister and National Spokesman for the Nation of Islam. ...

The Phil Donahue Show / Donahue

Main article: The Phil Donahue Show

In 1967, Donahue left the WHIO stations and moved his talk program to television with The Phil Donahue Show on WLWD (now WDTN), also in Dayton. Initially, the program was shown only on other stations owned by the Crosley Broadcasting Corporation (which would later take the name of its parent Avco Company), which also owned WLWD. But, in January 1970, The Phil Donahue Show entered nationwide syndication. The Phil Donahue Show, also known as Donahue, was the first tabloid talk show. ... WDTN is the NBC-affiliated television station for the Miami Valley area of Ohio. ... Crosley Broadcasting Corporation, founded by radio manufacturing pioneer Powel Crosley Jr. ... Avco Corporation is a subsidiary of Textron which operates Textron Systems Corporation and Lycoming. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ...

After a 29-year run – 26 years in syndication – the final original episode of Donahue aired in May 1996, culminating what remains the longest continuous run of any syndicated talk show in U.S. television history.

While hosting his own program, Donahue also appeared on NBC's The Today Show as a contributor, from 1980 until 1982. From 1991 to 1994 he also co-hosted Pozner/Donahue, a weekly, issues-oriented roundtable program with Soviet journalist Vladimir Posner, which aired both on CNBC and in syndication. ([1]) This article is about the television network. ... The Today Show, officially known as Today, is an American morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on NBC. Debuting on January 14, 1952, it was the first of its genre, spawning similar morning news and entertainment television programs across the United States and around the world. ... CCCP redirects here. ... Vladimir Posner (born April 10, 1934) is a Russian journalist best known in the West for being a communicative television personality for the Soviet Union during the Cold War. ... This article is about CNBC U.S., the business news channel in the U.S.. For other uses, see CNBC (disambiguation). ...

MSNBC program

In 2002, Phil Donahue returned to television to host a show called Donahue on MSNBC. On February 25, 2003, MSNBC canceled the show, citing low viewership. While he didn't garner as many viewers as Bill O'Reilly, who shared the same time slot, Donahue was the highest rated show on MSNBC at the time it was canceled, managing to beat out even Chris Matthews' "Hardball" in the ratings.[1] Soon after the show's cancellation AllYourTV.com reported it had received a copy of an internal NBC memo that stated Donahue should be fired because he would be a "difficult public face for NBC in a time of war".[2][3] Donahue was the only host of a talk show on any cable network that had a decidedly anti-war stance against the then proposed invasion of Iraq in 2003. The year 2002 in television involved some significant events. ... For the news website, see msnbc. ... is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 2003 in television involved some significant events. ... It has been suggested that Bill OReilly political beliefs and points of view be merged into this article or section. ... This article is about the journalist. ... For other uses of the term, see Iraq war (disambiguation) The 2003 invasion of Iraq (also called the 2nd or 3rd Persian Gulf War) began on March 20, 2003, when forces belonging primarily to the United States and the United Kingdom invaded Iraq without the explicit backing of the United...

Film producer

In 2007, Donahue served as Executive Producer for the feature documentary film, Body of War, which he also co-directed with independent filmmaker Ellen Spiro. The film tells the story of Tomas Young, a severely disabled Iraq War veteran and his turbulent postwar adjustments. The film features two new songs, No More and Long Nights by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder. In November 2007 the film was named as one of fifteen to be in consideration for an Oscar nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[4] Vedder's involvement in the film stems from a meeting the two men had while participating in a Chicago Cubs fantasy camp, according to an interview Donahue did with the Associated Press. Body of War is a documentary following Tomas Young, an Iraq War veteran paralyzed from a bullet to the spine, on a physical and emotional journey as he adapts to his new body and begins to question the decision to go to war in Iraq. ... Ellen Spiro (born September 17, 1964 in New Brunswick, New Jersey) is an American documentary filmmaker. ... This article is about the rock group. ... Eddie Vedder (born Edward Louis Severson III on December 23, 1964 in Evanston, Illinois) is the lead singer and one of three guitarists for the rock band Pearl Jam. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ...


  1. ^ The Surrender Of MSNBC-AllYourTV.com
  2. ^ The Surrender Of MSNBC-AllYourTV.com
  3. ^ Media Matters - Phil Donahue on his 2003 MSNBC firing: "We had to have two conservatives on for every liberal. I was counted as two liberals."
  4. ^ Melidonian, Teni. 15 Docs Move Ahead in 2007 Oscar® Race Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences official website. 2007-11-19. Retrieved on 2007-12-3.

External links

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Phil Donahue - MSN Encarta (293 words)
Phil Donahue, born in 1935, American television talk-show host, known for his confrontational style and for pioneering the audience-participation format of talk show.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Donahue was educated at the University of Notre Dame.
Donahue has won several Emmy Awards, including nine for best talk-show host, and a Peabody Award (1981) for his contributions to television.
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Donahue, fearing the fainting was caused by both anxiety at being on television and an overheated studio, eventually cleared the studio of audience members and then resumed the show.
Donahue was a vocal critic of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.
Donahue also said that O'Reilly based his show and his interviewing style on little more than loudness and talking points, and criticized his treatment of Jeremy Glick, the son of a September 11 terror attack victim (Barry Glick) who memorably appeared on the show.
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