Levin was presented by radio icons and fellow Hall of Famers Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and inducted as the 2018 Spoken Word On-Air Personality. In his speech, Levin commented that "Rush Limbaugh took me under his wing, a great, decent, very nice man," and said "Sean Hannity is like a brother to me."
[facebook https://www.facebook.com/radioink/photos/a.10155505362606910/10155505362911910/?type=3&theater expand=1]In a touching tribute to "The Great One" in the Washington Times, radio host Larry O'Connor referred to Levin, Hannity, and Limbaugh as the "talk radio 'Mount Rushmore.'"
"In sports, the Hall of Fame is reserved for athletes who have retired and are looking back at their glory days. Thankfully, in radio, the industry rewards legends while they are still doing what they do best. Mr. Levin is doing just that," O'Connor wrote. "'The Great One' is a perfect nickname, but these days, in the times we’re living in, I call him 'The Indispensable One.'"
Levin's remarkably successful radio career began in 2002 with a Sunday program on WABC in New York. In 2003, after proving he had the talent to host a great show, Levin was given the 6:00 p.m. time slot on weekdays, and his program quickly became the number-one show in that competitive hour. Levin currently reaches more than eight million listeners with his radio show, website, and free podcast.
Levin is the New York Times best-selling author of several books, including "Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto" and "Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism." He is also the host of LevinTV on CRTV and "Life, Liberty & Levin" on Fox News.
On a personal note, Mark Levin has had a tremendous influence on my thinking and conservative beliefs. My father introduced me to Levin's radio program when I was 13 years old. We listened on car trips; my dad talked to me about conservatism, and we laughed together as Levin cut progressive arguments to ribbons with his tremendous wit.
"Liberty and Tyranny" was released just as the Tea Party movement began to grow, and my father gifted me the book. In the summer of 2010, we stood along the highway near where I grew up, participating in July 4 Tea Party protests. I was inspired by Levin's work to be an activist for conservatism.
I recall listening to Levin's program devotedly throughout high school, reading my U.S. history textbook for homework as I listened to Levin expound on American history, the meaning of Declaration of Independence, the virtues of freedom, a well-ordered civil society, and a limited government that protects individual rights. Levin also read advertisements for Hillsdale College, where I eventually attended to study political philosophy and economics. After graduation, still a Levinite, I heard his advertisements for Conservative Review and happily got my job here.
As you can see, I am indebted to Mr. Levin and his radio program for inspiring me to be a voice for conservatism, for introducing me to my alma mater, and for my career. As one of eight million regular listeners, I am truly thankful for the great work he has done for conservatism and proud of his recognition at the National Radio Hall of Fame.
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