Born in 1945, Boortz began his career in radio in the early 1970s and quickly gained a reputation for his no-nonsense approach to politics and current events. He consistently used his platform to push for limited government and personal responsibility, earning him a loyal following of listeners who appreciated his candid and often controversial commentary.

Washington, UNITED STATES: Neal Boortz of Cox Radio Network broadcasts live 24 October 2006 at an event for radio talk shows at the White House in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

From radiohalloffame.com:

Neal Boortz is the host of The Neal Boortz Show, which airs throughout the United States on affiliates of the Dial Global Radio Network. Airing live Monday through Friday, the show revolves around politics, current events, and social issues and consistently ranks in the national Top 10 for overall listeners, with over 4 million listeners per week. 

A native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania Boortz started his radio career in 1969 while a student at Texas A&M University, where he was an on-air personality at WTAW-AM. After finishing at A&M he moved to Atlanta and became a fan of WNRG-AM, Atlanta’s first talk radio station. Boortz was an avid listener and regular caller to the morning show, which was hosted by Herb Elfman. But the untimely passing of Elfman created an opening for a new morning show host and after a two-week “trial run,” Boortz was offered the permanent position. 

Boortz has received many industry accolades including being named one of the “25 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America” by Talkers magazine, and one of “Georgia’s 100 Most Influential People” by Georgia Trend. Boortz was also named to selected to NewsMax.com magazine’s “Top 25 Talk Radio Host” list. Boortz has written several books, including the No. 1 best seller The Fair Tax Book, was co-written by Congressman John Linder (R-GA). 

Neal Boortz was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2009.

One of Boortz’s biggest passions was the Fair Tax proposal, which seeks to replace all federal income taxes with a national sales tax. He believed that the current tax system was overly complex and burdensome, and saw the Fair Tax as a way to level the playing field for all Americans, regardless of their income level.

Boortz was known for his energetic and enthusiastic delivery, often drawing in listeners with his quick wit and sharp intellect. He was not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom or take on politicians from both sides of the aisle, earning him a reputation as a fearless and outspoken voice in the world of talk radio.

Unfortunately, Neil Boortz passed away in 2019, leaving behind a legacy of advocacy for tax reform and individual liberty. His impact on the world of radio and politics is still felt today, as his ideas and beliefs continue to influence discussions on tax policy and government reform.

Neil Boortz will always be remembered as a passionate advocate for tax reform and a champion of the Fair Tax proposal. His fearless approach to politics and his commitment to speaking truth to power have cemented his legacy as one of the most influential voices in conservative talk radio. The “On Air Lion” may be gone, but his roar still echoes in the halls of government and in the hearts of those who believe in the power of individual freedom.

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