Talk Radio Host and WNY Native to be NCCC Commencement Speaker
NCCC President James P. Klyczek announced today that national talk radio host and Lockport native, Stephanie Miller, would deliver the keynote address at the Niagara County Community College Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11. The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. in the main gym on the Sanborn campus.
Miller is a political commentator, comedian and host of The Stephanie Miller Show, a progressive talk radio program produced in Los Angeles and syndicated nationally. The Stephanie Miller Show is heard in 64 markets and 23 states (including California, New York, Florida, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio), as well as on SiriusXM Satellite radio’s national network of 18.5 million subscribers. In 2012, Talkers magazine ranked her the 11th most important radio talk show host in America.
“We are excited to have one of the leading voices in national talk radio addressing our graduates,” commented President Klyczek. “I look forward to the insightful message that she will share with our students in May.”
Miller is the daughter of the late U.S. Congressman William E. Miller, who was Barry Goldwater's running mate in the 1964 presidential election and Chairman of the Republican National Committee. After completing her secondary education in private Catholic schools, she attended the University of Southern California, earning a degree in theatre. After graduation, Miller performed stand-up comedy at the Laugh Factory, the legendary Hollywood comedy club. Early in her career, Miller had several small acting jobs in TV and movies such as Shattered Vows, View from the Top, and Just Write.
Miller started her on-air radio career in Lockport, NY at radio station WLVL in the early 80’s. She progressed to larger markets as morning co-host at hit music radio stations WCKG in Chicago and WQHT in New York. In 1993, Miller was hired by talk station KFI in Los Angeles, where she achieved high ratings with her own weeknight radio show.
In 1995, Miller became one of the few women to host her own late night television talk show, The Stephanie Miller Show syndicated by Buena Vista Television. In 1997, she began co-hosting the CNBC television show Equal Time, as the liberal counterpoint to conservative Bay Buchanan. In 2000, the game show I've Got a Secret was revived on the Oxygen cable TV network with Miller as host. The following year, she began co-hosting Oxygen's weekday TV magazine show, Pure Oxygen. She has made recent appearances on CNN’s “Joy Behar,” “Larry King Live,” “Reliable Sources,” as well as MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” “The Sean Hannity Show” and “Your World with Neal Cavuto” on Fox News, the “Today Show”, the “Tonight Show,” “Good Morning America,” among many others.
Miller's Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour is the fastest selling political comedy tour in America, grossing well over $2,000,000 in just eighteen months. The show has played at major venues such as the Chicago Theater, the Orpheum in San Francisco, the Wilbur Theater in Boston, and the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. Miller, with regular cast members Hal Sparks, John Fugelsang, and other special guests, brings together “liberal comedians” for an evening of liberal humor and comment. The Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour continues to break box office records and remains the first political comedy album to reach No. 1 on the comedy charts for iTunes, Amazon and Billboard.