Phil Valentine

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Philip Carr "Phil" Valentine (b. September 9, 1959)[1] is an American conservative talk radio show host in Nashville, Tennessee. He broadcasts daily on flagship station WWTN, a Cumulus Media station, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Central Time[2] and is syndicated through Westwood One on over 110 radio stations.[3] He is known in Tennessee for leading protests against a proposed state income tax.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Valentine is the son of former six-term Democratic U.S. Representative Tim Valentine of North Carolina, but is nonetheless a self-described conservative (see Blue Dog Democrat for the southeastern US tradition of conservative Democrats). His mother is Betsy Valentine, who was killed in an auto accident when he was 21. Valentine grew up in Nashville, North Carolina[1] and graduated from Northern Nash High School. After attending East Carolina University, he entered a career in radio. ECU did not offer a broadcast major, so Valentine enrolled in the Connecticut School of Broadcasting branch campus in Charlotte, North Carolina.[citation needed]


Valentine is the author of three books, The Conservative's Handbook: Defining the Right Position on Issues from A to Z ,[5] Right from the Heart: The ABC's of Reality in America,[6][7] and Tax Revolt: The Rebellion Against an Overbearing, Bloated, Arrogant, and Abusive Government.[8] Valentine was active as a community organizer to stop the passage of a proposed Tennessee state income tax. His book, The Conservative's Handbook, is a revision of Right from the Heart and the foreword for both books was written by Sean Hannity.[9]

Film and television[edit]

In August 2009 Valentine launched production of his documentary, An Inconsistent Truth, a rebuttal to Al Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Truth. His movie was premiered on January 26, 2012, and opened on January 27, 2012. For the first two weeks after the release, Truth was the top-grossing movie per screen in the country. At the time, it was playing at a single movie theater and earned a total of $36,439 for those two weeks.[10] It picked up second place at the Appalachian Film Festival in Huntington, West Virginia, in February 2012. The movie also won the Excellence in Filmmaking award at the Anthem Film Festival[11] and won Best Documentary at the Nevada Film Festival in Las Vegas.[12]

In 2015, Valentine landed a role opposite Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, God's Not Dead) in the movie The Secret Handshake.[13] Valentine's other movie credits include a supporting role in the 1998 movie A Letter From Death Row, written and co-directed by Bret Michaels of the rock group Poison. He had a cameo role in the 2014 Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?.[14] He was also the voice of a radio talk show host in a 2003 episode of ABC-TV's Threat Matrix television drama. Valentine has made numerous appearances on Fox News Channel and MSNBC.[15]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2015, Valentine won first place in the Colorado Film Festival[16] and was a finalist in 10 other film festivals including The Beverly Hills Film Festival,[17] The American Movie Awards,[18] and The Atlanta Film Festival for his screenplay "Derek Dickens & The Dream."

Valentine has received numerous AIR Awards (Achievement in Radio) in Philadelphia and Nashville and the Gold World Medal for Best Talk Show Host from the New York Festivals International Radio Awards.[19]

Valentine is often listed in the Talkers Magazine "Heavy Hundred" as one of the 100 most influential talk show hosts in America and is listed by Talkers as one of the 100 most influential talk show hosts of all time. For 2015, he is ranked #32 on the Heavy Hundred list.[20]


  1. ^ a b "Behind the head shot: Phil Valentine". The Tennessean. March 13, 2005. Archived from the original on March 23, 2005.  "I saw the movie poster for One Million Years B.C. [a 1966 film] when I was 7. I was never the same."
  2. ^ "WTN Official Website". Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Westwood One". 
  4. ^ Gettleman, Jeffrey (July 29, 2001). "Radio talk shows generate wave of dissent in Nashville". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Los Angeles Times News Service. p. 12A. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ ISBN 978-1492622352, OCLC 1001855278
  6. ^ "Phil Valentine, Cumberland House Publishing sign book deal". Nashville Business Journal. February 18, 2003. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ ISBN 978-0425198575, OCLC 54425232
  8. ^ ISBN 978-1595550019, OCLC 57193259
  9. ^ "The Phil Valentine Show Official Website". Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "'An Inconsistent Truth' stays No. 1". 8 Feb 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Anthem Film Festival". Archived from the original on 2013-01-17. 
  12. ^ "Nevada Film Festival". Archived from the original on 2012-11-30. Retrieved 12/6/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  13. ^ "The Secret Handshake movie". 
  14. ^ "IMDb". 
  15. ^ The Phil Valentine Show official website
  16. ^ "Colorado Film Festival". Colorado Film Festival. 
  17. ^ "Beverly Hills Film Festival". Archived from the original on 2015-06-02. 
  18. ^ "American Movie Awards". 
  19. ^ "About Phil Valentine". Penguin Publishing. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Heavy Hundred". Talkers Magazine. 

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