Erich "Mancow" Muller is a United States radio and television personality. He is best known as the host of The Mancow Radio Experience, a Chicago-based radio show that is syndicated across the U.S. to fifty markets. He is perennially listed in the top ten of most influential radio personalities in the nation.
Mancow attended Central Missouri State University and received a Theatre degree in 1990. His career in radio began on the morning show, Holy Moly & Maxx, for station KMOK in Kansas City.
In 1993, Mancow made national headlines while working for radio station KYLD-FM in California. At the time, former President Clinton had tied up traffic on an LAX runway for over an hour because of a haircut on Air Force One. Mancow staged a parody of this incident on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge during rush hour. He used vans to block the westbound lanes of the bridge while his sidekick got a haircut. As a result of this publicity stunt, Mancow was prosecuted and given three years probation, fined $500, and ordered by a San Francisco Municipal Court judge to perform 100 hours of community service. The radio station eventually paid $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a bridge commuter.
After leaving California, Muller came to Chicago, where he created his now-famous radio show in 1994. Currently, he is heard from 5:30-9am (CST) in fifty nationwide radio markets. The show is broadcast from the legendary WLS 89 in downtown Chicago, directly across the famous State Street from the iconic Chicago Theatre, and is syndicated by Talk Radio Network, the industry leader in providing independent radio talent.
Muller published his memoirs, titled "Dad, Dames, Demons, and a Dwarf", a New York Times Bestseller, in which he poignantly explored the love between father and son, a fundamental building block in understanding the agape Love of our Heavenly Father for us, his children. Mancow's ability to make us laugh, cry, think, and speak out our hopes, dreams, desires, and expectations are not relegated to the page or the microphone. His live performances are positively electric.
The Mancow Radio Experience has evolved to become the most charismatic and theatrical talk radio program in the nation. The energy is palpable daily, and topics covered range from the sublime to the absurd. To simply say the program has more heart than any other seems to trivialize the maturity exhibited in discussions examining "the stuff of life", buffered by the silly and comedic. The Mancow Radio Experience is, like its host, smart enough not to take him or itself too seriously, with the tongue planted wryly in cheek.
Not surprisingly, the show is not considered politically correct. Few dare to tread the ground that Muller explores daily; from religion to terrorism, from the solar system to school choice, Mancow holds nothing back, and it is that brutal honesty and purity of spirit that has endeared "The Mancow" to millions of fans in America and, indeed, around the globe.
A political libertarian, Mancow is not afraid to dish out a healthy dose of criticism to both parties. This has placed him in the enviable position of being demonized by both the left and right, while simultaneously appealing to the sensible from both ends of the spectrum.
And if all of that isn't enough, it's just funnier-and more fun-than the rest.