Mike Huckabee, On-Air Weekdays 12pm - 3pm on SuperTalk 99.7 WTN
Mike Huckabee was born in 1955 and spent his early career in broadcasting and advertising before spending 12 years as a pastor and denominational leader. He became the youngest president ever of the Arkansas southern Baptist State convention, the largest denomination in Arkansas. He led rapidly growing congregations in Pine Bluff and Texarkana and credits those experiences with giving him a deep sense of the problems faced by individuals and families.
Huckabee is an avid musician and is a bass player in his rock-n-roll band, Capitol Offense, which has opened for artists such as Willie Nelson and the Charlie Daniels Band, and has played the House of Blues in New Orleans, the Red rocks Amphitheatre in Denver and has played for two presidential inauguration balls and at two Republican National conventions. He is featured each week in the musical segment of his Fox show with the Fox house band, “The Little Rockers.”
Huckabee’s efforts to improve his own health have received national attention. Diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 2003, he lost 110 pounds. Barely two years later, he completed four marathons. As a result,The road runners Club of America named him its ‘Southern Region Runner of the Year’ and USA Track & Field has named him their ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the country.
His hobbies include hunting, fishing, running, and music. He was named one of the 25 Most Influential People for Conservation by Outdoor Life magazine, and was named Man of the year by the American Sport Fishing Association in 1997.
Huckabee first was elected lieutenant governor in a 1993 special election and was elected to a full four-year term in 1994. He was only the fourth Republican to be elected to statewide office since Reconstruction.
Huckabee became governor in July 1996 when his predecessor resigned. He was one of the youngest governors in the country at the time. Huckabee was elected to a full four-year term as governor in 1998, attracting the largest percentage of the vote ever received by a Republican gubernatorial nominee in Arkansas, and was re-elected to another four-year term in November 2002.
As the 44th Governor of Arkansas Huckabee was recognized nationally for his leadership, having been honored by several renowned publications and organizations for his numerous accomplishments.Governing Magazine named him as one of its ‘Public Officials of the Year’ for 2005, Time Magazine honored him as one of the five best governors in America, and later in the same year, Huckabee received the American Association of Retired Person’s Impact Award. In 2007, he was presented with the Music for Life Award by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), for his commitment to music education. He served as the Chairman of the prestigious National Governors Association as well as the Education Commission of the States and the Interstate Oil and Gas commission.
Following his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination he formed HuckPac to assist Conservative Republicans running for office nationwide and has amassed a volunteer team with thousands of activists in all 50 states.
He is the author of 9 books, the most recent being “A Simple government” with four of his books making it to the New York Times Bestseller List. His other three bestselling books are “Do the Right Thing,” “A simple Christmas,” and “Can’t Wait Till Christmas.”
The former Arkansas governor is most recently recognized as the host of the number one rated weekend hit HUCKABEE on the fox News Channel, and is heard across the nation daily on The Huckabee Report airing on almost 600 stations.
The former governor and his wife, Janet, live in Florida and still spend part of their time in Arkansas. They have three grown children: John Mark, David and Sarah plus one grandchild: chandler.