Hofstra University is saddened by the passing of radio and television personality and author Alan Colmes ’71, best known as a longtime liberal political commentator on Fox News Radio and Fox News Channel. Colmes died this morning at age 66.
From 1996 to 2009, Colmes co-hosted Fox News Channel’s top-rated nightly political debate show “Hannity & Colmes,” serving as the liberal counterpart to Sean Hannity. Since 2003, he hosted “The Alan Colmes Show,” a syndicated weeknight talk radio program on Fox News Radio, and was also a guest contributor on other Fox News programs. He first developed his career at radio stations in the Northeast, including WABC and WNBC in New York.
Before graduating in 1971 from Hofstra University, Colmes was a member of the campus radio station, where he hosted a three-hour music show on Saturdays. In 2009, he was named one of the first inductees in Hofstra’s Radio Hall of Fame, during a ceremony celebrating WRHU 88.7 FM’s 50 years in broadcasting.
Colmes returned to the University on numerous occasions to share his professional experiences with students. He was on campus last May for the radio industry conference “Talkers 2016: Bridging the Generations.” He was a guest speaker as part of Hofstra’s 75th anniversary festivities in 2011. In 1998, he brought his “Hannity & Colmes” show to the University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse for a live broadcast.
He was also the author of two books, Red, White and Liberal: How Left is Right and Right is Wrong and Thank the Liberals for Saving America, as well as a blogger on alan.com and liberaland.com.