Chip Franklin is the only talk-show host to win the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award for writing, presented to him by Dan Rather, Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw. Hosting his own show since 1995, he’s interviewed every living president, had one show subpoenaed by a Federal Grand Jury, and covered a dozen Republican and Democratic National conventions, and authored the definitive history of talk; SPEED BUMPS and GUNS; The Dark Insides Of Talk Radio.
In addition to more than 25 AP awards for broadcasting, Chip has also won the NY Festival for Unconventional Coverage of the Democratic and Republican conventions and seven Achievement in Radio Best Talk Show Host awards. Talkers Magazine has listed Chip as one of the top 100 talk show hosts in the country for 12 straight years, most recently in the 2021 edition of the Heavy 100.
Franklin has appeared numerous times on network TV shows including HBO’s The Wire, Showtime, A&E Evening at The Improv, The O’Reilly Factor, Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson, CNN, Paula Zahn, Fox and Friends, The Situation Room, and MSNBC. (Chip was temporarily banned from FOX for holding a picture of John McCain in an attempt to taunt president Trump.) His series, ARRESTED INTELLIGENCE, random on-the-street interviews, generated national buzz and a feature on CNN in early 2011 when he asked people which health care plan they preferred; Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act. (The answers were understandably frightening.)
Chip has interviewed the hilarious and notorious, from inmates at San Quentin to Jerry Seinfeld, from Jimmy Carter to Stormy Daniels. A show on WBAL in Baltimore, featuring the Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department, was subpoenaed by a federal grand jury and led to his conviction and imprisonment. The commissioner, not Chip. At least not yet.
Chip currently hosts three podcasts;
- What The Franklin!- Interviews with artists and sh*t-stirrers
- MRiQ.com; The world’s smartest people answer life’s toughest questions