With his rise to the top — and his presumed access to President Trump — the critics of Fox News have focused on Hannity, dissecting his show nightly and even investigating how he’s invested his money. Hannity insists his focus remains on his shows — Hannity on TV and The Sean Hannity Show, his syndicated radio show, which airs on 570 stations across the country and reaches 14 million listeners every week. It’s Hannity’s 30th year as a radio host, and he just unseated Rush Limbaugh as the most influential talk show host in radio.
Hannity’s audience knows well the two decades Hannity spent living check-to-check as a bartender and contractor, framing houses, laying tile and hanging wallpaper. His first foray into talk radio was as a guy in his 20s, standing on a ladder listening to talk radio in Rhode Island and calling in to talk politics. “That’s what drives me,” Hannity says. He identifies with guys up on those ladders, now calling in to his show. “That’s who I am. I fight politically because the politics of the country impacts their lives.”