Michael Edward Reagan (born March 18, 1945 as John Flaugher), the adopted son of late former President Ronald Reagan and his first wife Jane Wyman, is the host of a conservative talk radio show, the "Michael Reagan Show", which is syndicated to over 200 radio stations in the United States through Radio America. He was born to Irene Flaugher, herself the tenth child in her family. According to writings of Michael Reagan, his birth mother never informed his grandmother of his birth.
Reagan grew up in Beverly Hills, California and later nearby Pacific Palisades, California. One childhood story he has told that introduced him to politics was how he at the age of 8 asked his famous father for a raise in his allowance. At the time, around 1953, his allowance was $1.00 a week. His father told him since 90 per cent of his earnings were taxed by government, he wasn't able to increase Mike's allowance. His father further said that when the President of the United States would give him a tax cut, then he could give his son an increase in his allowance. This did happen in the 1960s during the John F. Kennedy administration, and Reagan then was given $5.00 a week in allowance. This, according to Michael Reagan, was how he was introduced to the subject of tax cuts and how that affected people.1
In his earlier adult years, Reagan raced boats and later also sold them at a Newport Beach, California boat dealership. He set world records in power boat racing. In time, after establishing his marriage and sorting out his relationship with his parents, he began his talk radio career, starting in the Southern California local market as a guest host for Michael Jackson's 2 talk radio show slot on KABC AM in Los Angeles. After this beginning, he landed a talk show spot on KSDO radio in San Diego, California. Reagan's rating success in the San Diego market gave him the opportunity to take his talk show nationwide in 1992. Reagan continues to host his four hour talk show, and also does public speaking to groups. He also delivers commentary from time to time on cable television news programs such as the Fox News Channel.3
Reagan resides with his wife Colleen and their two children in the Sherman Oaks, California area of Los Angeles.4
- Reagan, Michael; Hyams, Joe. Michael Reagan: On the Outside Looking In. (unknown city:) Kensington Publishing Corporation, 1988.
- not to be confused with the controversial music recording artist of the same name.