The O'Reilly Factor is now in its 20th year. Twenty years is a long time by any yardstick, but particularly when measured in television years.
As we say most proudly, thanks to more than 5-million of you nightly, The Factor remains the most watched program on cable news, as it has throughout this time.
There is no letup in the planning and expectations for the show. Bill notes, "Looking ahead, politics is going to dominate, politics is really where we are at. We are going to dominate the election coverage, we are going to be ahead."
Of course, as those of you familiar with the hard working Mr. O'Reilly are aware, his presence is felt in many places these days. In fact, you might call him practically ubiquitous. Some examples:
Bill's latest book, Killing Reagan, is out, following in the path of the others that went to # 1 on the New York Times bestsellers list. The Reagan story takes you behind the scenes of a president caught up in violent times.
As the description says, it is " told in the same riveting fashion as Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, and Killing Patton.... (Killing Reagan) reaches back to the golden days of Hollywood, where Reagan found both fame and heartbreak, up through the years in California governor's mansion, and finally to the White House, where he presided over boom years and the fall of the Iron Curtain. But it was John Hinckley Jr.'s attack on him that precipitated President Reagan's most heroic actions."
Highly successful National Geographic Channel movies have already been made of Bill's books, with Killing Jesus, nominated for a primetime EMMY, just as Killing Lincoln was before it.
Coming up on National Geographic, there will be a movie made from Killing Patton and Killing Reagan. Bill also serves as Executive Producer on the Fox News Channel's Legends & Lies, the real story of the legendary figures of the American West. Season two is on the horizon.
In addition, you can be on the lookout for Bill on the major television talk shows where he is a coveted guest, and as he continues hitting the road with Dennis Miller in their sought after national tour.
Here are the answers to those inevitable O'Reilly biographical questions: he was raised on Long Island, got his BA in history from Marist College, a Master's in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University, and a second MA in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Bill's first professional love was history and he taught it in high school before going into broadcasting. He's also collected important historical documents for a long time.
Hard as it is to imagine, some day, perhaps, Bill will slow down. But not now. He still has a long way to go, and a great deal to accomplish. As Bill has always said, he can only do that because of your support, the people he calls "the folks."