Lisa Kennedy Montgomery

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Kennedy
Lisa Kennedy Montgomery 2013.jpg
Montgomery speaking at the 2013 International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C.
BornLisa Kennedy Montgomery
(1972-09-08) September 8, 1972 (age 41)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
OccupationPolitical satirist
Game show host
Television personality
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Dave Lee (2 children)
 
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Kennedy
Lisa Kennedy Montgomery 2013.jpg
Montgomery speaking at the 2013 International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C.
BornLisa Kennedy Montgomery
(1972-09-08) September 8, 1972 (age 41)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
OccupationPolitical satirist
Game show host
Television personality
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Dave Lee (2 children)

Lisa Kennedy Montgomery (stage name Kennedy; born September 8, 1972) is an American political satirist, radio personality, and former MTV VJ. She was the host of MTV's now-defunct daily late-night alternative rock program Alternative Nation throughout much of the 1990s.

Early life[edit]

Montgomery was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and raised in Lake Oswego, Oregon,[1] an affluent suburb outside of Portland. Montgomery graduated from Lakeridge High School in 1990.

Career[edit]

Montgomery first came into the public eye in 1991 as an intern at Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM, where she was known on the air as "The Virgin Kennedy." A year later she took the "VJ" job at MTV, where she spent several years.

As "Kennedy", Montgomery ushered in a new musical era for MTV as the host of Alternative Nation from 1992-1997, helping popularize bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.[2]

Montgomery appeared as a panelist on the 1998 revival of Hollywood Squares.[episode needed]

In 1999, Montgomery completed her first book, Hey Ladies! Tales and Tips for Curious Girls, in which she incorporated a multitude of personal experiences. That same year, she moved to Seattle to host a talk show on KQBZ "The Buzz" 100.7 FM talk station (now country station KKWF "The Wolf"). The show was a mix of news, local issues, and comedy. Montgomery then left Seattle in 2001 to co-host a morning radio show with Ahmet Zappa on the ComedyWorld Radio Network. The show was entitled The Future With Ahmet & Kennedy, and like her show in Seattle, consisted of news and current events with a comedy bent. She later co-hosted the morning show with Malibu Dan entitled The Big House, her final show on the network before the network went off the air.

Starting June 3, 2002, Montgomery hosted Game Show Network's original program Friend or Foe?, which ran for two seasons. On April 1, 2003, she guest-hosted the GSN show WinTuition, normally hosted by Marc Summers, who made a "guest" appearance. She also hosted GSN's Who Wants to Be Governor of California?, a televised debate among some of the more colorful candidates in the 2003 California gubernatorial recall election, such as Gary Coleman and Mary Carey.

As of September 23, 2005, Montgomery appeared as an occasional panelist on VH1's Best Week Ever and MSNBC's Scarborough Country. MSNBC ended Scarborough Country in June 2007. In October 2005, she became host of Fox Reality's Reality Remix until that series ended in June 2008.

In December 2007, she guest-hosted the evening show several times on Los Angeles talk radio station KFI,[3] before being hired by the station for a regular show on Sunday afternoons from 3-5 pm.[4] In April 2008 she joined Bryan Suits as cohost of the Kennedy & Suits Show, which ran from 7 pm-10 pm weekday evenings.

Kennedy's final broadcast on Kennedy & Suits was September 30, 2009. She now hosts Music in the Mornings (6 am to 10 am) on KYSR 98.7 FM in Los Angeles.

On January 18, 2011, she started appearing as Anthony Sullivan's assistant on PitchMen, looking for new inventions to promote in infomercials.

Kennedy is a contributor to Reason.com and Reason.tv, and occasionally serves as guest host for Bill Carroll, John and Ken, and Tim Conway Jr. on KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles. She is a "special correspondent" on the Fox Business News talk show Stossel, and has made occasional appearances as a panelist on Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld.

Currently she hosts 'The Independents", a current events and political discussion show, which debuted on the Fox Business Channel on December 9, 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Montgomery is of Romanian descent and an Eastern Orthodox Christian.[5][6] She is married to former professional snowboarder Dave Lee and has two daughters, Pele and Lotus.[7]

In a 2000 interview she is quoted as saying that she is a registered Republican but an ideological libertarian.[8]

In a 2010 interview on Fox Business's Freedom Watch she discussed her libertarian views with Judge Andrew Napolitano.[episode needed]

In March 2012, Reason magazine published a humorous article by Kennedy explaining her belief that atheism is akin to organized religion.[9]

In September 2012, during an appearance on Red Eye, Montgomery revealed she had been diagnosed with celiac disease,[10] leading her to change to a more meat-based diet.

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