RIP Austin Hill, Beloved Conservative Columnist and Talk Show Host of ‘PC Friday’

RIP Austin Hill, Beloved Conservative Columnist and Talk Show Host of ‘PC Friday’

The last time we saw Austin and his son.

The last time we saw Austin and his son.

It was with great sadness that I heard fellow conservative writer Austin Hill, age 51, had passed away on November 13. Even more well-known for his conservative talk radio shows, he was one of those unique conservatives who appealed to everyone; as more of an intellectual, he rarely alienated anyone. You didn’t have to meet him to sense his warmth and decency, although once you met him, you knew you had a trustworthy, honest friend for life. He wrote for Townhall for many years, and we had many great conversations about how wonderful being with the site had been for our careers.

Townhall’s staff wrote about him,

As faithful readers know, Hill brought a wealth of knowledge and passion to his work, which focused on small business ownership, economics, and entrepreneurship. Beyond his role as columnist, Hill was an accomplished author, consultant, small business owner, and a popular syndicated radio show host.

Austin’s family reported that he passed away from a pulmonary embolism. It may have been related to the incredible pace he kept up. As one radio fan of his wrote, “He was a Christian, a conservative, a radio host, a news anchor, an author, a columnist, a consultant and a public speaker. Whew!” Austin had recently expanded to writing for The Blaze this year, and had started appearing more often on TV. Watch him debate the left-leaning Alan Colmes on a Fox show here.

Austin had a knack  for writing about some intriguing new topic that no one else was covering, in an analytical, cerebral way. I would read his columns and think, “now why didn’t I think of that?” He was also known for interviewing obscure up-and-comers on his radio shows, which no doubt helped their careers.

But what Austin will likely forever be best remembered for is his “PC Fridays.” Let me tell you, as a writer, I spend most of my time researching and writing, and can’t listen to as much talk radio as I’d like. But once I heard that special show he hosted every Friday afternoon with the equally talented Tom Liddy (son of G. Gordon Liddy), I was hooked, and found a way to make the time to listen.

Every Friday afternoon, for one hour of their regular show based out of Phoenix, the guys would begin playing an intro of obnoxious, new age nature music, which featured extra loud, drawn-out bird chirps that were painfully funny to listen to. Next, they would tell everyone to take long, deep breaths, inhaling and exhaling. Then, they would launch into an hour of gushing, breathy voices, pretending to admire the latest crazy left-wing venture, such as why it was so wonderful to use bicycles for transportation. You could not stop laughing hysterically the entire hour; they both were so gifted. Austin and Tom were a very interesting pair; both were younger, extremely talented, good-looking men. The Liddy & Hill Show catapulted them both into legendary conservative status in Arizona.

One quirky fact many may not have known about Austin is that he had a hair transplant in the early 2000s to cover his premature balding. It gave him a perpetually blond, all-American look, and afterward he nonchalantly ran ads for the procedure during his radio shows.

In 2010, Austin co-authored a book, The Virtues of Capitalism: A Moral Case for Free Markets, where he made the case for capitalism and free markets as the best and most moral path for a society, in the wake of the financial meltdown of 2007 – 2008 and the election of Barack Obama. Directed at the masses, not educated eggheads, it was intended to influence the average American, and hence was seen as a threat by many on the left. Before that, he wrote White House Confidential: The Little Book of Weird Presidential History, a quirky little book full of fun anecdotes.

Austin’s family has set up a fund for his son’s college education. They wrote on his Facebook page,

As a follower of Jesus, Austin’s faith permeated and influenced all aspects of his life. He was committed to speaking the truth and engaging people in thoughtful conversation. In addition to writing and public speaking, Austin had a national radio presence with dedicated listeners across the country. Most importantly, he was a loving husband, and as his son describes him, an avid father.

After Austin passed away, I heard that he had been trying to get ahold of me two weeks prior. I’ll never know why. It haunts me to this day, but someday, in heaven, I will find out why. Conservatism has lost one of its best voices for uniting us and he will be greatly missed.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2017.

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