Bill Flanagan
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Bill Flanagan
Flanagan at the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame

Bill Flanagan is an American author, television executive and radio host. He was born in Rhode Island in 1955 and graduated from Brown University in 1977. His books include Written in My Soul (1986), Last of the Moe Haircuts (1986), U2 at the End of the World (1995), and the novels A&R (2000), New Bedlam (2007) and Evening's Empire (2010).

From 1995 until 2015 he was an executive at MTV Networks, retiring as Executive Vice President of the Viacom Music Group. As EVP/Editorial Director of MTV Networks, Flanagan oversaw the series VH1 Storytellers and CMT Crossroads. He has also worked on VH1's Legends, VH1 Archives, Hotel MTV, and many other series and specials. He was one of the producers of The Concert for New York City after the September 11 attacks and has produced, co-produced, or executive produced two televised concerts from the White House; The Beatles Revolution for ABC; Elvis Lives for NBC; and VH1 specials with Garth Brooks, Paul McCartney, Clint Eastwood, Bruce Springsteen, and Oprah Winfrey.

Flanagan currently hosts four series on Sirius XM Radio Channels - Flanagan's Wake[1] on Tom Petty Radio, Written In My Soul[2] on Volume, and The Fab Fourum[3] and Northern Songs[4] on the Beatles Channel.

Flanagan acts as Ombudsman of the Sundance Channel series Spectacle: Elvis Costello with.... He also appears on air as an essayist on CBS News Sunday Morning.


  1. ^ Burns, Andy. "Friends and fans to pay tribute to Tom Petty on his birthday". SiriusXM. SiriusXM. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Hear & Now". Written In My Soul hosted by Bill Flanagan brings fans closer to their favorite artists. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Welcome to The Beatles experience you've been waiting for on SiriusXM". SiriusXM. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "The First Official Beatles Radio Channel Starts Now". The Beatles. Retrieved 2018.

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