Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Location of death: Denver, CO
Cause of death: Murder
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Radio Personality
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Murdered radio host
Radio host Alan Berg talked on the air about the outrageous -- topics ranging from Christian hypocrisy to gun control to oral sex. Loudly liberal, his recurring theme was racism -- he was against it and never shy about criticizing well-known local bigots, often by name. Bragging that he was "the man Denver loves to hate", Berg often cited the Ku Klux Klan, Palestinian Liberation Organization, and American Nazi Party as among his enemies. His life was threatened more than once, and on 18 June 1984, Berg was shot twelve times by two white supremacists. His murder was apparently inspired by the killing of a talk show host described in William Pierce's hate novel The Turner Diaries.
Eric Bogosian's stage play Talk Radio (made into a movie by Oliver Stone) was a fictionalized retelling of Berg's life and death.
Father: Joseph Berg (physician)
Mother: Ruth Berg
Sister: Norma Berg
Wife: Judith Halpern (journalist, dated 1951-58, m. 1958, div. 1978)
University: University of Colorado at Denver
Law School: University of Denver (1957)
Illinois State Bar Association
Shot Denver, CO (18-Jun-1984)
Risk Factors: Alcoholism, Depression
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