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Here’s the link to the Free Minnesota Coalition. The Government Oppression Hotline is (844) RIGHTS-0 (which is 1-844-744-4870, if you prefer. They want to file a case next week, so get on board fast if you’ve got a case – or would like to donate money or (if you’re a lawyer) time.

Here are the twitter links to the two CDC studies on Covid transmission:

This one was from last week – a CDC article about a study in Hong Kong.

This one came out this morning – in re an outbreak in a call center in South Korea.

Finally – “How Cowardice and Class Privilege Shift Shift Support for Coronavirus Lockdowns”.

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Diane Napper is running for MN State Senate in SD63 . Check out her website. Help out if you can.

And if I can’t convince you to “socially distance” yourself for the duration of the public health crisis, hopefully this excellent article will. It’s a long, it’s a long, technical read – but the uphot is, the difference between a flu-like .5% death rate, and Italy/Iran/Wuhan-like 3-6%, is keeping the rate of infections down to what the health system can handle. That means lowering the number of infections at any given time, so the heatlh care system can keep up.

It’s literally a matter of life and death.

Wash your hands – often. Wash down surfaces. Don’t sneeze on people – sneeze into a hanky or your elbow or anything but open air. Enjoy some alone time. Stay home from work if you can, and keep your distance if you can’t.

Sweet Sixteen

My first radio “career” started when I was 15, and ended sometime around age 29.  It led me through jobs at a bunch of radio stations – KEYJ and KQDJ in Jamestown and KDAK in Carrington North Dakota, then KQDJ again. 
And at age 22, I figured that’d be pretty much it.  I was tired of spinning records, and didn’t see much future doing radio news.  
Then, of course, I moved to the Cities, and fell into a job – KSTP-AM – and, more importantly, a format, talk radio, that was just…
…me.   In some ways, that two year job was not just my indelible first work experience out of college, but almost the first real all-consuming love of my life.   I produced comedy (the Don Vogel show), sports (Minnesota North Stars, Minnesota Strikers and the State Hockey Tournament network), and of course my own show, from 2-4AM weekday mornings, a testimony to management’s confidence in their relentlessly-ambitious newbie.  
That ended, of course – followed by jobs at KDWB AM/FM, WDGY and KFAI. 
And then…nothing.  
And then 12 more years of nothing.   
Well, not “nothing”, per se – I had had a couple kids, started a new career and then another, got divorced, moved on with life.  
And then, via a confluence of meetings and opportunities almost too improbable to recite, I wound up back in…
…well, not “the radio business”, per se.   Radio was always a lousy field, one of few fields in modern business that couldn’t afford to razz the popular music industry’s ethics.  
I wound up back in the fun part of radio – talking over the air to people for fun, a little money and, most important of all in these fractious times, a voice.    For me and, I’d like to think, a lot of people like me who – perhaps counterintuitively for a political talk show host – hate politics, but know we’ve got to keep a toe in it anyway, since it’s going to affect you whether you’re resplendently above it all or not.  
Anyway, that confluence of events led to the first ever Northern Alliance Radio Network broadcast, sixteen years ago today on AM1280 in the Twin Cities.   And pretty much every Saturday afternoon since then.  
And I need to thank everyone involved; in AM1280’s operations manager at the time, Patrick Campion, for taking that crazy idea and running with it; with general manager John Hunt for OKing it; with GM Nik Anderson and ops manager Lee Michaels for keeping us on the air all these years.  
To a couple generations of producers who made us sound good – from the late Joe Hanson, through Matt Reynolds, Tommy Huynh, Irina Malanina, Megan Fatale, the Consigliere, and for the past couple years Terminator N.  
And of course, to the guys:   Atomizer (for that first day, and that first day only), JB Doubtless, Scott Johnson, Michael Brodkorb, Brian “Saint Paul” Ward, Chad “The Elder” Doughty, John Hinderaker, King Banaian, Ed Morrissey and, for the past eight years, Brad Carlson.  
And especially everyone that’s been tuning in all these years.  Thanks!
And yeah, we’re gonna have that tenth anniversary party.  

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We had a couple calls to action on this week’s show.

Opioid Law Reform

Here’s the link to Rep. Munson’s fact page on opioid law reforms and his “intractable pain” bill, HF3746, which will reform the blunt-force abuses in MInnesota’s prescription opioid laws. The current law forces professionals – doctors, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists and even veterinarians – to be far, far too cautious about helping people with long-term, intractable pain.

Please – call your legislators and have them support HF3746 (and its upcoming companion in the Senate).

The Truth about Coronavirus

And here’s Dr. Cathaleen Madsen’s piece on the realities of dealint with the Covid19 virus – and, really, all viral epidemics. Read it and be informed – something the mainstream media, in its lust to undercut the Trump administration, will effect only as a last resort.

A Timely Reminder

Don’t forget – tomorrow, Saturday December 14, is one of the highlights of the NARN year.   

King Banaian, Brad Carlson, Ed Morrissey and me will doing our more-or-less annual Culture show. 

In this case, beating the bejeebers out of part of pop culture.  Tomorrow’s victim, “Eighties Sitcoms”.  

Tune in from 1-3PM on AM1280 The Patriot!

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Join us today on the Northern Alliance Radio Network!


  • Matt Schalp will join us to talk about CPAC, coming up in MInneapolis.
  • Michelle Lentz of Child Protection League Action will join me to discuss their rally at the capitol on 9/22 to warn people about CSE (Comprehensive Sex Ed),

Don’t forget – King Banaian is on from 9-11AM on AM1440, and Brad Carlson is  on “The Closer” edition of the NARN Sundays from 1-3PM.

So tune in the Northern Alliance! You have so many options:

  • AM1280 in the Metro
  • FM107.5 in the West Metro
  • Streaming at AM1280’s Website
  • Streaming on IHeartRadio
  • On Twitter (the Volume 2 show will use hashtag #narnshow)
  • Good ol’ telephone – 651-289-4488
  • Podcasts are now available; for my show and for Brad’s
  • And make sure you fan us on our new Facebook page!

Join us!

What I’m Not Doing This Weekend

Well, it seems at least one tradition is on a “pause” for the foreseeable future.

AM1280 and the NARN won’t be out at the State Fair this year.

Fifteen straight summers, the NARN guys and I worked out at the Fair. The station took a different route this year.

Which on the one hand is fine – no need to add “getting to the fairgrounds” to all the other show prep stuff.

On the other hand, it means I lose the big benefit of being with the station at the Fair: having an air-conditioned room with a fridge full of water to retreat to when the crowds get to be too much. That, along with getting to meet the audience face to face, was one of the highlights of whole “show at the Fair” experience.

I’ll have to come up with some other side hustle that offers that…