If Whiling Away A Drizzly Saturday…

…why not tune in the Northern Alliance Radio Network?  We’re America’s first grass-roots talk frachise, and we’re starting our second decade of crushing all rational opposition and mocking the rest!

I’m on from 1-3PM tomorrow.  I’ll be interviewing Abdimalik Askar, GOP candidate to replace Phyllis Kahn in the Minnesota House.  We’ll be talking about him, his campaign, his district, and his ideas.  Hope you can tune in!

Sunday from 1-3 is Brad Carlson’s edition.  He’ll be talking with (soon-to-be-published) author and long-time NARN friend Katie Kieffer about her new book, GOP activist Jeff Kolb, and of course Miss Minneapolis, Julia Schliesing

We’re on AM1280, and you can call in at 651-28/9-4488, or via Twitter at the hashtag #narn. 

Hope you can make it!

It’s Raining NARN

Today, the Northern Alliance Radio Network – America’s first grass-roots talk radio show – brings you the best in Minnesota conservatism, as the Twin Cities media’s sole source of honesty!

  • I’m in the studio today from 1-3.
  • Don’t forget the King Banaian Radio Show, on AM1570 “The Businessman” from 9-11AM this morning!
  • Tomorrow,  Brad Carlson is on “The Closer”!

(All times Central)

So tune in to all six hours of the Northern Alliance Radio Network, the Twin Cities’ media’s sole guardians of honest news. You have so many options:

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Guns And NARNs

Today, the Northern Alliance Radio Network – America’s first grass-roots talk radio show – brings you the best in Minnesota conservatism, as the Twin Cities media’s sole source of honesty!

  • I’m live at Bill’s Gun Range in Robbinsdale from 1-3.  I’ll be talking with Mark Okern of the Minnesota Gun Owners’ PAC about the session, the election, and the state of gun legislation in Minnesota.  Then, Susan Eckstein from the U of M College Republicans on the Campus Carry Campaign.
  • Don’t forget the King Banaian Radio Show, on AM1570 “The Businessman” from 9-11AM this morning!
  • Tomorrow,  Brad Carlson is on “The Closer”!

(All times Central)

So tune in to all six hours of the Northern Alliance Radio Network, the Twin Cities’ media’s sole guardians of honest news. You have so many options:

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Don’t Forget

When making your weekend plans – tomorrow the NARN will be broadcasting live from Bill’s Gun Shop and Range, for the Shooter Show. 

And remember – ahem:

You Get To Test-Fire Your Choice Of Firearms, For Free!

(You buy the ammo…)

The show starts today, and runs through Sunday – but I hope you’ll join me for the broadcast, and a ton of shooting, tomorrow from 1-3PM!

(I’ll be adjourning to “the Lodge”, next door, for a drink or two after the show.  Hope you can join me there!)

In A NARN Country, Dreams Stay With You

Today, the Northern Alliance Radio Network – America’s first grass-roots talk radio show – brings you the best in Minnesota conservatism, as the Twin Cities media’s sole source of honesty!

  • I’m in the studio today from 1-3.  I’ll be talking with Senator Julianne Ortman about her campaign to unseat Al Franken.  Also Jon Monson of Bill’s Gun Range about next week’s big Shooter Event.
  • Don’t forget the King Banaian Radio Show, on AM1570 “The Businessman” from 9-11AM this morning!
  • Tomorrow,  Brad Carlson is on “The Closer”!

(All times Central)

So tune in to all six hours of the Northern Alliance Radio Network, the Twin Cities’ media’s sole guardians of honest news. You have so many options:

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Clear Your Calendars April 5

OK, this should be fun.

Saturday, April 5, the NARN is doing a live remote from the “Shooters Show” event at Bill’s Gun Range in Robbinsdale.

Shooters will be able to test-fire a wide selection of firearms from most of your major manufacturers for free (you’ll have to buy ammo).  If you’ve been wanting to test-drive that new carry piece, this will be your chance.

I’ll be there doing the broadcast live from Bill’s.  And after the show, I’m thinking of adjourning to a nearby watering hole (after everyone’s done shooting…).

So keep some time free on the afternoon of April 5!

Jeannie Needs A NARN

Today, the Northern Alliance Radio Network – America’s first grass-roots talk radio show – brings you the best in Minnesota conservatism, as the Twin Cities media’s sole source of honesty!

  •  Brad Carlson is filling in for me today from 1-3.  He’ll be interviewing Kim Crockett about the Center of the American Experiment’s “Minnesotans are on the Move“.
  • Don’t forget the King Banaian Radio Show, on AM1570 “The Businessman” from 9-11AM this morning!
  • I’ll be in for Brad tomorrow on “The Closer”!   And there’s going to be a special announcement

(All times Central)

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I’m Jumpin’ NARN Flash, It’s A Gas, Gas, Gas…

Today, the Northern Alliance Radio Network – America’s first grass-roots talk radio show – brings you the best in Minnesota conservatism, as the Twin Cities media’s sole source of honesty!

  • I’m in the studio today from 1-3.  I’ll have Senator Roger Chamberlain on, regarding the dueling Bullying Bills.  Then, we’ll talk with Kim Crockett about the ”Minnesota Exodus”, all of companies leaving Minnesota over taxes. (oops – that’s next week…)
  • Don’t forget the King Banaian Radio Show, on AM1570 “The Businessman” from 9-11AM this morning!
  • Tomorrow,  Brad Carlson is on “The Closer”!

(All times Central)

So tune in to all six hours of the Northern Alliance Radio Network, the Twin Cities’ media’s sole guardians of honest news. You have so many options:

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NARN Tomorrow

It’s gonna be a huge show tomorrow on the Northern Alliance Radio Network. 

First, I’ll be interviewing Senator Roger Chamberlain about the dueling bullying bills, and why it’s an important battle even if you don’t have kids in the public school system.

Then, I’ll be talking with Kim Crockett about the number of companies leaving Minnesota over taxes.

Tune in 1-3 tomorrow on AM1280 The Patriot!

Talkin’ Bout NARN Generation!

Today, the Northern Alliance Radio Network – America’s first grass-roots talk radio show – brings you the best in Minnesota conservatism, as the Twin Cities media’s sole source of honesty!

  • I’m in the studio today from 1-3.  I’ll be talking with Rob Doar of the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance about this years outlook for the Second Amendment in the Legislature.  I’ll also talk with Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  Tune in!
  • Don’t forget the King Banaian Radio Show, on AM1570 “The Businessman” from 9-11AM this morning!
  • Tomorrow,  Brad Carlson is on “The Closer”!

(All times Central)

So tune in to all six hours of the Northern Alliance Radio Network, the Twin Cities’ media’s sole guardians of honest news. You have so many options:

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The Wind Beneath The Right Wing

I mentioned it on the air last Saturday – because that’s when I’m on the air! – but today, March 6, is the actual tenth anniversary of the first Northern Alliance Radio Network broadcast.

I think it was John Hinderaker who predicted the show would probably go about three weeks before AM1280 kicked us off the air.  By the end of that first day, I think everyone was amazed at how fast that first three hours had gone.

The NARN has changed a lot over the years, of course; as befits an outpost in the bumptious, fractious alternative media, there’ve really been a bunch of different incarnations of the NARN:

  1. 2004-2006 – the original three-hour show, with Brian Ward, Chad Doughty, King Banaian, Ed Morrissey, John Hinderaker and me (along with Scott Johnson ’til 2005, JB Doubtless for a couple months, and Atomizer for exactly one segment).
  2. 2006-2010:  The station gave us an extra hour – so we split into two different shows; John Hinderaker, Brian Ward and Chad Doughty from 11-1, and Ed, King and me from 1-3PM.  A little later that year, AM1280 had two more hours became available – so King joined Michael Brodkorb from 3-5PM.
  3. 2010 to Today:  Chad and Michael left the show, for family and political career respectively; Brian and John followed sometime over the winter because…well, it’s a long story.   King moved to AM1570 around the time he decided to run for the Legislature, and stayed there.  Brad Carlson joined a little over two years ago, and Ed left in November of 2012.  Which is where we’re at now – Brad, King and me.   For now.

You know why I love doing the NARN?    I’ll tell you.

I worked – full-or part time depending on the station, but always as my primary career - in the radio business from 1979 to 1992, off and on.  And I learned that the radio industry in general is one of very few businesses that can not look used car salesmen, sports and music agents, entertainment industry lawyers or pimps in the eye with even the faintest air of judgment.   I say “in general”, because Salem Twin Cities is a huge exception, and I’d say that even if they hadn’t been letting me use their station for two hours a week for the past decade.   But in general?  The radio industry is one of the scuzziest industries in the world.

But there is almost nothing in the world more fun than talking with an audience on the radio.  Don Vogel once talked with me about the “Talk Radio Bug”, a subtle addiction to reaching out to an audience, and having them reach back, to putting a point out there and fielding challenges to it from whatever random assortment of drunks, cranks, and brilliant people happen to call in to talk with you.

So for the past decade, I’ve really had the best of both worlds; all the fun, but none of the misery of trying to earn a living and raise a family working in one of the world’s nastiest, most dysfunctional businesses.

But as I said, Salem is a whole different thing.   For starters, think about the gamble they took – putting seven guys, most of whom hadn’t done radio, two of whom hadn’t done it in at least a decade, on the air without any particular guidance or creative leash (or, for a while there, a dump button of any kind).   And then staying with it for a decade, through three different management regimes.

Anyway – thanks to Salem; to the three general managers (John Hunt, Ron Stone and Nik Anderson) and the three operations/program managers (Patrick Campion, Nick Novak and Lee Michaels) who’ve kept putting us on the air.

And to the producers who’ve made us sound less bad than we should have; the late, great Joe Hansen in the beginning, followed by Irina Malanina, Matt Reynolds, Sam Holmgren, Jon Osburn, Tommy Huynh, and, today, Maegan Fatale (and a few others tucked in there from time to time in between).

And of course, a million thanks to Atomizer, JB, Michael, Chad, Brian, John, Scott, King and Ed – nine random guys with blogs, seven of whom I’d met exactly twice before ten years ago today, who went on to become some of my best friends. 

And that is ten years well-spent.

520 Weekends Of NARN

Today, the Northern Alliance Radio Network – America’s first grass-roots talk radio show – brings you the best in Minnesota conservatism, as the Twin Cities media’s sole source of honesty!

  • I’m in the studio today from 1-3.   We’ll be talking with Edina GOP Legislative candidate Dario Anselmo.   And maybe, with a little luck, Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
  • Don’t forget – Bill Glahn is filling in on the King Banaian Radio Show, on AM1570 “The Businessman” from 9-11AM this morning!
  • Tomorrow,  Brad Carlson is on “The Closer”!

(All times Central)

So tune in to all six hours of the Northern Alliance Radio Network, the Twin Cities’ media’s sole guardians of honest news. You have so many options:

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The NARN Beneath My Wings

Today, the Northern Alliance Radio Network – America’s first grass-roots talk radio show – brings you the best in Minnesota conservatism, as the Twin Cities media’s sole source of honesty!

  • I’m in the studio today from 1-3.   I’ll be talking with Jim Knoblauch about the current state of the proposed Senate Palace first.  Then, Dr. Nicholas Johnson, author of Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition Of Armswill join me to talk about the book and the subject.  Don’t miss it!
  • Bill Glahn will be filling in on the King Banaian Radio Show while King recuperates.  Tune in the show on AM1570 “The Businessman” from 9-11AM this morning!  He’ll be talking with DFL PR-fixer Blois Olson, and former Senator Ted Lillie.
  • Tomorrow,  Brad Carlson is on “The Closer”!

(All times Central)

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Happy Anniversary!

Who used to look like an extra from “Gangs of New York”, and married way, way up twenty years ago today?

Why, that’d be my friend and long-time radio colleague Ed Morrissey and his wife Marcia, that’s who!

Congrats to the Morrisseys, and may they have many, many more anniversaries!

Take Me Down To NARN City

Today, the Northern Alliance Radio Network – America’s first grass-roots talk radio show – brings you the best in Minnesota conservatism, as the Twin Cities media’s sole source of honesty!

  • I’m in the studio today from 1-3.  I’ll have GOP Gubernatorial candidate Rob Farnsworth on the show in the second hour.
  • Don’t forget the King Banaian Radio Show, on AM1570 “The Businessman” from 9-11AM this morning!
  • Tomorrow,  Brad Carlson is on “The Closer”!

(All times Central)

So tune in to all six hours of the Northern Alliance Radio Network, the Twin Cities’ media’s sole guardians of honest news. You have so many options:

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NARN Tomorrow!

Tomorrow on the Northern Alliance Radio Network, I’ll be talking with special guest GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Farnsworth. 

Also – the perils of purism in the Senate race.

That’s tomorrow on the “Headliner” edition of the Northern Alliance Radio Network, on AM1280 The Patriot!

N. A. R. N. In The USA!

Today, the Northern Alliance Radio Network – America’s first grass-roots talk radio show – brings you the best in Minnesota conservatism, as the Twin Cities media’s sole source of honesty!

  • Today, I’ll be out at Gander Mountain in Lakeville for the US Concealed Carry Association’s semiannual open house.  I’ll be talking with Senator Dave Thompson, gubernatorial candidate, about his showing in the straw poll this past week.  Also, I suspect we’ll be talking with the crew from Armed American Radio, among others.   Come on out to Lakeville for the show; stay for the free shooting afterward!
  • Don’t forget the King Banaian Radio Show, on AM1570 “The Businessman” from 9-11AM this morning!
  • Tomorrow,  Brad Carlson is on “The Closer”!

(All times Central)

So tune in to all six hours of the Northern Alliance Radio Network, the Twin Cities’ media’s sole guardians of honest news. You have so many options:

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The New NARN Marketing Drive

Heh:

I’d give it a shot, if I had the budget.

Won’t need it this weekend, though.  Tomorrow, I’ll be out at Gander Mountain in Lakeville for the semiannual “US Concealed Carry Association” open house event.  I’ll be talking with a slew of special guests, and catching you all up on the things gun-owning Real Americans have to watch out for and work against.

The highlight, of course, is tons of free shooting; go to a vendor table, give ‘em your driver’s license, wait in line for a firing station, and you can test-fire just about any gun back in the vendor area.  Last year I test-shot samples from H&K, SIG, Smith and Wesson, Taurus, Ruger, CZ, Springfield and others.  This year?  Well, just stop on by.  It’s always an adventure. 

1-3PM tomorrow at Gander in Lakeville!

Text a few million friends about it.

Finding Your Way Down NARN Street

Today, the Northern Alliance Radio Network – America’s first grass-roots talk radio show – brings you the best in Minnesota conservatism, as the Twin Cities media’s sole source of honesty!

  • I’Ll be at Holes For Heroes out On my way! Medicine Lake in Plymouth, along with Brad Carlson.  We’ll br talking with organizers, beneficiaries, and GOP gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson.
  • Don’t forget the King Banaian Radio Show, on AM1570 “The Businessman” from 9-11AM this morning!
  • Tomorrow,  Brad Carlson is out. I’ll be in.  I’ll be talking to Marty Seifert, GOP gubernatorial candidate.

(All times Central)

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The Real Super Weekend

There’s some sort of football game going on this weekend.  The Bears aren’t involved, so it’s not that big a deal – really just a sideshow on the Road to Spring Training!

But it is to Brad Carlson – so I’ll be doing a double shot of NARN this weekend!

Tomorrow, Brad and I will be broadcasting live from “Holes for Heroes”, an annual ice-fishing benefit for veterans, out on Medicine Lake in Plymouth.  We’ll have all sorts of guests – organizers, veterans, and MNGOP gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson. 

And then on Sunday, I’ll be filling in for Brad on “The Closer” editing of the NARN.  I’ll have Marty Seifert, another of the GOP candidates for governor, on the show!

Plus all the usual NARN stuff!

Hope you can tune in for an All Berg Weekend on the Northern Alliance Radio Network!