Today’s set list:
It was 20 years ago today that AM1280 The Patriot – the station that I’ve been on for the last 17 years – changed to its current, conservative talk format.
For starters, if you’ve followed the history of AM radio in the Twin Cities (as one does), that’s a pretty amazing number. The 1280 kHz frequency was one of the first ever assigned in the Twin Cities – but in the decade and a half between my moving to the Twin Cities and March 19, 2001, probably changed formats, and often owners, at least annually. Business (several times), R&B (a couple), Classic Rock, Oldies (at least one), and even Dance music (in the early ’90s, almost as a “pirate” operation – the 1280 frequency seemed to be a metaphor for the ongoing collapse of the AM radio band
Then Salem – which had been running Christian-format radio for some time – bought the 1280 (and its sister station, AM980, which went through almost as many gyrations as the 1280 over the previous couple of decades), and converted it over to what was a new format for them, conservative talk.
And two weeks shy of three years later, they took perhaps an even bigger flyer – putting a bunch of local bloggers, only one of whom had ever done commercial radio (and one other, student radio) on the air to do a weekly weekend show. That’s where I come in.
So it’s an unbelievable story nested inside another unbelievable story – a bunch of guys doing a grass-roots talk show on a station that managed to stake out a piece of wan, forgotten turf in a crowded radio landscape, with both managing to hack out an enduring piece of Twin Cities media mindshare.
To celebrate, we’ll be doing a special (deep breath) four hour NARN tomorrow, featuing just about everyone that’s ever been on the show: John Hinderaker, Scott Johnson, King Banaian, Ed Morrissey, King Banaian, Briand “Saint Paul” Ward, “Chad the Elder” and Brad Carlson, along with a few of our former producers (Tommy Huynh, Jon Osburne and The Consigliere).
Hope you can tune in! It’s going to be just as mad and chaotic as those first couple years of shows were!
See you then, 1-5PM tomorrow!
Today’s music playlist:
And – not only back, but better than ever, by popular demand – it’s the weekly playlist!
Details on American Commitment and the Pelosi Drug plan.
Today on the Northern Alliance Radio Network:
- Lacy Johnson, GOP candidate to replace Ilhan Omar in the Fifth Congressional District.
- Jason Lewis, candidate to replace Tina Smith in the US Senate.
I’ll be on from 1-3PM. You can find the show on:
Or use your favorite streaming apps!
Join us at 651-289-4488, or on Twitter at #NARNShow.
Busy night tonight. Here’s what’s going on.
Every election is important for Second Amendment supporters. But this one is particularly fraught. On the one hand, support for gun rights was growing, perhaps virally, even before the Blue City Plague and the Democrat Riots. The number of undecideds, newbies and leftists who’ve strapped up in the past seven months should change
We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Debate – After that, join Brad Carlson, the staff of AlphaNews, and me on AM1280 at 8PM for an hour of talk about the latest in MInnesota and national campaign talk, in what has been an amazingly turbulent week.
It’s a good day to be an extrovert!
Doug Willletts is running for MN Senate in SD51 against Sandy Masin.
And Diane Napper is running for the MN State Senate in SD63 against Patricia Torres Ray.
By the way, I specifically and explicitly offer equal time – let’s call it a “challenge to take the equal time” – to Senators Torres Ray and Masin.
Amy Alkon’s piece in Quillette, “LA’s Failed Homeless Policies Turned My Home Into A Prison“
And here’s the Legislative Evaluation Assembly’s annual report.
Donald Raleigh is running for MN State House in District 38A.
Sia Lo is running for US House in the Fourth CD, against Betty McCollum.
My band, Elephant in the Room, is playing at Freedom Fest 2020 in Lake Crystal tonight. Here are the details!
Doug Willetts is ruhning for Senate in MN District 51 – Eagan and little slices of Burnville and Inver Grove Heights.
And here’s the link to Dr. Frank Models – which is, well, Doctor Frank’s modeling of the Covid pandemic.
Diane Napper is running for the MN State Senate in Senate District 63 – southeast Minneapolis.
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.
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.