While Making Your Afternoon Listening Plans

Please tune in to AM1280 this afternoon from 4-6PM for a special broadcast about Critical Race Theory in Minnesota, and what you and I can do about it.

It’ll feature:

  • Kendall Qualls and Alfrieda Baldwin from “Take Charge Minnesota”
  • Catrin Wigfall from the Center of the American Experiment
  • Rebekah Hagstrom from “Education Nation”.

We’ll be having the actual conversation that the CRT crowd plays lip service to.

I’ll be moderating the discussion.

Hope you can listen in!

To Coin A Phrase – It Was Twenty Years Ago Today

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!

That NARN Malarkey? C’mon, Man…

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.

When Making Your Plans For This Evening

Busy night tonight. Here’s what’s going on.

Jason Lewis – Second Amendment Virtual Town Hall. I’ll be MC-ing a virtual town hall with US Senate candidate Jason Lewis at 6PM tonight. You can register for it here.

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!

I Heard It On The NARN

Doug Willletts is running for MN Senate in SD51 against Sandy Masin.

John Lott’s Newsweek article and RCP piece. Here’s the Crime Prevention Research Center.

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.