Milestones in Libertarian Broadcasting
and other news, coups and breakthroughs
Hoover Institution Senior Fellow,
eminent economist, author and social commentator
Dr. Thomas Sowell
was interviewed by Brian Lamb on C-SPAN's "Q & A" 
April 17, 2005. Watch the show 
and read the transcript HERE
Dec. 9, 2004
We are all saddened at the passing of this kind, gentle, brilliant host and educator.
See: Veteran radio talk show host David Brudnoy dies at 64
and:  David Brudnoy: RIP by David Horowitz
On Nov.2, 2003 James Bovard was the guest of Brian Lamb on C-SPAN's 
"Booknotes" program discussing his newest book, Terrorism and Tyranny
They discussed many of his other books as well, including Feeling Your Pain
and Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty.

Dr. Walter Williams
Sitting in for Rush Limbaugh as guest host on his radio program, Professor Walter Williams had Congressman Ron Paul as a guest on Nov. 29, 2002 talking about how the new Department of Homeland Security endangered civil liberties.  Again sitting in for Rush on Oct. 17, 2003, Walter interviewed author Jim Powell about his new book, FDR's Folly, and on Nov. 31, 2003 Walter discussed the blocking of the nomination of Janice Rogers Brown to the judiciary with Dr. Thomas Sowell and with Prof. David Bernstein about his new book, You Can't Say That.

Ron Paul


On July 1st of 2002 Neal Boortz was named a "Network Syndicated Personality of the Year" finalist for the National Association of Broadcasters' "Marconi Awards."
Neal Boortz


The 2002 Libertarian National Convention convened July 3rd in Indianapolis. Syndicated radio talk show host Neal Boortz headlined the banquet, and Harry Browne, Director of Public Policy for the American Liberty Foundation (another talk show host), spoke on "Prospects for Liberty in America". C-SPAN aired both speeches 3 separate times on July 14th.  A vidotape may be ordered HERE.  See the speeches online HERE -- scroll down to July 14.   Also, C-SPAN invited newly-elected LP National Chairman Geoffrey Neale to answer viewer phone calls on its Washington Journal program on July 7th.  A videotape may be ordered HERE.  Gary Nolan and Reginald Jones, two more talk show hosts, also spoke at the convention.


On the evening of May 13, 2002 a debate was held between Libertarian Talk Show Host Neal Boortz and Georgia Congressman Bob Barr at a High School in Barr's new congressional district in the Atlanta suburbs.  The subject was  the issue of medical marijuana.  The debate was broadcast on Neal's nationwide affiliates on May 17th and again on May 27th (except by the judgmentally-handicapped derelicts at WDBO-AM in Orlando).
Several weeks before this debate, Neal said, "I told Bob Barr right here on the air that if I had a sick and dying loved one, and he stood in the way of my bringing some medical marijuana to her to relieve her pain, that I would personally kick his ass.  I don't know of anyone else who ever said that on the air to a prominent politician before." 

C-SPAN's "American Writers" series includes several discussions about libertarian humorist and journalist H.L. Mencken. The show features commentaries by biographer Marion Rodgers (who brings up the often-overlooked rescues of German Jews aided by Mencken) and by Cato's H. L. Mencken Fellow, prolific author and Atlantic Monthly contributor P. J. O'Rourke.  Another group of bios and programs in this series include presentations on the life and works of Ayn Rand. Many programs are still available via streaming video on the respective American Writers web pages.

P.J. O' Rourke

Dr. Walter Williams
Syndicated columnist and George Mason University Economics Prof. Dr. Walter Williams filled in as guest host on the Rush Limbaugh Show on Feb. 28 and March 1st, 2002.  As guests he had prolific book author and columnist, the eminent economist and Stanford University Senior Fellow Dr. Thomas Sowell, on the program one day and Cato Institute Founder and President Ed Crane on the other.
Ed Crane
Dr. Thomas Sowell

In February of 2002 NEAL BOORTZ was named the winner of the 2001 Talk Radio "Personality of the Year" Award, voted on by news and talk show hosts from all over the country at the Radio & Records 2002 Talk Radio Seminar.  Now syndicated on over 115 radio stations nationwide after 33 years on the radio, LP member Boortz is listened-to by more than 4 million people nationwide.

Neal hosted CNN's "Talkback Live" all week Jan. 21-25, 2002 and pushed CNN's viewership ratings to its highest level ever for that time slot, even though he says he'd hate to continue in any such capacity, being a mere moderator unable to express his own (often "outrageous") opinions.
If you wish, you may tell CNN why YOU'd be willing to actually watch their stupid network if they'd only persuade Neal to do his own "BOORTZ REPORTZ" show HERE.

Robert Poole On Nov. 23, 2001 Reason Magazine Founder and 
transportation expert Robert Poole was a guest on the 
Rush Limbaugh Show (on over 600 radio stations).  Reason
Foundation Trustee, syndicated columnist and George 
Mason University Economics Prof. Dr. Walter Williams
filled in as host on that day.  The idiotic new airport 
security laws were skewered, toasted and burnt to a well-
deserved crisp by these eminent clear-thinkers.
Dr. Walter Williams

The powerful 1-hour special, “John Stossel Goes to Washington” aired on Jan. 27, 2001 on ABC-TV, thoroughly body-slamming virtually all the pathetic conventional myths used to prop up the rotting vestiges of  big-government-worship.  In orders and re-orders for the videotape, it's fast developing a reputation as THE definitive libertarian masterpiece in video format.  In his review, the eloquent historian of liberty Jim Powell begins by saying, "Nobody, not even Milton Friedman in his epic Free to Choose TV series, has done a more dramatic job than John Stossel making the case for liberty against government power."

Neal Boortz The year 2000 Libertarian Party National Convention featured radio talk show hosts as guest speakers, including Neal Boortz, Gary Nolan, Reginald Jones and, of course, talk show host Harry Browne, who won the Presidential nomination. See THIS page. 
Neal Boortz
Watch Neal Boortz's and Gary Nolan's convention speeches and other videos at the C-SPAN site HERE.

"The Richard Sanders Show": Washington State Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders, one of the highest-ranking libertarians in any state government, had his own Q&A-style call-in talk radio show, which ran for a year starting in January, 1999 on KIRO-AM 710 in Seattle.

Nationwide: on March 10, 1999 U.S. Representative RON PAUL (R-TX) was on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal".  Paul was the 1988 Presidential Candidate of the Libertarian Party and is considered by many to be the most outwardly libertarian member of congress, getting quite a few good libertarian points across on the show.  Dr. Paul has since helped found The Liberty Committee and The Liberty Caucus.

Postrel Reason Magazine Editor Virginia Postrel discussed her new book, The Future and Its Enemies, on the National program Booknotes with Brian Lamb on C-SPAN February 14th and February 15th, 1999. At the time she was Reason's Editor-in-Chief. She is now its Editor-at-Large..... ....

Alan Charles Kors, Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania, author of The Assault Upon Liberty and Dignity and co-author of  Codes of Silence talked about his new book, THE SHADOW UNIVERSITY: THE BETRAYAL OF LIBERTY ON AMERICA'S CAMPUSES (about "political correctness") on the program entitled "Pennsylvania Books" on the Pennsylvania Cable Network TV Feb. 14th, 1999. Repeated Feb. 15th.

John Stossel's 1-hour special, “Why Don’t the Kids Have a Voice?,” aired on both Dec. 28, 1999 AND on Dec. 28, 2001 as an ABC NEWS documentary.  It revealed how judges and child welfare authorities routinely give more weight to the claims of natural parents, even in situations where children have clearly stated their preference to live with others.  “Children are deemed by law — without a hearing, without counsel, without evidence — to be incompetent,” says child advocate George Russ. “They’re not,” Russ is fighting to change the rules so children can be heard in court. (The first Dec.28, 1999 showing had a web introduction HERE.)
Stossel's 1-hour special, “Is America Number One?” aired Sept. 17, 1999.  In it he asked the questions, "Why do some nations flourish, while others flounder? Why is tiny Hong Kong so rich and gigantic India so poor?" And he went on to prove that FREEDOM, especially ECONOMIC FREEDOM, is the one key factor and consistent predictor of a country's economic AND cultural health.  The web introduction is still up at THIS site. 

Comedian / Author / Magician / MIT scholar Penn Jillette and his partner, Teller, H.L.Mencken research fellows at the Cato Institute, had their own TV show, "PENN & TELLER'S SINCITY SPECTACULAR" which ran from early 1999 through 2000 on the FX Cable TV channel

         On Dec. 4th, 1998, on CNN's "Talk Back Live!" hostess Bobbie Battista (waving a bunch of letter-sized papers) said, "I want to talk about a test that we gave to about 10 people in the audience before this show. It kinda goes back to that fax we had a few moments ago where the gentleman said that a lot of people, including himself, didn't know very much about the two parties, ... the Democrats and the Republicans.
          "There is this test on [a] website that you take, and it's called, "A Place for the Politically Homeless." -- these are the kinds of questions that'll be up there; you just answer them 'yes,' 'maybe' or 'no,' and you get scores: ... 'Military service should be voluntary ... etc., etc., etc.' ... 
          "And it was interesting to note ... we asked people to put names on these and to list what party they were or where politically they thought they stood. And after they took this test (chuckle) it was different for a lot of people! I don't think that a lot of people in this country really do know where they stand politically, in terms of party definition."

Also: check out the origins, history and variations of The World's Smallest Political Quiz HERE.

On "Politically Incorrect" Nov. 13, 1998, one of the discussions was on the subject
of prostitution: "legalize it or decriminalize it?" 

The 1998 Libertarian Party National Convention were aired by C-SPAN July 3rd-5th
Now you can hear the speeches given at the convention by Peter McWilliams, Harry Browne and Michael Cloud (as well as the Lowell Ponte interview of David Boaz and the C-SPAN interview of Ron Crickenberger) on line HERE
TAPES are now available HERE.

On Sept. 10, 1998 JACOB G.HORNBERGER of the Future of Freedom Foundation went on a whirlwind set of radio interviews including on KFIV AM 1360 in Modesto and KJAX AM 1280 in Stockton, California with host Rick Minyard, WAIF FM 88.3 in Cincinnati, OH, and WTKF FM 107.3 in Morehead City, NC. 

A 48-minute interview with Eminent Economist Thomas Sowell, Senior Fellow, Stanford University, prolific book author, and columnist was broadcast twice on C-SPAN2 on June 27, 1998. He discussed his book, Conquests and Cultures, "The long-awaited climax of Thomas Sowell's grand trilogy." It was also netcast over the web.

Jay Severin, MSNBC Political Analyst / Commentator / Columnist / and anti-drug-war libertarian Republican, while sitting in for Jim Bohannon on "The Jim Bohannon Show," on June 9th, 1998 at exactly 11:38pm Eastern he made it as plain as possible: he said ON THE AIR, "I am a libertarian."

Bob Hardy: Rest in Peace
Libertarians owe Bob Hardy a debt of gratitude for his own excellent radio commentaries and for putting Mik Pongratz on the air in Williams, AZ (the Flagstaff area) too. He is already sorely missed far and wide.

IIIIIIILibertarian Party Media Appearances    IIIIIII
The LP's defense of Microsoft made the front page of the JUNE 
9th WALL STREET JOURNAL; the article, "Freedom Fighters"
was placed at the top of column 1 on page 1.

On May 26, 1998 ABC-TV aired another one-hour special by John Stossel, this one on the entire jail-filling absurdity of victimless crimes, entitled Sex, Drugs, and Consenting Adults, examing one of the most controversial and important political questions of our age: "Should adults be imprisoned for acts that do not physically harm the person or property of non-consenting others?" 

"Liberty: What does that word mean?" That question begins ABC News' one-hour look at laws against vice and immoral behavior. Stossel talks to Americans who say that people should only be jailed if they directly harm the person or property of others. If it doesn't harm anybody else, should it be illegal?

The hour, meant to challenge conventional wisdom, visits ticket scalpers, prostitutes, pot smokers, gamblers, euthanasia defenders and others who feel that the law unfairly restricts what we can do with our own bodies and our own lives. Police, medical ethicists, and government officials defend the laws in the name of morality, safety, and community standards. America, with its roots in both puritanism and individualism, has always been caught up in this heated debate. View a short video clip HERE. TO ORDER VIDEOTAPES: click HERE.

    Peter McWilliams -- best-selling author of Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do -- is one of those interviewed by Stossel. He makes it clear why this show is such a major event HERE.  He says, "This is the show you can recommend to everyone you know. Those who have seen the light of personal freedom will relish this breath of fresh air on network television. Those friends, coworkers, and especially relatives, who have not yet had an awakening may find this show an enjoyably packaged alarm clock. Maybe once a year network television broadcasts a truly educational program on our Constitutional freedoms and responsibilities. This is one of them. Let's make the most of it."

Nationwide:On the night of May 5th/6th, 1998, Art Bell, on his program, "Coast to Coast AM", announced his joining the Libertarian Party. Harry Browne was on the show at the time. READ THE NEWS RELEASE HERE. See the list of affiliated stations HERE. LISTEN-IN to the Netcasts HERE: (M-F 1am-6amEastern / 12Midnight-5am Central / 11pm-4am Mountain / 10pm-3am Pacific / 9pm-2am Alaska / 8pm-1am Hawaii). The ART BELL ARCHIVE OF RECORDED PROGRAMSis HERE.Bell started referring to himself as "libertarian" a year beforehand, according to the 6/17/97 entry in "freewillie's quote gallery".

Nationwide: U.S. Representative RON PAUL (R-TX) was on C-SPAN's "Newspaper Roundtable" along with Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) on April 21, 1998.   Paul was the 1988 Presidential Candidate of the Libertarian Party and is considered by many to be the most outspoken, outwardly libertarian, politically INcorrect member of congress, saying some really telling things

     Two outstanding films with strong libertarian themes were among the five films nominated for the 1997 Academy Award for Best Documentary, "Waco: The Rules of Engagement" and "Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life."  Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life won a Golden Satellite Award for Best Documentary Film. The award was given by the International Press Academy on January 19, 1998. 

     "The Passion of Ayn Rand," based on the book of the same title by Barbara Branden, is a cable TV movie which aired on Showtime and is now out on video. For more information, check HERE.

RADIO TALK SHOW HOST / Legal Consultant LARRY ELDER gave a speech on Feb. 15, 1998 (which was broadcast on C-SPAN on Feb.28th, with the audio archived here: ) at the California LP state convention where it was announced that LARRY IS BACK ON THE AIR ALL 4 HOURS IN HIS ORIGINAL TIME SLOT!! Thanks to all the fans and other broadcasters who wrote KABC, ABC, Disney and any sponsors. Thanks go especially to David Horowitz and the work he did in setting up the"Keep Larry Elder on the Air Committee."
TALK SHOW HOST / COLLEGE PROFESSOR / AUTHOR DAVID BRUDNOY gave a speech on Feb. 21st (which was broadcast on C-SPAN on March 28th) at the Massachusetts Libertarian Association state convention about the growth of libertarianism in the 21st century. C-SPAN found the speech well worth featuring on their
"American Perspectives" program. The audio is here:

Oakland/Teaneck, NJ: Talk show host / college professor DR. MURRAY SABRIN, author of Tax Free 2000, is back on the air! He has a new show called "THE SABRIN REPORT" on WVNJ-AM 1160, every other Sunday (Mar. 22nd, April 5th, April 19th, May 3rd, etc.) at 9am. He was the first Libertarian candidate for Governor of New Jersey ever to qualify to be in any gubernatorial debates (he was in all 3 when he ran in 1997, and all were broadcast on radio and TV).


On April 29, 1998 HARRY BROWNE, 1996 LP Candidate for President, discussed his book, How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World and a variety of other topics with host Debbie Monterrey on WTDY-AM 1480 in Madison, WI. He talked about similar topics on April 24th on "The Roger Fredinburg Show with Radio's 'Regular Guy'" on the Talk Radio Network. During that show Fredinburg said he had worked hard for 20 years to help elect a Republican congress, only to finally get one, "but they suck!".

RLC (Republican Liberty Caucus) Board Member, Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon, was on ABC-TV's Politically Incorrect on May 18, 1998 and Jay Severin, MSNBC Political Analyst / Commentator / Columnist / libertarian Republican consultant (and alternate talk show host for Bob Grant) was on ABC-TV's Politically Incorrect May 21st. Right now no members of the Democratic Freedom Caucus are scheduled (or identified if they are). 

   Producer/Comedian Drew Carey of ABC-TV's "Drew Carey Show" was seen recently at the Reasonoffices with his beer, his smoke and a copy of Free Minds and Free Markets, Reason's 25th Anniversary anthology. 

  Later he was seen conducting a smoke-in at Barney's Beanery (LaCienega & Santa Monica Blvds. in W.L.A.) along with Reason  senior editor Jacob Sullum in protest of the safety nazis' anti-smoking ordinances and the California legislators' inability to distinguish public property from private property (and who apparently would fail the sacred bull test).  See "Making Necessary Noise."

ReasonMagazineSenior Editor Jacob Sullumdiscussed his new book For Your Own Good : The Anti-Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Healthon a road tour which continued the week of May 25, 1998 when he visited Denver for an Independence Institute event, a taping of the TV show "Independent Thinking," and other media appearances; and the San Francisco Bay Area for a taping of "Uncommon Knowledge" (a Stanford / Hoover / KTEH-TV public affairs show picked up by over 80 PBS affiliates, often for showing at 5:30pm Saturdays). 

He was also on the following radio programs: 

March 18, 1998 from 12:10 to 1:00 pm local time on Ohio State University's WOSU-AM 860, an NPR affiliate. 
March 23, 10-10:30 am local time on WACV-AM 1170 in Montogomery, Alabama. 
March 29, 1-2pmlocal time - The Ron Morgan Show, KTRS-AM 550. St. Louis, MO
April 2, 2:10 - 2:30pm Eastern on the syndicated Judy Jarvis Show
April 9 - The Mike Richards Show. KPRC-AM 950, Houston, TX. 4:00-5:00pm Central =======================================================
Los Angeles, CA, April 20,The Dennis Prager Show (in-studio), KABC-AM 790, 1:00-2:00 pm local time. =======================================================
San Francisco, CA, April 22, 3-4pm, THE GENE BURNS SHOW on KGO-AM 810 
Wisconsin Public Radio: April 28, 8-9am Central "Clark and Co." on "The Ideas Network with Tom Clark" Broadcast on 12 stations
Louisville, KY, April 29, 9-10:30 pm WHAS-AM 840
Boston, MA: April 30, 9-10pm Eastern The DAVID BRUDNOY Show on Clear Channel WBZ-AM 1230
Nationwide: April 30, 6pm Eastern The O'Reilly Factor on the FOX Cable TV News Channel 
Charlotte, NC: May 18th, 8:15pm Eastern with host Michael Graham on WBT-AM 1110
West Palm Beach, FL, May 19th, 6:20pm Eastern on "STRAIGHT TALK WITH JIM ALSIS" on WPBR-AM 1340 =======================================================
Denver, CO, May 27th, 10-11 am Mountain: Jacob appeared in-studio on The Mike Rosen Show on KOA-AM 850.

On March 2, 1998 the F.A. Hayek Online Auditorium had a live netcast on: A Tribute to the Life and Works of Julian L. Simon, who had just passed away. It featured Rita Simon, Milton Friedman, Fred L. Smith Jr., Edward H. Crane, Stephen Moore, Ben Wattenberg, Helen Demarest, and Peter Bruce. 
"Description: 'Doomslayer' Julian Simon, a University of Maryland professor and Cato Institute adjunct scholar, was one of the most influential economists of our time. Almost single-handedly, Simon toppled the prevailing Malthusian "limits to growth" myth of the 1960s and 1970s. The central message of his life's work was that life on earth is getting better, not worse. He was always armed with a vast arsenal of statistics and historical evidence to substantiate his claims. Simon's intellectual curiosity led him to investigate many other things as well..." 

"GREED" with John Stossel aired Feb. 3rd, 1998 on ABC-TV: ABC News correspondent John Stossel did it again with yet another trailblazing Stosselesque documentary. THIS TIME HE DEMONSTRATES WHERE GREED HAS BEEN GOOD TO EVERYONE. Dr. David Kelley, ex-director of the Institute for Objectivist Studies, and T.J. Rogers of Cypress Semiconductor are interviewed. If you want to ORDER TRANSCRIPTS, phone 1-800-CALL-ABC. ABC's promo page entitled "The Good Greed Can Do" is HERE, and the transcript is HERE.
Stossel presents a new way to define greed by examining good things enlightened self-interest can inspire: Better transportation, faster food, cheaper products. On the program economist Walter Williams observes, "In our country those areas where people are motivated the most by greed are the areas that we’re the most satisfied with, supermarkets, computers, Fedex . . . and those areas where people say we’re motivated by caring are the areas of disaster in our country, such as education, the post office, ... city garbage collection."
DO SEND FEEDBACK:  Also see THIS John Stossel interview, THIS John Stossel interview, the article "Is it nobler to give than to create?" and "Selfishness vs. 'Selfishness' "



C-SPAN aired the top 10 picks for Best of Booknotes 1997 from Dec. 22nd through Jan. 2nd. The interview with Thomas West about his book 'Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class and Justice in the Origins of America' was on Dec. 23rd ( Here it is in RealAudio), and the interview with DAVID BOAZ about his book 'Libertarianism: A Primer' on Dec. 26th ( Here it is in RealAudio). These were voted the viewers' 1st & 2nd choices, respectively. 

Clint Bolick, Vice President of the Institute for Justice, was on ABC-TV's Politically Incorrect on Dec. 16, 1997

ALSO SEE: Other Notes and Mentions

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