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Libertarian talk radio surges in New Hampshire

DadaOrwell

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Not sure how much to read into this...but in the 9 months since I moved to New Hampshire I've noticed a lot of changes in the talk radio culture, mostly positive for local freedom lovers.

When I first got here to Keene in late August '04, there was apparently only one local libertarian talk show in the state - Gardner Goldsmith's program airing 3-6PM weekdays on WGIR-AM. Now he airs an extra hour each day, and his signal reaches about half the homes in the state.

Southwestern New Hampshire's main radio station had no local libertarian show last year, but now libertarian Eric Scott is on from 10AM-11:30AM every weekday.

Free Talk Live, the syndicated show run by Free Staters was nearly unknown when I moved here. Now it airs on one station in New Hampshire and one in Mass; the Mass signal reaches southern NH. Though not technically a local show, Free Talk Live discusses New Hampshire issues on nearly every broadcast (six nights a week 8-10PM EST). These guys are hardcore libertarians and field a lot of calls from New Hampshire residents which air in about 10 markets around the nation.

During the same 9 month time period one major socialist show (Arnie Arneson's) has gone off the air in Concord...though it's still airing in the northern part of the state. The "Bureaucrat Doctor" show - where a local government doctor answers questions - has been cut in half on WKBK in Keene. Other things have happened that I don't know about, but these are just the changes I'm aware of as a listener.

It's not clear to what extent this moderate sea change is connected to the Free State Project (www.FreeStateProject.org), which selected New Hampshire as a target for libertarian migration about two years ago. So far about 150 liberty activists are thought to have moved here, with another 6,500 pledged to follow. This *has* had a disproportionate impact on call-ins to NH talk radio...with more and more freedom activists "liberating" a few minutes here and there on talk shows around the state.
 

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I think that's a good thing...well maybe because I'm a libertarian lol...but yeah...I don't think libretarians will be a force in politics because of America's two party-system, sadly :-(
 

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Hornburger said:
I think that's a good thing...well maybe because I'm a libertarian lol...but yeah...I don't think libretarians will be a force in politics because of America's two party-system, sadly :-(
Although former MN Governor Ventura formed his own party (and then left it later), his views were definitely libertarian oriented. He was very socially liberal and very fiscally conservative. Damn, I miss him.
 
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