We’re cutting TWO breaks per hour from our live show starting Jan 1st!

January 1st is going to be a big day for Free Talk Live.  Not only are we officially switching radio syndicates back to our original home of Genesis Communications Network, we’re making the first major change to our live show “clock” in nearly two decades.  A clock is an industry term for what happens during a given broadcast hour.  I’m happy to announce that starting Jan 1st we are eliminating two breaks per hour from our show!

Put another way, deleting two entire breaks each hour means eight more minutes per hour of talk time.  Over a three-hour show, that’s twenty-four more minutes of show content every night.  Our talk time per hour will increase from 39:20 to 47:30!  That’s 20% more Free Talk Live per hour.  We probably should have done this ten years ago, but better late than never.

We hope it makes our radio show more competitive with low-interruption new media competitors as we’ll only have two breaks per hour, one at the bottom-of-hour and one at the top-of-hour.  Fewer interruptions means we can have more in-depth conversations and hopefully happier listeners.

I wish we could have started this months ago when I thought of it, but unfortunately we have to break up with our current syndicate and give our radio stations plenty of notice so they can change their station automation programming to reflect it.  Luckily nearly all our affiliates saw the change as a good idea, so they are onboard!

Stay tuned for the big change coming Jan 1st.  Live listeners on the radio or online streaming will notice the change immediately and listeners to our commercial-free AMPS podcast will notice an extra 24 minutes of content each night!  You can help support our mission to spread a message of peace and liberty by joining AMPS for just $5 a month here on our Patreon.  Thank you for listening to and supporting Free Talk Live.

Federal Prosecutors Drop 17 of 25 Counts Before Crypto Six Trial!

FBI Goon Smashes CameraChristmas came early! Just days before the start of the Crypto Six trial, federal prosecutors have revealed they will be dropping the supermajority of counts in their ridiculous case against me. Gone are all twelve of the “wire fraud” charges, three “money laundering” charges, “conspiracy to commit bank fraud & wire fraud”, and most importantly the charge with the ten-year mandatory minimum sentence, the “kingpin” charge of “continuing financial crimes enterprise”. All gone!

If you’ve been paying attention to the case for the last twenty months, you may recall the big deal the prosecutors made to try to keep me in jail until trial, claiming I am a “sophisticated cyber criminal” and a “danger to the community”. Prior to the charges being dropped, my bail conditions had loosed to where I am no longer wearing a tracking anklet. Now that those charges are gone, when we recently asked to remove the government spyware from my computer and phone, the prosecutors had no objection. Apparently, I’m no longer the scary things they told the judge and press that I was.

The remaining charges that are slated for trial are:

  1. Conspiracy to Operate Unlicensed Money Transmitting Business
  2. Operation of Unlicensed Money Transmitting Business
  3. Money Laundering
  4. Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering
  5. Attempt to Evade or Defeat Tax (four counts for 2016-2019)

Read the full story at Free Keene.

Full FTL Radio Show Archives Available via GCN RSS, Downloads

A couple of months ago, we made a major change to our main podcast feed and switched it to feature our Daily Digest instead of the full radio show archives.  This is an ongoing test to see if it helps increase our podcast listenership, but the intention was never to make the full radio show unavailable to people who want to hear it.

As I pointed out at the time we announced the change, the full radio show is still available in video form via our Odysee channel and in audio form with no commercials via our AMPS Patreon’s special RSS feed.  However, I’m aware these two options aren’t right for everyone.  Even though Odysee has an RSS feed, not everyone wants to download a large video file every day, nor can everyone afford to subscribe to Patreon or want to support Patreon.

Luckily, we have another option to announce.  For those who want to continue to receive the full radio show via RSS feed, our radio syndicate Genesis Communications Network has an RSS feed which features individual hours of each show.  If you prefer to direct download instead of use RSS, you can do that from their FTL archives page.

Yes, we are officially back with GCN after a couple of years with a different syndicate.  We’re glad to be back home and that we kept our doors open.  The GCN RSS feed is now included on our Feeds page on the FTL site, and the link to their archives are also up on our Archives page.

Crypto Six Trial Pushed to December + Documentary Fundraiser Moves to Indiegogo

Ballad of the Crypto SixWord is the Crypto Six trial has been moved from November to December, with jury selection starting on December 6th at Federal Court Church in Concord, NH. Recently more of the Six took plea “deals” for victimless “crimes”, and now I am the only one left proceeding to trial.  I am facing approximately 420 years in prison if convicted of all counts.  No victim, no crime.  Bitcoin is not a crime.

There’s also news about the proposed “Ballad of the Crypto Six” documentary film, which has recently switched its fundraiser to Indiegogo and begun offering various benefits for financial support. Depending on your contribution you can score T shirts and caps, to dinner with one of the Crypto 6 and even to co-host one or more episodes of Free Talk Live!  If you think this subject deserves its own documentary, please watch the nine-minute trailer and join the Indiegogo:

Here is the trailer:

Major Podcast Change Coming Sept 1st, 2022

We think podcasting our full radio show has been holding us back. Most podcasts aren’t two hours long per show, and the constant resetting we do for radio might be turning off podcast listeners. Riley’s daily digests have been going for years, so we’ve made the digest longer and are making them our official podcast, starting September 1st.

If you subscribe to the daily digest or full-episode rss feeds, please resubscribe to the main FTL podcast feed, which you can find at feeds.freetalklive.com. The other feeds rely on a third-party service and though they will continue, we can’t be sure how long they’ll stay online.

If you still want the entire radio show, you can listen live every night from 7 to 10 eastern at listen.freetalklive.com or watch.freetalklive.com. Full video archives are at video.freetalklive.com , or tune into our 24/7 stream for the latest show at listen.freetalklive.com. FTL AMPS will continue to receive the full radio show with no commercials via podcast through patreon, so please join amps.freetalklive.com for just $5 a month.

Thanks for understanding that we need to try a different direction. Maybe it won’t work, maybe it will. Feel free to leave feedback on the FTL forum, email, or tag us on FTL social.

Surveillance Video of FBI Raid Against FTL Studio

It was about ten degrees Fahrenheit at around 6am on March 16th, 2021 when dozens of armed agents from the FBI, IRS, USPS, ATF, and Keene Police swarmed onto the duplex containing the Free Talk Live studio. They smashed in windows and a front door, set off explosions, flew in drones, and held multiple peaceful bitcoin activists at gunpoint. Simultaneous raids were being conducted in multiple other locations, with six people arrested in total. They were since dubbed “the Crypto Six” by supporters.

One had her charges dropped and three have taken plea deals despite never harming another human being. Two remain, facing hundreds of years in prison for completely victimless, made-up financial “crimes” regarding bitcoin.

Now, more than a year later, the FBI has returned the surveillance DVRs they took from the property. This is some of the footage taken at the scene of the Free Talk Live studio in Keene, NH:

Ian Freeman Returns to the Stage at Porcfest 2022 to Discuss the FBI

I had the pleasure of speaking from the main stage at Porcfest 2022, the biggest, sold-out Porcfest ever. My speech was about the history of Free Talk Live and the FBI’s obsession with the Free State Project, specifically agent Phil Christiana. Thank you to Dennis Pratt and the rest of the Porcfest crew for having me back!

Here’s the full speech and Q&A:

Thank you to Jim Babb for speaking out years ago and Rodger Paxton for laying the groundwork for having me back to Porcfest.

TALKERS’ Publisher on FTL’s Ian: “The greatest champion of free speech that we have.”

This year, I was tremendously honored to receive the talk radio industry’s most prestigious award, TALKERS Magazine’s Freedom of Speech Award. Sadly, due to the insane bail restrictions on me in the Crypto Six case, I was unable to attend TALKERS’ NYC convention to receive the award. Thankfully, Free Talk Live’s co-hosts Mark Edge and Captain Kickass were in attendance and Mark accepted the award while Captain recorded video.

Here’s the full presentation including the very kind introduction by TALKERS’ publisher, Michael Harrison, who called me, “the greatest champion of free speech that we have”. That’s probably too kind, but I sure do appreciate his sentiment. Mark then read aloud the short speech I wrote for the occasion, which you can read in full here.

Thank you to the audience for listening, TALKERS’ staff for choosing me for this awesome award, and Mark for receiving it on-stage. If you missed Michael Harrison’s interview of me, you can listen to it here.