“Freedom of Speech” Award from TALKERS Magazine for 2022 Goes to FTL’s Ian Freeman

Ian with MegaphoneIndustry honors don’t get bigger than this.  Every year at their convention in New York City, talk radio’s premiere industry publication, TALKERS Magazine awards the “Gene Burns Memorial Award for Freedom of Speech”, which prior to Burns’ death in 2013 was called the “Freedom of Speech Award”. Burns was the award’s first recipient in 1988 and I’m extremely honored to be its recipient this year of 2022.

TALKERS has stated their prestigious award is given to broadcasters who “have demonstrated through their words, deeds and courage the First Amendment in action, its purpose and how it operates.” Past recipients include Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, Sean Hannity, Thom Hartmann, G. Gordon Liddy, Al Franken, Glenn Beck, Matt Drudge, and more. There’s no doubt that the hosts of Free Talk Live, the country’s only syndicated libertarian radio show, are dedicated to freedom, especially the freedom of speech. While I am the founder of the show, all of our co-hosts share the same philosophy. I’m super grateful to the people at TALKERS for this award.

In any normal year, I’d be attending the TALKERS convention in NYC to accept the award in person. This year however, I’m currently on highly restrictive bail conditions as I await trial in the Crypto Six case. Unless I can get the prosecution to agree to let me attend, I’m stuck at home. Thankfully, Mark Edge will be there to accept the award in my stead. Would I have been able to speak, I’d have said something like this:

I’m grateful to Michael, Kevin, and the rest of TALKERS Magazine’s staff for presenting me with the Freedom of Speech Award. Every year we gather here in New York City and gratitude is often expressed that as an industry, we are free to share our opinions on the radio. However, is it really true that we have free speech? Or, is it simply that most talk radio hosts have opinions that are within an acceptable range? (more…)

“Central Bank Digital Currency – A Moral Hazard” – Panel Discussion ft. Ian of FTL

I was honored to be invited to speak on a panel about Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) regarding them being a moral hazard. Many government gangs are moving towards implementing a CBDC and that is very bad news for financial freedom. Here is the full 22 minute panel discussion. Thank you to Chris from Sustany Capital for hosting the conference.

Video & Voice Calling Now Working on FTL’s Matrix Chat Server!

LRN.FM Matrix ChatBig news from our Matrix chat server!  Finally, we have gotten direct audio and video calling working.  These calls are supposedly client-to-client and do not use our server as a midpoint, so they should be as fast and as high quality as the calling parties’ internet connections and devices allow.  Note, this only works on direct conversations with two people.  If you have a chat room with more than two, you’ll still need to use the Jitsi conference option that has always been available.  Enjoy!

If you’re not yet part of our Matrix server, you can visit this page to get step-by-step instructions on how to join.  Matrix is a self-hosted, open source, federated chat system where you can join existing channels or create and admin your own, public or private!

TALKERS Names FTL #24 in the 2022 “Heavy Hundred”!

Radio industry publication TALKERS Magazine’s “Heavy Hundred” is their list of the “most important radio talk show hosts in America” and we’ve moved from from #25 to #24 on the 2022 edition!  It is an honor to continue to be included and moved up year after year.  Thank you to the great people at TALKERS.  If you missed TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison interviewing me recently, you can find that here.

Talkers' Heavy Hundred 2022