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.
Christmas 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:
- Conspiracy to Operate Unlicensed Money Transmitting Business
- Operation of Unlicensed Money Transmitting Business
- Money Laundering
- Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering
- Attempt to Evade or Defeat Tax (four counts for 2016-2019)
Read the full story at Free Keene.
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.
Word 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:
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.
Industry 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…)