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.

“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…)

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