Years ago, we added Skype as a call-in option on Free Talk Live. This wasn't part of a sponsorship or any kind of partnership, but a way of increasing caller audio quality and an acknowledgement of the ubiquity of Skype as a platform. Sadly, after Microsoft purchased Skype it's seemed like they're running it into the ground. Audio quality is worse than ever and now a few weeks ago Skype forced an "update" that broke the program for on-air purposes. Not only can you not turn off the ringer (we tried multiple potential workarounds), the older Skype would allow you the option of assigning the ringer to a different soundcard. That feature has been completely stripped from the latest "upgrade". After being interrupted multiple times on-air by the ringing sound effect, I decided I'd had it with what has become a garbage app.
Thankfully, we added the "On-Air Call-In Line" several months ago to our new Discord chat server at Discord.LRN.FM and...
Thanks to Darryl W Perry for putting together his ongoing Candidate Spotlight series. This five minute speech will be airing on Cheshire TV , the local cable access channel until the 2018 election. Here’s an HD version with the correct campaign website ( http://ianfreeman.nhliberty.info ) on-screen. I misrecalled the URL when we were recording.
Last week began with the unfortunate news that FTL co-host Mark Edge pulled a Molyneux and used a DMCA takedown on a YouTube video he didn't like (one which used our show content). It would be one thing if Mark had done such an unprincipled thing on his own, but he claimed to do it on behalf of Free Talk Live. After an on-air rebuke, he apologized for doing it in FTL's name and has promised never to do it again. I will reiterate here what I have said on-air forever, which is that Free Talk Live does not believe in intellectual property and you are free to copy, edit, or do whatever you please with our content.
Thankfully, the week ended with the good news that Youtube restored the Mark-offending video upon my request, which made it clear to them that Mark made this move without authorization. FTL is no longer able to be blamed for any takedown, because the video is back and Mark has been publicly shamed for his...
2018 is a historic year for the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire. Not only do we have full ballot access on par with the Republicans and Democrats, but we for the first time ever actually have TWO libertarians running in a...
Thanks to everyone who has not only visited our Discord chat server , but especially to those who keep coming back! We started the LRN.FM Discord in January of this year and over 850 people have created an account, with 348 of them coming back within the last seven days! That's a large, active userbase. If you haven't dropped in yet, take a moment and visit http://discord.lrn.fm . You can download the Discord app or just use their web version.
The LRN.FM satellite fundraiser Patreon has been around about a year now and is up to 22 patrons and $132 a month coming in - that's over 10% of our current satellite bill! As you may recall we split off the satellite feeds from the AMP program so people could support either or both fundraisers directly. If you appreciate the fact that we broadcast LRN.FM across North & Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa, free-to-air (meaning listeners don't have to pay for our channel), then please get behind our satellite fundraiser Patreon for as little as $2 per month .
Also, you can connect with other listeners via our Free Talk Live forum here . Our forum software is modern and snappy - I think you'll like it.
Thanks for listening to and supporting Free Talk Live! Ian