FTL & LRN.FM Updates

We're dumping Skype and fully replacing it with Discord! :: Preuss Podcast Appearance

August 12th, 2018 - 7:22pm by FTL_Admin in

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...

Mark Pulled a Molyneux, But We Stopped His Mad Power Grab

August 5th, 2018 - 7:35pm by FTL_Admin in

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...

Now over 850 members on our Discord chat server!

July 29th, 2018 - 4:46pm by FTL_Ian in

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.

If you like all the cool features we provide for free, whether it's our decade plus of audio archives , webcam , forum , or Discord chat , please take a moment to join our AMP program for $...

LRN.FM Satellite Fundraiser Patreon Update

July 21st, 2018 - 1:47pm by FTL_Admin in

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

New LPFM Affiliate in Daytona Beach :: Twitch Approaching 400 Followers

July 14th, 2018 - 3:49pm by FTL_Admin in

This week we welcome WZEA 107.1 FM in Daytona Beach, FL as our newest affiliate. WZEA is unusual among our affiliates in that they are a "low-power FM" and are airing our podcast, instead of our live show. As always, you can see our full list of affiliates (over 190!) here .

If you want to help us get to over 200 radio affiliates and beyond, please take a moment and join our AMP program for just $5 (or BTC) per month! Your contribution is our marketing budget - we've got some cool stuff we'd like to do, but can't afford it without your help, like advertise on Penn Jillette's podcast. You'll get cool AMP-only perks, so please join now - I really appreciate your support.

Another way you can support us is to follow the LRN.FM channel on Twitch . Then you can get notifications via email or the Twitch...

LRN.FM Programming Changes + New FTL Radio Affiliates

July 7th, 2018 - 2:13pm by FTL_Admin in

Big news! Tim Preuss has gone from an hour a day to two per day on his weekday podcast. Because of that dedication, we're featuring him in the 12p-2p Eastern slot on weekdays now on LRN.FM. That makes his show in the near ten years of LRN.FM the first podcast to actually have a scheduled time. Congrats to Tim on taking his show to the next level. It's rare to see a libertarian broadcasting daily, let alone for two hours per day.

Also in LRN.FM programming news, Johnny Rocket has announced he's launching a new show to replace "Johnny Rocket Launch Pad" called, " Blast Off! With Johnny Rocket ". You'll hear it during our weekly podcast loop. As always, our programming guide is here .

In Free Talk Live affiliate news we added WHAK-AM in Rogers City, MI and WYPV-FM in Mackinaw City, MI - at the tips of the glove. You can see our...

New Affiliates :: AMP Brings on Monster Radio Station

June 30th, 2018 - 1:28pm by FTL_Admin in

FTL welcomes three new affiliates including FM translators for our existing stations WIMS-AM in Michigan City, IN and KBJT-AM in Fordyce, AR. Also we welcome one of America's longest running, most successful, and top rated radio stations - WRKO-AM in Boston, MA! Affiliates don't get bigger than WRKO - 50,000 Watts! You can see our full affiliate list here .

How did we get one of the best stations in the U.S.? There were two critical parts that were both made possible by the Free Talk Live AMP program . First, the station lead came to us from Skip, the guy we've hired for years to represent the show via his "Talk Shows USA" company. Skip's an industry veteran and Program Directors look to him when they need quality shows. He was critical in helping WRKO come onboard. However, I closed the deal at the TALKERS conference we attended this month in NYC - also paid for by AMP.

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Sunday Podcast Delayed Due to Forkfest Screwup

June 17th, 2018 - 11:41pm by FTL_Ian in

You may be wondering where the Sunday show archives are. The Sunday show is done but because of a mistake on my part where I sent the wrong show segments to our network on Saturday, the Saturday show never aired on the radio. Tonight, Sunday night, is when our radio audience heard Saturday's show. So, Sunday's show will run Monday evening and Monday's final Forkfest show runs on Tuesday. By then we'll be all caught up! Thanks for your patience and hope to see you next year at Forkfest 2019!

TALKERS Conference in Manhattan + Twitch Tips

June 9th, 2018 - 5:54pm by FTL_Ian in

We're back from the TALKERS conference in NYC where we gathered with other talk radio professionals in Manhattan to discuss various talk industry things. It was our thirteenth year attending, as always thanks to the Free Talk Live AMPlifiers . AMPlfiiers are the elite group of about 200 listeners worldwide who contribute at little as $5 a month each to our mission of spreading the message of peace, liberty, and cryptocurrency to more listeners via radio and online. Of course, we giveaway our archives and cam feed to anyone, but AMPers get extra perks like special chatrooms on the Discord, an AMP-only facebook group, and more. You can join via paypal, credit card, or BTC . Thank you!

Did you know you can get notifications of when both Free Talk Live and Call to Freedom go on the air via Twitch? Just choose follow on...

New Affiliates!

June 2nd, 2018 - 3:24pm by FTL_Ian in

Free Talk Live welcomes new affiliate WRKQ-AM in Madisonville, TN along with new FM translators for our existing affiliates WVTS-AM in Charleston, WV and WEZS-AM in Laconia, NH! Here's a full list of all 192 radio affiliates .

Also, thanks to everyone who stepped up and gave us their Twitch Prime subscription in May. If you've got Amazon Prime and want to support us, please consider assigning your free Twitch subscription to the LRN Twitch! You'll get access to the supporters-only channels on our Discord server and video-ad-free Twitch viewing. If you've never done it before, it's easy. Just link your Twitch and Amazon accounts here first . Then, use the pulldown to subscribe on our channel page on Twitch .

Of course, you can always support us directly via the Free...

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