I’ve been called a lot of things over the last few days: whiny, bitch, cunt, entitled, murderer, asshole, unrealistic, cuck and pathetic to name a few. You can mix and match them at your pleasure. It could be a fun little game of Mad Libs.” The whiny, pathetic murderer is acting like an unrealistic entitled cunt.”
Obviously, there has been an outpouring of support, but I can’t say that much of this doesn’t sting.
So, Ima splain myself as best I can. Your emotions about my departure are relevant and important. But if your emotions and thoughts are important, then mine are too. So, here they are.
Free Talk Live is a mission, not just a radio program and a business. We want to spread the Ideas of Liberty to anyone that can listen. We give away what others charge for, with the intention that people are able to easily hear it. No one has shown more dedication to the mission than Ian and I. I have likened us to street preachers and I think it is very apt. We have a passion for the mission, but we need support to do the mission. We can’t simultaneously do the mission and support the mission at the same time. The AMP program is the way that regular listeners can support our mission.
The AMP Program has not grown for many years. The radio stations have more than doubled in that time. The advertising has grown to support a middle class living and then dipped. We at FTL, have done the job but the AMPlifer dollars haven’t caught up.
A few years ago, you may recall, Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a slut. That act caused a lot of advertisers to leave Talk Radio. iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel) and Cumulus’s practices of excluding radio shows that they don’t own has changed the industry landscape to the point that FTL’s business model isn’t viable anymore. I have been dipping into savings to live for more than a year.
So, either FTL is a business, which is struggling mightily, or it is an activism project, which hasn’t seen improved listener buy-in for years. Either way, it needs help that I just can’t provide.
I work from 8:30 am to 10p pretty much daily. I don’t have a day off. I live, happily, in an 800 sq ft house, so you can forget blaming this on an extravagant lifestyle. My wife leaves the state for 3 months out of the year, to stay with her parents in FL, because she can’t stand snow, but I stay in NH to do the show. I can’t do more, I can do different, but only if different works.
The AMP program is intended to advertise, market and promote FTL, getting us on more stations, bringing the message of Liberty to people who have never heard it articulated well. I don’t get a penny of it and nor do I control how it is spent. I do benefit in that if we add a big station or 2 it will drive up ad rates and demand and maybe we can live without dipping into savings in a year or so. I am willing to wait and stick around, but I need to see the support to do that. That is why I have given you the opportunity to choose. Do you want me to stay? Yes? Great! 5 bucks a month will make it happen. No? Then feel free to call me an entitled prick.