Monday, December 01, 2003
Good morning! I hope all of you enjoyed the Thanksgiving weekend.
It is with great pleasure that I tell about an upcoming series that starts this Friday, December 5th.
As most of you probably know, we've done three special series so far this year. The first one was "Truth In Taxation Week," the second one was, "Federal Reserve Week,' and the third was, "Constitution Week." All three turned out to be extremely popular with the listeners because of the amount and depth of the information provided by the many guests who appeared on the air with me.
I'm pleased to tell you that this fourth series which gets underway this Friday, December 5th is on the corruption within the judicial system. Here is the guest line-up:
Friday, Dec 5: Justin Garriot will kick-off the series by giving listeners the background on judicial corruption and will set the stage for the following week, December 8th through the 12th.
Monday, Dec. 8: Joe Bannister will join me by telephone, and Rose Lear will be live in the studio.
Tuesday, Dec. 9: Bob Schulz, President of We The People Congress
Wednesday, Dec. 10: T.J. Henderson, a leading legal reseracher, will talk about non-attorneys representing corporations and individuals.
Thursday, December 11th: State Senator, Chris Lauzen, from here in Aurora, Illinois, who is sponsor of a judicial recall bill here in the state, will join us live in the studio.
Friday, December 12: Mark Sato, a legal researcher and consultant will dicuss howw we got into this judicial mess, and will also discuss the Judicial Reform Act of 1947.
Obviously, this will be the last series of the year.
In the meantime, I'd just like to express my personal thanks to all of you for your support.
Tuesday, November 25, 2003
November 25, 2003
Haven't been ignoring everyone. Just busy, that's all. Here are a few items that might be of interest.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 26th, Bill Federer, the creator of "The American Minute," will be my guest. Always an interesting conversation with Bill. Hope you'll tune in. Bill will also be my guest on December 3rd, when he'll discuss "There really is a Santa Claus: The history of St. Nicholas and Christmas Holiday Traditions."
On December 4th, Alan Korwin, co-author of, "Supreme Court Gun Cases" will be my guest. This is a very thick and comprehensive book on all major gun cases that have been ruled on by the highest court in the land. Ought to be a very interesting show.
Then, on Friday, December 5th, we're going to have a kick-off show for the following week's special on judicial corruption. There will be a variety of guests. I'll keep you posted as the shows get scheduled.
Hope all of you have a great Thanksgiving!
Monday, November 10, 2003
November 10, 2003
Good morning. Thanks for stopping by.
First of all, I have to tell about the great weekend I had. On Saturday, the Aurora Sportsmen's Club (which is located in Sugar Grove, Illinois, just west of Aurora) held their 19th annual Veterans Day Shoot on Saturday, November 8th. And, it gets better every year. They had about 20 pieces of various WWII and Korean War military equipment, including tanks, half tracks, jeeps, ambulances, etc. Aside from the military display, veterans are invited out to shoot various firearms that the club owns, including AR-15s, M-1 Garands, .45s, 9mm, and several other types. The ammunition is provided at no charge to vets, and at noon, the club served-up a terrific lunch (which was actually more of a full dinner) of roast pork, dressing, corn, applesauce, coffee, etc. As always, the guys in the kitchen did a tremendous job of preparing and serving the meal. I'm told they started cooking at about 3am Saturday morning.
On Friday, the President of the club, Ron Wilson, and another gentleman by the name of Vince Volpe, came out to the radio station to talk about the 'shoot' and invite veterans out on Saturday. It was a tremendous success. The club served 255 meals, up from 177 meals last year. Nice going to everyone at the Aurora Sportsmens Club!
As a Viet Nam veteran, myself, I really appreciate the efforts of the Aurora Sportsmens Club for showing their respect and concern for all of us. Too often we're forgotten. Keep up the good work! And, "Thanks" again!
Here's the schedule for this week's People To People:
Monday, Nov. 10: Alberto Altamore, from the Illinois Coalition Against Unfair Utilities, will talk about natural gas and electricity prices, SBC, and Commonwealth Edison's desire to purchase downstate Illinois Power. Alberto has appeared on the show before and has been a very popular guest.
Tuesday, Nov 11: Lynn Blystoner will join me on the air to talk about finding energy where we need it: In our own country!
Wednesday, Nov 12: Paula Dorian-Gray will join me in the studio to discuss long-term investing and will address some investment pitfalls and how to avoid them.
Thursday, Nov 13: Cecilia Soto, from the City of Aurora (IL) Customer Service Department will join me in-studio to talk about the relatively new department and how they stand by to serve the residents of the city.
Friday, Nov 14: In this rare Friday edition of People To People, I'll be joined, by telephone, by Tom Schatz, who is with Citizens Against Goverment Waste to talk about drug re-importation and other items of concern.
Hope you have a great week. Don't forget to call into the show if you'd like. The on-air number is: 630-585-1280. The show airs from 8:15 to 9am, Central Time. Open line conversation gets underway most days at 9:15 and goes until 10am.
Hope to hear from you!
Monday, November 03, 2003
Had to tell you about this week's guest line-up. What a week it's going to be, too!
Monday (Nov 3): State Senator Chris Lauzen, of Aurora. Chris comes into the studio every month without fail to take calls from the listeners. He's always forthright and direct with people in answering their questions, and doesn't beat around the bush.
Tuesday (Nov 4): Author and columnist, William Grigg, from the John Birch Society, will be on the air with me by telephone to talk about the "assualt on the Middle Class." This ought to prove to be a very interesting and provocative interview.
Wednesday (Nov 5): Jim DiPeso, policy director at R.E.P. America (Republicans for Evironmental Protection) will dicuss the National Energy Bill.
Thursday (Nov 6): Michael Moyer, with Popular Science Magazine will join us for something a little different, and hopefully, more fun. He's going to tell us about, "The Best of What's New." New gadgets, new technology, etc.
Hope you'll be able to tune-in. You can find us on the web at www.wbig1280.com
Tuesday, October 28, 2003
October 28, 2003
What a way to start out a week! On yesterday's show, Father David Engbarth, pastor of a local Catholic Church here in Aurora joined me in the studio as he has many times in the past. Father David's parish is overwhelmingly Hispanic, and he ministers to some of the poorest people in the area, and frequently ministers to families who have lost a loved one to gang violence. He always has some heart-wrenching stories to tell. But, yesterday, he brought with him a relatively young woman identified only as, "Maria," who, along with her husband, left central Mexico about 12 years ago for a new life in the United States. They set out to get into the U.S. any way they could. After being caught once, and forced to retreat on a separate occasion because they were spotted, they finally made it into the State of California. Prior to this daring trip, her husband had already gotten a job here in the Chicago area, and he decided to go back to Mexico and bring his wife up here with him.
Father David decided to bring Maria because, in a lot of ways, she typifies those who cross the border illegally to come to the United States. He and I had talked many times about the controversy over illegal immigrants, and we both agreed that dialogue should be opened up to talk about the experiences these people have in trying to get into the States.
Let me tell you what has happened with Maria and her husband since they arrived 12 years ago:
When she left her homeland, Maria was pregnant and had only a sixth grade education. She first spent time in California with two brothers who were already here. They were willing to 'risk it all' just to get their sister in this country. She eventually arrived in Chicago, went to school, worked feverishly to learn English (which she does very well at, by the way) and graduated from high school. She is now in college. Her husband started his own business, where she works as the office manager.
She is also a writer and writes poetry about her experiences. She read two of them on the air, both of which were quite compelling. The first one was a poem about her experience in getting into this country, and the second dealt with her experiences here since her arrival. I'm going to see if she'll give me permission to post them in this blogspot.
My listeners have been quite tough on illegals over the years, and I must admit that I'm pretty much a hard-liner on the issue, too. But, to their credit, my listeners asked some of the tough questions that I knew they would ask, but they did it in a respectful way. And Maria handled the questions beautifully. She's a real 'trooper' for coming on the air and sitting in the 'hot seat.'
Although I was deeply moved by the peotry, the conversation, and just meeting Maria, there are several more questions that remain--not the least of which is: "How many more illegals can we allow in this country before it's 'too many?'"
During the conversation on the air, Father David said that, "...we have to stop blaming the victims." He, of course, was referring to the people of Mexico who are trying to flee their poverty-stricken country to find a better life. Late in the conversation, it dawned on me that maybe he's right. It's not the fault of the Mexican people that poverty is so rampant in their country. It's their government. Not only that, but the bad reputation of the "Federales" is widely known both in Mexico and the U.S. I also mentioned on the air that it's the politicians and the large corporations that are encouraging the influx of illegals from Mexico so that they can be used as cheap labor. The corporations want cheap labor and the politicians look the other way so that the illegals can get in. The corporations contribute to the re-election campaigns, and the politicians get re-elected. It's a nice deal they've got going. So, I suggested that maybe we're collectively putting the blame on the wrong people. Maybe we should blame the greedy corporations and the likewise greed politicians who want to maintain their spot at the public feeding trough.
Father David and Maria were both very pleased with the conversation. I told Maria that I wanted her to come back so that we could continue the conversation, and she has enthusiastically agreed to do so.
Father thanked me for doing the show, and emphasized how important it is to have this kind of dialogue, as painful as it might sometimes be.
I agree with him. We have to talk to one another. And we do that here at WBIG Radio.
Monday, October 27, 2003
October 27, 2003
Holy Smoke! Here it is Monday already. Hope you had a safe and enjoyable weekend.
When I closed off the blog on Friday, I didn't realize that I wouldn't be back at the computer until this morning. There are a few things I'd like to share with you.
As an individual, I think I'm like most people who, after beginning to realize that things weren't adding up, as far as the political scene, the world scene, and the change in morals, education, family issues, etc., something finally happens in our lives to make us realize that we're not alone in our thinking. While it would be easy to write a book on my personal story, I'll just give the basic details--partly because of space considerations, and partly to protect the guilty.
I had an 'epiphany' of sorts. Not the kind that comes like a bolt of lightning out of nowhere, but more like the kind that sort of gently taps you on the shoulder and says, "Take heart. "You're not 'nuts.'" Little did I know, however, just how much I would eventually learn.
The first time the truth was becoming apparent was when I got a copy of Wayne LaPierre's first book on gun control and the importance of the Second Amendment. That was about the time that I started here at the radio station. Then, shortly after reading that book, I had to fill-in on "Your Turn" while the regular host took a couple days off. Knowing that the show was driven by call--ins, I brought the book with me to see if I could stimulate some conversation. Boy--did it ever! From then on, I became endeared to the majority of the listening audience. In turn, they informed me (through many conversations on the air) that there were a lot of other books out there that could shed even more light on several other issues.
At about this same time, I ran into an old friend whom I hadn't seen in many years. Now, he was married and had four kids. We got to talking about some of the changes in the Catholic Church since The Second Vatican Council (known as, "Vatican II") which started in the very early sixties. Very slowly, things were being revealed that really shocked me. The biggest shock was that all the changes in the Church: the political scene, the de-moralizing of the country, the educational system, changes in the workplace, changes in immigration policy, and most other changes that we've all witnessed over the years, are all connected, one way or the other.
Hosting the talk shows and having had the pleasure of listening to people who had a head start in getting all the information has been invaluable to me. Were it not for them, I wouldn't be where I'm at today.
Unlike some people, I'm not afraid of the truth. Yes, it's painful sometimes, but real "truths" don't change over time. Some people are scared by the truth. They complain about certain happenings in their lives and in the World-At-Large, but instead of trying to seek the truth, they literally run from it. These are the people who are in the 'matrix.'" It might not be pleasant where they're living, but at least they don't have the face the real ugliness that is all around them. Very sad. It reminds me of a saying: "None are so blind as those who will not see."
Friday, October 24, 2003
October 24, 2003
Today is Friday, and I thought I'd share a few thoughts with you.
You've heard the saying, "All good things come to he who waits." Well, I guess I'm an example of that. I had a desire to get into radio ever since I was about 12 years old. Part of the reason, I suppose, is because my late Mother, (then, Mary Louise Brown) was the first musical and program director for this radio station when it first went on the air back in 1938 with the call letters, WMRO. The "MRO" part was the owner's initials. His name was Martin R. O'Brien.
Many now-famous broadcasters started their career at WMRO, including: Johnnie Putman and Dean Richards, both of whom are now with WGN radio in Chicago; former TV newscaster, Hugh Hill; and, Chick Hearn, who for years, was the "Voice of the Lakers." In fact, Chick went to St. Mary's Grade School here in Aurora, IL and graduated from that school with my mom. He lived right down the street from us. His homestead has been gone for years, but I'm still living in the same house that my grandparents bought brand new in 1915. But, I digress.
For years, I tried to get into radio, but it wasn't to be until after I got into the Navy and had my own show aboard the ship's radio station. I served, by the way on the USS Coral Sea in Viet Nam, and later on the USS America in the Med. It was a great introduction to the radio world, and although the station was strictly closed-circuit, and only heard on the ship, we followed all the rules and regulations that a commercial station would have to follow. After getting out of the Navy in 1971, I tried a couple more times to get into broadcasting, but with no success.
Finally, out of the blue, my chance to be on the air came about in August of 1995 when I submitted a demo tape of me doing the news at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, IL. The program director (Kevin Scott) and the news director (Mike Sullivan) were impressed enough with my delivery to offer me a chance. After proving myself by filling in on the news and the talk shows when the other guys took vacation, I was offered a chance to take over the news department here along with the two talk shows. It was Mike Sullivan who was willing to share his 30+ years of news experience with me that gave me what I needed to hone my skills. Well, when management offered me the full-time position here, I couldn't say 'yes' fast enough. And, here we are.
Being afforded the privilege of hosting two talk shows has been a rewarding experience--not only from a broadcasting level, but also as being fun and educational. For example:
For years, I sort of knew, in the back of my head, that something wasn't right in America. There were too many things that didn't make sense. The values that my mom and dad taught me weren't relevant anymore, and worse yet, weren't even true, according to some of the 'new thinking' that has been so prevalent since the 1960s. Things seemed to be upside down from what I had been taught. Religion wasn't the same, the idea of 'job security' had fallen by the wayside, and 'loyalty' on the part of employers and employees, alike, had crumbled.
Things weren't right with the government, either. Why were politicians trying to take gun rights away from us? Why were certain words suddenly taboo? What is this 'political correctness' thing? Why aren't kids learning in high school? Why do we keep losing our freedom and liberties? This is just a short list, of course, but if you're reading this, you probably already understand.
More later. Well, it's 8:03am, so I've got to get into the studio for today's talk shows. Check back later!
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