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Crashing the Gates: How a Handful of Progressive Activists Brought Liberal Talk-Radio Back to the Nation's Capitol

DC is the most liberal region of the country, but until now all the talk on the radio dial skewed right.

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And let me just say that I fully embrace the title of "crazy visionaries!" I believe that in a world of insanity, it is the strong that go crazy while the weak pretends there is nothing wrong.

You know, according to Bill Press (one of our leading syndicated progressive hosts who wasn't heard in DC until now, despite the fact that he broadcasts his national program from from here) says that there are 2,000 conservative talk-radio stations in America and only 50 progressive stations.

And I am very proud to say that we are now the 51st and we do not take the words, "Truth is our product" lightly. It's a direct response to the handful of corporations that control most of what we see hear and read.

JH: OK, Kymone, you win for best answer.

I'm really excited to debut the AlterNet radio hour this Sunday evening at 6, and I'm also very confident that Americans are going to tune in and not waste time with that silly football game. I mean, it's our debut show! I almost feel sorry for the NFL – they went to so much trouble and got Madonna and everything.

And, Cliff, you're doing a show with 'Daily Show' co-founder Lizz Winstead. I know you have Ed Schultz on for drive-time. Who else is onboard?

CS: Glad you asked that. I think what's really exciting about our station is that we have nationally syndicated talent--you mentioned Ed Schultz, for example, and we also have Thom Hartmann and Bill Press (both based out of Washington) and Stephanie Miller, as well as Ring Of Fire (Robert Kennedy Jr., Mike Papantonio and Sam Seder are the hosts) and David Pakman on weekends.

Also, our weekday, nightly schedule and weekend programming is filled with top-notch talent, with those who have become innovators with popular online shows and also important voices who did not yet have a show. During the week, we have Kymone on from 6-8, and following him we have huge talents in folks like Sam Seder, Shannyn Moore, Nicole Sandler and Elon James White.

On weekends, we have longtime radio hosts and podcasters such as Mark Levine, Nancy Skinner, Angie Coiro, Bob Cesca and Matt Filipowicz. Ben Wikler, who produced Al Franken's show on Air America has a show with us, and other longtime contributors to TV and radio, RJ Eskow and some guy named Joshua Holland, make this entire group an all-star lineup. As I'm sure I'm missing people, readers should check out our weekday schedule ( here) and weekend lineup ( here).

So we're pumped about this. And I'm appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of something this groundbreaking. In fact, the best way I can think to sum it up is in the immortal words of John Travolta's character Major Vic "Deak" Deakins, from that all-time classic Broken Arrow: "Aint it cool?"

Joshua Holland is an editor and senior writer at AlterNet. He is the author of The 15 Biggest Lies About the Economy: And Everything else the Right Doesn't Want You to Know About Taxes, Jobs and Corporate America . Drop him an email or follow him on Twitter.

 
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