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KTLK host Jason Lewis quits show on-air
RBR.com ^ | 8/1/14 | cmarcucci

Posted on 08/01/2014 6:09:33 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo

The Conservative talker quit his show during the middle of his program 7/31. “The Jason Lewis Show” is syndicated by Genesis Communications. Lewis spent a decade at KSTP-AM in the Twin Cities before leaving the station in 2003 for a job at WBT in Charlotte. He returned to the Twin Cities in 2006 for a job at KTLK. Lewis’ show was syndicated in 2009. His flagship was Clear Channel’s KTLK.

“He told me two months ago he intended to retire Aug. 1,” Mike Crusham, president and market manager of CCME Minneapolis/St. Paul told The St. Paul Pioneer Press. “He decided not to go public with it until today. I think he is serious about it. I hope he is not. He is one of the best talk show hosts I have ever worked with or listened to.”

A couple of hours after he quit, Lewis said via his Twitter account: “Today I left the radio biz for something better.”

The tweet included the hashtag #GoingGalt and a link to the website galt.io.

The site says this about “Going Galt”: “A phrase derived from the iconic Ayn Rand novel ‘Atlas Shrugged.’ In the book, the ‘producers’ or ‘men of the minds’ — as the famed author put it — decide to go out on ‘strike’ as a protest against those who would attack them politically.”

Also on the site is a 15-minute clip featuring Lewis that, according to galt.io, is a “parody of what it is like working in a highly regulated industry and some of the events that led to his decision” to quit the radio show.

A Jan. 30 article in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal describes galt.io as a “Libertarian tech startup” co-founded by Lewis.

Clear Channel’s Crusham said the station is planning on running the “Joe Pags Show,” from WOAI in San Antonio, starting next week in Lewis’ KTLK time slot.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: deckchairs; funnynames; galt; jasonlewis; joepags; lewis; morningjockschtick; shellgame
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Hmmmm.....
1 posted on 08/01/2014 6:09:33 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I really liked him when he subbed for Rush.


2 posted on 08/01/2014 6:13:15 PM PDT by CMailBag
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

After he left the show producer vamped. That sounded a little contrived to me.

I love Jason. Still, I’m thinking this is a stunt.


3 posted on 08/01/2014 6:16:21 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

No, I think he really believes in what he is attempting.


4 posted on 08/01/2014 6:17:34 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please $upport Free Republic.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

What is he attempting?


5 posted on 08/01/2014 6:19:01 PM PDT by DManA
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

So it begins.


6 posted on 08/01/2014 6:28:37 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: DManA

I really haven’t been paying close attention. It’s some sort of libertarian think tank/resource sharing website.

https://www.galt.io/login/?next=/


7 posted on 08/01/2014 6:30:02 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please $upport Free Republic.)
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To: Paladin2

What exactly?

America already runs a MASSIVE trade deficit just with communist China.

What in the world, does any American see in “going Galt”?

We’ve already gone Galt. China is running away with everything. America needs to build stuff.

America does.


8 posted on 08/01/2014 6:31:33 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I wish him all the best. Been listening to him since he was at KSTP.


9 posted on 08/01/2014 6:32:07 PM PDT by DManA
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

This is clearly a well planned PR campaign. And it worked. I did check out the galt.io site.

It’s a movie of him quitting spontaneously to go Galt.

So obviously this is planned and orchestrated with galt.io being integral.

The movie uses the theme from Blazing Saddles, Taxman by the Beatles and some country song about taxes.

I wonder, given the theme of non-producers stealing from producers, if they licensed and paid for the use of those songs.


10 posted on 08/01/2014 6:37:28 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Shame. I was surprised to hear Levin on at his usual spot on my station. I may not agree with all of libertarian thoughts, but at least he gets me thinking. I’m grateful for his input.

Oh well. I hope he has luck with Galt.io.


11 posted on 08/01/2014 6:42:02 PM PDT by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Well, here I am! Phew! I've brought my super-Hank Reardony Neumann microphone and all my show prep for the week and my Dagny little producer and I'm all dressed like John Galt!

Now all I need is another man that thinks just like me to build a radio studio! And an affiliate list! Hey you! What do you know about broadcast engineering? This thing's called a "528E." This here is a compressor. Do you have an exciter? What do you know about AM propagation? Can you make me sound like the corporate jerks did? Can you take me to full modulation? I have a few hundred bucks saved up.

And all those stations and transmitters! We need to replicate that! C'MON! How many radio people do you know? How many top flight guys who want to work for nothing... Y'know, just to start out?

And listeners! How many listeners are in this here gulch? HEY PEOPLE... WHO'S WITH ME?

And the Advertisers! C'mon! Let's make those calls! I thought you guys were loyal! ADVERTISERS! Hey, who's with me?

Hello?

Hello

It's been the same since "big time radio superstars" blew themselves out on KDKA, CKLW, WABC and everywhere else...
12 posted on 08/01/2014 6:43:44 PM PDT by golux
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To: ifinnegan

“The movie uses the theme from Blazing Saddles, Taxman by the Beatles and some country song about taxes”

If youn had ever listened to his broadcats over the years, you would know that Blazing Saddle had always been his opening music and the others, regular bumpers.

Galt.io didn’t come into being yesterday. It’s been over a year in the making.


13 posted on 08/01/2014 6:43:58 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please $upport Free Republic.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I saw in the credits no acknowledgement of the licensing of the four songs used.

Bumper music Is not analogous to using a song in a movie and ownership licensing compensation is done differently.

I never hear of him before today.


14 posted on 08/01/2014 6:48:52 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Are you associated with the campaign, or just a fan?


15 posted on 08/01/2014 6:50:02 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: ifinnegan

That has been his opening sound bed for 25 years.

Did you hear Jesse Ventura, voice dripping with sarcasm, saying “He calls him self Mister right.”


16 posted on 08/01/2014 6:54:23 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

What’s the deal with the black ring tattoo on the ring finger of the mysterious driver?

They sure telegraphed that.


17 posted on 08/01/2014 6:58:57 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: ifinnegan

Sorry, don’t know what you are talking about.


18 posted on 08/01/2014 7:01:38 PM PDT by DManA
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I’m a member


19 posted on 08/01/2014 7:03:13 PM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: miliantnutcase

Perfect. Can you explain what it’s all about. At least what you are able/allowed to?

Thanks.


20 posted on 08/01/2014 7:04:33 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please $upport Free Republic.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Wait. That Joe Pags is also replacing Andy Dean next week.

What a coingkidink!


21 posted on 08/01/2014 7:12:37 PM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (Peace On Earth! Purity of Essence! McCain/Ripper 2016)
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To: DManA

It’s in his movie Going Galt at galt.io.

I guess you didn’t watch it.


22 posted on 08/01/2014 7:13:49 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

It’s a conservative/libertarian site that right now is a way to setup causes like fund local rally’s or network. It’s a way to organize activities or back candidates for school board, elections or whatever you want to setup. It’s a fun attempt to be the grass roots conservative version of like moveon.org. I bought in early as I was a listener to his show.


23 posted on 08/01/2014 7:14:37 PM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

The economy has already grown to over 1.1 billion Galtcoins and 6.4 million shares owned.


Caltcoins?


24 posted on 08/01/2014 7:16:28 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple (Where is your thinking cap? The one you were issued in elementary school.)
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To: ifinnegan

I did watch it. I didn’t notice a tattoo.


25 posted on 08/01/2014 7:17:34 PM PDT by DManA
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I was listening then. Weirdest thing I ever heard live on local radio.


26 posted on 08/01/2014 7:31:17 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: DManA

Same here. I went to his first town hall meeting at the studio where all the ‘welfare rights’ queens came to whine and the social security reform event with Rod Grams.

I miss when we had a real senator.


27 posted on 08/01/2014 7:34:57 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: TurboZamboni

at the studio

That tiny thing in the swamp in Maplewood?


28 posted on 08/01/2014 7:38:04 PM PDT by DManA
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Clear channel is worse than Comcast. I don’t blame him.


29 posted on 08/01/2014 7:49:49 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: DManA

I think Mischke was the first one to go Galt, but he got fired from WCCO. I will be surprised if Lewis doesn’t end up doing a podcast affiliated with Barnard’s new empire.


30 posted on 08/01/2014 7:57:39 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: DManA

nope. it was at the KSTP TV studio on University.


31 posted on 08/01/2014 7:59:13 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: Sawdring

I thought Mischke quit. I was listening to him that night. Was that just bravura?

Mischke is the most original voice I have ever heard in any medium.


32 posted on 08/01/2014 8:03:19 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

I used to hear Mischke a lot. I never heard him say anything of any significance whatsoever. Unutterably trivial. He made Pee Wee Herman sound like Winston Churchill.


33 posted on 08/01/2014 8:54:24 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: DManA

Here is the actual audio of Jason’s show when it happened.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldswWSU21-U


34 posted on 08/02/2014 6:09:44 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: TurboZamboni

Beginning at 3:20 it sounds very much like acting to me. And Conry just happened to be hanging around available to do a show?


35 posted on 08/02/2014 6:36:38 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Arthur McGowan

Listen to Mischke’s interviews. They are excellent.


36 posted on 08/02/2014 7:43:48 AM PDT by Sawdring
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To: miliantnutcase

Do they have snacks?


37 posted on 08/02/2014 12:57:44 PM PDT by Valin (I'm not completely worthless. I can be used as a bad example.)
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To: DManA

OH Yeah!


38 posted on 08/02/2014 12:58:53 PM PDT by Valin (I'm not completely worthless. I can be used as a bad example.)
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To: Valin

Cool story


39 posted on 08/02/2014 1:50:20 PM PDT by miliantnutcase
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40 posted on 08/02/2014 1:52:28 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Forgotten Amendments

Andy Dean quit too.


41 posted on 08/02/2014 2:20:06 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA
Andy Dean quit too.

He was cancelled.

42 posted on 08/02/2014 9:00:08 PM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (Peace On Earth! Purity of Essence! McCain/Ripper 2016)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Andy Dean? is on the same network in Houston and announced he was signing off to some web thing.

I think it’s all a corporate publicity stunt.

And the CEO of LiveNation just hosted President Obama at his home.


43 posted on 08/02/2014 10:23:17 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Elian Gonzalez sought asylum and was sent back to Cuba, send these kids back to THEIR parents.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

http://rbr.com/andy-dean-steps-down-as-host-of-america-now/

Andy Dean steps down as host of America Now
Premiere Networks announced Andy Dean has decided to step down as host of America Now on 8/8, to focus on some exciting projects in the works. Details regarding a new host for the popular News/Talk program will be announced after the Labor Day holiday. Joe Pags, host of the Premiere Networks-syndicated The Weekend, as well as The Joe Pags Show on WOAI-AM/San Antonio, KPRC-AM/Houston, KHOW-AM/Denver and KEX-AM/Portland, will serve as guest host of America Now beginning 8/11.


44 posted on 08/02/2014 10:25:04 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Elian Gonzalez sought asylum and was sent back to Cuba, send these kids back to THEIR parents.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Well......As I always said during my career, “I was looking for a job when I found this one.”

That may not mean much to some people, but I understood it.


45 posted on 08/02/2014 10:27:58 PM PDT by Cold Heat (Have you reached your breaking point yet? If not now....then when?)
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To: Cold Heat

The story of my life, FRiend!


46 posted on 08/02/2014 10:37:08 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please $upport Free Republic.)
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To: Forgotten Amendments

The next morning the KTLK station manager came on and talked about what the station was going to do with the slot. He said Dean quit to pursue other interests.

I have no idea what the truth is.


47 posted on 08/03/2014 6:54:02 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA
The next morning the KTLK station manager came on and talked about what the station was going to do with the slot. He said Dean quit to pursue other interests.

He was saying all last week that he was canned. That station manager was talking corporation talk.

I hope this Pags guy isn't who I think it is.

I think network conservative talk radio has run it's course. The parallels with Rock & Roll are striking.

48 posted on 08/03/2014 8:21:19 PM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (Peace On Earth! Purity of Essence! McCain/Ripper 2016)
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To: Forgotten Amendments

Joe Pagliarulo. Broadcasts out of San Antonio as I recall. I’m sure he’s on a network somewhere. Used to sub for Hugh Hewitt, I think.


49 posted on 08/03/2014 8:27:25 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jjotto

Is “Pags” the guy who subbed for Dean a couple of weeks ago and did flatulence “humor”?


50 posted on 08/03/2014 10:26:20 PM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (Peace On Earth! Purity of Essence! McCain/Ripper 2016)
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