Conservative Talk Radio Show in Minnesota Under Threat

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Minnesota is not exactly the most conservative place in America. And it’s in places like that where it’s crucial for there to be a pushback against the left. Guy Green has been performing that role with his show The Speakeasy, funding the show with his own money and bringing conservative guests on the air. Those guests have included many Front Page Magazine personalities, including David Horowitz, Robert Spencer, Andrew McCarthy and myself.

Now the existence of The Speakeasy is endangered. Even though Guy Green has paid for the show out of his own savings, the buyout of the station combined with complaints by a local liberal politician has put its survival at risk. The station has attempted to neuter The Speakeasy’s content and the last interview Guy was able to do was with Robert Spencer discussing the persecution of Minnesota’s own Michele Bachmann. And now a show about the political censorship of the left may be its final show.

“The Speakeasy is both a labor of love and necessity,” Guy Green writes of his work, “Radio truly is a slowing down, a savoring of sorts, an activity as opposed to a pastime. I think that is something for which our times are clamoring. We are much better off lending our attention to what amounts to a book with sound effects, free to paint the living room, prepare dinner, or cruise down the endless black ribbon with the top down while doing so, than being fastened to the sofa, unable to even glance away for an instant lest we miss the latest wardrobe malfunction. Besides, once you actually SEE a talking gecko, walking erect and peddling car insurance, there isn’t really much sense in maintaining an imagination, now is there? I love radio for what it is, and for what it isn’t.”

Now Guy Green needs our support to stay on the air. His station, 3WI Radio · 95.9FM · 1270AM, can be reached at 305 West Washington Street · Brainerd, MN 56401 · Phone: 218-828-9994. And by email at talk@3wiradio.com. If you do contact them, be polite, rather than abrasive.

The local newspaper is the Brainerd Dispatch and it accepts reader commentary here.

In the battle for the future of this country, we need voices like those of Guy Green on our side.

  • http://www.clarespark.com clarespark

    No one will go after NPR or Pacifica Radio. I found this article to be alarming, for there is no guarantee that "right-wing radio" will survive a second Obama administration, especially in states that are purple. I wrote about the intransigence of the Pacifica radicals here: http://clarespark.com/2010/10/21/links-to-pacific…. Since I left them, they are even more dedicated to conspiracy theories emanating from the Left, including anarchists. "Links to Pacifica memoirs."

  • Arlie

    Well I live in Mpls, MN and have never heard of Guy Green or this station. I listen to Twincitiesnewstalk.com 1130 AM. Davis & Emmer, Glenn Beck, Rush, and Jason Lewis.

    I will try to tune in on FM what time does his program broadcast?

    • Arlie

      I see it's on from 6pm-8pm mon-fri. I just checked out his web page from your link in the story. My bad. http://www.thespeakeasywithguygreen.com. Thanks.

    • Guy Green

      Show broadcasts, if allowed to continue, 6-8 Central on 95.9 FM and online at http://www.3wi radio.com Podcasts available there and at the shows website http://www.thespeakeasywithguygreen.com Daniel has been a guest frequently and is a valued friend. Thank you for your interest! My sidekick, and true soldier, Tony Bauer, have been at it for over 21 months, and they're going to have to carry us out feet first.

      Guy Green

      • burkasrugly

        Mr. Green,
        Please keep up the good work. There are people praying for you. I really don't know what has happened to this country except for one explanation….we have rejected God and don't have his protection any more. These people who are trying to shut you up are evil. Even so, I feel sorry for them because they are on the wrong track and are too blind to see that good will triumph over evil. Keep fighting for freedom and liberty.

        • Guy Green

          Will do, burkasrugly. I hope people remember the words of Burke:
          "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing." If people support the efforts of David Horowitz and Frontpage, and little outposts like The Speakeasy, the truth will prevail. We all must act in our own sphere, with faith and courage. The operative word is ACT. Ephesians Chapter 6, verses 10-20 will brace you for the task! My son tells me that all the time and he is absolutely right! Daniel Greenfield is doing a wondrous job, along with all the dedicated and tireless folks at The Freedom Center and Frontpage. Support them with everything you've got!

          • akbass

            Wow, Brainerd, Minnesota…..Paul Bunyan land! Fond memories of visiting there several times during my childhood while spending the summer with family on one of your nearby beautiful 10,000 lakes. Keep up the good fight…..we need all of you soldiers out there in radioland that we can get. How can we help?