I was speaking with a friend today about the MyViewMatters Radio Show and my hopes for us for 2010. While speaking with him I was simply amazed at how far we have come since we started.
Most of you know that MyViewMatters radio show was launched less than 7 months ago with our inaugural show airing on May 28, 2009.
The show was launched by my friend, partner, and co host Ed Martin and myself as a way of giving a voice to the voiceless candidates in politics and providing you the listener with information. The idea was to ensure that each and every candidate would have at least one outlet where their voices would be heard equally.
We also of course blend in our own unique views on the political landscape and issues of the day throughout the City of Louisville, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the USA itself. We have been involved in issues that affect each and every one of us daily and bring those issues to light for the sole purpose of insuring each and every one of us is informed straight from the horse's mouth so to speak.
I was amazed at just how many firsts we have had on our show and the list of guests.
We were the first to carry Gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith and his running mate Dea Riley' s announcement of their intent to run for office.
We were among the first to get Republican Mayoral candidates Chris Thieneman and Hal Heiner on air and be heard. We also were the first to get Democratic Mayoral candidate Tyler Allen on the radio.
We were the first to give independent candidates a voice to be heard such as Mayoral candidate Nimbus Couzins.
We carried State news on air with Republican Majority Caucus leader Sen. Dan Seum.
First time candidates have been allowed equal voice as well.
On a national level we had current front runner in the US Senate race Republican candidate Dr. Rand Paul, as well as, former US House candidate Marilyn Parker.
First time candidates for State races included Republican candidate for KY House District 46 Brian Simpson and Democratic candidate for KY House District 41 Mike Slaton.
On a local level Republican candidates for Metro Council Patrick Duerr District 9 and Kaven Rumpel District 19.
We heard from former Jefferson County GOP Chairmen Brad Cummings and Jerry "JT" Miller.
KY State Libertarian Party Chairman Ron Seiter came on to discuss the party initiatives, as well as, Michael Lewis the Independent Kentucky Chairman.
We put ourselves on the line and got involved in issues with guests such as Dawn Tweed Wharton a local health care activist. We got involved in the whole debacle that is Louisville Metro Animal Services with Barbara Haines a local animal rights activist.
We got involved in the economy with Dr. Eric Schanssberg IU Professor of Economics. We addressed the education needs of Kentucky by tackling the issue of Charter Schools in Kentucky with expert Phil Moffett.
We helped bring the issue of fairness to the forefront with Fairness Alliance guest Chris Hartmann.
We took the lead in our community by fighting the fight on air for Charitable Gaming.
We dedicated a show to CrimeStoppers with David Yates and Kelly Fentress in our efforts to bring awareness and help clean up our streets.
We have also been the only radio show going locally today who brings this to each of you.
Our vision of bringing the issues to you the listener and allowing an equal voice to all candidates has been a huge success so far. Because of demand we added live simulcast via the net with our friends at Ky Grassroots radio.
We have tried our best to give you the listener an outlet for information that no one is accomplishing here in Louisville today. We have tasked ourselves with the responsibility of creating that outlet for everyone in the local community, Statewide, and with the addition of simulcast on the net worldwide as well.
Our goal for 2010 is a simple one. Add advertisers to help pay for the expansion so many of you have written and called asking us for.
The MyViewMatters Radio Show has exceeded our expectations so far and we will continually strive to exceed yours.
Without you none of this would be possible and we thank you immensely for the opportunity to serve you all.
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