Jan 27, 2009

Call-In Radio Show Debuts

by Matthew Coleman, News Reporter

Liberty Live, the university’s newest radio program, began last Monday at 4 p.m. The call-in show is hosted by Mathew Staver, dean of Liberty Law, and co-hosted by Matthew Barber, associate dean for career and professional development at the law school.

Staver, who originally had the idea to start is no stranger to radio and television shows, making up to a 1,000 yearly appearances, and he originally had the idea to start Liberty Live. To help bring this dream to life, he invited executives from the American Family Association (AFA) to the campus for a tour and an overview of his vision. A technological powerhouse for the Christian community, the AFA liked Staver’s idea and was eager to help get Liberty Live on the airwaves.

“They have the delivery (capabilities) with new media in various formats, and Liberty has the content,” Staver said. “We brought the two together so that Liberty’s content and all the things we do can be distributed through some of the AFA’s new media systems.”

The hour-long radio program covers a broad variety of topics ranging from ethics to politics, and has special speakers and experts to give commentary on the subject matters. In its first week, Liberty Live hosted many renowned names, such as Fireproof Co-Producer Stephen Kendrick, Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, President of Teen Pact Tim Echols and Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. Sarah Seitz, legal director for the Liberty Center for Law and Policy in Washington, will be on staff to give weekly updates on public policies from the capital, according to a Law School press release.

Given the nature of the program and the topics that are covered, there is great potential for heated debates to start, not only from the hosts and guest speakers, but from the listeners, as well. In an effort to get the audience off of the sidelines and into the game, listeners can blog on the Liberty Live Web site about their thoughts on the topic matter.
“At the end of the day, our conservative values will win,” Staver said. “And we are not afraid to put them out there and debate.”

Liberty Live also offers listeners the chance to call in and voice their opinions on the subject matter. The host will allow anyone to speak and debate a topic, according to Staver.

“We want to be able to talk to millions of people around the country with regards to social, political (and) moral issues and we want them to talk back.”

Through the AFA’s radio stations, Liberty Live is being broadcast through 130 separate stations, forming nation-wide coverage. Attempts are also being made to get the show broadcasted over satellite radio and Direct TV.

In addition to Liberty Live’s radio segment, the show also has a live video feed shot from two separate camera angles that is broadcast over the internet. Those who cannot receive the show’s signal over the radio can log onto www.lc.org, click the Liberty Live icon and watch the show live.

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