March 9, 2021 : By Ryan Klinker - Office of Communications & Public Engagement
Liberty University’s Marie F. Green Hall is now home to one of the broadcasting locations for “The Todd Starnes Show,” hosted by talk radio veteran Todd Starnes.
Starnes is a longtime, award-winning American conservative radio host, columnist, and author with over 25 years of industry experience. His current program, “The Todd Starnes Show,” began in January 2020 and airs on weekdays from 12-3 p.m. EST with millions of listeners tuning in to hundreds of stations nationwide. His show covers breaking news as well as interviews with major newsmakers, entertainers, artists, and leaders.
Starnes broadcasts his show throughout the year from Green Hall in a studio that not only places him next door to the student-operated 90.9 The Light but also down the hall from the student-run newspaper The Liberty Champion.
On Wednesday, March 3, Starnes interviewed three members of The Liberty Champion staff about their recent visit to this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), held in Orlando, Fla. (Listen to their segment of Wednesday’s show.)
A few current students have been involved in creating content for Starnes, including writing for his website, creating merchandise, and working for the show on-air. Sophomore Avery Bryson helps to update the show’s live blog with stories, Twitter posts, and guest information, and he has also been able to offer on-air commentary across the desk from Starnes.
“Working for Todd has been an incredible blessing,” Bryson said. “I have been provided with professional work experience in an industry that requires you to be a hard worker, and it has also made me very aware of what a professional work environment looks like.”
Starnes looks forward to more collaboration and interaction with Liberty and its Center for Conservative Media.
“We want the students to have real-world experience, and that is a big challenge sometimes in journalism because a lot of universities don’t let students actually practice their craft (while enrolled),” he said. “That’s one of the reasons why being here is so exciting.”
“We are always looking for professional opportunities a little closer to home, particularly in the COVID-19 world we’re in, because a lot of external opportunities have evaporated,” said Department of Digital Media and Journalism Chair John Rost. “The ability to have the high-level network operation of something like the Starnes Media Group right next door to our 90.9 The Light radio station creates countless opportunities for students.”
Liberty students interested in working for the Starnes Media Group can contact Liberty’s School of Communication & the Arts.