One of the things I enjoy most about talk radio is meeting the newsmakers face to face. While the majority of my talk radio interviews are by phone, you cannot take a full measure of a person when they are just a voice on the other end of the line.
You can gain remarkable insight when you are interviewing a public figure face to face. I have seen their body language and facial expressions…I have always walked away with a better understanding of that person. In short, it’s a great way to see what makes a person tick because you can see the evidence of their passions and their convictions.
One of my top statements about my show is “big issues, big guests.” I’ve brought to town Marco Rubio, Richard Dreyfus and Donald Rumsfeld, among others. I love the chance to have the one-on-one discussions that you cannot have on the radio because of commercials, news breaks or the guest’s other commitments. But I also love doing it because it gives listeners an opportunity to meet the people who are in the headlines and helping to shape the national conversation.
That is why I am so excited about bringing Allen West to the area. I do not think it is a stretch to say that no guest can bring the juice that Allen West brings. His new book, Guardian of the Republic, perfectly summarizes his role as a military man in Iraq, a congressman and now one of the most articulate spokesmen for conservative values in America.
He told me recently that this book brings out his inner samurai. It reflects upon all the issues that President Obama has launched on the Constitution and the ideas he fights for to protect against these assaults.
Of course, as an African -American he is often seen by those on the left as a huge threat. He is a very commanding figure in person, but someone who has a good sense of humor and loves to talk about his bikes.
We’ll talk about it all and use your questions this Thursday April 3rd at 7 pm at Valley Forge Military Academy, a place West says is on his bucket list. His much-anticipated book is out on April 2nd, so this is a great way to get the book and get him to autograph it.
Allen West is the living, breathing enemy of politically correct thought and action. I’ve interviewed him four times, including once in person at the 2012 Republican Convention. Maybe it’s the military bearing, but there is electricity there. He projects gravitas and leadership. He is as articulate and passionate on issues as any public figure I’ve ever interviewed.
West first came to my attention when he used harsh interrogation techniques on a jihadist in Iraq to save American lives. He accepted a small punishment for his actions and at the time he testified, “If it’s about the lives of my soldiers at stake, I’d go through hell in a gasoline can.” I’ll get him to take us deep inside that and you’ll get to hear it and ask questions.
I hope you will join me for a great evening of conversation with a great American. Get your tickets online at: