What people are saying about Alternative Radio

Listeners are saying...

I’ve been a devoted listener to AR for years. One of radio’s all time champion shows. Kudos to you for all your great efforts over the years.Terry in Toronto
My days would be incomplete without AR.Richard, Toronto, ON
Thanks for all you do for progressive causes. AR is one of the bright spots on the radio.Marian in OR
Thank you David. You are a treasure for your ceaseless dedication and service so focused on exactly what the work needs . the voices of the most poignant luminaries of the world.
Ahni in Santa Fe
I have always admired your concern and involvement with social and humanitarian issues as exemplified by your dedication to Alternative Radio.Malcolm in Lakewood, CO
It was great to see you again at the CCA, always! Your presentation was as rousting as it was informative. Thank you for gracing our town with your insights and wisdoms in these challenging times.
Paulette in Santa Fe
I was very glad I was able to make the talk, which I thought was excellent. I was excited to hear your perspective, especially considering all your collaborations with such amazing thinkers. I was very pleased to see the terrific turnout, too.Cameron in Sandpoint, ID
Thanks for coming to Moscow with your important message. It was inspiring.Richard in Moscow, ID
I'm so grateful for the programming you provide. 'Tis a painkiller for the sundry 'distresses' engendered by the rampant idiocy and arrogance that prevail. Thanks for your devotion to the values and principles it would behoove us to honor.Tom in Missoula, MT
Your talk at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was absolutely fantastic. Thank you. Now to find effective ways to be an activist!
Natalie in Colorado Springs
AR is my education.Sylvia in Yellow Springs, OHAR
Because AR is in the world, our world is better. I listen to you regularly and you lift my spirit. Thank you truly.Clarissa in Denver, CO
The lectures and presentations played on AR, let alone the titans that give them, are seldom heard in our mainstream media. These are critical stories of injustice that exist and have existed in the world for a long time. The rarity of access to such a collection is something that saddens me; these topics should be talked about more, and I am glad that AR continues to go on strong. I listen in Toronto via CIUT 89.5FM. Highly recommended!Listener in Toronto, Canada
I am so happy that I was present to hear David speak. As a journalism school graduate and on-and-off freelancer,  I can usually—eventually—find words to express a thought.  But even today,  many days after the event, I can still only say, WOW that was amazing!Angela in Vancouver, Canada
I am quite familiar with your program as I listen often to KUNM.  In fact it was your program that introduced me to Prof. Chomsky.  I am a very conservative individual and would never have bothered to read his "left wing screeds" but, captive in a car, I began listening to you and Amy Goodman and, lo and behold, I agreed with you and Prof. Chomsky.  Very effective medium, the radio.  Gets through the toughest barriers.J.C. in Albuquerque, NM
Thanks for coming to our community. That was a fab talk.
Lots of people lingered discussing what actions to take next, so definitely reignited the fire up here last night!
Jessie in Nederland, CO
Thank you so much for all the good work you do. YOU and your work, and the work of all the people you interview have been instrumental in changing our lives, our way of thinking. And, if I dare say, causing us to get the hell out of there!
Em in Maisonnais sur Tradoire, France
I just wanted to thank you so much for Alternative Radio. It's nice to know that I'm not alone in my frustration with the 2 mainstream parties in the U.S. I will donate to you folks as soon as I can. I'm broke at present. I listen to AR on KUOW in Seattle. Keep up the fight. There's many of us out here who support you.Brent in Seattle
We are so grateful for your work, David. We hear your voice and know we are in for something good and important. Thank you for carrying on.Kathy in Dayton, OH
If it weren't for you we wouldn't have heard of Chomsky. Thank you.Sally in LA
Thanks for all you do to facilitate a just and human society.Dave in Redding CA
Thank you for all the years you've produced what I regard as the most valuable radio program. Too bad KUOW has relegated you to an 11pm slot. It's too late for most people.Dave in Kent, WA

I don't remember exactly when it was that I started listening to AR on CJSR but I do know it's a breath of fresh air, in the mainstream media pollution. Thanks for continuing to smash a pie in the face of their toxic, terror-mongering and fake values.

Ali in Edmonton, AB
Saw a story about you on Democracy Now! I commend you for your vision, and for your courage. Please keep up your good work.Glenn in Denver
You are a rock star!  That was the best speech I've ever seen you deliver! The black cat wandering through the audience and going up to the podium was the icing on the cake.Laurie in Santa Fe, NM
I really enjoyed your talk on the media at the University of WA. That's an area of major interest to me.Guy in Seattle, WA
Thank you so much for your great work and to create an alternative to corporate media.Mehdi in Victoria, BC
Good to see you and that you are energized with the unique stimulus combo of caffeine, sugar and the FBI.  And I am sure you will keep up the good work, agitating the agitatable, stirring us up to new heights.
Steve in Colorado Springs
My son Sam was so impressed with your talk, political discourse, and intellectual mind-stretching. Thank you for all you do and sharing with us through radio waves, books, and beautiful, articulate lectures.Natalie in Colorado Spgs
It is always a pleasure to listen to you.Saif in Surrey, BC
Thanks always David, for your grand work. I wish I could send you a $million!Justine in Prineville, OR
You have done so much to inspire so many, myself included, to question the brutality of capitalism and advocate for a better world.Garrett in Kansas City
I send you many warm thanks and solidarity for the great, longtime, and courageous radio work you have done these many years!Lou in Washington, DC
I can't tell you how much I appreciate your vital info.  Truly an education that all Americans need, imho.
Holly in Portland, OR
Just a donation to underline my support. Nobody, but Alternative Radio brings intellectual common sense to people. I'll try to get more people interested.Liz in OH
You really are so valuable to our community and to the world. Thank you for your continuing efforts.Mikl in Longmont, CO
I just listed to the Noam Chomsky interview. Your organization is making a terrific contribution to our future survival on planet earth. Thank you.David in Sarasota, FL
I so appreciated your talk on Iran.  So much important information.  Events that we knew about only in the most superficial way.Judy in Golden, CO
Thank you for your great work. Using the media to its utmost is critical and you do that.Lane in Albuquerque
Thank you for your efforts in providing people with a more accurate reading of what is going on in the world. Often, we just don't know what the truth is.Sabira in Edmonton, AB
Best to you and the very important work that you do!
Elizabeth in Astoria, OR
Thank you for all your hard work. For many years you've played a big role in the way I receive and understand news and information.Monika in Redmond, WA
Many thanks from Ralph and me for the AR programs. We will listen attentively and play them for others who need to hear the messages.Claire Nader in Winsted, CT
Glad to hear AR is back on WBAI as you continue your good work. Saturdays 7-8PM.Marty in New York
Thanks for your dedication in getting the truth out and stirring people like me to join the transformation.Pat in North Carolina

AR is the most incisive program on radio.

Scott in Interlaken, NY
What a list of achievements you have to your credit. My wife and I are proud to know you.Bill in Grand Point, ME
I hear Alternative Radio on CIUT. I really appreciate all the great AR programming: Chomsky, Zinn, Hedges, Shiva, Roy, Bezruchka-the list goes on and on. Thank you.Lee in Toronto
I have a nice collection by now of some of your best work.  AR is a great resource I can turn to anytime for insight and encouragement.From Stephen in Santa Monica
I wish you every inspiration to continue your work.  I am comforted by the commitment of people like you. Thank you, David.Fritz in Dixon, NM
Just wanted to let you know that I was just down in the San Luis Valley. I'm driving near Alamosa, and I go searching through the Christian, country-western, and heavy metal channels on my radio, and I hear this fascinating show on Iran on the air. I listened for a little while, and I went, that's freakin' David! It seems it is some sort of indie station (KCEI) out of Taos. Damn, that was sweet to hear. It was your talk in Golden. Great program.Dennis in Rollinsville, CO
I’ve been listening to Alternative Radio on KUNM for years.  I recommend it to my family and friends.Gary in Santa Fe
In annals of American public discourse, your name shines prominently among those who constantly question the dominant discourse.Haider in Vancouver, BC
You're amazing. Thanks, again, for your largesse and for all you do. Your choices of speakers/thinkers/social change advocates make such an indispensable contribution to our collective well-being and awareness of what really matters.Dorothy in California
Thank You for your wonderful work on behalf of ALL of us, even if many don't know it!!! You nourish the energy of the Universe.Marilyn in Warrensburg, NY
AR is light and hope and so crucial to sanity. I am so grateful for all that you do.Linda in Somerville, MA
Just listened to a great pandemic talk. Your work is more important than ever. Continue to persevere. Thank you.Jack from Astoria
Every time I listen to AR I am grateful for your unrelenting pursuit. You almost magically assemble a cast of good people who are extremely well informed and then put it out for us all. It's hard for people like me to see all the skill and knowledge that goes into AR. You and your guests win my Right Livelihood Award and my affection.Melba in OR
Thank you for your valuable and heartening broadcasts. My housemates, they are students, working part-time, and I listen on WAMC. AR gives encouragement in these terrible times. Ruth in Hillsdale, NY

I am extremely impressed with the format of the transcript which reads like a published article! Your program is always so comprehensive and informative. When I am able to tune in to Alternative Radio, I always learn so much, while learning there is so much more to learn! Thank you and keep up all the great journalism! 

Susanna in Seattle
Your work and efforts to keep radical progressive voices in the ecosystem are vital.Jeff in New Rochelle, NY
Thank you for the work you do. As the 'free press' becomes more fragile, your dissemination of vital perspectives on current events is essential.Juliana in NM
Alternative Radio is wonderful. I am so grateful that you and AR exist, and that nearly every week I can listen to a new episode of informative discussions and talks about the topics that the mainstream news outlets ignore. My favorite speakers from the past are Max Blumenthal, Trita Parsi, Laura Secor and Medea Benjamin. Thank you for pointing out the archives, I will explore the resources available.
Feruza in London, UK
You are one of the reasons I'm as sane as I am these days, being able to listen to the collective wisdom of your recorded guests rather than Trump's babble.Marcia in NM
I have immense gratitude for you David. You provide much hope for so many who might very well abandon "it" in these bleak times. Listening to Howard Zinn and other AR voices I realize I am not alone.Dave Santa Carmel, CA
Thank you for such crucial information at a time when ignorance and fear seem to be on the verge of taking control of this country. Thank you for providing alternative media that counters the shallow, opinion based 'News' companies manipulating so many Americans into thinking they are watching unbiased news reporting. In reality, all they are watching is opinion disguised as reporting.Benjamin, Pleasanton, CA
Thanks for all you do to make this a more informed and saner world.Shure in Denver, CO
I have found Alternative Radio programs consistently very interesting for years. I've repeatedly learned things from these talks that I have not heard or read anywhere else. Vijay Prashad on neoliberal economics is a recent example, but over the years also of course others like Noam Chomsky, Johann Galtung, the Norwegian diplomat in 2004, Edward Said, and Gar Alperovitz.John in Great Barrington, MA
I really enjoyed your program. Very informative. Educational and intellectual. You are doing an excellent job. Thank you.Behrouz in Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Thank you for your ongoing work man-you’re an inspirationDahr in Port Townsend, WA
I love Alternative Radio which we get on KDUR in Durango, Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm, for which I have my phone alarm set to 5 minute warning, and 5:30 ‘tune in’!Root, Durango, CO
Thank you for AR. I am learning a lot from all the programs you offer.Samir, Window Rock, AZ
You are Fantastic! Producing these talks year after year, always finding new people, and continuing with the more known. They're all Great!Joan, Albany, NY
Thanks David! You and Chomsky are people I admire for your absolute honesty and capacity for self-introspection.Shiva, Chennai, India
AR provides an incredibly valuable viewpoint that more need to embrace.Henry, Wappingers Falls, NY
Your programs are the most intelligent on the RADIO!Savi, Newburgh, New York, NY
I hear your program on KUOW 94.9FM Seattle. I never miss it! Thank you sooooooo much!Valerie, Deer Harbor, WA
As annoyingly repetitious as it may be, I cannot praise you enough for your unique ability to consistently find those courageous, insightful, and articulate individuals who search for, unveil, and express the truth in an age of sophisticatedly manipulated reality by societal controllers who persuasively deceive the population to bolster the malicious power of the manipulators.David, Kent, Washington.
AR continues to offer me inspiration and hope that somehow, someway our many collective voices will be heard and the injustices of the world will one day be history. Thank you David for finding ways to have important voices heard!! – I wish more people heard the talks you air. I’m trying to do what I can to spread the word that AR is the place to go for ‘news you can use’ and for inspiration.Elizabeth, Orwell, VT
I consider every AR broadcast a postgraduate level lecture on progressive politics and issues. It's an invaluable resource.Tim, Los Angeles, CA
I am interested in having a subscription to this show sent to the white house, to the president. I would also like it sent to congress & to the governor of New York... How can we make this happen? I have been listening to alternative radio for a long time & honestly it is the most relevant honest radio out there... Every week I feel like our so-called leaders & lawmakers need to hear it~!!! Thank you so much for making me feel not so alone.Sunday Dawne, Phoenicia, NY
You are a national asset.Geoffrey, Atascadero, CA
You’re an outgoing expression of honest and DARING journalism: Bravo! As we say, "When it is dark enough, one candle is plenty", I consider you that candle inside this darkness we are passing through these times.Samuel, Fez, Morocco
AR in my view is an oasis in a wasteland of media vapidity. Hell, if there were justice or reason you would have a budget and the resources to rival the AM gasbag-hate mongers.Jim, Edmonds, WA
So essential to keep bringing this information to America. Hats off to David Barsamian. I wish I could send you a million dollars.Kathy, Waldo, ME
I think the information you present is extremely valuable and informative. I lament that not more ears and minds can hear it.Steve, Bradenton, FL
AR is crucial to journalism. In this time of distorted and manipulated online, radio and TV information, AR is bold to air programs that report on issues which are vital to our threatened democracy.Tom, Seattle, WA
I highly recommend many of the presentations to my University students!Angela Zukowski, Dayton, OH
We depend on your program to provide us with the reality check on our political system through a global lens. We learn, we become better citizens, we are inspired by the truth, which is at the heart of Alternative Radio.Sarah, Medina, WA
Thank you for the upgrading of my Constitutional Understanding.Anthony, West Hartford, CT
Hope is no small thing, and renewal of my hope is why I make a practice of listening to AR weekly. Thank you for bringing voices of sanity and wisdom to us listeners.Nancy, Maine
AR is now the only place I feel I continue to get unadorned facts.Vickie, Stanwood, WA

Publications and speakers are saying...

Your programs are the most intelligent on the radio.Savi Clough, Newburgh, NY
This is a time for standing up in big ways and small ways.  The work you are doing is essential and we little community radio station support and appreciate your vision and availing the truth.Suzy at KRFY, Sandpoint, ID
Thanks again for the interview David. Your enthusiasm for community radio is a huge boost to us.Sam at CKUW in Winnepeg
I consider every AR broadcast a postgraduate level lecture on progressive politics and issues. It's an invaluable resource.Tim Withee, Los Angeles, CA
AR is one of the jewels of American media (IMHO).Alan Minsky, KPFK, Los Angeles, CA
Thank you for your very informative presentation on media, propaganda and war. Thank you too for AR and for challenging the monopoly of informationCarl Brun, Professor, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
AR is always my most effective outreach vehicle. I am so indebted to you and your wonderful work. My wife Fran and I just listened on KUOW to your presentation of my University of Oregon talk. Fran, who is pretty much bored to death hearing my presentations, was beside herself with enthusiasm. I think it is the best presentation I've ever given and it so speaks to this moment. The fact that you are getting it out there so broadly in such an effective professional format is thrilling.David Korten
In conversation [with David Barsamian], Chomsky is more relaxed, tentative, and discursive than he is in his books or his public speaking engagements.Vancouver Sun
David Barsamian is the Studs Terkel of our generation.Howard Zinn
...a ray of light in the media darkness featuring voices of proposals to strengthen our democracy.Ralph Nader
...a source of constant high-quality radio broadcasting that challenges conventional political wisdom., The ProgressiveThe Progressive
AR is sometimes taken to stand for ‘alternative radio.’ A better reading would be ‘authentic’ or ‘autonomous radio’—free from constraints of concentrated power, state or private.Noam Chomsky
An essential service for the communication needs of a democratic society.Ben Bagdikian, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Media Monopoly