Lars got his start in radio at age 16 spinning records (remember 45s?) and reading news, sports and weather (twice an hour) on KTIL (The Mighty 1590) from a little cinderblock building on the edge of a cow pasture in Tillamook, Oregon (75 miles West of Portland, Oregon).
36 years later, he’s only moved 75 miles east to Portland and light years to “the Right”. Emmy and Peabody award winner Lars Larson brings nearly four decades of experience as a radio and television journalist to the microphone for six hours of the best talk radio in America. Six hours of daily prep keep The Lars Larson Show on top of the news and top-of-mind for listeners across the country.
Along the way, Lars has worked for more than a dozen radio stations and five television stations. Today, Lars holds down the fort from 12pm – 4pm on Radio Northwest flagship FM NEWS 101 KXL. His local talk show airs on seventeen stations in the Pacific Northwest (and earns him the biggest local talk radio audience in the region).
Anyone who listens to this show knows I’m not a fan of unions.
The Portland Association of Teachers is threatening a strike if they don’t get what they want from Portland Public Schools.
Here is a quick breakdown of where things stand:
Pay: Portland Public Schools: The district is offering a 5-percent cost-of-living increase spread over a three-year contract.
Benefits: Portland Public Schools: The district would cap monthly health-insurance contributions at $1,431 a month, with inflation adjustments over the next two school years; and it would eliminate early retirement incentives for employees retiring after June 30, 2014. Portland Assn. of Teachers: The union wants to maintain current provisions, with 93 percent of teachers’ health insurance covered by the district, and they early retirement package that bridges the gap between Social Security and Medicare.
We got a call from a Naysayer named Becky. She’s a teacher (of course), and she had some thoughts on what’s fair for teachers…
The union has submitted a ballot measure that would change a lot of things about the way hospitals do business.
One of those things would be capping the pay of the CEOs of those hospitals.
I think it's a bad idea.
How rare are individuals that possess the skill set required to run a hospital? You shouldn't cap the pay of anyone. You should pay them what the market deems to be fair.
While talking about this on today's show, I got a call from a naysayer named Amy. She disagrees...
Naysayers are an every day part of the program. People call in because they disagree with me, and they want to change my mind.
Today, we ended up talking about medical marijuana, and whenever the subject comes up, the 420 crowd takes a break from toking on their bongs to try and change mind.
Among all the naysayers that called me on the subject, a gentleman named Steve stands above them all. Not for his prowess on the subject, but for proving my point...
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We've been telling you about the government manufactured crisis over the desk toy Buckyballs for more than a year.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has put Maxfield & Oberton, the company who manufactures Buckyballs and Buckycubes, out of business, and now they're going after founder Craig Zucker...to the tune of $57,000,000.
This is a prime example of government overreach, and it's been amplified by a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece in which former CSPC Commissioner, Nancy Nord, said the commission has over stepped their authority.
Craig Zucker joined me on the program tonight to give us an update on the suit.
If you want to help fund the fight against government overreach you can go to UnitedWeBall.org pick up a set of Liberty Balls, or any of the other great products on the site. 100% of the proceeds go to fighting this baseless lawsuit!
Football is the most popular game in America. It draws huge crowds on Saturdays and Sundays, and the Super Bowl may be the most watched event on the planet.
Football is a rough sport. The men who compete know that, and they're greatly compensated for it.
There is a war being waged on football, mostly by the media, and it surrounds what is know as chronic traumatic encephalopathy(CTE).
There have been some very well publicized suicides involving former professional football players, most notably Hall of Famer Junior Seau. One of the common threads is that these players chose to shoot themselves, but not in the head. They wanted their brains studied.
A lot of these autopsies have come back positive for CTE, and thereby created the stigma that the majority of football players, young and old, will end up with this illness.
That's just not the case. Daniel Flynn, author of “The War on Football: Saving America’s Game,” found a glaring example of the media fueling the flames of fear related to CTE, and wrote about it in a fantastic column for Breitbart Sports:
ESPN got punked. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, The Sporting News’s David Steele, The New York Times’s Frank Bruni, and The Atlantic’s Ta-Nahisi Coates fell for the hoax. So did ABC, NBC, and CBS News, for that matter. No, Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett did not test positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). By reporting that Dorsett, fellow Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure, and six other players had been diagnosed with the degenerative brain disease, sports scribes sprinted ahead of the science, which is currently incapable of determining whether a living person suffers from CTE. These false reports are extremely troubling considering major news outlets are reporting them as fact. This is another case of the media getting far out in front of science and creating a panic. Supporting their drive to politicize sports and drive a progressive agenda- the ‘Football is dangerous’ narrative is yet another way for the Left to push its agenda on middle America.
Daniel joined me on the program tonight to talk about this latest media hoax, and to give you the real facts on whether playing football is as risky as it seems...
You could say that we saw the failures of ObamaCare coming...
The failures could be seen not only by the media, but also by the representatives in local and national government.
Former Oregon State Rep. Patrick Sheehan tried to warn Governor John Kitzhaber about the impending failure of the technology behind Cover Oregon, Oregon's state exchange.
Unfortunately for the taxpayers, Dr. Death didn't listen.
Patrick joined me today on the program to talk about what actually transpired...
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