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).
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The Boston Marathon bombing was just one week ago, but the Marathon had been looked upon as a possible target for a terrorist attack in the past.
Retired General Russell Howard taught a terrorism class at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. In 2008, that class was split into groups and asked to plan an attack on the marathon.
Here is an excerpt from our friends at Rare:
The April 15 Boston Marathon terror attack stunned and saddened the nation. But it may not have been too surprising to one group of former U.S. college students. After all, they had planned just such an attack. In 2008, a group of undergraduates taking a course on terrorism at Tufts University, in the Boston suburb of Medford, planned an attack on the Boston Marathon as part of a class exercise. Their hypothetical plan was eerily similar to the attack which actually took place. The course instructor, Brigadier General Russell D. Howard, routinely divides his classes into groups of five or six and asks them to “red team” attacks as though they were actual terrorist cells. “If 20-24 year old students can do it,” he told Rare, “then terrorists can do it.” The Boston Marathon operation Gen. Howard’s students planned was almost identical to the actual attack. “It was backpacks, quick-in/quick-out, and right at the same location,” he said. The main differences were that they used pipe bombs instead of pressure cookers, and their assumed ideology was right-wing rather than jihadist. The reason they chose the Boston Marathon was that it was a soft target, virtually impossible to defend, and highly symbolic. Plus being an internationally known sporting event it would be guaranteed to have massive press coverage. Such exercises have practical counter-terrorism applications. “A good counter-terrorist needs to be able to think and act like a terrorist,” Gen. Howard said.
General Howard was nice enough to join me on the program today, and talked about his experience teaching the course, and what he thinks needs to be done to improve security...
Here are some highlights from today's broadcast:
Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland
AEI Director of Russian Studies Leon Aron
Former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino
Military Expert Sebastian Gorka
Senator Marco Rubio
Congressman Greg Walden
Rancher John Ladd
Filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch
Nelson Freeman of Sierra Club International
Pennsylvania Congressman Lou Barletta
Ari Rabin-Havt from Media Matters
Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeau
At approximately 2:50pm, two bombs were set off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Here is what we know right now (this will change as new developments are known):
- Three are confirmed dead, including an 8-year-old boy
- At least 125 people are injured
- Two bombs containing ball bearings were detonated in trash cans that were 50-100 yards apart
- Reports indicate that as many as five additional explosive devices were found near the race site and disarmed by law enforcement
- A third explosion occurred at the JFK Library, but was said to be unrelated to this attack
- Air space around Boston was temporarily shut down, but has since been re-opened
- We've received conflicting reports about a person of interest being guarded by law enforcement officials while being treated in a hospital for wounds suffered in today's attack. Earlier reports indicate that there is person a of interest. The New York Post reports that the person of interest may be a Saudi national. CBS News is reporting that this person of interest is now being questioned by law enforcement
- A picture was released showing a man on the roof of a building directly above one of the explosions. It is not yet known if this mystery person may have been involved with the attack
The President made a statement and said that anyone found responsible for this attack will "feel the full weight of justice," but refused to call it an act of terror. About 30 minutes after the President's statement, an anonymous White House official said what the President refused to say in his address: "This will be treated as an Act of Terror."
We will update you with the latest information as we get it. Please join me in saying a prayer for the victims of this tragic attack.
I’m glad to see Congressman Greg Walden stick by his guns. The conservative eastern Oregon representative laid down some tough criticism on the President’s budget regarding the way it balances on the banks of America’s seniors. But top House republican John Boehner saw the need to call Walden…who’s junior to him in the political universe of Washington…on the carpet. Many times when an elected official stakes out a position on an issue and gets heat for it we see them back down. That’s foolish. If you’re not willing to stand up for what you say…then stay out of the business of politics. Walden didn't back down.
Meantime, Boehner told the whole country this week that he doesn't need a republican majority in the house to pass some of these liberty robbing gun regulations the President has been pushing. This week we’ve already seen 16 turn coat republicans in the senate agree to let those gun rules go forward. Can you imagine Boehner is hinting he might join the democrats in passing new laws that the majority of Americans oppose.
If it comes down to Boehner or Walden…I can tell you who I support.
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