Interview with Ian Freeman: Bitcoin Radio Ads and Accepting Bitcoin Cash.
This week Ian Freeman co-host of the libertarian political talk show Free Talk Live (FTL) was interviewed to talk about his show. The broadcast has national radio ads promoting bitcoin to thousands of listeners every week, and FTL just announced accepting bitcoin cash (BCH) for advertising spots during the show. Ian Freeman gives us insight to why they started accepting BTC back in 2011 and also reveals the broadcast is now accepting bitcoin cash and dash for advertising spots.
Can you tell us about what the Free Talk Live (FTL) broadcast is about?
Ian Freeman (IF): Free Talk Live is a nationally syndicated talk radio program heard on over 160 radio stations in the United States, online via podcast and live streaming, and internationally via Free-to-Air satellite over Sub-Saharan Africa and North and Central America. The show is live seven-nights-per-week 7-10pm Eastern time, and we are an open phones panel discussion with a pro-liberty, pro-peace, and pro-cryptocurrency viewpoint.
You were the first radio broadcast to accept BTC payments for ads. When did FTL start getting involved with bitcoin?
IF: We had reported on bitcoin back in 2011 when the Silk Road was
around and one of our advertisers at the time asked us to accept bitcoin as payment for ad time. We weren’t too sure about it at the time, but we wanted to make our advertiser happy, so we agreed to accept a small portion of his ad buy in bitcoin. Over time, that percentage expanded to 100%.
Can you tell us how the bitcoin radio ads got started?
IF: My co-host and our head of sales, Mark Edge hammered out the details of what we wanted to promote and ads were then written and produced. We’ve played recorded ads for bitcoin as well as talked about bitcoin live on-air for over six years.
How many listeners hear these bitcoin commercials on the radio?
IF: It’s hard to really know. Our show is on everything from big radio stations to very small stations in various market sizes. We don’t pay Nielsen for ratings, so we can just guess (which is all they are doing anyway), and we think there may be around 250,000 unique listeners on the radio to Free Talk Live every week. We keep a detailed, accurate affiliates list.
FTL recently decided to accept ad payments in bitcoin cash correct?
IF: Yes, we are now accepting bitcoin cash for advertising in addition to bitcoin core and dash. I don’t know if bitcoin core is going to continue to stay on top forever and it’s hard to pick a winner with all the competition out there. If an advertiser wants to pay in Bitcoin Cash, we’ll certainly accept it.
The link below is one version of the new “U.S. bitcoin advertisements aired by Free Talk Live.”
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