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Fred Lundgren is the founder and CEO of KCAA Radio, the first affiliate of Air America. He is a third-generation Texas Democrat with roots around Austin politics.

You can follow him on Twitter: @CeoLundgren

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Asking A Comedian To Be Your Guest Host Is No Laughing Matter

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 8:57 AM

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When Gary Garver asked comedian Dave Shelton to be a reoccurring guest on his KCAA Morning Show which airs in the Riverside/ San Bernardino area, he didn't anticipate getting sued for it, but that's exactly what happened and it was no...

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A Living Wage Can Restore the American Dream

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 7:58 PM

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The need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage should be a primary topic of discussion in every freshman economics class because living wages are necessary for the creation and sustainability of the middle class that every student wants to...

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The Perils of Voting In a Texas Democratic Primary

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 1:00 AM

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt remarked. "Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting".

Obviously, Roosevelt never tried to find...

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 3:52 PM

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Billions of people around the world view Christmas as a special time to celebrate with family and friends, and a time to focus on the joy of giving. In my opinion, it's silly to water down the Christmas greeting just because Christmas...
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Christmas Should Symbolize the Renewal of Hope in America

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 7:38 PM

As our nation mourns those who were killed in San Bernardino, we should remain steadfast in the hope that eventually, violence in all its manifestations can be purged from our planet.

Since the San Bernardino massacre, Americans have come to realize that stopping radicalized Muslims from bringing their failed culture...

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America's Flag Ship May Be Sold For Scrap

(7) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 8:45 AM

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The SS United States, America's greatest Ocean liner, is facing the scrap heap unless a boat load of money can be raised to save it.

The SS United States was the fastest and most powerful of the big Ocean lines liners...

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A Laptop And A Webcam Don't Make You a Broadcaster

(5) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 1:01 AM

Since the advent of Internet streaming and podcasting, an increasing number of fact free individuals are populating cyberspace with so-called "Internet radio stations".

Earth to podcasters... HELLO... You are not on the radio so stop referring to your internet stream as a "radio station". Calling yourselves "radio broadcasters" is a...

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The American Economy Is a Buffalo Jump

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2015 | 4:37 PM

A "Buffalo Jump" is a cliff where Native Americans killed bison in mass quantities. They stampeded the bison over the cliff while others waited below to kill the disabled animals with spears and bows.

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In economic terms, the same thing is happening to...

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Now Is the Time for a Living Wage Law in America

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 1:50 PM

"There are two ideas of government. There are those who believe that if you just legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous, that their prosperity will leak through on those below. The Democratic idea has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous their prosperity will find its way...

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American Expatriates Should Come Home For The Holidays

(9) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 1:56 PM

2014-12-24-download1.jpgA friend and former employee now living abroad said he was not coming home for Christmas this year because he is so fed up with America that he will never return. I reminded him that America is filled with the descendants of people who...

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Thanksgiving Is Over But "Shopmas" Has Just Begun

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 9:39 AM

"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination." -- Oscar Wilde

If Oscar Wilde was correct, Americans have no limit to their imagination during the holiday season.

The National Retail Federation estimates that over 55 percent of all holiday shoppers intended to shop...

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The Agony of Victory May Soon Face Republicans

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 3:47 PM

Clint Eastwood said, "Winning an election is a good-news, bad-news kind of thing. OK, now you're the mayor. The bad news is, now you're the mayor."

If you voted Republican on November 4th, you have every right to rejoice in your party's victory, at least until newly elected Republicans take...

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You Can't Give a Girl Too Many Flowers

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 3:31 PM

The great naturalist Luthur Burbanks said, "Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind."

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Linda and I celebrated our 18th anniversary today...(you may applaud). We had trouble deciding if we were going...

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Don't Let Nature Take Its Course

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 8:11 AM

"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."
President Franklin D. Roosevelt

This picture of Lake Oroville in Northern California is representative of the worsening drought in California. It looks appalling but...

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A Man and His Horse

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 2:18 PM

Recently, a KCAA broadcaster told a story about her horse. It reminded me of my love for horses. As a youngster, I had a horse named Pokey who died tragically in a stall hanging accident.

This attracted the attention of Buddy Pruett, who owned a brick yard in my...

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They Are Our Children Now

(5) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 10:30 PM

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Emma Lazarus wrote these powerful words in 1883 in support of indigent...

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Conservatives Blame the Wrong People for Economic Problems

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 3:35 PM

Adam Smith, the father of modern capitalism, famously wrote:

"The disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful, and to despise, or, at least, to neglect persons of poor and mean condition is the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments."

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Are Some People Too Dumb to Run for Congress?

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 4:59 PM

Mark Twain said, "Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself."

Twain's ridicule of Congress is timeless and priceless, but it understates the mind-boggling ineptitude described in the following story.

KCAA Radio offered 79 California political candidates $1 radio ads to...

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AM Broadcasters Must Fight for Survival or Be Forced Over the 'Buffalo Jump'

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 1:06 AM

In the days before guns and horses, Native Americans used a "buffalo jump" to harvest Bison in mass quantities. They would stampede the animals over cliffs and spear them to death when they fell upon the rocks below.

Figuratively speaking, AM radio faces a similar fate. Like the Bison,...

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Hi Mom, How Are You?

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 10:37 AM

Since Mother's Day, I have really missed my mother, who passed away in 2009. For those of you who still have your mother, take advantage of every day of your blessing. When your mother is gone, it will leave a hole that can't be filled. So, call her today. It...

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