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TALK-RADIO PIONEER CHUCK HARDER DIES


In Other News 0 Comments 07/04/2019 

Founder of the Peoples Radio Network

Chuck Harder passed away April 18th, 2018 at age 75.   During the middle 1990s, his syndicated show on his Sun network was second only to Rush Limbaugh with over 300 stations.  Here is one of many recordings of his broadcasts found on YouTube.

I remember fondly the quiet, honest and unique For the People, broadcasting from the Telford Hotel in Florida.  Chuck's People's Radio Network was unfortunately dismantled by the same corporate smash-and-take mentality that infuriated him.  He was unquestionably conservative in general, but challenged the "narrative" on unfettered corporate domination of our lives, taking away our jobs and giving them to offshore alternatives.  He openly questioned the official account of the 1993 Branch Davidian conflagration in Waco Texas (as did I) but always kept the tone of his broadcasts professional and respectful. 

In memory of Chuck and For the People, I have procured a perfect example of a shortwave radio he briefly had manufactured for the network.  It was a simple receiver, designed and manufactured by R.L. Drake in Ohio, very similar to the then-popular SW-1 entry-level receiver.  It covered 100 khz to 30 Mhz AM only (no BFO or product detector).  It was important to him that the receiver be made in America, with as many parts as possible also manufactured here in the United States.

(Picture on swling.com)

The PRN-1000 is a rather poor performing radio; its major shortfall was front-end overloading.  There was a simple two-position toggle swich in the back to kick in the desperately-needed attenuator.   But it was apparently better than the previous For the People radio, the short-lived American Electrola DXC-100, which was "crowd-funded" by For the People listeners, and was produced by the tiny EDSI Co. located in Pittsburgh, PA:

 

 


  

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