NORML Is Coming To Talk Radio — Be Part of ‘Marijuana Nation’

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director July 29, 2009

    Earlier this year NORML requested your assistance to help us launch the first ever nationwide television ad campaign calling for the regulation of cannabis for adults. Because of your generous support, NORML was able to purchase over 7,500 ad buys in all 50 states on cable networks like CNN, CNBC, Fox News, Fuse, FX Networks, G4, MSNBC, CNN Headline News, and Spike TV. These ads were viewed by over 2.4 million households nationwide.

    Today we are asking for your help so that we can once again make history.

    For the past several weeks NORML has been negotiating with CBS radio to launch the nation’s first live talk radio show dedicated to all things cannabis: NORML SHOW LIVE: Marijuana Nation. That’s right, NORML is planning to take the talk radio world by storm – and we intend to smoke the competition!

    NORML SHOW LIVE, will be hosted by Russ Belville – the voice of NORML’s daily podcast, the Audio Stash — and will air on ChatAboutIt.com, the next generation of talk radio. ChatAboutIt.com streaming online radio is powered by CBS radio and features original and cutting edge programming – available free over the internet or via download on your iPhone or Blackberry.

    The cultural and political influence of talk radio is undeniable and is growing –- as is the popularity of streaming radio. Today, one in seven adults between the ages of 18 to 54 listens to online radio. This audience has more than doubled over the past four years and is expected to grow significantly in the future. NORML’s content and message naturally appeals to this demographic, which is frequently turning away from the mainstream media and turning to groups like NORML to obtain fact-based educational and political information about the world’s most popular plant.

    However, before we launch this effort, we want to hear from you — the cannabis community. Please offer us your thoughts and suggestions regarding how we can make NORML SHOW LIVE: Marijuana Nation the premiere talk destination for activists and NORML supporters. I have no doubt that much of the success of this venture will be based on the active participation and support of our members and listeners.

    Even more importantly, we need your donations to help defray the start-up costs associated with launching and publicizing NORML SHOW LIVE: Marijuana Nation. In the coming weeks we need to create an unprecedented “buzz” in the marijuana law reform community, and within the talk radio industry, about our new show. Specifically, we need to print and distribute flyers at upcoming events, such as the Seattle Hempfest, place online banners on marijuana-friendly websites, purchase advertising in talk-radio trade magazines, and pay for updated studio equipment and voice-over technology.

    NORML SHOW LIVE intends to be the voice of the marijuana nation for the students, homemakers, retirees, soldiers, patients, professionals, and working people who demand equal treatment under the law and for an end to America’s longest and costliest war. For a one-time donation here of $100, $25, or even just $10, you can assure that your voice will heard by millions. Marijuana law reformers will no longer have to be dependent on the mainstream media; we can be a part of the mainstream media.

    Finally, NORML SHOW LIVE is seeking advertisers! If you have a business or a product, and would like to utilize and cost-effective way to reach millions of listeners each week, please contact russ@norml.org or call toll-free 888-772-3422 to inquire about our discounted introductory ad rates.

    NORML would like to thank you in advance for helping us make history — again.

    82 responses to “NORML Is Coming To Talk Radio — Be Part of ‘Marijuana Nation’”

    1. George says:

      I just want to say that this is a great idea, and I am very excited. Kudos NORML and keep up the good work! (added by Mobile using Mippin)

    2. Green Devil says:

      Lots of NORML news today! Will there be a podcast of the show(s) made available too? I’d love to download and listen to them on my iPod or computer anytime, instead of a set time.

      Keep up the great work!

    3. Anonymous says:

      Way to go NORML. I just made my donation to help the cause and I hope all of you will do the same. The more we present the truth to the voting public the better are chances are of getting this destructive law laid to rest.Thanks again to all of the good people at NORML. The truth rolls on!!!

    4. Well, well, well, now NORML can invite opponents to the show for debates and NORML is in charge of the line of questions and commentary! Big smile : )

    5. adle1984 says:

      Awesome! I can’t wait to tune in.

    6. Good job. You should have on lots of prohibitionists and make em look foolish. Maybe a year or two and NORML can get a cable network.

    7. Yes there will be podcasts available. Also, you can still get our Daily Audio Stash podcast at http://stash.norml.org

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    9. BettyJames says:

      This is wonderful news! I would suggest really focusing on the harms that prohibition is causing, putting an emphasis on how much the economy is suffering for it as well. It is great to hear about the benefits legalizing cannabis could bring to this nation, but I think it would be the most beneficial to the cause (as well as more convincing for skeptics) to put the main focus upon how the way it is now is not working. I sort of consider myself to be a war generation youth living in this era so ‘ending the war on drugs’ would be a nice effort in starting to make this nation a more peaceful place again.

    10. Mike Stroup says:

      GO FOR IT! Above all else, be rigerously honest. My wife gets paid soon and I’ll sent you a few bucks. I wish NORML fair winds and following seas for this promising effort.