Genesis Communications Network
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The Genesis Communications Network, sometimes referred to as GCN, is a radio network created in 1998, owned by Ted Anderson. The network currently produces over 75 shows, distributed on more than 830 radio stations nationwide while also airing a handful of programs on America's Talk Radio as well as on shortwave. The network is known for programming; Alex Jones is its most prominent syndicated personality.
History and programming
Ted Anderson is the owner of the Genesis Communications Network. Anderson created the network in 1998 "as a way to promote his company, Midas Resources, a precious metals firm which as of September 11, 2015, Theodore Anderson's bullion coin representative registration. No. 40389579, was revoked. Further, Theodore Anderson was prohibited from being an owner, officer, member, or shareholder of any entity that holds a bullion coin dealer registration in the State of Minnesota for two years. Based in Minnesota, the network carries "a lot of conspiracy talk radio". "By far the biggest star" on the network is Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist who became one of Genesis Communications Network's first personalities in 1998. Alex Jones promotes many conspiracy theories, including 9/11 conspiracy theories and claims that the Boston Marathon bombing, Washington Navy Yard shooting, and other events "are actually 'false flag' operations" by the U.S. government "or evil 'globalist' forces planning to take over the world." Jones' syndication with the network allowed him to reach a much larger audience; "[a]lmost overnight, he was on a hundred stations."
In May 2018, Genesis Communications Network and Midas Resources were named in a defamation lawsuit brought against Alex Jones and his syndicators. The suit was brought by the families of six victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary and an FBI agent who was at the scene.
Shows and personalities
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The network's shows include:
- The Alex Jones Show. Hosted by radio personality Alex Jones. Arguably GCN's flagship program, Jones's program airs from noon to 3 p.m. Eastern Time (although many of his stations tape-delay the program or air it only on weekends because it airs at the same time as The Rush Limbaugh Show).
- Baldwin McCullough Show. Hosted by actor Stephen Baldwin and Kevin McCullough.
- Daliah Wachs
- Good Day. GCN is one of many networks that distributes a portion of Doug Stephan's morning program.
- Katherine Albrecht hosts a one-hour show on the network.
- Home Talk USA with "The Cajun Contractor" Michael King
- Mike Siegel, formerly the host of Coast to Coast AM, hosts a late-night show.
- World Crisis Radio is a political commentary show hosted by Webster Tarpley. It focuses on center-left commentary and advocates for the Tax Wall Street Party, but also delves into conspiracy theories, history, and philosophy. WCR airs at 1-3pm CT on Saturdays.
- Free Talk Live
Brokered programming, mostly for alternative medical products, fills out the rest of the schedules.
Jeff Rense was carried by Genesis Communications Network after the Premiere Radio Networks, which dropped it the late 1990s. GCN took over distribution at that time, and carried the show through August 2009, at which point he pulled the show from the network after he accused fellow GCN host Alex Jones of terrorizing his family.
- Extremist Files: Alex Jones, Southern Poverty Law Center (last accessed February 19, 2017.
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- Nate Blakeslee, Alex Jones Is About To Explode, Texas Monthly (March 2010).
- Moini, Nina. "Minnesota companies named as defendants in defamation lawsuit filed by Sandy Hook families". Retrieved 2018-05-25.
- "Sandy Hook Families, FBI Agent File Defamation Lawsuit Against Alex Jones -". newtownbee.com. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
- "World Crisis Radio Information". www.gcnlive.com. Retrieved 2019-03-29.
- Sam Roberts, Dr. Joy Browne, Long-Running Psychologist of the Airwaves, Dies at 71, New York Times (August 31, 2016).
- Official website
- Manuel Roig-Franzia, "How Alex Jones, conspiracy theorist extraordinaire, got Donald Trump’s ear". Washington Post (November 17, 2016)