Ring of Fire (radio program)
|Ring of Fire|
|Hosted by||Farron Cousins, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Mike Papantonio, Sam Seder|
|Opening theme||"Ring of Fire" by Social Distortion|
|Original release||May 1, 2004 – present|
|Provider||Air America (2004-2010)|
Ring of Fire is a progressive syndicated American talk radio program hosted by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Mike Papantonio, Sam Seder, and Farron Cousins. The four hosts focus on "exposing Wall Street thugs, environmental criminality, corporate media failure, and political back stories that you will rarely find from any other source". The show has been on the air since 2004 and is currently carried on 43 radio stations across the United States.
Kennedy is an attorney who specializes in environmental law; Papantonio is also an attorney specializing in mass torts litigation, who served as the president of the National Trial Lawyer Association in 2012, and is senior partner at the Levin Papantonio Law Firm, a Florida based law firm that pursues civil lawsuits, often against high profile defendants. Seder is an actor, comedian, director and political commentator who hosts The Majority Report, originally on Air America Radio with Janeane Garafalo and currently as an independently produced podcast. In 2013, the show expanded into a television program airing weeknights on Free Speech TV, hosted by Papantonio and Cousins.
Ring of Fire airs Saturdays from 3PM – 6PM ET. Papantonio does the show from the Pensacola studio, while Kennedy operates out of the Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York. Seder's studio is near the New York Times building in New York City. The program's theme song is "Ring of Fire," originally by Johnny Cash, performed by Social Distortion.
The facility space was allocated in December 2003. Ring of Fire aired its first broadcast on May 1, 2004 on the newly founded Air America radio network, and remained there until the network closed almost six years later. Dial Global then picked up the program and has syndicated it since. The radio program was featured in the 2006 documentary film Jesus Camp.
David Bender, who hosted another Air America program, Politically Direct, first appeared on the show when Air America 2.0 was launched in May 2007. Bender returned to the program as a full-time host after the network closed down, but announced on December 11, 2010, that he was again stepping away from the program; Seder announced on The Majority Report podcast December 17, 2010 that he would be Bender's replacement.
The Ring of Fire Network
In 2015, the show became officially known as The Ring of Fire Network, and began focusing heavily on Progressive political content. Numerous hosts now appear on the show, including Papantonio, Kennedy, Thom Hartmann, Ed Schultz, Abby Martin, Laura Flanders, Sam Seder, David Pakman, Lee Camp, and Mike Malloy. Many of the network's personalities are also veteran personalities for other networks, including Free Speech TV, RT and TeleSUR. Also in 2015, the show began a separate site called Drug Safety News for the "specific purpose of highlighting political maneuvers the pharmaceutical industry is taking to influence government decisions, and to expose the dangers and lack of effectiveness of many of the products the industry is marketing."
- "About Us". Ring of Fire. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
- "Our Radio Affiliates". Ring of Fire. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
- Likis, Bobby (June 1, 2004). "Ring of Fire debuts a new talk facility". Radio Magazine. Archived from the original on March 11, 2007.
- "A Message From David Bender". Ring of Fire Radio. December 11, 2010. Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2010.
- "About Us". Drug Safety News. Retrieved August 19, 2016.