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January 19, 2012

MILWAUKEE, Wis., Jan. 19, 2012 - A new documentary premiering on Milwaukee Public Television on January 30th explores the impact conservative talk radio has had on the political climate in Wisconsin, and gives voice to its proponents and critics. CONSERVATIVE TALK RADIO: LIBERTY OR LIES? airs at 9:00 p.m. on MPTV 10.1 HD and 36.2 and will be re-broadcast on February 4th at 10:30 p.m. on MPTV 36.1 HD.

This piece was produced, written and directed by Brien Farley, a Waukesha County resident and local radio, video production, marketing and public relations professional. Said Farley, "Conservative talk radio has been stirring things up in the Milwaukee area since 1989. I think a documentary like this focusing on the format and its impact is long overdue."

Farley's goal was to highlight the chief complaints about conservative talk radio, give them a thorough airing, and then allow for conservative response and rebuttal. Farley worked for several months to edit the film, which contains six episodes in full. He condensed it to a two-hour special edition for broadcast on MPTV.

"There's little question that conservative talk radio has had a significant impact on political conversation and results in Wisconsin over the past few years. We think this documentary does a good job of explaining, in a balanced way, why that has been the case," said Ellis Bromberg, general manager of MPTV.

The documentary draws on extensive interviews with most of the local conservative talkers and with journalistic critics and local political activists. Interviewees include local radio staff Jay Weber, Jerry Bott, Charlie Sykes, James T. Harris, Jeff Wagner and Vicki McKenna, print media professionals Eugene Kane, Bruce Murphy and Joel McNally, and local political activists Jay Heck, Dan Cody, Chris Liebenthal and Chris Kliesmet. Also featured are media critic Tim Cuprisin (dec'd) and Dr. John McAdams from Marquette University College of Political Science. CONSERVATIVE TALK RADIO: LIBERTY OR LIES? was created as a graduate-level independent study project through Marquette University's College of Political Science.

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