Conservative radio expands [Odessa American, Texas]
(Odessa American (TX) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 01--The first thing local radio show host Jason Moore does in the morning is read the news with his wife -- in digital form.
"It's kind of the 21st century version of the Cleavers opening their paper," Moore said.
And the widespread availability of technology to disseminate information is part of the reason Moore will continue to host his daily radio show even when he moves about four hours away just north of Uvalde, using remote broadcast equipment.
In fact, Moore even has an extra hour that he's been working with since July 29.
"The principle of government spans technology, spans location," Moore said. "Having business interests here, I'm still very motivated to ensure things are going well."
Spanning location includes nationally, as Moore was the recipient of the 2012 Unsung Hero Award presented by the national State Policy Network for "protecting the principles of freedom and (working) tirelessly to change state and local policy for the better -- without the incentive of a paycheck for his work or recognition."
Moore was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the Texas Americans for Prosperity in 2010.
He also made a trip Thursday to Florida to train new activists with Americans for Prosperity.
Moore got his start in radio with a Sunday morning program in 2008, and has since branched out to a daily show on KWEL 1070 AM, 107.1 FM.
Now, Moore has an even further expanded role with a two-hour timeslot from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Craig Anderson, the owner of the radio station, said he likes local content and there's a market for the show Moore does.
Anderson said he likes what Moore has done with the show, and that's why he's still at the station and getting an extra hour.
"Jason does a good job," Anderson said. "So we're glad to have him on with us."
Between that, his ownership in the South West Masonry Inc. construction company and impending move about four hours away, Moore has his hands full.
The personal move for Moore and his family also ties in to the reasons he operates his radio show and works to inform the public: Moore said he's tired of "unending" government spending in the Permian Basin.
Moore said as a citizen watchdog, it is his responsibility to educate people on how to communicate with elected officials and educate elected officials on what the people want.
One of those elected officials he has regular correspondence with is Ector County Judge Susan Redford, who is often a topic and occasionally a guest on Moore's program.
Redford said she considers Moore a friend and knows that he is going to hold her accountable.
"I think it's a good forum because I can count on him asking the tough questions," Redford said. "I think every community should have citizen watchdogs. Because they're the people who make you think twice before you do something."
Moore said while he's always out to question government, he also likes to point out absurdities and sometimes ridicule certain things government entities do.
Barbara Patton, who said she's been listening to Moore's show since nearly the beginning, said she likes the humor Moore brings to the radio.
"He makes it far more interesting than it would be because he's funny. And he makes it clear," Patton said. "He makes a lot of things clearer and he does it in such a way that it's entertaining."
Patton said the additional hour to his show was long overdue because he previously had difficulty fitting all the important issues into an hour-long program.
And while he is a staunch conservative, Moore said he also demands transparency of his own party. Although he said he doesn't have many enemies, he has some detractors.
"I think even my opponents and enemies would at least have to concede I've stayed at it," Moore said. "I've been relentless."
Moore said his listenership has grown over the past four years, but it's natural that some are still a little wary about listening to him.
But he said one of his goals is to be the liaison between the public officials and the public.
"I want them to see that in a way I can be a human shield for them," Moore said.
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