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Bill’s Guests for: Thursday, August 24, 2017:

6:35: Professor Kevin Gutzman, Professor of History at Western Connecticut State University talks with Bill this morning. Professor Gutzman’s latest book: “Thomas Jefferson: Revolutionary” on the current situation with people, mostly from the Left who want to tear down war memorials and other monuments. Is this an attempt by groups such as Black Lives Matter, and Antifa (Aunt Tifa XD) to erase history in the United States?

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7:10: Oregon State Senator Dennis Linthicum joins Bill, via Skype this morning. As you may, or may not know, (if you’ve been living under a rock in Southern Oregon lately), smoke from forest fires has been thick. It blocks the sunlight, smells up clothes and creates unhealthy air quality for residents. Well, why is it that the largest of these forest fires, such as the ChetcoBar Fire belong to the U.S. Forest Service? Is this a policy? Or, is it bureaucratic malfeasance? Senator Linthicum will discuss it.

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7:35: Larry Cogdell, Public Relations Officer for the Rogue Eagles RC Club, Chapter 534 talks with Bill. The Rogue Eagles will be holding a charity air show, which will include some of the club’s best pilots.

The 39th Rogue Eagles Annual Charity Air Show

WHEN: Saturday, August 26th and Sunday the 27th. Both days, festivities begin at noon. Gates open at 11am.

WHERE: The Agate Skyways @ E. Antelope Road in Eagle Point near Southern Oregon Speedway.

Admission is free, though donations are requested at the gate. 100% of donations will go to the Children’s Miracle Network.

8:35: Erin Kennedy, President of Morrison’s Rogue Wilderness Lodge calls the show for today’s edition of “Whose Business Is It Anyway?” Learn more about the historic lodge, and how you can plan a great getaway on the Rogue River at:

8:45: Megan Flowers, Executive Director of Sanctuary One joins Bill, live in studio. Sanctuary One will be teaming up with Gamble For Good to bring to you, Casino Under The Stars, to help benefit Sanctuary One. Tickets are $75, or $100 for VIP (limited to 20 individuals and includes a swag bag, and extra drink ticket.) Tickets can be purchased online at:

Casino Under The Stars.

WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 2017. Doors will open at 5pm, gambling will begin at 6pm.

WHERE: TBA Check back at for details.


Bill’s Guests for: Wednesday, August 23, 2017:

6:35: Greg Roberts from, joins the show this morning to talk about the effects of the Chetco Bar Fire, and other forest fires burning in our area, and what officials are doing about it.

7:10: Dick Morris, author and commentator joins the show by phone. Dick’s new book: “Rogue Spooks: The Intelligence War on Donald Trump,” tells how the deep state uses media and groupthink to marginalize the president and force him to act against his better judgement.

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7:35: The Crimestoppers Case of The Week with Lt. Kerry Curtis of the Medford Police Department, live in studio.

8:10: Jenny Beth Martin, Co-Founder of the Tea Party Patriots talks with Bill this morning.

The fight between the Tea Party Patriots and the IRS is still raging on. This time, the IRS rehired over 200 employees who were complicit in discriminating against conservative organizations by denying them non-profit tax status. Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, has asked President Trump to dismiss IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

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8:40: Mike G from The Britt Festival comes into the studio to bring you the latest acts coming to Britt in the coming week. Get tickets and more information on artists and other great content at:



Get a load of THIS environmentalist carbon footprint (opinion)



Chetco Bar fire now 2.5 miles NE of Brookings, 98,000 acres, started as a quarter acre fire in the Kalmiopsis on July 12th, containment expected October 15th?!?! How is that Gang Green inspired let it burn policy working out for you? Pray for Brookings, pray for the firefighters, and pray for the vanquishing of demonstrably stupid, insane policies, and the useful idiots promoting and enforcing said policies. I contacted the governor’s office about this, requested she ignore fed wilderness rules, let mechanized firefighters in temporarily and PROTECT THE PEOPLE. Her number is (503) 378-4582. I realize she’s doing a lot, but in my opinion there is federal malfeasance going on here, and she needs to take control of this, even where the federal overlords say she has no jurisdiction. The federal government is a bad fire neighbor, and it needs ended now.

Bill’s Guests for: Tuesday, August 22, 2017:

7:10: Mark Johnson, a former logger and USFS employee talks with Bill about fire road policy around the Chetco Bar Fire.

7:35: State Representative Sal Esquivel calls in to bring you the latest Legislative news.

8:10: Kevin Starrett of the Oregon Firearms Federation talks with Bill.

Governor Kate Brown has signed into law, SB719A, which “creates process for obtaining extreme risk protection order prohibiting person from possessing a deadly weapon when the court finds that person presents risk in the near future, including imminent risk of suicide, or causing injury to another person.” Kevin Starrett and the OFF says that this law is a blatant breach of constitutional law and a person’s Second Amendment rights.

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Bill’s Guests for: Monday, August 21, 2017: Eclipse USA!

6:35: Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government joins Bill on the phone for a Swamp Update. Now that Steve Bannon is out of the Trump Administration, is this spelling the end of the presidency that the American people voted for? Rick will tell us all about it.

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7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself from calls in to bring you the Monday, Water World Boat & Powersport Outdoor Report.

7:20: Capt. Bill Simpson, retired U.S. Merchant Marine officer, outdoor journalist and emergency preparedness expert talks with Bill this morning. We’re talking forest fires, but also, about an article Captain Bill wrote, asking the question: Are the forests going to be sacrificed to bring cheap beef to China?

Read it for yourself: “Will Fishermen & Hunters Pay The Price For Beef To China?”

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8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers joins Bill, live in studio for this week’s edition of: “Visiting Past & Present.”

This Week:

Willie Illingworth’s Driftboats

By Dennis Powers

Willie Illingworth was a fishing guide on the Rogue River and thought that an aluminum driftboat would certainly be easier to work with. Maneuvering a twenty-foot, heavy boat made of cedar or plywood was tortuous to row or handle in the rapids, not to mention the constant maintenance due to splintered wood, rot, and leaks. The design in use then was from the McKenzie River near Eugene with a pointed bow at both ends.

His design of a high flared bow, squat stern, and steep curves would work well in the Rogue’s swift, shallow rapidsbut welding aluminum together was a difficult task at best. Willie asked the acclaimed Glenn Wooldridge, then building his boats with wood, to make an aluminum one. Wooldridge said “no”. Although he had no money, no welding experience, and only one hand (due to an accident as a child), Willie decided to do it himself.

He convinced Jim Parsonsan Ashland sawmill owner and fishing clientinto loaning him $4,000 to build six driftboats. Illingworth then spent the first three months in 1971 in shearing out patterns and welding the first aluminum boat in his Medford shop. When the prototype proved to be a success in being lighter and easier to handle on the Rogue, Willie set up in White City his boat-building company, Alumaweld, just as the name implies. He had figured out how to leave cedar planks behind and use welded aluminum.

He sold his interest six years later and in 1981 formed Willie Boats that continues to the present. Illingworth was as much a maverick in person, as he was in coming up with the idea that he could build an aluminum boat with nothing in his favor. Bill Monroefor the Oregonian and whose article is linked belowwrote that Willie was: “A loud, mischievous, party-hearty, hard-drinking and often profane exterior (that) masked a private generous, caring and delightfully intelligent personality.”

When Willie knew that he was dying from brain cancer, he held his own living wake in January 2007. Passing around a signup sheet for vials that would contain his ashes, he said then, “I don’t want to miss my own party.” More than sixty friends signed up. After he died two months later, his friends took the vials of his ashes for when fishing on the Rogue, guiding clients, traveling outside Oregon, or even halibut fishing in Alaska.

Willie Illingworth is credited with being the first among the many aluminum boat manufacturers of the 1970s. His determination and approach created a huge boat-building industry in the Pacific Northwest with Medford still being a center of the aluminum driftboat and powerboat industry. Willie Boats now manufactures 250 driftboats with near 100 powerboats annually at its Central Point facility—and Willie would still be proud.

If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of Dr. Powers’ new book: “Where Past Meets Present: The Amazing People, Places & Stories of Southern Oregon,” click here to get your copy at Hellgate Press’ website.


Bill’s Guests for: Friday, August 18, 2017:

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from, calls in to give you the Friday Water World Boat & Powersport Outdoor Report.

7:35: Dr. William Forschten Ph.D, a military and technology historian and widely recognized expert on infrastructure security talks with Bill this morning. While the majority of the country is worrying about racism, and the tearing down of monuments, Dr. Forschten says the ones we REALLY need to worry about is North Korea. Many contend that North Korea does not have the re-entry or ground strike capabilities to use on a nuclear weapon. But, what about an EMP, (electromagnetic pulse) attack? Such an attack to America’s national power grid could possibly cause the nation to crumble. Dr. Forschten has written a series of novels, and other books on the subject. You can find those books right HERE.

8:10: Tony Francois, Senior Attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation talks with Bill this morning. The story of a Modesto, California area farmer who was fined some 2.8 million dollars for plowing his own fields has ended with a settlement between farmer John Duarte and the federal government. This is a case that could effect farmers nationwide.

Read more about this case right HERE, and don’t forget to check out the PLF’s website:

8:35: Gary Leaming, Public Information Officer for the Oregon Department of Transportation joins Bill, live in studio. Today we’re talking about traffic issues with the upcoming solar eclipse, and what ODOT plans to do about it.


Bill’s Guests for, Thursday, August 17, 2017:

6:35: Jenny L. Cote, author of the new book “The Voice, The Revolution and The Key,” talks with Bill this morning. Jenny Cote brings Founding Father Patrick Henry alive like never before. From the book:

The Revolutionary War lasted eight years, but ask any eight-year-old if they’d rather go to a museum to learn about it or play on an iPad – guess which answer you’ll get? But take heart, ye who fear that 21st century kids are in danger of losing our history! There is a revolutionary movement happening for the minds of the next generation in books, music, and museums, and if we get this right, we’ll turn their technology-saturated worlds upside down with a new-found love for history.”

You can get a copy of the book, wherever books are sold, or, simply click right HERE. Also be sure to look at Jenny’s website:

8:35: Sarahanne Driggs, Special Events Program Officer & Jacob Comanero, Development Officer of The Asante Foundation drop by the studio with Chris Graves, Winemaker at Naumes Crush & Fermentation to talk about The Oregon Wine Experience.

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8:45: Rick Carlson, of Etymotic Research calls the show to talk about his company’s new line of hearing protectors for shooters and musicians.

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Bill’s Guests for, Wednesday, August 16, 2017:

7:10: Capt. Bill Simpson, retired U.S. Merchant Marine officer, outdoor journalist and emergency preparedness expert, calls from his hidden location in Siskiyou County, Northern California to give you an update on the idea of having wild horses in certain wilderness areas to fight wildfires.

Read Capt. Bill’s article about it at You can also read more from Captain Bill at

7:35: Lt. Justin Ivens of the Medford Police Department comes into the studio for the Crimestoppers Case of The Week.

8:10: Dinesh D’Souza, filmmaker, author and conservative icon talks with Bill today. Dinesh has written a powerful new book that outlines how the Democratic Left’s orchestrated campaign to paint President Trump and conservatives as Nazis to cover up its own fascism is, in fact, the biggest lie of all.

Get your copy of “The Big Lie: Exposing The Nazi Roots of The American Left,” wherever books are sold, or, CLICK HERE.

8:45: Mike G from the Britt Festival joins Bill, live in studio to bring you the latest acts set to take the Britt stage.

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Bill’s Guests for, Tuesday, August 15, 2017:

6:35: Robert Murphy, Senior Economist for the Institute for Energy Research joins Bill this morning. Robert has done an analysis that shows why this recent carbon tax proposal by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), does not represent a free market solution, and is bad for the average American. But, he says, plenty of intellectuals disagree with carbon taxes.

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7:10: Mr. X, crack researcher and expert on all things the Green Mafia is doing to burglarize your rights in the name of globalization, leaves the safety of his hidden Southern Oregon bunker, and joins Bill, live in studio. Yesterday, Medford Public Works Director Corey Crebbin came into the studio to talk about the future slimming of Jackson Street to put in bigger bike lanes, in the name of SAAAAAFETY…. Mr. X will break it down. Read the Transport Plan for yourself right HERE.

8:25: Bruce Campbell, movie star, author, star of the Evil Dead Trilogy and Southern Oregon resident talks with Bill. Following the success of his previous book, 2002’s “If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of A B Movie Actor,” Army of Darkness star Bruce Campbell returns with a follow up book:

Hail To The Chin: Further Confessions of A B Movie Actor.”

Bruce’s book tour is coming to Medford, where he will read from, and will be signing his new memoir.

When: Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 2PM.

Where: Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1400 Biddle Road in Medford. For more information check out Bruce’s website

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8:45: Sgt. Jeff Proulx of the Oregon State Police comes into the studio to talk about how OSP will be handling the influx of people into Oregon to watch the eclipse next Monday.