Proposal “free-talk-live-renewal-expansion-2018B“ (Active)Back

Title:Renewal of National FM & AM Radio Advertising (US) + International Satellite (Africa + North & Central America)
Monthly amount: 41 DASH (10677 USD)
Completed payments: no payments occurred yet (3 month remaining)
Payment start/end: 2018-08-17 / 2018-11-14 (added on 2018-07-03)
Final voting deadline: in 1 month
Votes: 205 Yes / 66 No / 3 Abstain
Will be funded: No. This proposal needs additional 312 Yes votes to become funded.
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Proposal description

Renewal of funding – DASH Radio Advertising, 185+ FM and AM stations coast-to-coast in the United States, plus Free-to-Air Satellite over Sub-Saharan Africa and North and Central America + streaming, podcast and MORE!

Hello fellow masternodes!  I’m Ian Freeman, one of the hosts of Free Talk Live.  You may have recently seen me on Dash Force News’ 3 Amigos Podcast for an hour.  More recently, I had two of the guys from Dash Force News on to co-host all three hours of Free Talk Live (here’s the video or MP3)- on national radio, as you’ll see below.  On both Dash Force News and Free Talk Live we talk about my other DASH project that was completely self-funded - the DASH “Cryptotip”.  They are printable DASH tips you can leave for people in real life - check that out when you get a moment.  I think you’ll really like them.  Ok, enough about me, on to the proposal:

Free Talk Live (FTL) is a seven-day-a-week, live, nationally syndicated libertarian, pro-crypto radio program on 185+ AM and FM radio stations across the US.  These are real FCC licensed radio stations! You can see where they are on our radio transmitter map.  (Last month we added 50,000 Watt WRKO in Boston - stations don’t get any bigger than that.)  Our show is heard on both conservative AND progressive talk stations - we’re the only national issues-based show that is heard on both formats.

However, our reach is not exclusive to radio stations.  We also have more than 15 million downloads on our podcast and others listen to us via live streaming and our international satellite channels (more on that later).  We’ve been around the cryptocurrency world since 2011 and FTL is credited by Gavin Andresen and Roger Ver as helping to give Bitcoin the initial boost it needed to get widespread adoption.

"Many of the earliest Bitcoin adopters first learned about it through Free Talk Live...I'm convinced that is one of the sparks that turned a crazy little open source software project into a multi-billion dollar industry."  -Gavin Andresen, Original Bitcoin Head Developer

"By broadcasting this message since 2011...FTL has been instrumental in creating the widespread adoption that we have today."  -Roger Ver, CEO

This is a proposal to continue and expand our year-long relationship with DASH that we started at the beginning of 2017.  (Thank you for supporting us!) We don’t need DASH to build us a fancy studio or to help us start doing anything. We already have a studio and we’ve been doing our show since 2002 and have been in national syndication since 2004.  We’re established in the industry and are the longest-running show in our daypart (7-10pm Eastern) in national syndication. We’ve outlasted all of our competition. In case you doubt our claims of success, TALKERS Magazine (the premiere industry publication for talk radio) this year named us the #27 most important talk radio show as part of their “Heavy Hundred”!  It’s our tenth year on the chart, and we’ve been moving up every year. See it for yourself here.

As early adopters of Bitcoin, we’ve done very well and are comfortable enough to be very choosy about which advertisers we accept.  We believe in DASH. As you can see from me and my co-host Mark Edge’s (medgeftl) accounts here, FTL are DASH masternodes. We wouldn’t have asked for DASH’s sponsorship if we weren’t supporters.

It’s part of my mission to spread cryptocurrency as part of my peace advocacy with the Shire Free Church.  I run two Crypto Vending Machines (CVMs) in Keene, NH and one CVM in Manchester, NH. Those machines only offer two types of crypto - BTC and DASH.  I love that DASH focuses on bringing crypto into the real world and our hosts have been instrumental in making that a reality on-the-ground here in New Hampshire.  I spend DASH in real life at merchants around town multiple times each week. I can go shopping in Keene, NH, grab a newspaper and other goodies at Corner News and pay in DASH.  I can go across the street and get lunch at Local Burger, with DASH. I can take my car to Wilder Automotive and get it repaired with DASH. I can buy a drink at Thirsty Owl, get a pizza from Little Zoe’s, grab some BBQ at Hot Hogs, and MORE.  According to Albert at, Keene is the #3 city for raw numbers of DASH-accepting businesses in the world (after Caracas and Portsmouth). Free Talk Live’s co-hosts made this possible by reaching out to merchants directly and helping them get setup with the killer-app merchant software, Anypay (a company co-founded by FTL alumni Derrick J Freeman).  We’re invested in DASH being a success, and that’s not because of the previous sponsorship, it’s because we believe that DASH is superior tech to Bitcoin and prefer to use it over Bitcoin because of the lower fees.  DASH rocks and it owns the growing crypto retail world in New Hampshire.

The first part of this proposal is to renew the DASH three (3) :30 second recorded radio ads and one (1) live promotion per show.  We have about a dozen ads that we created that were approved by the Core team, they all have the same scripts, but a bunch of different voices.  This, we feel, helps function as a sort of “Word of Mouth” campaign. Listeners hear the same message repeated by many different people.

As insurance against a major rise in the cost of DASH, we are offering to throw in up to four additional weeks of the same ad package, if the cost of DASH supports it; and we won’t ask for additional funding during the timeframe of this proposal if the price goes down.  We’re not cashing out. We’re spending DASH in real life and holding the rest and are in this for the long run.

We also have produced another half dozen or so ads that point out the strengths of DASH: transaction times, transaction fees, the robust community, etc.  We use the live promotions as opportunities to talk about new developments in DASH. has been invaluable for this. Even though our DASH sponsorship expired at the end of 2017, we still have a banner on our studio cam page at and speak positively about DASH when the opportunity arises on air.  (It took us months to get another proposal together - we’re loaded with things that keep us busy!)

In addition to the advertisements, this time around, we also want to do some on-air and online giveaways of DASH.  We want to give away 1 DASH per week. Most weeks we will do several small giveaways spread across broadcast and the internet.  At least one week we will do one big giveaway where one lucky person will take home a whole DASH.

At Free Talk Live, our standard is that we have to believe in the product to do a live promotion, and we regularly use and promote DASH.  We can easily defend against the DASH haters. (Our phones are open every night, so we have been challenged on-air.)  I hope you will vote to renew these ads and any comments you have are welcome. We are putting this in for 3 months of funding, but I must advise you that branding advertising is a long term endeavor.  We will continue to support DASH, whatever your vote, but this will give us the opportunity to continue to discuss it seven-nights-per-week and for our 300,000+ weekly listeners all around the world, mostly in the US.

Since we have had such success with this campaign in the past, we also are bringing in affiliate shows to this proposal.  These shows will allow us to get more reach for DASH, without a separate campaign for each:

Henry Raines, of the Henry Raines Show, does a weekly crypto-oriented show in the Tampa Bay Area (Tampa is the 19th largest market in the US and also covers the Sarasota/Bradenton Metro, the 71st market in the US.  The total area has a population of 3.5 million.)  There are very few over-the-air crypto shows on the radio.  Henry’s been on-air in the market since 2003 and last year rebranded his show to focus on cryptocurrency.  Henry also releases his show as a podcast. He is requesting 1 DASH a month and .1 a week to giveaway. Henry helped us by producing and co-hosting with us at the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami.  He does a good show and we would like to see DASH sponsoring crypto shows across the world.

I mentioned earlier that Free Talk Live is heard on international satellite channels.  It’s called Free-to-Air satellite broadcasting and it’s popular globally, especially in poorer countries, which is exactly where DASH needs to be heard and adopted.  Poor people can’t afford to pay for satellite channels, so Free-to-Air is not encrypted, which means the channels cost nothing to receive. We’ve been on satellite since 2010 over North and Central America (Galaxy 19) and over Sub-Saharan Africa (SES-5) since 2012.  We know we’re reaching people, as we’ve heard from listeners in African nations like Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Kenya, and Nigeria.  Here's a video (from our previous satellite fundraiser on patreon) that explains what we’re doing in more detail and introduces you to our listener Ako in Cameroon:

The satellite channel we’re on is LRN.FM - The Liberty Radio Network.  It’s a 24/7 internet-based streaming audio network that’s been in existence since 2009 and I am its program director.  LRN.FM already features multiple DASH-friendly shows with which you are probably familiar, including:

-“The Crypto Show” - Danny’s a good friend and his show has long been sponsored by DASH.
-DASH Force News’ “Three Amigos Podcast” - Hosted by Joël Valenzuela, Mark Mason, and Brian Freeman
Plus we previously aired these DASH-friendly shows but sadly they’ve ceased production:
-“Neocash Radio” with hosts Dr. Darren Tapp and FTL alumni JJ Schlessinger.
-”Reality Check” with Ben Swann

In addition to the excellent broadcast radio exposure described above, this proposal also includes sponsorship of LRN.FM.  We’ll make DASH our network’s exclusive “Satellite Sponsor”. We’ll run :30 ads for DASH around-the-clock, at least once an hour during our live and encore shows (the supermajority of our broadcast day - you can see our program guide here.)

In addition to the dozens of podcasts we have on the network, we also have original live programs that are excited to come onboard to help promote DASH to their audiences as live sponsors during their shows:

The Call to Freedom” is a three hour per weekday afternoon drive show airing on LRN.FM which features its middle 5pm (Eastern) hour, ‘The Crypto Hour’ - it’s the only radio show with a solid hour a day where the hosts dive deep into crypto with news and guests from across the world of cryptocurrency.  Each week they choose a crypto and review it, alerting their audience to scams and questionable currencies, as well as to those with promise and solid track records. It’s informative and entertaining with main hosts Will Coley and Aria DiMezzo and their various co-hosts throughout the week.  Will and Aria also live here in Keene.  Sponsoring the Call to Freedom means at least one live promotion every hour for DASH, plus on-site promotions as the show travels to and broadcasts from various events, including real-life products like t-shirts and stickers. Also, DASH will be added to the show intros and DASH has full access to the show. If DASH’s spokesperson wants to come on-air to talk about the latest upgrade or get out in front of FUD?  Call to Freedom is there.

“Questioning Authority” is a two hour weekly show on Saturday nights on LRN.FM with host and independent journalist Vincent Freeman.  He’s the news editor for his college newspaper at Keene State College and his stream-of-consciousness style and youth makes him a great nighttime host appealing to younger listeners.

For just over one half of one percent of the DASH monthly budget, DASH will receive continuous national radio, streaming, podcast, and international satellite audio promotions by hosts who are regular DASH users.  This is important branding reaching people in their cars, homes, and on their headphones. Thank you for reading this far and for your vote.

Break down of costs:

FTL Major Sponsorship Package
7 live promotions per week @ $125 each = $875 per week
21 :30 second radio ads per week @ $20 each = $420 per week
7 :30 second podcast ads per week @ $20 each = $140 per week
125x100 banner on every page.
Large Banner on a major page of
Periodic Facebook posts and a recorded interview for the podcast.
13 week sub-total = $18,655 = approx 73 DASH (at $253 per DASH - the price at noon Eastern on July 3rd)

FTL weekly DASH giveaway = 13 week sub-total = 13 DASH

Henry Raines Show sponsorship = 13 week sub-total = 3 DASH
Henry Raines Show weekly DASH give-away = 13 week sub-total = 1 DASH

LRN.FM Satellite Sponsorship = $2,500 for 13 weeks = 10 DASH
Call to Freedom Sponsorship = $2,500 for 13 weeks = 10 DASH
Questioning Authority Sponsorship = $500 for 13 weeks = 2 DASH

Proposal reimbursement = 10 DASH (submitted last month, was supported, but told to try again after all the Core proposals)

Requesting a total of 122 DASH (41 per month)

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1 point,1 day ago
Great stuff at a low price easy yes!
0 points,1 day ago
Please, before you vote this proposal down, state your concern. We can modify aspects of it. That is the nice thing about live radio, up to the moment the ad is read, we can change things.
0 points,1 day ago
I see a lot of no votes coming in. Would anyone voting no care to explain why?

Also, anyone know why our voting deadline is "one month" while others are in two weeks? I'm pretty sure I didn't choose longer than one month when creating this.
2 points,6 days ago
These folks have reach. The only place I have used DASH for commerce was in Portsmouth NH and much of that is because of FTLs reach and commitment + AnyPay. They are hard working and stick to their principles. Happy to see this back in the running.
6 points,14 days ago
These guys have done a hell of a lot to promote Dash and are asking for pennies for this enormous reach. Sad it didn't pass last time, but now there should be plenty of room.
4 points,13 days ago
6 points,14 days ago
Good to see this back. Good luck guys.
1 point,13 days ago
I am probably going to vote yes but any renewals I am apprehensive of. Dash is dropping in rank so whatever we are doing in all our advertising proposals is not translating into new users or investors.

Please consider changing how you advertise Dash, no one cares about transaction times low fees, security etc. Make a point about inflation proof money for example thats more interesting to people.
3 points,13 days ago
Fount4inhead, we do that. It's one of the things people can easily appreciate about crypto. DASH is not dropping in rank in real life here in Keene. It's the number one crypto at retail - runs circles around Bitcoin's usage.
1 point,13 days ago
I will include Inflation-proof money in the ad copy.

Most of the cryptos on's listings aren't really currencies anyway. DASH is the best tech for actual currency in the top 25.
1 point,13 days ago
Get me more Keene Listings!
2 points,13 days ago
It's inevitable; will do.