Jennifer Meadows is no stranger to talk radio, and pretty soon HottyToddy.com readers will be able to listen to her weekly broadcast, GRACELAND, right here on the HottyToddy.com website.
Though the one-hour show is geared primarily toward Conservatives and Libertarians, Meadows said most people will find it of interest.
“This show is for anyone who wants to know what’s going on in the news– from college students to senior adults,” Meadows said. “We will give it to you straight.”
The show centers on political commentary mixed with cultural stories, history pieces and spiritual topics. Meadows started the show in 2012 because she saw a need to enlighten people on the events going on around America.
“Too often people are told what to think when it comes to what’s going on in the world. I want to encourage people to think outside the box, to question their beliefs and to look for the truth,” Meadows said.
“I, myself, saw what was happening to the economy more than a decade ago– smart people at the top of their field not being able to find work – and I began asking myself ‘what is going on with jobs?’ [The show] was a way to get involved. If I had a mission statement it would be ‘to question, to entertain and to enlighten.”
Most recently Meadows talked with J.D. Gordon, former Pentagon spokesperson, about the Obama administration, the lack of leadership in foreign policy and the current situation in Syria.
“The show is more than just politics – I really want to know how situations affect people and localize the content as well,” she said.
When Meadows was in college, she never dreamed she would be involved so heavily in politics.
“I was an art major in school, and I can remember at one point in my life saying ‘why does anybody get involved in politics,’ and wouldn’t you know, that’s where I am!” She said.
Meadows began her broadcast career about five years ago from her home in Oxford.
“The first radio station I worked for was WIFI in Atlantic City, New Jersey on the Conservative Commandos Radio Show,” she said. “They called remote to my house and I was a co-host.”
She interviewed big-name business and political professionals, including Steve Forbes, NRA CEO, Wayne LaPierre, author and producer, Dinesh D’Souza, and activist, James O’Keefe to name just a few.
“You either love it or you don’t. I enjoy exchanging ideas, challenging myself and meeting people that are both influential and accomplished,” Meadows said.
About two years later, Meadows decided to branch out and start her own show, which eventually evolved into what fans now know as “GRACELAND.” The show’s name came about in reference to both spiritual grace and the Memphis estate of Elvis Presley.
“A producer on the West Coast is actually the one who named the show,” Meadows said. “We were really struggling coming up with an identity, and my show was previously called Grit and Grace. So we took the ‘grace’ and kept it, adding a reference to Memphis, Graceland.”
The show occasionally picks up spiritual topics, so Meadows thought the “grace” title was appropriate. “If there ever was a time America needed grace, it’s now,” she said.
GRACELAND has an estimated listenership of 40,000, and Meadows said it has kept her busy since she started it three years ago.
“It’s a lot of work,” she said. “When I went out and decided to do my own show, I had no idea what I was getting into. It kept growing and today we’re on five different networks.”
GRACELAND is pre-recorded in Oxford on Mondays then pushed out to networks for airing. The show features host Jennifer Meadows, media personality Charles Albert Johnson III, author and journalist Kevin Fobbs and principal political analyst for the Independent Voter Network T.J. O’Hara.
Networks that air GRACELAND include K98 Talk, The Liberty Beacon (online), WNJC Philadelphia, Communities Digital and The Leading Edge Radio.
Learn more about GRACELAND here.
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