Radio Station Owners Like Allan Weiner Broadcast Hate, Claim they Love Free Speech
Behind shortwave hate radio is a group of entrepreneurial station owners who claim they love free speech
By James Latham
But soon after Weiner talked to the Report, Turner's show began carrying advertising for one of Pierce's latest brainstorms — "Ethnic Cleansing: The Video Game." This time, the product was real.
A few weeks after the ads started airing, Turner plugged the game with an enthusiastic description:
The media is in a tirade [sic] over 'Ethnic Cleansing' because it allows teenagers to dress up as either a Skinhead or, um, Ku Klux Klan member carrying an assault rifle ... and killing the savage Negro beasts that infest the urban area... .
You are also able to mow down the Third World, savage mongrels, ah, Mexicans, et cetera. Actually, the goal of the game is to come across and capture or destroy Ariel Sharon, the Chief Jew, who along with his fellow Jews are helping to destroy the United States with their sick, perverted multiculturalism.
You heard about it first on the Hal Turner radio show, worldwide on radio station WBCQ.
WBCQ's owner is himself Jewish. But while Weiner calls Turner's views "wacko" and "ridiculous," he contends that we all have something to learn from tuning in.
"I think 'The Hal Turner Show' is a good lesson in people," Weiner said. "It's a sad testimony to the hearts of humans out there."
Helping Your Enemies
Such sad testimony is a programming staple on several shortwave stations based in the United States. Like the Internet, shortwave radio is a medium of choice for the radical right — and for some of the same reasons.
The price is right, with studio equipment running as low as $1,000 and air time around $25 to $250 an hour. With 17 million receivers in the United States and a worldwide audience estimated at a whopping 2.5 billion, that's some serious bang for the buck.
Plus, as William Pierce once explained, shortwave is ideal for the far right because, unlike AM and FM radio, regulations on content are extremely lax.
"Commercial networks are hesitant to take any politically incorrect views," said Pierce, "because they face a lot of pressure from Jewish groups."
Ironically, some of the small number of people who really do have power over shortwave programming — the station owners themselves — are among the very minority groups vilified by Pierce, Turner, and other broadcasters of hate.
The shortwave operators who air the most hate-filled shows include not only Jews like Allan Weiner, but also Catholics and Hispanics.
Take Miami-based WRMI. Founded in 1994 by four men — three of them Hispanic — WRMI's original mission was to air anti-Castro exile programming.
Over the years, the station has broadened its reach with shows of special interest to listeners in Haiti, Brazil, Peru and other parts of Latin America.
More recently, the station has branched out in a different way, broadcasting far-right shows like "Herald of Truth."
Host Robert Hallstrom — call him Pastor Bob — preaches the dogma of the Christian Identity movement, which labels Jews the offspring of Satan, calls for executing homosexuals and deems Anglo-Saxons the real chosen people of God.
People of color, including Hispanics, are viewed as soulless, animals created by God along with the "beasts of the field" as a sort of dry run for real humans.
'Nobody Seems to Mind'
"Pastor Bob is theoretically doing a religious program," says Jeff White, one of WRMI's co-owners. "We do air the program with a strong disclaimer."
Small wonder. In February, Hallstrom presented a program titled "God's Immigration Laws." The pastor from Harrison, Ark., was agitated about "the world's overflow from pagan lands that hate our God."
"By violating God's laws," Hallstrom fumed, "we have now created considerable blocs of unassimilable aliens who have also been given the vote. They hate all the ideals of this land to which they came only to get more money."
Why does WRMI deliver Hallstrom's hatred to an audience that is largely Latin American and, according to White, mostly young?
"I know that many would argue that he is spreading racism behind the cloak of religion," said White, a former public-radio employee who acknowledged that he and the other station owners find Hallstrom's message repugnant. "But we have all types of programs," he said, "and the people can sort it out for themselves."
That philosophy is mirrored by the FCC, which licenses and regulates shortwave stations.
"The FCC cannot prohibit such programming," said Audrey Spivack, a spokesperson for the federal agency.
That leaves it up to the station owners. But their decisions about whether or not to air extremism are anything but consistent.
Though he acknowledges "we've had a lot of [antigovernment] Patriot programming," for instance, White was quick to point out that Hallstrom is the only voice of the extreme right still on WRMI, "the only straggler we have."
"If we had a significant number of complaints about the program," White said, "we'd take it off. But nobody seems to mind."
In fact, WRMI airs at least two other fringe-right shows, including "Battlecry Sounding," hosted by Gen. James Green, who rails against "liberated, jezebelized and lesbianized" women and has offered on-air "cures" for "the sin of sexual deviation."
White claims that he comforts himself with the hope that WRMI's millions of potential listeners will pay no attention to such messages.
"If you are broadcasting this stuff internationally, I think it goes in one ear and out the other," he said. "I think most of the international listeners barely listen — not only to some of the racist stuff, but some of the other political programming that's targeted at a domestic audience. They don't listen to it."
In Tennessee, a Cornucopia of Hate
It's the best bargain in shortwave broadcasting: For only $25 an hour, you can air an hour's worth of vitriol on one of shortwave's most notorious stations, WWRB.
This leader in fringe programming, formerly known as WWFV, was long nestled incongruously in the gently rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, where David Frantz started beaming out a 50,000-watt signal from McCaysville, Ga., in 1996.
Although he has since moved to Manchester, Tenn., Frantz still fills an extraordinary amount of his station's airtime with antigovernment, anti-Semitic, anti-gay and racist propaganda.
Even William Pierce, whose infamous "American Dissident Voices" Allan Weiner axed from WBCQ, has a home twice a week on WWRB.
In February, the droning, nasal voice of America's leading neo-Nazi could be heard on Frantz's station, predicting that "more and more young people everywhere will see the Jews for the deceivers and corrupters and destroyers that they are."
"If our race is to live and if our civilization is to survive," Pierce advised his worldwide audience, "we must destroy them and those who work for them."
The destruction of gay people has also been strongly recommended on Frantz's station. "The Black Brigade," co-hosted by Pastor John Lewis from his church in Cambellsburg, Ind., specialized in violent anti-homosexual rants until it went off the air last year.
On one show, Lewis mused: "In Columbus, Ohio, I think there are supposed to be 20,000 fags. Wouldn't that make a real barbecue to feed a bunch of gay sharks out in the ocean?"
Asked about such programming, David Frantz refused comment. "We don't respond to any of your questions," he told the Intelligence Report.
But when his neighbors asked the FCC to shut down the station in 1998, claiming that its electromagnetic and radio waves were a public threat, Frantz did talk to the Chattanooga Free Press.
He called the complaints "a ruse," saying local citizens were trying to "run me out" because of the shows he was broadcasting.
"We have been accused of being part of a militia," complained Frantz, who before his shortwave days had a top security clearance as a federal aircraft inspector. "They tried to get DHS [Department of Human Services] to take our children away, and these clowns actually accused me of threatening the president."
Frantz noted that his station had been "given a clean bill of health" by the FCC. Anybody could buy a time slot, he said, even "blacks, Indians, Jews, or the average person on the street."