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Fredinburg regains talk-show audience

Former TRN host calls dismissal a 'blessing,' joins Radio America

CENTRAL POINT - Talk radio host Roger Fredinburg, fired from Talk Radio Network here a few weeks ago, has launched a new career on Radio America, a Washington, D.C.-based talk network.

His new show is not available to Rogue Valley listeners. His old show wasn't available locally after KCMX, where the show started, dropped it earlier this year.

Fredinburg's new "populist-conservative" show deals with the same contentious political and cultural issues but is "a bit straighter and less emotional," he said. "I thought it (the termination from TRN) was going to be a bad experience, but it turned out to be a huge blessing in disguise. I was shocked. I had six networks fighting over me."

Ashland native Fredinburg, 41, grew into talk radio after being a frequent caller and then guest on local shows. His first show was KCMX's "Job Line," on which he helped listeners find jobs. He was schooled in the talk radio trade by local host Bob White, now known as Neale Donald Walsch, author of "Conversations With God," he said.

Fredinburg will continue living in the Rogue Valley and operating his advertising agency. He will produce the show in his home studio for use on 140 affiliates.

The terms of his separation from TRN prohibit either party from commenting on the departure, he said. But he said his termination was not due to ratings or to any opinions he expressed on air. None of 100 TRN affiliates he contacted expressed dissatisfaction with his show, and all have signed on to carry the new one, he said.

His was the most listened-to show in the Rogue Valley during many points in his eight-year career with TRN, he said.

He said he got a "worthwhile severance package" from TRN and will be making "a lot more money" with his new show.

TRN Chief Operating Officer Mike Lofrano declined to comment on Fredinburg's departure except to say, "We love and respect Roger and thought he might have a better opportunity with someone else. It was a pretty simple matter. The guy has talent and we knew many future doors would open."

No complaints about Fredinburg had been received from listeners or affiliates, Lofrano said.

Fredinburg's air slot was taken over by Roy Masters, head of the Foundation for Human Understanding and owner of the network. Masters' show "Behind the News" will comment on socio-political matters and has been accepted over TRN's several hundred affiliates, he said.

Fredinburg's on-air opinions supported Israel, opposed free trade agreements and maintained that bias against Muslims and their fear of an armed citizenry here is "what kept America safe," he said.

"I was against the war in Kosovo and the radiation we used in our weapons there," he said. "I was against the incinerators the military is using in Alabama and the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons site - and the editor of (ultra-liberal magazine) Mother Jones is a good friend of mine.

"I'm considered conservative but I'm really a populist with Libertarian leanings. I'm an equal-opportunity annoyer."

John Darling is a free-lance writer living in Ashland. E-mail him at