Award-winning WeHo resident and long-time veteran radio host and journalist, Cary Harrison (CBS, Clear Channel, Air America, SiriusXM, Public Radio), debuts his latest radio program, Reality Check Live (RCL) in partnership with Los Angeles, NY, and Southern California public and commercial radio stations. Broadcasting coast-to-coast from its headquarters inside Hollywood’s Sunset-Gower Studios, Reality Check Live promises to “prevent truth decay” in an era of fake news and confusing spin, using roguish wit and clear facts.
RCL promises to be the bastard stepchild of NPR and Howard Stern. What some are calling a FCC coup, others are declaring an unapologetic commentary on the state of the nation, politics, and culture. It is apropos that RCL broadcasts from the historic Sunset Gower Studios (formerly Columbia Pictures). The headliners of the premiere broadcasts will be Congresswoman Maxine Waters, rabble-rouser Roseanne Barr, Star Trek’s Nichelle Nicholas (Lieutenant Uhura), Rosario Dawson, and William H. Macy.
“Radio has sat silent for way too long, watching the nation teeter and fumble,” says Harrison. “Before leaving office, former President Obama challenged me to find some counter programming to AM radio’s Ku Kluxery, howls, and homophobic hootenannies. The Answer is twice-powerful FM radio stations along with fleets of trusted public and private radio broadcasters, TV, video, social media, and an impressive backbone of creative and passionate young people. We’re also cutting through net neutrality issues since FM has no bandwidth restrictions and can pentrate car windshields during rush hour. We’re featuring the best and brightest of high school and college students along with geeks, nerds, intellectuals, environmentalists, influencers, Comic-Conners, whistle-blowers, journalists, and real political heroes to buoy this new course.”Reality Check Live is created and produced by Cary Harrison who was spawned from the Mayflower and Abe Lincoln on his mother’s side and signers of the Declaration and Constitution on the other. As such, Cary strongly believes in democratizing radio and propelling a strong voice for multiculturalism, inclusion, and free-flowing, best-achievable accurate information.
Following his afternoon drive-time in New York City, CBS commentaries in Chicago (“Realty Checks”), and syndicated daily radio features, Cary originated America’s first LGBTQ+ network morning show for SiriusXM. He then joined Air America, hosting a daily show in LA (Harrison on the Edge), which pioneered the “Parade for World Peace”; now worldwide under the auspices of the U.N. (initially led by Harrison and Arun Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi’s surviving grandson), drawing 10,000 listeners to Hollywood). Later, KPFK public radio tapped him for afternoons, and Reality Check Live is now the entertaining love child of combined experiences.
Throughout his illustrious career, Cary has received numerous awards, including Vanderbilt University’s distinguished Siegenthaler Award for integrity, intelligence and courage in the field of journalism, the Sigma Delta Chi Award—the highest honor bestowed for public service by the Society of Professional Journalists, top honors—two years’ running—from American Women in Radio & Television for exposé reporting and investigative journalism, and 1st place honors for “Best Commentary” from the Associated Press. He has been honored by the United Nations, the Mayor and City Councils of West Hollywood and Los Angeles for his environmental and peace work, The LA Press Club for news coverage, and was recently nominated for an Edward R. Murrow Award in public radio.
Reality Check Live launches on Wednesday, April 18th, 7:30PM on Pacifica Network’s 110,000-watt KPFK 90.7 FM), Mondays at 6pm on KCAA 106.5 FM, 102.3 FM, 1050 AM along with Public Radio WBAI 99.5 FM – NYC and other prime slots on independent, commercial and college stations.
Visit RealityCheckLive.org for more information on additional ways to listen and watch.