Trying to find a liberal viewpoint on AM radio in Lansing is like trying to nail gelatin to a wall. It’s pretty much impossible.Thankfully, it's starting to get a little easier, thanks to 1320 AM host Jack Ebling. It's quite the story about Ebling and his road to radio, spurred by his own dedication to the community.
Growing up in Redford Township, he saw the racism and riots in Detroit in the late ‘60s, recalling how his father would sit on the porch with a shotgun at night.While I'm not sure I agree with reporter Benjamin Ray's description of "lonely liberal", it's a great article about a good man. Be sure to check it out for the full scoop.
He wound up rooming with a black militant at MSU and began taking part in Vietnam War protests. An injury at one of those halted Ebling’s ability to play football, which led him to pursue coaching and teaching.
But from the protests and civil rights struggles Ebling witnessed grew a social agenda that he still adheres to, one that revolves around equal opportunities, social programs that provide to the needy, the importance of political involvement and a desire to give back to the community. The latter reason was a driving factor in creating the show.
“I care more about the common good than individual greed,” he says. “I can make a difference here.”
Of course, Ebling's not the only guy from the left on local talk radio. First Gentleman Dan Mulhern now has his own show on 1240AM WJIM Monday - Friday from 6pm to 7pm. The show is a great addition to his new book - Everyday Leadership. Be sure to listen in, and call in with your thoughts.
I'm a big fan of Ebling and Mulhern, and I can only hope that we continue to see more of them and others here in Lansing and around the state.