In 1980 the American Policy Roundtable
was founded and dedicated to restoring Judeo-Christian principles to
American public policy. In 1989 the Roundtable began a daily radio
broadcast titled, The Public Square®.
The mission was clear:
Meet with Americans every day to
retell the story of Liberty
Challenge citizens to rediscover
Encourage responsible citizenship
by focusing on positive alternatives in public policy.
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And
can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only
firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of
the Gift of God?” Thomas Jefferson 1781
Is the sun rising or setting on America?
That was the question Benjamin Franklin faced in 1787 in the midst of the debate
during Constitutional Convention. After the signing of the Constitution a woman
of Philadelphia confronted Franklin, asking him what type of government he and his colleagues had given America.
“A Republic, Madame, if you can keep it.”
As Americans face the 21st Century the question
is simply this: Can we keep America alive – as it was intended to be? How can
Americans accomplish such a mission if the core ideas that define America are lost from the culture?
In the Founding era, men like Sam Adams understood the times. He had no massive wealth or influence to bring to the
table. He was the owner of a failed brewery and a part-time tax collector. He
knew the time for Independence had come and spent his life working to bring the
principles of Liberty to Boston, the Northeast, and the American colonies. Adams
was a prolific columnist, legislator, and activist. He created media
opportunities everywhere he went. He birthed the Committees of Correspondence
that united the colonies. He was the father of the Sons of Liberty and the chief
conspirator in the Boston Tea Party. He was never elected President but every
President owed their office to the ideas Sam Adams brought to the marketplace,the pulpit, and the public square.
In 1980 the American Policy Roundtable was
founded dedicated to restoring Judeo-Christian principles to American public
policy. In 1989 the Roundtable began a daily Christian talk radio show titled, The Public Square ®. The mission was clear:
- Meet with Americans every day to
retell the story of Liberty.
- Challenge citizens to rediscover
- Encourage responsible
citizenship by focusing on positive alternatives in public policy.
Over the past seventeen years this daily
broadcast has grown in market reach and influence. The Public Square®, in its
current two-minute news/commentary format, is now heard over 7,000 times per year
in eight states. Much has been accomplished in this daily two-minute program but millions more need to be reached.
The Next Step Forward: TPS60
For years listeners, station managers and career
radio veterans have urged the Roundtable to create a “long format” version of
The Public Square®, an online Christian talk radio program. As an organization
living in the trenches of American politics for almost 30 years, the Roundtable
is uniquely suited to host such a talk radio show. In response to this
market opportunity the Roundtable began production of a 60 minute programming schedule.
The Public Square® 60 minute broadcasts
bring a unique perspective to radio programming. The content of these broadcasts
is shaped from the real-life experiences on the mission field of public policy.
From distributing yard signs and walking neighborhoods to the front row at the
US Supreme Court, the Roundtable has participated in public policy at every level of government.
The new 60 minute broadcast goes beyond
opinion and entertainment, the hallmarks of standard conservative streaming talk
radio. The Public Square® is a conversation on how to walk out a Biblical
worldview in the field of public policy. The program is a “team broadcast”
co-anchored by David Zanotti, President and CEO of the American Policy
Roundtable and Wayne Shepherd, career radio veteran and long-time host of Moody
’s “Open Line.” Additional team members include:
historian and Pastor Dr.
Melanie Elsey, veteran Legislative Director, the American Policy Roundtable
Dr. Charles McGowen, retired Air Force Flight Surgeon, Medical Professor, and author
Dr. Sterling Glover, Dean at Temple
University, Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio.
Any subject of the news is fair game on The
Public Square® but the program does much more than talk about the news or venture
opinions. The broadcast uncovers the historic principles at play in critical
issues and provide listeners positive opportunities to get involved and make a
difference. All of this is done from a platform of non-partisanship and
independence from any political party or candidate.
The Public Square® is a content rich,
conversation that stands in the historic stream of the Lordship of Jesus Christ
over all areas of life. It is an interactive model supported by the nearly 30
years of resources of the American Policy Roundtable including several of the
most visited public policy websites in the nation.