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National TEA Party figure dials in with local radio show

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There's a new voice on local news talk radio.  But it's a voice that's already been heard nationally with the rise of the TEA Party following President Obama's move to the White House.

Reverend C.L. Bryant is a preacher and former NAACP chapter president turned conservative pundit.  You may know him from local and national TEA party speeches, his "Runaway slave" movie that urged black Americans to flee the Democratic party, or cable news appearances that turn fiery.

But Bryant wants to turn down the heat and have conversation on his radio show.

"'America On The Edge' is just that. It will be edgy." Bryant says, adding, "But yet it will be sane and it will be intelligent and it will be a show that allow us once again to have that bridge of conversation that has been lost in this country."

Bryant teams up with former KSLA meteorologist Stephen Parr on the hour long show, heard weeknights at 6pm on 710 KEEL and streaming live.

Both Bryant and Parr view politics and government the same way, though they come from different backgrounds.

Bryant says they'll have a variety of guests from both sides of on a range of issues. Many guests are  contacts Bryant has made through his cable wars and his activity with the Freedom Works conservative movement.  

They hope to take the show national later this year.

"We're doing it because at this point in time, at this American crossroad, it's the right thing to do," Bryant says. 

Across town, Ed Baswell has been preaching Christian conservative politics since late 2012 on the radio. His show, "Crossfire," airs mornings from 7 to 9 on 90.7 FM, The Promise.  

Baswell keeps a Bible handy by the microphone because he says much of what government does goes against his spiritual beliefs, from abortion policy to saddling future generations with debt.  

Many remember Baswell as a KTBS sportscaster, and then the Bossier Sheriff's spokesman for many years.  But what many never heard were his disagreements with government policy -- and not just with Democrats.  He blames Republicans for out of control spending, too, among other problems.

Baswell took on the show after he retired from the sheriffs office, and someone else was taking office in Washington for a second time.

"When Barack Obama was elected I felt in my heart we're really in trouble now."

Baswell began preaching about it at his church, and also took to the airwaves.

Of politicians, Baswell says as he waves his Bible, "If they don't measure up when it comes to scripture then I'm going to say something."

If liberal politics is more your thing, there's nothing originating here locally.  But if you have Sirius XM  satellite radio, there are two progressive talk channels, along with MSNBC, whose primetime lineup features Rachelprime timend Ed Schultz from the defunct Air America network, along with Rev. Al Sharpton.
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