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Chad Benson doesn't look or sound like a typical talk radio host. And that's a GREAT thing. Conversational, informative, irreverent and very FUNNY. Chad's take on the issues offers a refreshing sound that gives talk listeners the hard news and opinion that they need in a thoughtful, entertaining way that they CRAVE.

September 17, 2018   (00:29:28)9-18-2018
Chair of Save Our Schools Arizona and Teacher Beth Lewis joins to talk about prop 305 as well as with the new school year underway, did teachers get the raise they were promised and what are they saying?
Beth Lewis, Chair of Save Our Schools Arizona and Teacher   (00:15:20)9-18-2018
Chair of Save Our Schools Arizona and Teacher Beth Lewis joins to talk about prop 305 as well as with the new school year underway, did teachers get the raise they were promised and what are they saying?
September 14, 2018   (00:27:46)9-15-2018
Authorities have confirmed 5 storm-related deaths, including a mother and her infant child who died after a tree fell on their home in New Hanover County, where the storm hit Friday morning with a 105 mph wind gust, the strongest wind in the city since 1958.
September 13, 2018   (00:26:15)9-14-2018
Hurricane Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 100 mph winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.
Will Racke, Immigration and Foreign Policy Reporter   (00:09:40)9-13-2018
Immigration and Foreign Policy Reporter Will Racke joins to give the details on Arizona rancher Jim Chilton’s 50,000-acre spread along the U.S.-Mexico border and how it's allegedly ground zero for human smugglers, drug cartel members and illegal immigrants, and he has videos s...
September 12, 2018   (00:29:08)9-13-2018
Republicans lose ground in midterm polling in a place that should make Trump nervous. A new generic-ballot data point, courtesy of a poll from NPR and researchers at the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, the study shows the Democrats have a 12-point advantage on the generic b...
September 11, 2018   (00:27:32)9-12-2018
Today marks the date 17 years ago of 9-11. Chad gives his memory of the tragic event and how it changed the United States.
September 10, 2018   (00:28:51)9-11-2018
Politics has changed into a popularity contest. Chad explains how.
September 7, 2018   (00:28:16)9-8-2018
 The American economy’s stamina was showcased Friday as the government reported that wages in August sprinted forward at their fastest pace since the recession ended and that the job creation streak extended to 95 months.Trump and Obama argue over whose economy it is.
9-6-18 Show Podcast   (00:28:31)9-7-2018
 The guessing game over who wrote the anonymous New York Times op-ed from inside the Trump administration is in full swing.Publicly, the president and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders have called the author a “coward.” The president tweeted the single word “TREASO...
Paul Bentz, Senior Vice President of HighGround Inc   (00:06:26)9-6-2018
Senior Vice President of HighGround Inc Paul Bentz joins to talk about Jon Kyl being appointed to replace John McCain's seat in the Senate. Plus the upcoming elections and how the #RedForEd movement can play a factor.
September 5, 2018   (00:28:34)9-6-2018
The Times today is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. They have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. They believe publishin...
September 4, 2018   (00:28:25)9-5-2018
 Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court pick who could tilt American jurisprudence to the right for a generation, vowed to be neutral and impartial, shrugging off bitter Democratic demands for him to stall his own confirmation hearing until questions about his past are fully answere...
August 28, 2018 - Hour 2   (00:33:33)8-29-2018
Some voters in metro Phoenix faced technical issues at various polling places during Tuesday’s primary election, problems that county officials were aware of beforehand.
August 28, 2018 - Hour 1   (00:31:22)8-29-2018
Today are the primaries for Arizona and the voter numbers are up. The number of registered voters in Arizona has increased by 21,960 to 3.6 million active voters, according to the secretary of state’s office.  
August 29, 2018   (00:28:39)8-29-2018
Family, friends and others gathered Wednesday at Arizona’s Capitol to pay their respects to Sen. John McCain in the first of two days of local services. Plus the results from the Arizona primary.
August 27, 2018   (00:28:09)8-27-2018
John McCain, senator and former presidential candidate, dies at 81 after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. McCain was a naval bomber pilot, prisoner of war, conservative maverick, giant of the Senate, twice-defeated presidential candidate and an abrasive American hero with a t...
Kelli Ward, U.S. Senate Candidate and Tomi Lahren, Fox News Commentator   (00:10:43)8-25-2018
U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Kelli Ward and Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren join to talk about the primary election next Tuesday and what Kelli Ward brings to the table as a U.S. Senator if elected.
August 24, 2018   (00:28:10)8-25-2018
The family of U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona said in a statement that he was discontinuing treatment for brain cancer that was diagnosed a year ago.
August 23, 2018   (00:26:35)8-24-2018
Hours after being repeatedly insulted by President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions just did something he rarely, if ever, does: He punched back.
August 22, 2018   (00:27:36)8-22-2018
President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes.
August 14, 2018   (00:29:41)8-14-2018
A Florida mom whose son was recently hospitalized after he ate a "Dragon’s Breath" snack is warning others about the dangers of the liquid nitrogen-infused treat, especially for those with asthma.
August 13, 2018   (00:28:22)8-13-2018
President Donald Trump appeared to be unaware that Omarosa Manigault Newman was fired by White House chief of staff John Kelly as audio is released from Omarosa who taped her call with Trump after she was fired.
August 10, 2018   (00:29:00)8-10-2018
Brandon Straka created the #WalkAway campaign in mid-June of 2018, a social media movement that encourages lifelong liberals and Democrats to “walk away” from their party and explore conservative politics with an open mind.
August 8, 2018   (00:27:26)8-9-2018
Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's legal team has responded to the special counsel, the latest effort in ongoing negotiations over a possible interview.
August 9, 2018   (00:29:57)8-9-2018
A new poll from OH Predictive Insights of Phoenix, Arizona has put Representative Martha McSally in the lead of the Republican primary, but continuing to trail behind in the general election to Representative Kyrsten Sinema. The poll also finds a recurring theme of Arizona moder...
August 7, 2018   (00:28:31)8-8-2018
CNN's Don Lemon responds to President Donald Trump's personal attack on himself and NBA star LeBron James, saying "referring to African-Americans as dumb is one of the oldest canards of racism in this country."
August 6, 2018   (00:28:50)8-7-2018
In light of all the commotion President Donald Trump has caused with his latest tweet storms, a new report claims that the president’s advisers are imploring him to stop tweeting about his son’s 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer.
August 3, 2018   (00:28:13)8-3-2018
The economy continued to add jobs at a steady pace last month, and the unemployment rate remained low. Payrolls grew by a lower-than-expected 157,000 in July, and the unemployment rate edged down to 3.9 percent.
August 1, 2018   (00:28:15)8-2-2018
President Donald Trump's tweet Wednesday calling on his attorney general, Jeff Sessions to end special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference came as his lawyers continue to haggle with the special counsel about the parameters of a potential pre...
August 2, 2018   (00:28:32)8-2-2018
Ohio State University placed its head football coach, Urban Meyer, on paid administrative leave on Wednesday as it investigates whether he was aware of domestic violence allegations against fired assistant coach Zach Smith.
July 31, 2018   (00:29:08)8-1-2018
The long-awaited trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort began Tuesday in a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. Manafort is being charged with tax evasion and bank fraud in the first trial stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian ...
July 26, 2018   (00:29:01)7-27-2018
One Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper was killed and two others were injured in a shooting on Interstate 10 late Wednesday in a Phoenix suburb.
July 25, 2018   (00:27:25)7-26-2018
Presidential candidate Donald Trump is heard on tape discussing with his attorney Michael Cohen how they would buy the rights to a Playboy model's story about an alleged affair Trump had with her years earlier.
July 24, 2018   (00:27:59)7-25-2018
President Donald Trump, a week after downplaying Russian interference in US elections, said Tuesday he is "very concerned" that Russia will look to impact the 2018 midterm elections and said he believes Moscow will look to boost Democrats this time.
July 23, 2018   (00:27:54)7-24-2018
The Trump administration exchanged threats with Iran, turning to a longstanding security concern and a top foreign-policy focus of President Donald Trump’s key supporters.
July 20, 2018   (00:29:30)7-21-2018
The FBI is in possession of a recording between President Donald Trump and his former personal attorney Michael Cohen in which the two men prior to the election discuss a payment to a former Playboy model who has alleged an affair with Trump.  
July 19, 2018   (00:28:58)7-20-2018
San Francisco began registering non-citizens, including undocumented immigrants, to register to vote in the November election for the city school board.
July 18, 2018   (00:27:53)7-19-2018
The White House denied on Wednesday that President Trump doesn't believe Russia is targeting the United States.  
Chuck Coughlin, President of High Ground Inc   (00:10:39)7-19-2018
President of High Ground Inc Chuck Coughlin joins to discuss if Arizona could turn blue or purple and if so what has changed to cause this.
July 16, 2018   (00:27:24)7-18-2018
US President Donald Trump, in a stunning rebuke of the US intelligence community, declined on Monday to endorse the US government's assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, saying he doesn't "see any reason why" Russia would be responsible.    
July 17, 2018   (00:27:01)7-18-2018
President Donald Trump, facing an onslaught of bipartisan fury over his glowing remarks about Vladimir Putin, said more than 24 hours afterward that he had misspoken during his news conference with the autocratic Russian leader.
July 13, 2018   (00:27:29)7-14-2018
The Justice Department announced indictments against 12 Russian nationals as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, accusing them of engaging in a "sustained effort" to hack Democrats' emails and computer networks.
July 12, 2018   (00:28:02)7-13-2018
Embattled FBI agent Peter Strzok faced off with House Republicans Thursday at a fiery and raucous hearing where he forcefully defended his actions in the Hillary Clinton email and Russia investigations amid sharp attacks over the anti-Trump text messages he sent.    
Kirk Nurmi, Former Defense Attorney for Jodi Arias   (00:13:58)7-12-2018
Kirk Nurmi joins the show to talk about the infamy that came from defending Jodi Arias. 
July 11, 2018   (00:27:59)7-12-2018
President Donald Trump called Germany "a captive of Russia" and pressed NATO allies to double their commitment to defense spending Wednesday during a momentous opening to a two-day summit here.
July 10, 2018   (00:28:14)7-11-2018
President Trump on Monday nominated Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, a politically connected member of Washington’s conservative legal establishment, to fill Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court, setting up an epic confirmation battle and potentially cementing the ...
July 9, 2018 - Hour 2   (00:30:50)7-10-2018
President Trump announces Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the open Justice seat in the Sepreme Court. Also Arizona has its first big monsoon of the year causes flash floods, power outages and more.
Dr. Stefanie Lindquist, Professor of Law at Arizona State University   (00:08:24)7-10-2018
Dr. Stefanie Lindquist joins the show to give her reaction to Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court. As well as the history of the SCOTUS and how how this nominee could change their rulings moving forward. 
July 9, 2018 - Hour 1   (00:22:10)7-10-2018
President Trump announces his nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to replace the former Justice Kennedy. 
July 3, 2018   (00:28:45)7-4-2018
The initial relief that greeted the dramatic discovery of the trapped Thai soccer team has given way to questions over why the boys are still inside the flooded cave network, and not on their way to the surface and their waiting families.
July 2, 2018   (00:28:51)7-3-2018
 In Gallup's 2018 poll, released Monday, a declining number say they are proud to be an American, with less than three-quarters saying they are, down six points since 2016.
June 29, 2018   (00:28:12)6-30-2018
The accused gunman in the deadly shooting at Maryland's Capital Gazette newspaper barricaded the back entrance of the paper's office so people could not escape as he began.
June 28, 2018   (00:29:19)6-29-2018
A gunman opened fire at a newspaper office in Annapolis on Thursday, killing five people and gravely wounding a number of others before being taken into custody in what appeared to be one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history, police and witnesses said.  
June 27, 2018   (00:28:40)6-28-2018
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, handing President Trump and Senate Republicans an opportunity to create a solidly conservative court that could last for decades.
June 26, 2018   (00:27:39)6-27-2018
The Supreme Court with a ruling of 5-4 along partisan lines has upheld President Donald Trump's travel ban.The ruling sends a strong message that Trump has broad powers under immigration law to act to protect national security and that statements made during a campaign may not be...
June 25, 2018   (00:28:26)6-26-2018
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insists the administration's reversal in referring parents crossing the border illegally with children for prosecution is only temporary because the government is running out of resources.
June 22, 2018   (00:29:04)6-23-2018
The week is ending the way it started -- with lots of confusion about the policy that resulted in separating immigrant children from their parents.
Mark Lamb, Pinal County Sheriff   (00:08:32)6-22-2018
Mark Lamb joins the show to discuss what his exprience on Live PD has been like and how that has shaped his department.
June 21, 2018   (00:28:38)6-22-2018
First lady Melania Trump's visit to a Texas facility housing migrant children separated from their parents threatened to be overshadowed Thursday by a jacket she wore bearing the words: " I really don't care, do u?"
Dr. Kelli Ward, Arizona Senate Candidate   (00:10:40)6-21-2018
Arizona Senate candidate Dr. Kelli Ward joins to talk about Trump signing the order not allowing kids to be separated from thier parents at the border. 
June 20, 2018   (00:27:54)6-21-2018
President Donald Trump, under growing pressure to act unilaterally to address the immigration crisis, Wednesday signed an executive order that he said would keep immigrant families at the border together.
June 18, 2018   (00:28:10)6-19-2018
Facing rising outrage from some Republicans as well as Democrats over the forced separation of migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump dug in blaming Democrats and declaring he would keep the U.S. from becoming "a migrant camp."
Jennifer Sturgeon, Communications Director of the Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival   (00:06:51)6-16-2018
Communications Director of the Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival Jennifer Sturgeon joins to talk about what events will be at the festival this weekend as well as details about the Beat the Heat race.
June 15, 2018   (00:30:25)6-16-2018
The Mesa Police Department has been embroiled in controversy in recent weeks, with seven officers having been put on paid leave after multiple videos surfaced of them allegedly assaulting suspects during arrest.
Thelda Williams, Phoenix Mayor   (00:10:10)6-15-2018
Interim Phoenix Mayor Thelda WIlliams joins to talk about what her focus will be while serving as mayor, and if she has any interest in running for mayor when the next election happens.
June 14, 2018   (00:29:05)6-15-2018
Police in Mesa are facing more scrutiny after body-cam footage of a January arrest showed officers hitting a suspect several times until he was bleeding and taunting him at the hospital.
June 13, 2018   (00:28:04)6-14-2018
Ex-wife of man who killed 6 in Arizona says she's relieved he's dead. Plus Chad says how excited he is for the Soccer World Cup and the news about North America hosting it in 2026.
Andy Biggs, Arizona Congressman   (00:10:18)6-13-2018
Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs joins to give his thoughts on Trump's meeting with Kim Jong-Un and what the reaction was at the capitol from other Congress men and women.
June 12, 2018   (00:28:42)6-13-2018
President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un concluded an extraordinary nuclear summit Tuesday by signing a document in which Trump pledged “security guarantees” to the North and Kim reiterated his commitment to “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula....
June 11, 2018   (00:28:56)6-12-2018
President Trump and Kim Jong-un of North Korea hold the first-ever meeting between leaders of their two countries in Singapore, carrying with them hopes of ending seven decades of hostility and the threat of a nuclear confrontation.
Clint Bond, Executive Director of Fort Worth Independent School District   (00:11:02)6-8-2018
Executive Director of Fort Worth Independent School District Clint Bond joins to talk about their school districts decision to put billboards up accross the Phoenix valley to try and recruit teachers.
Pastor Andre Miller, Pastor of New Beginning Christian Church   (00:08:13)6-8-2018
Pastor Andre Miller joins to talk about how Robert Johnson was as a person and his reaction the video of the police hitting Mr. Johnson in the face multiple times.
June 7, 2018   (00:30:04)6-8-2018
Pastor Andre Miller joins to talk about how Robert Johnson was as a person and his reaction the video of the police hitting Mr. Johnson in the face multiple times.
Beth Lewis, Teacher and Chair of Save Our Schools Arizona   (00:08:58)6-7-2018
Teacher and Chair of Save Our Schools Arizona Beth Lewis joins to talk about her reaction to the #RedForEd movement and if it got too political and how some teachers are tstarting to run for political positions.
June 6, 2018   (00:28:12)6-7-2018
Four Mesa police officers are on administrative leave following an incident in May during which a suspect was punched several times.
Alicia Patton, Arizona Teacher   (00:15:19)6-6-2018
Arizona teacher Alicia Patton joins to talk about her reaction to the outcome from the #RedForEd movement and if she believes teachers will recieve a 20 percent raise. 
June 5, 2018   (00:30:45)6-6-2018
Fashion designer Kate Spade, 55, hanged herself with a scarf in her Park Avenue home on Tuesday morning, leaving a suicide note addressed to her teenage daughter.
Christine Thompson, President and CEO of Expect More Arizona   (00:12:35)6-5-2018
President and CEO of Expect More Arizona Christine Thompson joins to talk about the aftermath of the #RedForEd movement and compare the difference in teacher salary from Arizona to other states.
June 4, 2018   (00:28:47)6-5-2018
Dwight Lamon Jones was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a hotel in Scottsdale after being suspected of killing four people in the Valley in less than a week has been linked to at least two more murders in the area.
June 1, 2018   (00:30:06)6-2-2018
A week after abruptly scrapping his prized summit with Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump buoyantly announced on Friday the historic talks were back on for June 12 in Singapore.
May 31, 2018   (00:29:09)6-1-2018
The White House on Thursday condemned comedian Samantha Bee's remark that White House senior adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump is a "feckless bleep" calling on TBS, which airs her show, to publicly repudiate her.
May 30, 2018   (00:29:10)5-31-2018
ABC abruptly canceled “Roseanne” hours after Ms. Barr, the show’s star and co-creator, posted a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, an African-American woman who was a senior adviser to Barack Obama throughout his presidency and considered one of his most influential aides....
May 25, 2018   (00:27:55)5-26-2018
Harvey Weinstein was arraigned Friday on charges of first- and third-degree rape and committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree, seven months after women began to come forward with stories alleging sexual misconduct by the famed Hollywood producer.
May 24, 2018   (00:29:10)5-25-2018
Women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior and harassment. Freeman has apologized following allegations of sexual misconduct made by eight women and several other people.
May 23, 2018   (00:28:55)5-24-2018
NFL owners have approved a national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer, however their teams will be fined by the league if they go onto the field and kn...
May 22, 2018   (00:27:32)5-23-2018
President Donald Trump has wrenched the United States back to the brink of a constitutional showdown after a weekend of rage culminated in his demand for an investigation into claims that the Obama administration inserted a spy in his 2016 campaign.
May 21, 2018   (00:28:12)5-22-2018
Starbucks in recent days made it official: "Any customer is welcome" to spend time in its stores and use the restroom, even if they don't buy anything.
Darren Burch, Retired Phoenix Police Sergeant   (00:08:37)5-19-2018
Retired Phoenix Police Sergeant Darren Burch joins to give his expertise on how police are training and executing their training on school shootings. Also what are the different protocols when explosives are used in a school shooting.
May 18, 2018   (00:30:35)5-19-2018
A teenager carried out a brazen assault on a southeast Texas high school on Friday, killing 10 people and wounding 10 more, the authorities said. Explosives were found in various locations, on and off campus, officials said.