When Karl Denninger talks, people listen—by the tens of thousands each month here on BlogTalkRadio. That’s pretty impressive considering that our Market Ticker host intros each show as follows: “Warning! The following program may cause cognitive seizure, sudden and violent recognition of the truth in our capital markets, and change in voter affiliation.” But Karl, who makes his home in the Gulf Coast town of Niceville, Fla., is more than just a compelling on-air voice. In 2008, his columns on his Market Ticker blog inspired FedUpUSA, a grassroots protest of Uncle Sam’s Bear Stearns bailout—which in turn paved the way for the Tea Party movement. And on that historic note, we now give you our SoundBits subject of the week, Karl “The Ticker Guy” Denninger…
Give us a 15-second pitch for your show—why should listeners tune in?
The Market Ticker is a must-listen and must-participate for those interested in the capital markets. If you own stock or bonds, or are simply interested in the economy—and we all are these days—this is where you come for the unvarnished, hard-hitting stories that the mainstream media refuses to cover.
Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?
I’m the former CEO of an Internet company called MCSNet, which designed regional and national IP-based networks. I’m not a formally trained economist. And unlike most of the media, I still buy my own groceries, I can cook a gourmet meal, and I pump my own gas.
Who’s your broadcasting hero?
Rush Limbaugh, the guy who came from zero—literally—and was fired more than anyone else I know in the business before making it big.
If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. I’d love to have an hour to discuss his thesis—and rip him to shreds on-air. He’s a man full of both contradictions in his public statements and provable lies. So it would be hilarious to watch him squirm. The interview would be even better on television. (He’d never agree to appear, incidentally, so this is all moot.)
As we speak, what are you wearing?
A pair of jeans and a sweatshirt. It’s cold down here today in Florida, believe it or not. Then again cold is relative. I used to live in Chicago and thought 20 degrees below zero was cold. Now, 60 degrees is. Go figure.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?
Deal with my daughter having a rather large—and loud—pool party less than 20 feet from the studio room. I couldn’t open the door to tell her to cut the noise down, or the bleed-through would have been horrible. So I stuck a bumper clip on, hit the mute button, then told her to cut it out.
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