Carolina Journal Radio

This week's program

Higher electricity rates for consumers. Tax write-offs for big business. A burgeoning solar industry largely dependent on taxpayer subsidies. Add it all up, and you’ve got a snapshot of North Carolina’s renewable energy law. Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal details CJ’s extensive reporting on the tax subsidies, who gets them, and where the law might be headed. Then we turn to higher education. Colleges and universities historically served as repositories of knowledge about Western civilization. But Jenna Robinson, president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, says today’s system of higher education attacks basic tenets of Western civilization in multiple ways. She lists some of her key concerns. Next is a look at an important North Carolina court case. All three branches of North Carolina government are taking part in a dispute over the separation of powers. The N.C. Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a lawsuit pitting Gov. Pat McCrory and two of his predecessors against the current leadership of the General Assembly. The dispute revolves around legislative appointments to boards within the executive branch. You’ll hear highlights from the Supreme Court’s oral arguments. That’s followed by a look at controversy over transportation policy in the Charlotte area. Business interests north of Charlotte are complaining about a plan to add toll lanes to Interstate 77. They recently shared their concerns with state lawmakers. You’ll learn why they’re asking McCrory and legislative leaders to pursue other options for improving traffic flow on I-77 between Charlotte and Mooresville. Next, we revisit the idea of reforming the state’s certificate-of-need law, which keeps competition out of the health care industry by requiring state permission slips to those doctors and hospitals that seek to expand or provide new services. The John Locke Foundation’s health and human services policy analyst, Katherine Restrepo, explains that reform has now been endorsed by the Federal Trade Commission, which recently issued a statement that endorses a North Carolina House bill designed to pare back regulations and increase competition for certain medical services.


Since 1991, Carolina Journal – the monthly newspaper of the John Locke Foundation – has provided thousands of readers with in-depth reporting, informed analysis, and incisive commentary about the most pressing state and local issues in North Carolina. With a particular emphasis on state government, politics, the General Assembly, education, and local government, Carolina Journal has offered unique insights and ideas to the public policy debate.

Its related newsletter, Carolina Journal Weekly Report, delivers timely news and analysis by fax and email. And its popular web site, Carolina, serves as a “one-stop shop” for elected officials, government leaders, journalists, lobbyists, and political insiders who visit every day to read exclusive stories, commentaries, and daily news links to the best reporting and commentary in the North Carolina print and broadcast media.

Now Carolina Journal’s trademark blend of news, analysis, and commentary is available on the airwaves as Carolina Journal Radio.

A weekly, one-hour newsmagazine, Carolina Journal Radio is hosted by Donna Martinez and Mitch Kokai and features a diverse mix of guests and topics. Education reform, tax policy, the state legislature, affirmative action, air pollution, freedom of the press and the courts – these are just a few of the subjects that Carolina Journal Radio has tackled since the program began production in 2003.

Broadcast each weekend on 20 commercial radio stations – from the mountains to the coast – Carolina Journal Radio is a one-of-a-kind program that seeks to inform and elevate the discussion of North Carolina's most critical issues, and to do so in a fair, entertaining, and thought-provoking way.

Carolina Journal Radio Podcast

Carolina Journal Radio is now available as a podcast, for listening directly on your computer, or synching to a portable MP3 player, such as an iPod. You will need a podcast application, such as iTunes (available for Windows and Mac OS X) to access the podcast. New episodes will be posted the week after they air on the radio.

Podcast FeedIf you are using iTunes, you can subscribe to the podcast via this direct link to CJ Radio at the iTunes Music Store. To subscribe to the podcast with another application: right-click on the orange feed icon, copy the link, and paste it into the subscription field of your podcasting software (in iTunes, go to the "Advanced" menu and select "Subscribe to Podcast").

For More Information

The program is a co-production of the John Locke Foundation and Carolina Broadcasting Systems Inc., both based in Raleigh. Inquiries about guests and topics should be directed to the Locke Foundation at 919-828-3876. Inquiries about the show’s production, distribution, and advertising opportunities should be directed to Carolina Broadcasting at 919-832-1416.

Listeners who would like to receive a weekly e-mail containing advance notice of upcoming Carolina Journal Radio guests and topics should email Mitch Kokai.

Where to Hear the Program

Stations currently in the Carolina Journal Radio Network include:

Coverage Area





AM 1010

Saturdays 11am



AM 1150

Saturdays 6am



AM 1490

Thursdays 11am, 7pm



AM 1150

Sat., Sun. 6pm



FM 103.7

Saturdays 10:30am

Greenville/New Bern


FM 94.1

Sat. 6am, 3pm, Sun. 8 am



AM 1450

Sundays 6pm



AM 1240

Sundays 5pm



AM 1420

Thursdays 11am, 7pm

Newport/New Bern


FM 107.3

Sundays 5pm

Siler City


AM 1570

Sat. 11am, Sun. 6am



AM 1090

Saturdays 3pm

Southern Pines


AM 990

Saturdays 8pm



AM 980

Sat. 8am, Sun. 9am

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements of additional stations joining the network.

Interested North Carolinians can also subscribe to a monthly tape or CD containing two full-length episodes of Carolina Journal Radio. It’s a great way to catch up on programs listeners may have missed or for those without a local affiliate to listen to the show. Contact Mitch Kokai for more information.