Carolina Journal Radio

This week's program

Tax reform measures enacted by legislative reformers and Gov. Pat McCrory mean North Carolinians are keeping more of the money they’ve earned. In fact, all income groups received a tax cut when rates were lowered and flattened. So what comes next? Roy Cordato, the John Locke Foundation’s vice president for research, reviews recent reforms and discusses the prudent course of action for legislators moving forward. Then we turn to comments from a key U.S. senator. The first Republican to declare his candidacy for the 2016 presidential contest was also the first candidate to agree to speak at a John Locke Foundation Headliner event this year. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spelled out a number of concerns he has about the Obama administration’s current course, including the president’s signature health care reform law. You’ll hear highlights from Cruz’s speech and his interaction with reporters. Next is a look at a decision that will benefit thousands of North Carolinians. Residents in many eastern N.C. cities can expect to see much lower electric bills. That’s because of legislation in the General Assembly approving a deal between those cities and Duke Energy Progress. The utility company will take over the cities’ ownership of nuclear power plants. A bipartisan group of state lawmakers explained why the deal makes sense for their communities. That’s followed by a look at economics. Markets work better than government to address most public policy problems. That’s the assessment of economist Richard Vedder, a professor at Ohio University and director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. During a recent visit to North Carolina, Vedder made the case for markets during a conversation with Carolina Journal Radio. Next, we look at lessons learned from other states that have implemented Medicaid reforms. Katherine Restrepo, the John Locke Foundation’s health care policy analyst, explains the actions and results seen in Kansas, Florida, and Louisiana. She offers recommendations for how these states might help North Carolina lawmakers and the governor in their pursuit of reforms.


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 570

Sundays 7pm



AM 1150

Saturdays 6am

Elizabeth City


AM 560

Saturdays 6am



AM 640

Saturdays 1pm



AM 960

Saturdays 2pm



AM 1150

Saturdays 6pm



AM 1200

Saturdays 12pm



AM 1450

Sundays 6pm



AM 1240

Sundays 7am

Newport/New Bern


FM 107.3

Sundays 7am



AM 1490

Saturdays 11am

Siler City


AM 1570

Sat. 11am, Sun. 6am



AM 1090

Saturdays 6am

Southern Pines


AM 990

Sundays 7pm



FM 101.1

Sundays 10am



AM 980

Saturdays 4pm



FM 106.7

Sundays 6am

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.