Carolina Journal Radio

This week's program

News that automaker Volvo has bypassed North Carolina for its new manufacturing plant has renewed the debate over how to recruit companies to the state, particularly as it applies to the state’s use of targeted tax incentives and subsidies. Some say North Carolina lost the Volvo plant because it didn’t play at the level necessary, but Roy Cordato, the John Locke Foundation’s vice president for research, says support of subsidies is based on flawed economics. Then we turn to the 2016 presidential election. Conservatives and Republicans spend a lot of time focusing on “job creators” and “job seekers.” If they want to win the 2016 presidential election, they must spend more time paying attention to “job holders.” That was a key piece of advice pollster Kellyanne Conway offered during a recent Headliner speech for the John Locke Foundation. Conway, founder and president of the polling company, also noted the importance of finding a Republican presidential candidate who’s unafraid of likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Next is a look at K-12 education policy. A recent state budget provision that requires new charter school operators to set aside $50,000 for closing expenses creates an unreasonable obstacle. That’s the assessment of Marcus Brandon, a former Democratic state representative and High Point charter school founder. Brandon shared his concerns during a recent news conference. That’s followed by a look at Gov. Pat McCrory’s government efficiency initiative, NC GEAR. The program recently released its findings, and the reception among state lawmakers has been lukewarm at best. You’ll hear highlights from a recent review of the document from the legislature’s Program Evaluation Division oversight group. Next, we delve further into charter school regulations with JLF Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops. He discusses the continuing battle waged by charters for fair and equitable treatment by policymakers, and some of the regulatory hoops the schools are required to negotiate.


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

Siler City


AM 1570

Sat. 11am, Sun. 6am



AM 1090

Saturdays 3pm

Southern Pines


AM 990

Sundays 7pm



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.