On September 12, 2001, the day after the fall of the Twin Towers, WABC-AM in New York City recruited John Batchelor to go on the air until Osama bin Laden was either killed or captured. On March 12, 2003, one week before the attack on Iraq, ABC Radio Networks invited John to bring his experiences to syndication as America committed itself to what is known as the Long War.
The John Batchelor Show celebrates the pell-mell pace and you-can’t-make-this-up qualities of the 21st Century. John explores the global contest not only in search of national security in the Middle East and here at home, but also in the struggle for energy security and food security across borders. Along the way, John celebrates the classic set pieces of American politics such as grotesquely lavish national campaigns, stock market roller-coaster events like the credit crisis of ’07-’08, the cleverness of the Congress to take care of itself first, and also the true joy of planetary exploration.
The John Batchelor Show has broadcast from many corners of this good, modest planet, including New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Boston, Des Moines, Manchester, Orlando, Jerusalem, Amman, Gaza, Kazakhstan and Taipei.
John is a veteran novelist, author of seven political romances as well as a short history of the Republican Party. Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, in 1948, John attended Lower Merion High School, Princeton University and Union Theological Seminary in New York City.