Remembering Lorenzo Milam, a Community Radio Pioneer, with author Jesse Walker

Tune in this Tuesday (Aug 11th) at 5:30pm as we tip our hats to a Radio Pioneer, Lorenzo Milam.  Known as the “Johnny Appleseed” of community radio because of his mission to start a network of stations, Milam passed at his home in Puerto Escondido, Mexico at the age of 86, this past month on July 19th.  To celebrate Milam’s life and accomplishments, KMUD invites Jesse Walker, author of the book, Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America, to share with us his writings about the community radio champion. 

Jesse Walker’s latest article on Lorenzo Milam can be found on Reason’s site. Find his full article at

Jesse Walker is books editor of Reason. He has written on topics ranging from pirate radio to copyright law to political paranoia, and he is author of the books Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America (New York University Press, 2001) and The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory (HarperCollins, 2013).

Walker’s articles have appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles TimesThe Baltimore SunThe Boston GlobeThe AtlanticPoliticoTimeThe Week,, SlateNew YorkThe New InquiryThe New RepublicThe National PostNational ReviewNo DepressionBoing Boingio9Radio WorldTelosZ, the Journal of American Studies, and many other publications. He has also worked as a DJ, a dishwasher, and a miscellaneous office grunt, and was once hired to help move a clandestine dog farm.

Walker is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received a degree in history. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and two daughters.