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    Surge Summary: An open letter to Donald Trump suggesting what he might do upon his return to “civilian” life – and how he might continue to expand his influence and reach into American and global life and culture.  

    by Larry Usoff

    An open letter to Donald J. Trump

    In a very short time you will be a civilian…again. One might think that would be a let-down, and to a degree they would be right. However, if you are the man I believe you to be, you’ll be back in the thick of it in some manner…and that brings me to this letter.

    Years ago, and you’ll have to pardon my memory, there was a disc-jockey called Wolfman Jack. Born as Robert Weston Smith, he achieved a high degree of fame from a little radio station in Del Rio, Texas. In 1963, Smith took his act to the border when the Inter-American Radio Advertising’s Ramon Bosquez hired him and sent him to the studio and transmitter site of XERF-AM at Ciudad Acuña in Mexico, a station just across the U.S.-Mexico border from Del Rio, Texas whose high-powered border blaster signal could be picked up across much of the United States. In an interview with writer Tom Miller, Smith described the reach of the XERF signal: “We had the most powerful signal in North America.”

    That was one success story. Another is “Grit”. Grit is a magazine, formerly a weekly newspaper, popular in the rural U.S. during much of the 20th century. It carried the subtitle “America’s Greatest Family Newspaper”. In the early 1930s, it targeted small town and rural families with 14 pages plus a fiction supplement. By 1932, it had a circulation of 425,000 in 48 states, and 83% of its circulation was in towns of fewer than 10,000 inhabitants. As a boy, I sold Grit and my customers were always glad to get it for its interesting content. While introducing such innovations as national newsboy delivery and direct mail, the publisher expanded his content to combine news, human interest articles, comic strips (sometimes filling ten pages), puzzles and serials in fiction supplements (“Grit Story Section”). Circulation reached 300,000 in 1916.

    My third attempt at teaching you something is FOX.  The Fox Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcast over-the-air television network that is a flagship property of the Fox Media Group, a subsidiary of Fox Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, as a competitor to the Big Three television networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC), Fox went on to become the most successful attempt at a fourth television network. It was the highest-rated free-to-air network in the 18–49 demographic from 2004 to 2012, and earned the position as the most-watched American television network in total viewership during the 2007–08 season…and I know that you have favored them in the past. So, that brings me to the present and your business, and political future, perhaps.

    The three illustrations tell me that from small acorns mighty oak trees grow, and it would be the same if you owned a newspaper, a TV station, and a radio station.  You have your favorites, and we know that because you’ve given them a shout-out from time to time.  The point is that if you own your own media, no one can tell you what to say, or cut you off or twist your words, right? You’re a business man, and you began running the government AS a business man and that probably ticked off a number of people. With a 24/7 platform and no filters or interference you can continue getting out the word as it SHOULD be. You might even want to sell stock in your media outlets to us patriots and, I for one, would buy. It’s just a suggestion from a guy that probably thinks too much because he has too much time on his hands.

    Larry Usoff, US Navy Retired

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge

    Image: Adapted from: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Donald Trump, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=56646275

    Larry Usoff, US Navy Retired. Articulate. Opinionated. Patriotic. Conservative. Cultured enough so that I can be taken almost anywhere. Makes no excuses for what I say or do, but takes responsibility for them. Duty. Honor. Country. E-mail me at: amafrog@att.net

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