Rock DJ Earns Friend of Liberty Award
by Ari Armstrong
[The following article originally appeared in the June/July 2001 edition of Colorado Liberty.]
Gregg Stone earned the Colorado Libertarian Party's "Friend of Liberty" award for the year 2000. Stone brought public attention to the so-called Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act, which would have allowed secret searches without a warrant and eroded the freedom of speech.
Stone is a rock DJ on KBPI 106.7FM. His radio name is "Uncle Nasty," though Libertarians have taken to calling him "Uncle Liberty" because of his views. Acting State Chair BetteRose Smith presented Stone with the award on May 8 at the radio station. She read the announcement on the air. Stone added, "I'd like to share this award with Joe Johnson," who forwarded information about the bill from the nation LP.
Partly because of Stone's efforts, congresspersons such as Diana DeGette were deluged with phone calls and other correspondence from constituents. Stone interviewed Libertarian Presidential Candidate Harry Browne about the issue on the air. (He blends short interview segments with rock songs.) Stone also invited local Libertarians on his show to discuss election events.
Stone has actively promoted other libertarian ideas. He has been an ardent critic of drug prohibition and a champion of medical marijuana. He has also criticized oppressive, complicated taxes. He has viewed victim disarmament laws with skepticism. He advocated the civil rights of homosexuals following the murder in Wyoming.
The Friend of Liberty award is given annually to a person outside the Libertarian Party who has taken a specific action to support freedom. Johnson said, "I can't think of anyone who deserves this award more than Gregg Stone. Because of his tireless efforts, we stopped a bill that would have had disastrous consequences for our rights. It's rewarding to flip on a popular rock radio station and hear the ideas of liberty."