Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro’s explosive podcast will become a syndicated radio show in top markets across the country, broadcaster Westwood One announced Thursday.
Shapiro has become the leading voice for young conservatives by touring the nation’s colleges and universities delivering smackdowns to young liberals. His podcast has had more than 500 episodes and is published every weekday, though it’s unclear whether the syndicated version will follow the same schedule, Politico reported. His show will air in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Washington, D.C..
“If I’m known as the up-and-coming young conservative, at a certain point I’m going to age out of that, right? I can’t be 34 my entire life,” Shapiro said. “Being in a place where I’m seen as a leading voice of conservatism generally, not just for young conservatives is certainly something I’d like.”
Shapiro also serves as the editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire. He said he doesn’t yet see himself as a direct competitor with personalities like Rush Limbaugh, but he hopes to expand the show to other markets and eventually break into older conservative crowds.
Shapiro’s recent appearances at universities in Minnesota and California have been fraught with controversy, requiring hundreds of police officers to keep angry protesters from crashing his events. The University of California, Berkeley ended up spending $600,000 to ensure the protests didn’t turn into riots.
“The university is the worst because you actually have professors actively promulgating a nasty politics that suggests that anyone who disagrees with them is a Nazi,” Shapiro told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Hollywood is bad because you have a bunch of ignoramuses who don’t know anything about politics and so reflect the dumb bumper sticker of what they see at the universities. And then the media is bad because they don’t even recognize their own bias while they’re doing all of these things.”
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