Rantel had planned to broadcast live from the College Republican Convention. When Norman told him that the convention was in danger, Rantel went into action. "It's up to the conservative alumni to tell that administration they don't have a right to stop these kids," Rantel told his audience. Within the hour, the UCLA administration began receiving angry phone calls from Rantel's listeners.
When Norman's Convention Team met with the UCLA administration the next day, the administrators told Norman that they had to do something to stop the stream of angry phone calls. "It was a huge motivating factor for them to come to the table and work with us," Norman explains. During the meeting, the administration knocked down the security costs from $17,000 to $325. The rooms that had been "given away" suddenly reappeared and were allotted for the convention.
But the College Republicans were still short the extra $4,000 they needed for the rooms. During their next appearance on Rantel's show, one caller donated $5,000; Dr. Laura Schlessinger also personally donated $2,000 to the College Republican cause. "Al Rantel's listeners responded. They did everything we needed. They called UCLA and pressured them, alumni threatened to stop donating money, and then, when we still needed a few thousand dollars to get this off the ground, they donated instantaneously," states Norman. "It was really an amazing groundswell of support on all levels."
The success of the Rantel-College Republican-conservative audience nexis bodes well for the future of free speech on campus. Talk radio has obviously had a major impact on conservative thought; the talk radio audience is highly motivated and exceedingly generous. College Republicans, meanwhile, have the energy, if not the money, to do serious damage to liberal dominance on campus.
Rantel explains the newfound power of the campus right succinctly: "The left likes to take it by force, through student fees and through taxes. We do it because we believe in it, we know it's right, and we do it voluntarily. That difference defines the difference between the two political philosophies."
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