Back in January, 1995, Tom Gresham was attending the SHOT Show,
the huge annual trade show for the firearms industry, when a casual conversation
lead to the idea of a radio talk show about guns. Only six weeks later he was on
the air, being beamed to three satellites and 20 radio stations.
A radio industry consultant told Tom the show
would be lucky to be carried on 35 stations after two years, if it could
stay on the air that long. He didn't know Tom ... or how many gun owners
there are in the U.S. (there's a gun in half the homes in the country.)
With a goal of placing the show on 50 affiliates in 12 months, Tom started
working -- putting in 12 to 16 hours a day, calling radio stations all over
the country. When the 12-month mark passed, Tom Gresham's Gun Talk
was running on more than 80 radio stations, Tom had been named the 1996 Shooting
Sports Writer of the Year, and was included in Talkers Magazine's list of The 100
Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts In America.
On Tom Gresham's Gun Talk, listeners soon learn three things about
the show and guns: Safety, personal responsibility, and common courtesy. Other than
that, Tom will talk about anything having to do with guns -- particular firearms,
ammunition, different types of recreational and competitive shooting, hunting,
even politics. And listeners don't have to agree with the host to participate
and be treated politely.
Guests also join Tom…from shooters to gun, accessory, and reloading manufacturers
to training specialists to political activists to the occasional gun-savvy celebrity.
Tom also takes plenty of time to talk with listeners.
Their views, advice and questions are the driving force of the show.
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Tom Gresham's entire life has prepared him to be the host of Gun Talk.
Tom has been shooting since the age of six, deer hunting since 11,
and at the age of 13 he was taking photographs for the best selling
book The Complete Book of Bass Fishing, written by his father, Grits Gresham.
By the time he was 18, Tom was co-author (with his famous father) of a
syndicated newspaper column. At 23, he was the editor of Southern Outdoors Magazine.
Other outdoor magazines he has edited include American Hunter, Alaska, Handloader,
and Rifle. Tom also has written several books, including Weatherby: The Man, The Gun, The Legend.
Tom lives in North-Central Louisiana, and from there he travels the country to tape
television shows, visit gun factories, and venture out on great hunting trips,
often flying his own plane.