Robert Pratt of the highly-rated radio show “Pratt On Texas”, brought his program to Wichita Falls, Texas today and was kind enough to sit down for an interview with Examiner today, Tuesday, August 18 before he went on air. He was preparing for his show with some blue ribbon guests including Judge Ray Wheelis and State Representative James Frank at Gunco Arms in Wichita Falls at 5 p.m. when he sat down and discussed political issues.
We held the interview at G&R Premium Cigars in downtown Wichita Falls before Pratt and his lovely wife Isabel headed out to set up for the show at Gunco Arms. Pratt confided that his wife is his partner in the business and her help is invaluable. He said she is very active in the two-person corporation. Five hours each day are spent on preparation for the two hours of air time which airs from 5-7 p.m. Monday through Friday on 1290 AM radio in Wichita Falls.
Pratt may be the best-prepared radio host in the country as he is a prodigious reader. He reads all of the Texas press every day before he goes on the air so he will be thoroughly prepared for his program. He concedes he doesn’t watch much of the news programs on television because he’s already read what they’re discussing on air beforehand.
Pratt is unabashedly proud of the State of Texas. He said he thinks with five Republican candidates having a connection to Texas, that the Lone Star State will have a huge influence on the presidential race this year. He said “forty or fifty years ago it would’ve been several candidates from New York or California. Now it’s Texas.”
He recalled as a 10-year old child listening to the popular Ed Busch Radio Show in Dallas. He smiled, saying, “The Communist Party chairman of the United States would call in on KRLD and brag about how great the wheat crop was in Russia that year. I would call in and rebut the Communist claim. I never told them I was only 10 years old. I would say how come the U.S. is exporting so much wheat to Russia if the Russian wheat crop is doing so well?”
He married the love of his life Isabel in 1995. Their 20th anniversary will be November of 2015.
He further said he was one of Rush Limbaugh’s original listeners. He said people would call into him and say “there’s this guy Rush Limbaugh who sounds like you.” Pratt said he worked to see that Limbaugh’s program was carried on the Lubbock radio station.
He said he calls his passion “Texana”. He explained that as being a passion for the state and the culture of it. On yesterday’s show he mentioned it was Davy Crockett’s birthday and alluded to his role in the Alamo.
He said the power of Texas is illustrated by the fact five candidates connected to the state are running for the nomination. He said he likes Texas Senator Ted Cruz who has stood up for his beliefs at cost to his career. Pratt also said he thought former Texas Governor Rick Perry was the best governor in the modern history of the state. The third Texan in the race is Carly Fiorina, former head of Hewlett Packard, who is from Austin.
Rand Paul was born in Texas, but his foreign policy causes many some concerns about what the U.S. role would be in the world if he wins. Paul appears to espouse a foreign policy reminiscent of the “isolationist” polices of decades ago before World War I1.
Pratt said, “I think the world needs a policeman. And I think the United States does a good job of that.”
Jeb Bush is the fifth candidate with roots in Texas, although he served as governor of Florida.
Looking ahead, Pratt said he thought 1/2 to 2/3 of the huge GOP field will probably still be in the running come Super Tuesday in March. He said that could favor Donald Trump if he stays popular. When asked to predict who the presidential nominees would be for either party, the veteran political observer declined.
He said, “It’s way too early to predict that. Too many things can happen. People can run out of money. Of course that’s not always fatal. McCain ran out of money and got nominated.”
Pratt’s own studio is in Lubbock although he covers Texas politics from Lubbock to Abilene to Wichita Falls to Austin and all across the Lone Star State. He said his whole purpose is to cover Texas politics, saying, “Texas politics is hardknuckle. It’s interesting. To me there’s nothing more interesting about Washington politics than the Texas political scene. I’ve turned down several offers to do shows at a national level, but I’d have to work for someone else then, and I enjoy working for myself.”
Pratt mentioned he had a nice conversation with State Senator Craig Estes at the G&S Cigar Shop today about the issue of sanctuary cities. He said he plans to have Estes on the show in the future to discuss the issue which has become a hot button area since an illegal alien murdered 31-year old Kate Steinle in San Francisco recently, which is a sanctuary city.
He said during the interview his career took a dramatic turning point when Robert Snyder of KFYO radio and he connected. He said Snyder and he share a passion for radio.
Pratt has found a niche for his program, concentrating on Texas politics rather than national politics. No one researches Texas politics more thoroughly than he does. Listeners can learn facts about Texas politics they can’t find anywhere else.
Rep. Drew Springer came on the show and said Texas needed a sanctuary city bill alluding to an incident in Laredo near the time of the San Francisco murder. Springer said he committed to supporting Senator Charles Perry’s sanctuary city bill. He also said he would support a sanctuary bill of Senator Craig Estes.
Pratt announced he was airing today from the town of the Littlest Skyscraper in Texas. The Littlest Skyscraper is so named because it was measured in inches rather than feet and appeared that way on the architects’ drawings. Mayor Glen Barham appeared on the show and discussed the economic situation in the city. Rep. James Franks appeared on the show and agreed there were some nice firearms at Gunco Arms located in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Frank announced he is running for re-election for his third term as representative from Wichita Falls. Frank said he was enjoying the job and feels like he now has the ability to really make things happen in his third session.
Pratt said, “It takes awhile to get something done doesn’t it in Austin?”
Frank said there are 8500 people in the Health and Human Services Department alone and a multitude of foster kids. He further said it takes awhile to learn all the intricacies of the government bureaucracy.
Frank also said that cities who run out of water should not be out there all alone. He wants to do something to alleviate the water shortage problem. He said Wichita Falls provides most of the water in the district and he wants to look at interregional co-operation on this issue.
Pratt and his partner Isobel present a whole new perspective on Texas politics on 1290 AM radio from 5 until 7 p.m. daily in Wichita Falls. Anyone interested in politics in the Lone Star State will enjoy tuning in to receive information not provided on the national news networks.
Further information can be found at Pratt’s website www.PrattonTexas.com.