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Blast Off! With Johnny Rocket Episode #17: Disaster Relief! (W/ Brent DeRidder)

October 19, 2018


Show Summary: Want to make a difference?  It really is up to you! Listen to libertarian activist and philanthropist Brent DeRidder! Brent shares his vision in helping people in need, and how YOU the individual can make that difference! Brent believes we as people can make the change without the state, and wants to prove naysayers wrong. When our neighbors are in need; when there are homeless; when they are the hungry; when they are without, Brent will be there!  You cannot miss this amazing show! You can hear more at on our Patreon!

About The Guest:  He was raised on the southeastern coast of North Carolina in what was, at that time, a small fishing and tourist town. He grew up believing that being a good country boy meant being a Republican, but, it was his Republican father’s strong adherence to his own principles that turned him into an activist and the full support of his wife and four daughters that allows him to continue. He has worked in animal rescue as a shelter manager; he was a bank supervisor, a commercial fisherman, and a salesman and trainer.  It’s that experience as a sales trainer that he put to work for the liberty movement.

Aside from being the Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina, as well as working on several political and apolitical projects, He co-founded the Liberty Coalition for Disaster Relief. At LCDR we strive to answer the question that we’re so often asked, “If not government, who?” Our answer is “We will.” When our neighbors are in need; when they are homeless; when they are hungry; when they are without, we will.

About The Host: Johnny “Rocket” Adams was the creator and host of “The Johnny Rocket Launch Pad – Libertarian Rock n’ Roll Experience” and now “BLAST OFF with Johnny Rocket!” He’s also a musician, graphic artist, author, and former Chief Warrant Officer. Johnny spent his early days earning his stripes as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army. Back stateside, Johnny immersed himself in the classic works of Murray Rothbard, Henry Hazlitt, and Ludwig von Mises. From there the AnCap known as “Johnny Rocket” was born. Speaking truth to power from your cell phone tower, Johnny digests the philosophy of liberty and brings them to the man on the street on a weekly basis. Johnny Rocket was also the front-man of the rockabilly group “Hot Roddin’ Romeos” and puts pencil to paper with the critically acclaimed comic series “The Liberty Force.” New York Times best-selling author and podcast host Tom Woods calls Johnny Rocket “one of the most entertaining figures in the liberty movement.”


About the Co-Host: Raylene Lightheart is an activist in the libertarian movement.  She is a dedicated wife and homeschool mom of five.  She is passionate about self-ownership, free association community, and unfettered liberty.  Raylene is the director of marking and sales of Launchpad Media Group.

She is the assistant communications director for Libertarian Party of Washington State and also serves as Region 3 alternate. She also is on the board of Libertarian Party of Kitsap County and was awarded the 2018 Porcupine Award for LPWA.   As a child, Raylene dreamed of being in broadcasting.  When Johnny asked her to be the co-host for his new show, Blast Off! With Johnny Rocket she was thrilled to have the opportunity to advance liberty through education, outreach, and entertainment.

About Ground Control: Benjamin Wiegold is a fellow Libertarian, from the corrupt state of Illinois. Ben is the new producer, sound engineer, and editor of the Blast Off! With Johnny Rocket. Ben has also done work for the Mises Institute and numerous other publications. Ben is a musician, hardcore anarchist, and just an all-around cool dude! 

Host Website: or

Guest Website: Liberty Coalition For Disaster Relief

Music Provided By: 

The Go Getters - “MeXiGo!”

Johnny Mercury - “Hillbilly Rave-Up”

The Shivering Denizens - “Good Times At the Gates of Hell”

Joey Altruda - “The Big Payoff”


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Recorded At :

Johnny's Base One, Federal Way, Washington 98003.

Johnny uses the legendary Electrovoice RE-20 microphone, Top Of the Line Mogami cables, The industry standard DBX 286s, ART EQ355 Dual Channel 31-Band Equalizer, Focusrite Scarlet 6i6, and smokes “the sweet Turkish blend “of his Camel cigarettes.

Raylene uses a Rode Podcaster microphone. The RODE Podcaster makes high-quality computer recording easy

Blast Off! is pre-recorded, mixed, and mastered by Benjamin Wiegold. The theme song of "Blast Off! With Johnny Rocket “is "Roots Rock" Performed by Hot Rod Walt and Psycho DeVilles from the record Supercharger (2007) self-released at After Party song “Positivity” is from the record Kingston Cocktail (1997) by Joey Altruda released by Will Records.  The All-Nighter song is “Christy” and is from the record “Cocktails with Joey” (1995) by Joey Altruda released by Will records. Please visit to purchase Joey’s music. All songs used with permission from artists.