This feature appears in the May ‘17 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.
The Second Amendment lost one of its biggest defenders recently when longtime journalist, talk show host and political commentator Mike McCarville passed away. For decades, Mike was a passionate supporter of our right to keep and bear arms, and a proud member of the NRA. His work in support of the Second Amendment earned him so many honors from the Oklahoma Rifle Association over the years that the organization eventually just named its media award after him (and yes, I’m proud to have my Mike McCarville Award in a place of honor in my home).
In the early days of “Cam & Co.,” Mike was a featured guest commentator, dispensing words of wisdom and common sense commentary with a gleam in his eye and a smile on his face. Before that, Mike was my program director and mentor at the news-talk station KTOK in Oklahoma City. I was lucky enough to spend hours with him each week learning the ins and outs of talk radio, but also learning about Oklahoma and national politics. Mike had been working in politics for about 30 years at that point, and the depth and breadth of his knowledge and insight was astounding. But Mike wouldn’t pontificate. Instead, he passed along this knowledge and wisdom in the form of stories he’d accumulated over the years. Mike was a natural storyteller, but what really connected him with his audience and guests was his innate curiosity and desire to hear their stories, and to amplify their voices.
That’s my driving motivation behind “Cam & Co.” as well—not to hear myself talk for three hours, but to hear and learn from our guests, whether it’s a member of Congress who’s introduced new Second Amendment legislation or a restaurant owner who welcomes legal gun owners into her establishment. Even though Mike’s voice has fallen silent, there’s a little bit of him in every “Cam & Co.”
Cam Edwards is the host of “Cam & Co.,” which airs live 2-5 p.m. EST on NRATV and midnight EST on SiriusXM Patriot 125. He lives with his family on a small farm near Farmville, Va. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @camedwards.