FAQ

What is Free Speech TV?

Free Speech TV is a national, independent news network committed to advancing progressive social change. As the alternative to television networks owned by billionaires, governments and corporations, our network amplifies underrepresented voices and those working on the front lines of social, economic and environmental justice.

How can I watch Free Speech TV?

Free Speech TV is available on Dish 9415, DIRECTV 348, ROKU, Apple TV, iOS, Sling TV, and streaming online 24/7 at freespeech.org.

Is FSTV on social media?

Yes! Our official social media pages are active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Where can I find your programming schedule?

The FSTV schedule is available online.

Where is Free Speech TV located?

Our home office is located in Denver, Colorado.

If you would like to contact us via mail or send our hosts something please send it here:

Free Speech TV

PO Box 44099

Denver CO 80204

As a 24/7 national news network, you must have a large staff?

Actually our staff is small, mighty and very passionate, standing strong at 17 full-time employees.

Programming

How do I submit programming and/or news tips to Free Speech TV?

FSTV welcomes mission- and value-aligned submissions. To submit content please email [email protected]

Does FSTV offer closed-captioning and subtitles?

Free Speech TV does not currently provide closed-captioning or subtitles. There is a substantial expense associated with this and we do not have the funds. We are deeply saddened that we are unable to provide this service for our hearing impaired viewers. We are actively seeking a grant or charitable donation to enable us to provide this in the future.

How do I call into the Thom Hartmann Program?

The Thom Hartmann Program hotline is open during the live broadcast of the program only. The number to call is 202.808.9925.

How do I call into the Stephanie Miller Show?

The Stephanie Miller Show hotline is open during the live broadcast only. The number to call is 323.468.1135.

Technical

Noticing outages or audio issues on Dish or DirecTV?

Please contact [email protected].

Experiencing technical difficulties on any Apple TV, Sling TV or freespeech.org?

Please contact [email protected].

Experiencing technical difficulties on any of or Apps?  Roku, iOS, or Amazon Fire? Visit our troubleshooting page.  Still not working? 

Please contact [email protected].

I’m watching on my local cable station and experiencing technical difficulties or have questions regarding the programming schedule. Who should I contact?

Please contact your local station directly.

I’m watching FSTV on my Roku and I saw an advertisement when I loaded the livestream or episode on-demand. What’s up with that?

In order to become available to larger audiences, we are expanding to new broadcast and digital platforms like Apple TV and Sling TV. Some of those platforms, including Roku, require networks to accept a limited form of on-screen advertising. Because of that new requirement, video or still ads may appear on your screen when loading Free Speech TV on your Roku device. We have a dedicated feedback page for viewers to share their thoughts or concerns about this change, and invite you to make your voice heard through this form.

Donations

I want to make a donation, but I don’t want to use my credit card online. Is there another way?
Yes! You can call our call center at 877-378-8669 to make a secure donation over the phone. You can also send a check to PO Box 44099, Denver, CO 80201. It’s best not to send cash in the mail. 

When I make a charitable contribution to Free Speech TV, is that contribution tax-deductible?
Absolutely! Free Speech TV qualifies for 501(c)(3) non-profit status from the IRS. Tax ID number: 51-0173482. All contributions are tax-deductible as allowable by law.

Do I need to itemize my tax return to get a deduction for charitable giving?
Yes, you do. Donations are only tax-deductible if you itemize deductions on your tax return. When you file your taxes, you’ll need to itemize your donations on the Schedule A of the 1040 form.

When I donate, will I get a receipt?
When you donate through the Free Speech TV website or our call center, you will receive an automated confirmation e-mail that serves as your donation receipt. If you do not have an e-mail address on file with us, you may request a paper donation receipt by calling 303.442.8445. Select option 2 and leave a message with your request, and we’ll mail your receipt to you ASAP. If we have your email on file, we’ll also send you a complete list of your donations at the end of the year.  

I’d like to support Free Speech TV more than just once or twice a year. How can I help?

One of the best ways you can support FSTV year-round is by joining the Sustaining Donor Community and committing to making monthly donations. These regular gifts help us plan for the future. You can sign up at freespeech.org by calling 877-378-8669. Any amount helps! Monthly donations remain active until you request they be canceled. 

Another really important way you can support FSTV year-round is by telling others about the network! 

I’m a Sustaining Donor, and I received an email asking me to update my payment information. What do I do now?
Thank you for keeping your donation information up-to-date! You have a few options. You can call our donation specialists at 877-378-8669 to update your payment method over the phone. You can also email us at [email protected] and let us know a good time to reach out to you. Or if you know your monthly donation was canceled already due to a payment issue, you can restart it online by clicking here.

I’m a Sustaining Donor, and I’d like to change or cancel my monthly donation. How do I do that?
If you wish to increase, decrease or cancel your automatic monthly donations, we ask that you please contact us directly for security purposes. Please be sure to include your full name, mailing address, and reason for canceling. You can send this information directly to our Development team at [email protected]. You can also call us and speak directly to one of our donation specialists at 877-378-8669.

If you need to cancel your monthly donation, we’d really appreciate feedback. You can fill out our community survey here. It only takes a minute or two.

How do I order a free thank-you gift for my donation?
You can order a thank-you gift through our online store at freespeech.org/donate or by calling 877-378-8669 and speaking with a donation specialist. Please note thank-you gifts are only available during our quarterly pledge drives. We appreciate your support during these essential fundraising times. 

When will I receive my free thank-you gift?

Most gifts are mailed using the US Postal Service to support this essential service in our country. Mail times vary depending on the time of year. Most items are shipped within one to two weeks of your donation date. If it has been 8 weeks or more since you made your donation and you have yet to receive your requested gift, please contact us at [email protected] or by calling 877-378-8669.

I’ve heard about the Frontline Funders Circle. What is this? How do I become a Frontline Funder?
The Frontline Funders Circle consists of individuals who inspire FSTV viewers to give during pledge drives by contributing $1,000 or more for a gift match or challenge. Frontline Funders also have the opportunity to be quoted on-air and receive other exclusive perks. Contact Lauren Anderson, Major Gifts Officer, for more information or to become a Frontline Funder.

I’m interested in including Free Speech TV in my will or other estate planning. How do I do that?

Estate planning isn’t only for the super-wealthy! Naming Free Speech TV as a beneficiary in your life insurance plan, IRA or other retirement plan is a great way to leave a legacy and ensure that FSTV is sustained beyond your lifetime. Many supporters choose to name FSTV in their will or living trust, as it is an easy way to make a lasting impact. Contact Lauren Anderson, Major Gifts Officer, for more information or to make your legacy commitment.

How do I donate my old car? Can you take other types of vehicles, too?

Free Speech TV works with a third party organization called Vehicles for Charity. After contacting them, they will arrange the pickup and auctioning off of the vehicle. They are able to pick up from most destinations in the US. Whether it be an old truck, boat, motorcycle, trailer, or car, as long as the vehicle fits on a flatbed truck, they will take it. All you need to schedule the pick-up are the keys, mileage, and a clean title. After the vehicle is auctioned off, you will receive a letter in the mail with the amount given to Free Speech TV. For pickup and any other questions, please contact Vehicles for Charity at 1-866-628-2277.   

I’m interested in meeting one of FSTV’s hosts. Is that possible?
Many of our daily hosts offer both in-person and virtual meet & greet options. If you are interested in meeting Thom Hartmann, Stephanie Miller, Amy Goodman, Lisa Garr, or Randi Rhodes, you may be able to! During the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, we are only offering virtual meet & greets, but you can go ahead and get on the waiting list for in-person meet & greets when conditions allow us to resume in-person events.

To sign up for a virtual meet & greet, please give us a call at 877-378-8669. Virtual Meet & greets are offered for donations of $240 or more. Currently, these hosts are offering virtual events: Thom Hartmann, Lisa Garr

To be added to the waiting list for an in-person meet & greet, please give us a call at the same number to request to be added to the list. In-person meet & greets are offered for donations of $1,000 or more. Currently, these hosts are taking reservations for in-person events: Thom Hartmann, Lisa Garr, Stephanie Miller, Randi Rhodes

 

Does FSTV offer closed-captioning and subtitles? 

Free Speech TV does not currently provide closed-captioning or subtitles. There is a substantial expense associated with this and we do not have the funds. We are deeply saddened that we are unable to provide this service for our viewers. We are actively seeking a grant or charitable donation to enable us to provide this in the future. 

 

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