An Interview with Glen from Prepper Broadcasting
Born in California Walter “Glen” Martin was raised at the base of the Strawberry Mountains and later near the Cascade Mountain range of Oregon. He spent his youth as an avid hunter and fisherman. Knowing well how to live off the land it was not uncommon for Glen to head up into the mountains often alone on a hunting or fishing trip with little more than his rifle or fishing pole. After college where he earned his degrees in architecture and mechanical drafting, Glen spent the next 30 years in several western states and Alaska as a design consultant. Now living in the mountains of Northern Idaho with his fiancé Glen has settled into an off-grid lifestyle where he owns and operates PrepperBroadcasting.com a 24/7 internet radio station broadcasting over 50 “How To” shows devoted to self-reliance and independence. When not at his desk you may or may not find Glen exploring somewhere in the mountains of Northern Idaho.
Glen took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for The Real Survivalists.
Tell us about Prepper Broadcasting
Prepper Broadcasting started out with two other podcasters and me as a producer from another network. Things were not going well internally in the former network and when approached by the two about starting a new network I agreed. However, I wanted to do things a little differently having nightly live shows as well as rebroadcasting other top podcasters in the prepper/survival genre.
I had big ambitions to create a 24/7 internet radio station that had the best in hosts providing information to help us all be better prepared, and a little more self-reliant. It was a challenge in logistics and took a few years to build but we have been broadcasting now for over 7 years, 24/7 with over 45 of the best most informative shows that can be found anywhere.
We have fun as well with the chat room during live broadcasts where visitors may pose questions to the hosts while sharing with each other. Late night, from just before midnight until around 4:00 am. we broadcast some old-time radio programs from the 50s–60s like The Lone Ranger, Have Gun Will Travel, F.B.I. stories, Dragnet, Suspense, and other horror tales. If it was all prepping and survival it wouldn’t be any fun.
What made you start prepping?
I’m almost 60 years old now and grew up in a family that practiced prepping before the word was invented. When I finished college I hit the workforce like anyone else. I was a design consultant for new and remodel commercial projects in several western and central states, mostly in larger metro areas. About the time I became bored and wanted to do something different my son suggested I help him with his website and forum, American Preppers Network. It sounded interesting and I thought I’d give it a go. I had no idea of the number of people interested in learning that which I took for granted, I was hooked and have been involved with the prepper community since then.
I now live off-grid in the mountains of Northern Idaho where I hunt, fish, and garden. Unlike life before electricity was discovered I do have the luxury of solar power. However, in a never-ending battle to conserve I cook most meals over a fire, wash in the homemade shower I’ve constructed outside and forage among other things. During winter when the solar panels see less light I rely more on other sources of light when needed such as candles or pitch. There is no television and not much communication with others so when I’m not cutting firewood or other chores around the cabin I’m in the mountains. I do read a lot and write.
What do you think is the biggest threat to us currently? What should we all be preparing for?
The biggest threat I see facing the United States right now is an unsustainable economy. The U. S. is broke and cannot pay its debts. When the collapse comes we will be thrown into another depression that will make the first look like a bad weekend. The government, at federal, state and local levels will be overwhelmed and fail. Those who are not prepared will suffer greatly, especially those in larger metropolitan areas. People will learn of the atrocities others will commit in order to feed themselves or their families. Even many of those that plan for such an event will not survive but those who do not plan at all, who believe that some intervention will step in and help them through may sooner hold back the tide.
Tell us about your book – What made you want to put your knowledge into a book for people to read?
Preppers Survival Navigation is wilderness navigation foremost, but a whole lot more. When I was first approached by the publisher about writing a book on land navigation I was apprehensive. There’s much more to land navigation than just knowing how to read a map and compass, that’s the easy part. The awareness and understanding of your surroundings, your physical abilities, where you are, whether it’s winter or spring, day or night, how you walk or hike, your pace count, and speed all go hand and hand with your map and compass while navigating.
We all know the best planning in the world cannot account for the unexpected. In wanting to cover those unfortunate mishaps that could occur on any outing or family vacation I pitched my plan to the publisher who was immediately on board with the idea. So the book contains several other chapters including how to build different types of emergency shelters, cold weather or winter survival skills, signaling for help, fire craft, survival medicine, even what to do and what not to do when you know you are lost.
As I learned with the radio station, Prepper Broadcasting, sharing information can be the hardest, least profitable for time spent, but sharing what you know brings the most rewarding and gratifying results. I’m a big believer that knowledge is power. Enough money may buy you what you need but when the money runs out or becomes worthless then what you have left is what you know.
What piece of kit or skill should all preppers know to give them the biggest chance of survival after a shtf event?
This is a tough question as what I would recommend for someone living in the mountains would be different than that person living in the country let alone the city. My first thought given any of those situations would be having the skill to barter and the items to barter with. A skill that would seem trivial or even absurd now could make a person a very valuable asset in an SHTF situation. An example might be, such as in my case someone with navigation skills, medical knowledge, or a blacksmith, procuring the food to tanning hides, as well for women or knowing how to mend clothes or preserve food. Assuming money is not option alcohol and tobacco would be profitable barter items. There will always be those with their vices or the want to splurge. It’s a bit of a trick but to think about what is easily available now, costs little, that becomes a much greater value when it is no longer available or becomes out of reach for most, this is what you want to have among your other stores.
What is next for Prepper Broadcasting?
We are looking to expand our reach and make available all our shows through broadband in the near future. When, or if the grid should ever fail we will be on the air providing the shows, news, and other information our listeners want. The initial expense is great to make this happen but we have high hopes. And of course, we are always on the lookout for new and different shows.
What is one piece of advice you would give to people about the future?
The future is not written, you make the future, do your part to make it a good one.
What is your favorite survival/preparedness quote?
This is my favorite and yes it’s mine… as far as I know. “In order to survive, you must know, in order to know you must learn, in order to learn you must practice”.
There was a huge amount of information shared in this interview. Glen was very generous in the amount of knowledge and experience he shared with The Real Survivalists. His book can be bought here
Thank you to Glen and there will be more interviews with experts coming very soon….