Alan Berg

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Alan Berg was a liberal Jewish talk radio host in Denver, Colorado who broadcast his program on KOA 850 AM. The station's powerful signal allowed listeners in over thirty of the United States to hear Berg's opinions on gun control, homosexuality, religion and other controversial topics. Berg had a dedicated audience, and was known for his often abrasive, confrontational debates with those who telephoned his program.

On June 18, 1984, Berg was gunned down in the driveway of his home by three members of The Order, a white supremacist group. Ten men were convicted of involvement in the murder.

The events were later dramatized in multiple ways. Eric Bogosian adapted the story of Berg's death into a play, Talk Radio, later filmed by Oliver Stone. Berg's murder, or assassination, and the consequent trial form the core of Steven Dietz's 1988 play God's Country.

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