You may remember June 18, 2008, as the day the city of Florence, Italy revoked the 700-year exile of poet Dante Alighieri for his differing political views at the time.

But it was also the day that a small radio show in sleepy Sanford, North Carolina made its debut. At 8 a.m. in the radio studio at Central Carolina Community College, The Rant was born.

Created initially as a way for The Sanford Herald and editors/reporters Billy Liggett, Gordon Anderson and Jonathan Owens to present and discuss local news on another medium, The Rant enjoyed a three-year run on WDCC 90.5 FM through 2011 and returned for a few months in 2013 before its unceremonious banishment at the hands of a meddling former state representative.

In that time, The Rant combined local commentary with occasionally funny sketch comedy and interviews with local newsmakers. One time it gave away tickets to a Coldplay concert, and another time it conjured the spirit of a long-dead Civil War veteran.

The show’s sudden death led to the creation of the website you’re reading today, right now, likely at home nude or at work semi-nude. Rantnc.com launched in January 2014 as an extension of the radio show, and we’re thrilled to say we have big news to share in the coming weeks.

The Rant is growing, like most 7-year-olds tend to do. We’re excited about what’s to come, and double excited about puberty in the next five or six years.

Billy Liggett