A former Capitol Hill pro is going from being a congressman’s mouthpiece to chatting it up as host of a new talk show.
“I’m probably the first Hill staffer-turned-talk show host,” Matthew Faraci told ITK. The D.C. vet is now the man behind the weekly “Frankly Faraci,” debuting later this month on subscription-based streaming service the Dove Channel, which features Christian and family-friendly programming.
“The idea of the show, very simply, is to interview famous people who are doing good in the world — and their faith is really a bedrock of why they’re doing that,” Faraci said.
The first episode, premiering March 21, includes an interview with The Piano Guys. The music group, which enjoys a hefty fan following, was among the acts that performed in President Trump’s inauguration celebrations.
Future episodes include interviews with the sketch comedy group Studio C, Family Goals founders Bryan and Diane Schwartz, YouTube stars Daniel and Lincoln Markham and hip-hop artist Propaganda.
Before leaving the Capitol in 2007, Faraci used to work as press secretary for former Rep. John Hostettler (R-Ind.) and as spokesman for former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, who now serves Trump’s Transportation secretary. He wants to get back to his Washington roots on the show.
“Having worked in D.C. for so long, I got to know people who definitely were the stereotype of the typical politician — no question. But I got to know some other people who really believe in what they’re doing. They want to make the country better,” Faraci said. “That’s really where their heart is, and they’re really good people. So I want to tell their stories as well.”
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“The reason is because if you take his Speaker of the House role away — which of course is very difficult to not factor in — but he’s a dad; he cares very much about his faith; he cares very much about his family; he cares very much about where he comes from in Wisconsin,” Faraci said of Ryan. “He’s exactly the kind of person I’d like to sit down with and not really talk about political issues, just talk about who is Paul Ryan as a guy.”
The 41-year-old father of four, now based in Los Angeles, says it’s possible to “sit down and have a conversation” with lawmakers about more than just the political mudslinging going on in Congress. A former producer on the long-running Washington public affairs show “The McLaughlin Group” and president of the marketing agency Inspire Buzz, Faraci said he wants to “change people’s perceptions” about the faith community.
He said he’s also aiming to create “something that the whole family can watch together, because there isn’t enough of that kind of programming. I want people to be inspired.”