About Contributing Author John Mill
John Mill is the radio persona of writer Ronald Bruce Meyer. Meyer is an American radio broadcaster, actor, and small businessman, who contributes the “Week in Freethought History” and an occasional “Reflection.” Born in Baltimore, Meyer received his education almost entirely from public school, which he believes is the foundation of a democratic republic, just as he believes religion is the death of democracy.
Meyer graduated from Towson High School in 1972, then graduated theater and public speaking at Baltimore County Community College-Essex in 1975. He earned two degrees at the University of Maryland, in the Washington, DC, suburbs: a BA in broadcasting in 1977 and an MA in government and politics in 1989.
In addition to voice-over work from 1975 to today, Meyer narrated about 100 books on tape for the Library of Congress program for the blind from 1989-1995. Meyer worked at several commercial broadcast radio stations over the years in a variety of formats: easy listening, country, pop/rock and classical.
Meyer began with FreethoughtRadio.com in early 2003, creating and recording (in collaboration with Freethought Radio founder Don Souza) the “Freethought Almanac,” a series of 365 days to remember in the history of Freethought. It was at Freethought Radio that Meyer created his alter ego, John Mill.
In the summer of 2005, Meyer first met RJ Evans, creator of Shocknet Radio and host of the “American Heathen”® show, when a gaggle of Freethought Radio announcers gathered in Virginia Beach to produce a 5th Anniversary show with retiring founder Don Souza. It was almost five years later that Meyer and Evans rediscovered each other and collaborated on the creation of “Reflections with John Mill” and “This Week in Freethought History.” The text of Meyer’s writings for Freethought Radio and “American Heathen” can be found (sometimes revised, updated and expanded) at Meyer’s blog, FreethoughtAlmanac.com.
Although he has had grave doubts about religion and God since a teenager, Ronald Bruce Meyer is an atheist and a materialist, and has been since his deconversion in the summer of 1971.