Longtime conservative radio show host Jerry Bader said he was fired Thursday for being critical of President Donald Trump. “It was made clear to me that the reason was the manner in which I covered President Trump,” Bader said. He said he was fired by officials from Wausau-based Midwest Communications, where he had been employed for 18 years. The station website called Bader “the most influential opinion maker in northeast Wisconsin.” Bader, who hosted a daily show on WTAQ in Green Bay, and other conservative talk radio show hosts in Wisconsin were critical of Trump’s demeanor and policies ahead of the spring primary in 2016 and since his election. Republican lawmakers often appeared on Bader’s show to promote policy positions and share their side of controversies. “I have always tried to tell what I believed is the truth and more recently to comport my behavior, on and off the air with my Christ-following faith, after I was saved in … [Read more...] about Conservative Wisconsin radio host says he was fired for being critical of Trump
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(AP Photo/Danny Johnston) The Mike Huckabee Show on a recent afternoon, you might have wondered if you tuned in to the wrong station. A voice (not Huckabee’s, to be sure) was laying out the case for legal abortion. Huckabee, a Baptist minister, former governor of Arkansas and runner-up in the 2008 Republican presidential primary, has repeatedly compared abortion to slavery. The voice belonged to Huckabee’s guest Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president. Conservative talk radio is not known for welcoming dissenting opinions, even from within the conservative tent, much less outside of it. So what did Huckabee say in response? “I respect that view,” Huckabee responded gently. He went on to say, of course, that he is “vigorously pro-life.” But when’s the last time you heard a conservative talk radio host say that he respects the pro-choice position? Mike Huckabee is an unusual creature in American politics: a civilized social … [Read more...] about Can Mike Huckabee Reinvent Conservative Talk Radio?
A talk radio host opening for Donald Trump used the racist “war whoop” gesture to make fun of Sen. Elizabeth Warren at a rally in Maine Wednesday. Howie Carr covered his mouth with his hand and removed it while making high-pitched noises in the motion popularized by depictions of American Indians in old Western films, Politico reported. “You know Elizabeth Warren, right?” Carr asked the cheering crowd before making the gesture at an event for the Republican presidential candidate in Bangor. The motion was captured on camera and posted to YouTube. The Democratic senator from Massachusetts, a vocal critic of Trump, has faced accusations by Republicans that she lied about having Cherokee heritage to get her former job as a Harvard University professor. Trump mocked her by calling her “Pocahontas” and said she is "very racist" earlier this week. Carr is a conservative Boston author and talk show host whose … [Read more...] about Talk radio host uses racist ‘war whoop’ gesture at Trump rally to make fun of Elizabeth Warren
Michael Savage returned to WABC (770 AM) Monday night and immediately expressed grave concern for the health of talk radio. Conservative talk radio, Savage said, has become “boring” because hosts spend whole shows recycling the same criticisms of President Obama. “You keep repeating, ‘Obama’s a socialist,’ ‘Obama’s a communist,’ ” said Savage. “It’s all true. But it becomes like a dirge. People tune out.” Savage sounded this warning Sunday night to conservative talk show host Aaron Klein on WABC, then explained it further on his own show Monday. For years Savage has interspersed politics with segments on places he has traveled and people he has met, or explanations of scientific issues, or stories from his childhood. For Monday’s show he did a segment on the Mayan apocalypse prophecy, musing, “If the world is really going to end on Dec. 21, how come the descendants of the Mayans are … [Read more...] about Michael Savage, back on WABC, warns conservative talk radio is becoming boring and predictable
Glenn Beck is taking his cause worldwide. The conservative talk show host said on his radio show on Monday that he was planning a "Restoring Courage" rally in Jerusalem. The rally, which is meant to take a stand against the two-state solution that would divide the holy city, would be modeled after Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C., last August that drew more than 80,000 people. Beck said he wasn't confident he could draw that many to Jerusalem - but thought the rally was important for a city that he claimed was the "center of our faith." The Fox host, who is Mormon, visited Israel last week. During the trip, he toured several sites including the tunnels under the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel newspaper Ha'aretz reported. "I believe I've been asked to stand in Jerusalem," he said. "Many in the history of man have had the opportunity to stand with the Jewish people...and they have failed." Beck said he would be there for the rally in August, even if only … [Read more...] about Glenn Beck’s next rally to be in Jerusalem, conservative talk show host announces
No political figure, with the possible exception of Bill Clinton, has offered a juicier target for conservative talk radio over the years than Sen. Edward Kennedy, and the fact he died Tuesday night was no reason to spoil all the fun. He even provided a final joke for WABC's Don Imus, who has long found endless material in Kennedy's speech, public behavior and girth. "Over the years, some pretty horrible things have been said on this program about Sen. Kennedy," said Imus. "I want you to know they were all written by [Imus sidekick] Charles McCord and spoken by [former show member] Larry Kenney. I was out getting cigarettes and had nothing to do with it." Not so modest was Rush Limbaugh of WABC, who began by noting Kennedy's reputation as "the lion of the Senate" and added, "We were his prey." Limbaugh said, "I'm a little uncomfortable going after Ted Kennedy today on matters of politics," but took a number of calls from listeners who weren't. Like other conservative … [Read more...] about Conservative talk radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck’s mixed response to Ted Kennedy death
The Rams are already the worst team in the NFL with a 14-game losing streak. And if Rush Limbaugh's group that is making a bid to buy the team wins out, they have the potential to get even worse. Just as Reggie White's signing as a free agent with the Packers in the first year of unrestricted free agency in 1993 helped revive them as he sent a signal to African-American players that Green Bay was a good place to live, Limbaugh's potential presence as the owner of the Rams has created a backlash from black players who claim they would never play for a team owned by him. Voting him in would be a mistake. Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka told the Daily News last week that comments made by Limbaugh, the highly-opinionated conservative radio host, are "flat-out racist." Kiwanuka and Bart Scott, the Jets linebacker, each said they would never play for a team owned by Limbaugh. "If he is a racist, that would be a problem," one NFL owner said. The comments Limbaugh made in his … [Read more...] about Letting conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh into the NFL would be a mistake
Rush Limbaugh remains the top dog in talk radio, says the influential trade magazine Talkers. The magazine has just released its annual "Heavy Hundred" list – a reference to influence, not weight, and it praises Limbaugh as "the most-listened-to talk host and more relevant culturally than ever." The top rungs of the list also confirm something that No. 2 talker, Sean Hannity, said on the eve of the 2008 Presidential election. "I don't think it would be good for the country if Barack Obama is elected President," Hannity said. "But I have to say it would be great for talk radio." Sixteen months later, the debate continues over Hannity's first point. There's no question he was right about the second one, because having a "bad guy" in the White House has sent a surge of electricity through the talk radio world. The top four talkers - Limbaugh, Hannity, Glenn Beck and Michael Savage – have all been non-stop, full-time critics of pretty much everything about Obama … [Read more...] about Rush Limbaugh named top talk radio host by influential trade mag; 9 of top 10 are anti-Obama
In case you blinked and missed it, Barack Obama's honeymoon with conservative talk radio ended while his acceptance speech was still hanging in the cool air of Grant Park. Anchoring the 1 a.m. shift Wednesday on WABC (770 AM), Bernard McGuirk said, "He wants to turn our country into the Socialist Republic of America." McGuirk also said, "The silver lining is that we've turned a huge corner regarding race." RELATED: CELEBRITIES, WORLD LEADERS PRAISE OBAMAHe wasn't alone in making it clear that talk radio - the most concentrated repository of conservative ideology among the media - sees the next four years as a reprise of the Clinton Wars of the 1990s. "The game," Rush Limbaugh said on WABC, "has begun... I am the doctor of democracy and today my waiting room is full... 40% of America last night knowingly voted for socialism." Limbaugh's callers were not so restrained. RELATED: DAY AFTER WIN, OBAMA WORKS PHONES TO BUILD CABINET"I saw those 500,000 Bolsheviks in [Grant Park] last … [Read more...] about Talk radio’s bittersweet election night: power lost, target gained
Of all the gifts the new Democratic-controlled government has given conservative talk radio, none has been more fun than the Fairness Doctrine. The funny thing is, President Obama says he's on the same side as conservative talk radio: He doesn't want the Fairness Doctrine, either. No matter. Just the fact that other Democrats have discussed it has talk hosts issuing urgent daily warnings that a reinstated Fairness Doctrine could kill talk radio as we know it. Yes, the Fairness Doctrine is a wonderful toy. We don't know how it could possibly work, or even exactly what it is, but it's already provided thousands of hours of enjoyment. The original Fairness Doctrine was formulated by the FCC in 1949. It stated that broadcast licensees who discussed controversial issues of public importance were required to give reasonable opportunity for the presentation of opposing viewpoints. In 1967, the FCC specified that if a person's "honesty, character or integrity" is attacked on the … [Read more...] about Fairness Doctrine a legitimate dispute or a nonissue on talk radio?