Brewtown Politico

Carrying a little stick and speaking loudly in Milwaukee


I'm starting an online petition to bring liberal talk radio to Milwaukee. It's way past time that the rest of us have a broadcast outlet for our point of view in this city.

I've really had it with local talk radio to the point where I can't listen to much of any of it anymore since there's no response to the one side that's getting airplay. On WTMJ, You've got Charlie Sykes in the morning who doesn't seem like he believes half the crap he spews into the airwaves. In the afternoon, Jeff Wagner is the conservative talk show host for those who have a hard time with conflict. Then you have Jonathan Green in the afternoon which is just terrible radio. Hello, let's have three hours of commercials, interwoven with hacky right-wing jokes by a washed up radio guy. My guess is most people tune in to see how bad traffic is.

Mark Belling over on WISN is the conservative talk show host for the true believer. With the benefit of having his show begin immediately following Rush Limbaugh, Belling preaches to the converted but doesn't hesitate to eat his own when need be. He can actually be entertaining if you can get past how wrong he is on most everything.

There you have it. Milwaukee talk radio, all conservative all the time except when they're doing sports, although I do like the local sports talk on WAUK in particular.

Since we're dealing with the fact that Republicans control the entire federal government, and many state governments (including our own state legislature), it's time for another voice to be heard. I'd encourage conservatives to sign the petition as well. If you truly believe your way is the correct way, and that given all the information people will choose conservatism over liberalism, what are you afraid of?


At 3/16/2005 09:17:00 AM, Blogger Craig said...

I agree. And I think it's only fair that you give equal rights to talk radio. I'm sick of hearing people say "you gotta be kidding, there's going to be a liberal talk show? how stupid is this" all the time. I'd like to know why they think it's their turf..

At 3/16/2005 12:39:00 PM, Blogger cambridgeJason said...

Naysayers of liberal radio should really take a hard look at the success of Air America before displaying such ignorance. These are the same people who predicted gloom and doom from inception of this network. I wonder how they would explain this?

Good luck with your efforts. Liberal radio in Milwaukee is inevitable.

At 3/16/2005 04:19:00 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Since Milwaukee is a smaller radio market (#31 in the country as I recall), I'm not surprised that we're slow to pick up on new trends and formats. I'm just trying to nudge us along the way.

Pass the URL of the petition along to your friends.


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