Say goodbye to the Radio Sly-mer

I am no fan of radio hosts who get mean and personal. So I shed no tears for the Radio Sly-mer, who was this afternoon fired from WTDY-AM 1670 after 15 years.

There’s new management at Midwest Family Radio; the Sly-mer’s longtime protector, Tom Walker, retired a few months ago. Reportedly, the station is going all sports with the CBS sports package, which includes talker Jim Rome.

I call him the Sly-mer because he was a name-caller and seemed to have an unhealthy obsession with rival radio talker Vicki McKenna, to the point of giving out her home address and picketing her speaking engagements.

I call him the Sly-mer because he did things like call then-Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice an Aunt Jemima. He suggested that Wisconsin’s lieutenant governor performed sexual favors to win election, rejoiced at her diagnosis of cancer, and made fun of her children. These are just a few examples, all reported in the mainstream news media.

The man’s program ran weekday mornings from 6 to 10. He billed himself as the tribune of progressivism, and posed as more labor union than Samuel Gompers. Regular on-air guests included One Scot Ross, Comrade John Nichols, star-crossed AFSCME leader Marty Beil, Democratic Party spokesmouth Graeme Zielinski, and the Crying Man from the Siege of the Capitol.

The station’s website this afternoon carried only an anodyne holiday greeting. The Sly-mer’s Facebook page carried this message:

I just want to inform you that today was my last day of employment at WTDY. After 15 years, I was told that my services were no longer needed. I would like to thank everybody that’s supported my program. It’s been a pleasure to share this wonderful experience with you. I need to take a big deep breath this weekend and figure out what my future plans are. But, old Winter Soldiers NEVER DIE, and I look forward to letting you know what lies ahead. Solidarity!

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