I flipped on the radio this morning to get a weather report concerning the snow and heard Madison’s most repulsive radio talk show host, ‘Sly’, talking about how his bowel movement might look had he eaten Mexican food.
How did I find this rot on the radio you ask? Let me assure you I was not seeking out ‘Sly’, instead, I was just scanning stations to get a fast weather report.
I gave up listening to Madison’s “Sly In The Morning” on WTDY back when Mayor Sue Bauman was in office. I could not get over how low-brow and mean, and even sexist his comments could be about the Mayor. No matter the issue he seemed to only relish controversy, but never proved much of a lamplighter of ideas for the many hours he was on the air. Sadly, that is the case with many talk stations and their on-air ‘personalities’ in radio land. As such during the past years, I was listening to WIBA for local morning news and weather.
I came back to WTDY this past spring during the Lake Delton story, as I thought that radio station was doing great coverage of this amazing story. As such I started listening to Glenn Gardner in the morning for local affairs, and if the talk show topic was interesting, I stuck around for a while. Gardner had a radio personality that seemed genuine and used the airwaves as if he respected those who tuned in. That I think is important to many of us listeners.
Recently everything changed, and Gardner was replaced by the obnoxious ‘Sly’ who had been doing a mid-day air-shift on WTDY. Last week his comments about Patty Lowe were enough to make me turn him off, but after his bathroom comments today I removed the pre-set for WTDY from both radio’s in the house. The car is next on the list.
Look, it is really simple to me.
I expect radio personalities to be like my guests in the house. I like good talk, humor, and spirited conversation with ideas that conflict with mine. But I do not want, and will not tolerate, the most base of shock-jock type rancid talk just because some radio station has an itch for a rating. I wish to be thought of as a listener that deserves respect, rather than just a notation in a rating book.
Bye, bye WTDY.