These days, there is too little progressive radio, and even less progressive radio in the Evjue tradition. But the loyal listeners to John “Sly” Sylvester’s WTDY morning show heard an echo of Evjue. No, there was nothing of the publisher’s stiff Norwegian style in Sly’s rollicking one. But Sly drew from the same well of progressive idealism (and anger) as Evjue. Sly railed against Scott Walker from Day One of the Wisconsin uprising, sided unapologetically with organized labor and declared: “I don’t want a tax break. I want to pay my taxes and I want those taxes to pay for great public schools and great public services.”
Evjue would have appreciated that last line, just as thousands of Sly’s listeners did as he uttered variations on that theme over 15 years.
Sure, Sly often extended his remarks from “comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable” to flat-out condemning crony capitalists and crooked candidates. Everyone who listened to Sly took offense at one time or another.
Every guest (including this writer) disagreed with him sometimes. But Wisconsinites recognized that Sly’s anger was motivated by a rage at injustice and dishonesty. And they loved him for that, giving his show solid ratings and a loyal listenership that advertisers craved.
When those listeners tuned in the morning after Thanksgiving, however, they did not hear Sly raging against Walmart and demanding that Wisconsinites “buy local on Black Friday.” Station management pulled the plug on Sly and the news department. In so doing, they created a serious information void.
Hopefully this void will be filled by the reappearance of Sly’s morning show on another, more wisely managed station. The Wisconsin progressive populist tradition remains vibrant and popular, as the Nov. 6 election results remind us. It should continue to have a bold radio voice shouting “Hello Wisconsin” every morning.
Hey Mike… if you want to listen to Sly’s bigoted drivel, then pay for it. Evidently, not enough people are listening to pay for your hobby shock jock.
Ah yes… arbitrary rule… love it.
According to the New York Times, the administration—faced with the possibility that President Obama might lose the 2012 election to Mitt Romney—“accelerated work in the weeks before the election to develop explicit rules for the targeted killing of terrorists by unmanned drones, so that a new president would inherit clear standards and procedures.”
Until now, President Obama has had the “final moral calculation” overseeing the “kill list,” the existence of which was first revealed in May in the wake of a drone strike that killed an al-Qaida leader.
You see, if there aren’t any clear guidlines, nobody can hold you to account for breaking them. See: Obamacare.