GREEN BAY – Conservative radio talk show host Jerry Bader was let go by Midwest Communications on Thursday. Bader said in a email it was because of his coverage of President Donald Trump.
Bader’s show was broadcast on WTAQ-AM from 8:40-11 a.m. daily in Green Bay. The station also carries conservative hosts Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and Sean Hannity, none of whom are as critical of Trump as Bader sometimes was.
Bader recently changed the tagline of his program from “Close captioned for the reality impared” to “Truth over tribe.”
“Following my show today, management at Midwest Communications informed me that I was being let go. It was made clear to me that the reason was the manner in which I covered President Trump,” Bader said in his email.
“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 2016. I’ve always known it was MWC’s microphone that I used each day. I have no regrets on how I’ve handled the show the past two and a half years.”
I never listened to Bader’s show, so I can’t comment on the content. Media is notoriously ratings driven, so I would assume that his listenership has dropped off recently. Perhaps that’s because of the content. Perhaps people just moved on. In any case, I’m glad that Bader will continue to contribute to the conservative thought landscape in his role at MediaTrackers.
Wisconsin has had a remarkable run with in local talk radio that is almost unique in the nation. With the decline of 620 and now this, that run is slowing down. 1130 has a fantastic local lineup now, but they are the last one in the state.