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WPR Discards Michael Feldman

When Michael Feldman got to Wisconsin Public Radio on Thursday, he was called into a meeting, only to learn that the station was ending the 31-year run of his comedy quiz show, Whad’Ya Know?

“It was a done deal: You have three months to clean out your desk. I was surprised,” says Feldman. “I was sort of in a coma.”

The press release had already been written, announcing a final live show on June 25, with a blank space where Feldman’s comments would appear.

Via “I wasn’t ready” @ Isthmus.

Public radio in for $5,000,000 cut

Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget plan unveiled Tuesday would slash $5 million from the board that operates public broadcasting over the next two years.   This idea is certainly not a new one in conservative Republican circles.  The idea for such cuts often circulate at the national level.   But regardless of where threats of such cuts come…

Right to Work begins air war against unions

Wisconsin Right to Work launched a radio ad campaign seeking changes in state law to prohibit businesses and unions from requiring workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment. The ads will air in Green Bay, Eau Claire, Madison, Milwaukee and Wausau. Via Radio ad debuts calling for union limits @ JS All…

Know your enemy inveterate opponent

For reasons I fail to understand, Democrats and liberals completely ignore the powerful poison that is right-wing Talk Radio, especially in the Metro Milwaukee market.  I don’t know if they think the Republican shills on WTMJ and WISN are just preaching to the converted or they just think what they are saying is too stupid…

Other than that…

He actually said this morning that all you need to do to find the left-wing position is to look at the Journal Sentinel editorial page. This would be the editorial page that twice endorsed Scott Walker for Governor. Via Sykes, LOL @ The Political Environment.

Owned from Cincinnati

“We are the biggest stick in the state, which seems kind of dad-like,” he said. Via Sykes calls Journal employees ‘children of divorce’; broadcast ‘going with dad’ @ JS The Dudek Abides.

Why, yes, the print group is screwed

….it looks more like Scripps walked off with all the pretty-pretty precious stones while the spun-off Journal Sentinel and its attending outlets will be a lot more modest than today. After all, Journal Communications is signing over to Scripps its profitable flotilla of 14 TV and 35 radio stations, including WTMJ-TV, WTMJ-AM (home of right-wing…

Sykes slices Steitz’s supporter

Because it’s harder to get farther outside the mainstream than Murphy. As a June profile of Murphy noted: Murphy… has called secession “as American as apple pie” and spoke at a pro-nullification conference in Waukesha earlier this year. Also, he has suggested that someone send U.S. Sen. John McCain, a former POW, “back to Vietnam.”…

Sykes Defends

As hit jobs go, this is pretty run-of-the-mill, except for its length and the fact that it is the cover story of the once-prestigious New Republic:  The Unelectable Whiteness of Scott Walker: A journey through the poisonous, racially divided world that produced a Republican star. The unsubtlety of the headline pretty much gives you the…

Limbaugh defends Walker

Scott Walker is powerful and threatening to Democrats because he stands firm on conservative principles, that’s why he is targeted for destruction, and racial politics is the way they do it. Via Rush Limbaugh takes on TNR’s “Unelectable Whiteness of Scott Walker” and (in the process) says my name @ Althouse.

Conservative radio’s future

“Ultimately, demographics are going marginalize this sore-head brand of talk radio,” Cooke said. “We have 95 million millennials who are about to take over the American economy.” Via Conservative Radio is Dying along with its aging Audience. Ever wonder why they don’t brag about their ratings? @ Democurmudgeon.

The Joint Finance Committee moves against the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism were bad on principle and as politics

The GOP’s budget motion was a vindictive attack on a journalistic operation on ideological grounds. Does that sound slightly familiar? At a time when conservatives should be embracing government restraint, the motion combines some of the worst aspects of the IRS and DOJ scandals – using government to punish those perceived as political enemies combined…