Thursday, February 09, 2006

No surprise

Jessica McBride on WTMJ, Republican Radio? A match made in heaven.

Several e-mailers have asked whether it is appropriate for her to host a political show, since her husband is a candidate for attorney general.

Let me assure you that it is not a problem. In 1994, when Jeff Wagner ran for AG against Jim Doyle, the station frequently used Wagner himself as a guest host for Sykes. They have no principles.

Like her no-comment blog, it's a safe venue. Her screener will eliminate anyone who disagrees with her, or who might make her look silly.

Just one question: Did they have to pay her?

UPDATE: Wagner says it's not true. An e-mail from Jeff Wagner:

Somebody has called my attention to your latest posting. Please be advised that your claim that I filled in for Charlie Sykes on WTMJ while I was running for Attorney General in 1994 is false. I did not start filling in as a talk show host until the summer of 1995 (and then it was at WISN, not WTMJ). I did not begin hosting a talk show on WTMJ until the summer of 1998 (when I did begin filling in for Charlie while he was writing a book). Since you were intimately involved in Doyle's campaign in 1994, I am surprised that you would make such a patently false assertion in an effort to attack WTMJ Radio. Please retract your false claim. Jeff
OK, I could be wrong. Maybe what I remember is defeated AG candidate Jeff Wagner filling in for Sykes in 1998, when Doyle was again running for AG, and bashing Doyle every day. That may be slightly more ethical, I guess, but it still stinks. (Note to Sykes: Every mistake isn't necessarily a "lie."

UPDATE: Sykes posted at 3:55 p.m. that I was wrong, and asked how long it would take me to correct it. I received an e-mail from Wagner at 3:56 p.m. and corrected it at 3:58. How long will it take for Sykes to acknowledge that?


At 3:26 PM, Blogger Marquette4290 said...

Congratulations to Jessica for landing this job, she deserves it. She has been one of Wisconsin's Top Bloggers and knows what she is talking about. I hope the show goes great, I know I will be listening.

At 4:59 PM, Blogger Christopher Robin said...

Why such a problem with the lineup at WTMJ. Could it be your afraid they may be gaining some favor with the public. Why so Republican here's an idea -- ratings.

Yes she probably will be payed but she will be working part time. She is also new to the business and probably won't command as much money as Reardon.

I'm looking forward to listening. As for your comment about screening the calls - Maybe you can give her some pointers since you work without a net at the paper and on the blog.

At 5:07 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

How can it be about ratings when Milwaukee, city and county, vote overwhelmingly for Democrats?

At 5:11 PM, Blogger Marquette4290 said...

620 WTMJ is not broadcasted just in Milwaukee, it is broadcasted around the whole state of Wisconsin. Just because they vote "overwhelmingly for democrats" doesn't mean that they will not listen.

Jessica McBride will give 620 a big ratings boost, although you may think differently.

At 5:51 PM, Blogger Deedub420 said...

Did you even bother to submit your resume for consideration? I'm assuming you didn't being you couldn't gather the energy to file a complaint about Syke's 'ad' you had a problem with.

At 5:54 PM, Blogger Deedub420 said...

Phone calls are screened on coherency, not content. As Jim Rome would say "have a take don't suck" if you sound crazy they ain't gonna let you on the air.

At 6:09 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

DeeDub: I guess someone of your political persuasion has not experienced being screened out. I have, and so have many non-crazy, rational people I know who happen to disagree with Sykes or Wagner.

If you listen, you would think that 90% of the listeners agree with them. Ever wonder about that?

At 6:16 PM, Blogger Deedub420 said...

Xoff you said "How can it be about ratings when Milwaukee, city and county, vote overwhelmingly for Democrats?"

Then how the hell did Scott Walker get elected, TWICE?

People will listen to what they want to hear, lots of people who disagree with Charlie don't listen, I would say 90% of Charlie's audience agrees with him, not 90% of Milwaukee.

At 6:29 PM, Blogger Interloper said...

I guess the people I know are too busy because they don't have time to listen to talk radio during the day.

At 7:46 PM, Blogger Spotlight said...

She has a tinny, tiny voice that will drive listeners to ESPN. Reardon was a radio professional. McBride is just another righwing political hack, and the female novelty thing will wear off fast.

At 8:56 PM, Blogger Christopher Robin said...

Xoff and friends, WTMJ, is a business which much to your disappointment is there to make money - IF their product didn't sell it would change.

The problem is - your whining doesn't attract an audience. In addition, with a corner on the newspaper market, the intelligencia needs to go somewhere to discuss their thoughts.

At 9:13 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

My "whining" certainly has made a regular reader out of you, Robin. You post more here than on your own blog. How's that audience coming?

At 2:08 AM, Blogger Christopher Robin said...

"Great" to quote Tony the Tiger

At 8:28 AM, Blogger Maynard2 said...

I post these comments here because I can't direct them to the source.

How can someone who is so thin skinned that they don't allow comments on their blog make a go of it on talk radio?

Why would the Freeman pay a columnist who works for the parent company of its direct competitor?

How can a so-called media critc be fair when they work for two of the big media companies in the area?

At 8:35 AM, Blogger Karliots said...

maynard2 said...How can someone who is so thin skinned that they don't allow comments on their blog make a go of it on talk radio?

Hmmm, you should probably ask Charlie Sykes that question. He doesn't allow comments on his blog and he seems to be doing fine on talk radio!

At 11:05 AM, Blogger lofishman said...

I listened to this person last night and the night before:

Wednesday night(A Synopsis): Never forget September 11th and September 11th also September 11th. Do I need to remind you about September 11th? Oh yeah September 11th. People who criticize the people in the White House have forgotten September 11th.

Thursday night: Islamic terrorists are terrorists. Found a low wattage caller who can't say that Americans aren't acting as terrorists. Let's magnify him and make him look like a representative of the people who oppose our Iraq policies. Bottom line: Since we are the good guys, we can engage in terroristic actions including the mistreatment of prisoners since all of them are undoubtedly terrorsts.

Get the picture?


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