An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

May 25, 2007


Filed under: Personal opinion — olbroad @ 8:06

I haven’t said anything about this, because I wanted to find out as much information as I could. (Since I don’t actually live there anymore, I wasn’t sure if I had a right to address it, but I am anyway. I still can listen through the internet.) What I have learned does not speak well of the management of one of the only two conservative stations (that I’ve found) in Southeastern Wisconsin.

I was shocked to find out that Jessica McBride had been fired from WTMJ. As the only female voice on the radio in the area, I listened as often as I could. Did I always agree with her? No, of course not. I don’t 100% agree with anyone. In my opinion, she had been learning and getting better the longer she was on the air. The fact they were constantly pre-empting her show with sports didn’t help at all. (There are plenty of other stations that carry baseball, basketball, football, tiddly winks.)

The fact that the management of a (formerly) popular radio station takes it’s cues from a second rate hack at MJS makes me fear for the future of conservative talk. We actually have too few voices that speak from our perspective. To shamelessly fire someone for doing her job, makes THEM look bad, not her. I did not hear the segment that is at the middle of this firestorm, however, from what I have been able to find out, it was an extremely creative way to put a very ugly situation at the forefront. Children are dying in Milwaukee and the “leadership” blames everyone but themselves. To compare this with Don Imus (suspension and fine would have sufficed) and Michael McGee, Sr & Jr (who should both be yanked off the air, in cuffs if need be) is just ludicrous.

Instead of addressing the serious problems, the media attacks the messengers. If the point was to smear Jessica, they have. In other ways, they’ve given her a greater voice. She’s hard working wife, mother, teacher and all around good person. If they wanted to put Dennis Miller on, why didn’t they just tell her? Did they have to humiliate her? I have a fondness for Jessica, she is a good and decent person who did NOT deserve this sort of treatment.

To put it simple terms….. IT WAS WRONG…WRONG…WRONG! And they’ve lost a listener.

UPDATE:  Thanks to Pete!  Here is the audio posted at WisPolitics.  Uh huh….so what’s the problem?  Whether or not Kane was on vacation or whatever, the part played by him was……the chicken.  She asked some serious questions that need serious answer from a lot of people.  Again….what’s the problem?  I got it, wonder why people much smart than myself don’t?



  1. I don’t think she should have been fired for the bit, although I do think it was extremely poor taste, I think she could have used a different example, after all the poor little girl hadn’t even been buried yet.
    I honestly think she sould have been fired simply because her show wasn’t very good. I realize she was new to this, but after a year or so she really hadn’t improved. If you are trying to debate your callers, why not let them talk a little rather then just constantly interrupting & shouting them down, I thought that was the liberal way of handling things?
    And I will also contend that had it been a liberal talker doing the same bit, the reaction from the right would have been the same as the left has overreacted now. I am sorry but I see very little difference between the two sides anymore, other then a label.

    Comment by Sean — May 25, 2007 @ 9:58

  2. One of the top conservative talk show hosts in Milwaukee is Mark Belling. I can’t listen to him precisely because he won’t ever let his callers talk. Great monologues, horrible host. It takes YEARS, not just A year to get really good at doing a show like that, and I honestly believe she was improving.

    Poor taste? Having the Eugene Kane ‘role’ played by chickens? Oh, I don’t know, I think it’s pretty creative, and accurate.

    Comment by olbroad — May 25, 2007 @ 10:03

  3. Using the girls death as a lead up to the chicken bit is what I found poor taste. Like I said I think she should have used a different example. Was it as awful as McGee? Of Course not, but it was still a pretty piss poor choice

    Comment by Sean — May 25, 2007 @ 10:27

  4. The problem is, no one is focusing on the coward that is Eugene Kane. He was invited yet couldn’t be bothered to discuss a very serious issue in Milwaukee.

    Comment by olbroad — May 25, 2007 @ 11:15

  5. I agree he should have gone on, but I doubt there would have been much “Talking”. Those two do nothing but take cheap shots at each other, too McBride’s credit she would give Kane the occassional pat on the back for when he said something she agreed with. But in fairness to Kane, he wasn’t the one who wrote about this issue. Cuprisin is the one who first printed it. Kane never commented on it at all until well after the fact

    Comment by Sean — May 25, 2007 @ 11:20

  6. I heard the segment. While not finding it offensive it wasn’t funny. It wasn’t good radio. It sounded like something a college radio DJ would do.

    McBride did improve over the months, but I didn’t listen to her much. Judging by the lame people that called in few listened.

    She had plenty of time to draw a bigger audience. Had she done that she’d still be on the air. It’s a business not the end of WTMJ as a source of conservative opinion.

    Comment by Sean Hackbarth — May 25, 2007 @ 12:34

  7. My biggest problem with not listening more often was that she was on when all the good shows were on the idjit box. 🙂 Now that the reruns have started, I was going to be able to listen more often, on the computer of course, when there wasn’t baseball. Now, I guess I won’t. :/

    Comment by olbroad — May 25, 2007 @ 1:06

  8. I think I’ve covered this pretty thoroughly on my blog… but I will say this specifically here.

    Eugene Kane does not deserve the amount of sh*t he’s gotten for not going on that show.

    A. Just because he’s invited does not obligate him to go especially since…

    B. He was on vacation when all this went down…

    C. You KNOW he wouldn’t have gotten a fair shake on that show. Is someone obligated to on a show where there is a good chance they will be treated unfairly?

    Just like Jessica McBride doesn’t accept comments on her blog because she doesn’t want to open herself up to attacks, Kane didn’t go on show for the same reason.

    Eugene Kane did not kill that girl. Eugene Kane is not the cause of the problems in the inner city. People need to get off that witch hunt. It only does a disservice to the real problems facing this city.

    Comment by Nick — May 25, 2007 @ 3:14

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