I’ve listened to Talk Radio for years. First there was my astonishment that people would actually say “that” on the air. Now, I’m stunned that these purveyors of hate find a warm fuzzy comfortable home right here in Central New York on WSYR 570 Radio.
It starts with Glen Beck in the morning, then Rush Limbaugh from noon ’til 3p.m. and the Conservative rant picks up again at 7 p.m. with Sean Hannity. After this slate, if you haven’t had your fill of “hater-aid,” listen to Michael Savage and “the Savage Nation” at 10 p.m. He’s the one who claims that “liberalism is a disease.”
It wouldn’t bother me so much except for the fact that millions of people listen to this stuff everyday being fed a constant diet of blaming African-Americans and the poor for the nation’s ills. The only break we get from the right-wingers is from 3p.m. until 7 p.m. when Jim Reith is on the air.
Every once in a while Clear Channels will send me an invitation to come to one of their “community-we -want-to-listen Events.” I’ve yet to attend because I really don’t think Clear Channels or WSYR really wants black people to do anything but shake our butts to Power 106 while almost every breath taken on the microphone at WSYR is a scathing attack on black people. If you don’t believe me listen to just one of these Radio Talk Shows for one week and tell me that you’ve come to a different conclusion.
A week ago Friday, I listened as Sean Hannity took a call from someone who said, “Sean, you may think this is racist, but we should let all the Mexicans in to replace the Blacks.”
Immediately Hannity hung up on the caller. What he didn’t say was how despicable the caller was, in fact, Sean Hannity’s response was “let’s go to the next call.”
It was Rush Limbaugh who had the parody song, Barack the Magic Negro sung to the tune of Puff the Magic Dragon. Michelle Obama is simply referred to Michelle-My-Bell-Obama tagged after a Beatles song.
Michael Savage advocates not allowing the poor to vote in fact he states that “if you don’t produce” then you shouldn’t have a say in the country.
My guess is that WSYR radio hates me, at least that’s the way I feel from listening to the talkers on the airwaves.