February 10, 2010

Mancow Muller Fired From WLS Radio Chicago Says "There's no rhyme or reason to this business"

Management says Mancow is not a good fit on the conservative talk radio station. Do radio talk show host need to be Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity clones to get a job?

Popular Chicago radio personality Mancow Muller was fired from his job as midday personality on news and conservative talk station WLS-AM Wednesday after only 16 months, a move Muller said had "no rhyme or reason."

Muller, along with co-host and radio veteran Pat Cassidy, had the 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. slot at WLS, but were fired following their Wednesday show. WBEZ's Robert Feder reports that the duo will be replaced with Cisco Cotto.

As for Muller, he was pretty shocked about the news:

"There's no rhyme or reason to this business," Muller said. "I've stopped trying to figure it out. I thought we were doing a great show. I think it had a lot of interesting elements, and I'm proud of the show we did."

The station, which also features Rush Limbaugh's syndicated show, is working to "restore credibility to conservative talk," WLS President and General Manager Michael Damsky told Feder. No word on what restoring the station's "credibility" means for Limbaugh.

"Mancow has been an outstanding talent and an ideal employee in every respect. Unfortunately, he does not fit the needs of the radio station as we try to fulfill a very clear vision of what listeners expect," Damsky said.

Muller has had a long and tumultuous career in Chicago. He was fired from Q101 in 2006, and then filed a lawsuit over the firing. The libertarian party supporter Muller continues to host a nationally syndicated morning show for the Talk Radio Network. Source: Huffington Post

In the following bit, Mancow gets waterboarded to see what it's like and shares it with listeners in May 2009. After this experience his new views on waterboarding are slightly different than most conservatives.

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