WKLH and Bill Maher
We just talked to Station Manager Tom Joerres.
The verdict? Sort of a non-verdict, actually. Joerres stated that all of the station’s contractual obligations to Maher’s promoters have been satisified, and the issue is now moot. There is nothing “left to be done,” he said. He said it was “a moot point” and “behind us.”
He expressed surprise that the issue broke this week, rather than last week. We explained that some things slip under the radar until somebody notices them. In this case, the “somebodies” were Sly Sylvester in Madison, and the Marquette Warrior in Milwaukee.
We asked him whether the station is still giving away Maher tickets, and he said he believed those tickets are all gone.
We asked him whether the promo blurb for Maher is still on the station website, and he wasn’t entirely sure.
In reality, the blurb on the event is now gone from both the WKLH “Concerts” page, and the “Events” page.
Joerres said that, had the station known about the hateful comments of Maher, those comments “would have given us pause,” and “we would have looked at it differently.” Some of Maher’s most incendiary comments, attacking the Pope as someone who “used to be a Nazi” and the Catholic Church as a “child abusing religious cult” happened after WKLH signed on to the sponsorship.
Joerres added that WKLH is not “an AM station that seeks controversy.”
Good point. Anybody has a right to bring into Milwaukee any speaker they want. But any business firm that tries to be “mainstream” and appeal to a wide audience would be well advised to avoid supporting or endorsing people like Maher.
Of course, if the speaker engaged in vitrolic attacks on blacks or homosexuals, the local leftists would immediately see this point.
But where Christians are attacked, they see it differently.