There used to be a great radio station in Washington, DC. It was WMAL, AM 1270, and I listened to it every day. This station had a smashing line-up of conservative hosts, both local and syndicated. It was like a beacon of truth, broadcasting into the DC area.
However not once, but twice now, this station has caved in to pressure from local muslim interest groups and shown local hosts the door after they spoke too negatively too many times about radical islam.
The first time was a few years back. Late morning host Michael Graham was booted from the station after a concerted effort by CAIR, the Council of American Islamic Relations, which included threats of lawsuits, harassment of the station's advertising sponsors, and complaints to the FCC and Democrats in Congress who are friendly with CAIR despite it's ties to terrorist groups like Hamas.
Make no mistake about it. CAIR is no friend to America. Michael Graham knew this and said it enough that CAIR got him fired. Graham is now up in Boston, hosting a show on Boston's WTKK, 96.9 FM. He also writes a blog column which I have linked to over on the left side of this page for some time.
The backlash against WMAL when they dropped Graham at CAIR's insistence was huge. I, for one, still refuse to tune in during Graham's old time slot, which is now filled by Chris Core, a pretty decent guy otherwise.
Well now WMAL has decided to repeat that stupid move and boot another host for speaking out against radical islam's connections to terrorism, and this time the ceremonial victim is Fred Grandy, former Congressman and TV actor best known to some as Gopher on the old Love Boat TV show that my mother and many other old people used to watch. Grandy reportedly left his long-time morning 5A-9A drive-time slot yesterday after being pressured to stop talking about islam and after being told that his wife, known to many of us as "Mrs. Fred", was banned from his show.
I've listened to Fred Grandy every morning that I've been east of the Blue Ridge range for years and I've loved the mix of conservatism and humor that we got from Fred and his only recently-departed former co-host, Andy Parks, who was an outspoken critic of illegal aliens. Parks was replaced on what had been the "Grandy and Andy" show with Bryan Nehman, a lightweight political moderate who lacks the passion or the humor of either Parks or Grandy.
And now Grandy's gone too. And so is this formerly-faithful WMAL listener. When station management continually caves in to pressure from interest groups, particularly those who represent foreign entities like CAIR or Casa de Maryland, (the local taxpayer-funded illegal alien lobby), they certainly don't exhibit the resolve to stand up either for the interests of Americans or the First Amendment sufficient to warrant my support.