Don’t hold back Sly, tell us how you really feel.

John ” Sly ” Sylvester really went off on DPW Chair candidate Martha Laning on Friday in a program/podcast titled ” Candidate Martha Laning is no Democrat “. At issue for Sly is Laning’s statement last year that she couldn’t bring herself to support even a $10.10 an hour minimum wage because it represented a 39% increase over the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, saying that it was ” a lot to swallow “. Sly is not happy. Love him or hate him he doesn’t pull any punches.

My conversation with Sly

Earlier this week I emailed long time Madison radio personality John ” Sly ” Sylvester  and told him that I was, I believe, the only lefty blogger in the state who’s written that the solidarity singers should get a permit. I told him that I’d written a piece for Blogging Blue titled, “ Defending the Dream and Defeating Scott Walker ” and that I’d be happy to come on his show and explain myself and my vision of how we beat Walker in 2014.  Much to my surprise he emailed me right back and booked me. The link to the podcast is below.  Let me say in advance that I didn’t pick the podcast title. Nuff said.

WXCO/AM 1230 switches to progressive talk format

This is encouraging…

WXCO station manager Steve Resnick says he made the decision to switch to a progressive format because it was hard to compete in a market already saturated with right-wing talk. Whether the station will one day hire a full-time local host is uncertain, however.

“We’re exploring the avenues to enhance the programming locally,” he says. “And it all depends on how well the current programs are performing with our listeners and advertisers.”

While the news that John “Sly” Sylvester and the entire WTDY news staff had been fired en masse was definitely a disappointment, this news about WXCO’s format switch to and efforts to get Sly back on the radio are certainly encouraging.

Fill the information void, Give Sly The Mic

By now you may have heard about the grassroots movement currently underway to return John “Sly” Sylvester to the airwaves after WTDY silenced him last week. “Give Sly The Mic” is an attempt to persuade the powers that be at The Mic 92.1 to give Sly his own show, so that Wisconsin Progressives can continue to have a voice. Here are the details:

Tell 92.1 to Give Sly the Mic!

CALL: 608-274-5450
The Mic needs Sly because:
  • Workers need a voice on the public airwaves fighting for them.
  • Small businesses that take good care of their employees depend on Sly’s loyal fan base.
  • Sly and his listeners give progressives the support they need to stand up to Scott Walker.
As a political blogger, I have gotten a lot of important information through livestreaming and listening to podcasts of Sly’s show on WTDY (and nobody interviews Glenn Grothman quite like Sly!). It has been less than a week, and I am already feeling the information void caused by Sly’s absence.
As a middle class Wisconsinite, I have appreciated the way that Sly has stood up for the rights of working class people, holding politicians on both sides of the aisle accountable for their words and actions, oftentimes angering even those on the left.
Sure, Sly has made my blood boil at times with some of the things that he has said, and I don’t always agree with him or like his bombastic style. But every time I have contacted him, he has been willing to listen, which says a lot about who he is as a person.
For these reasons and more, I stand in solidarity with Sly. I ask that you do the same. 
CALL: 608.274.5450 and tell the Mic:
  •  I strongly urge you to put Sly in the Morning on your airwaves as soon as possible.
  •  I support Sly in the Morning and his sponsors because he is a life-long Wisconsinite who provides an entertaining, insightful perspective that can’t be found anywhere else.
  •  I would become an eager 92.1 listener and supporter if you decide to add Sly to your lineup.