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Online petition urges rival station to hire fired "Sly"


MADISON (WKOW) -- An online petition urges a rival radio station to hire recently fired, long-time talk show host John "Sly" Sylvester.

The petition drive uses the slogan, "Give Sly the Mic," and encourages visitors to contact Clear Channel, the owner of 92.1 The Mic on behalf of Sylvester.

Sylvester and news team members of WTDY-AM were dismissed last week, in what station officials said was a change in anticipation of a new station format.

Often bombastically, Sylvester challenged public officials and others during his progressive and libertarian-leaning morning talk program. Sylvester also took on a lead role in opposing Governor Walker's limits to public employee collective bargaining.

"Every day Sly is not on the air makes Scott Walker happy," Representative-Elect Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton) tells 27 News.

"Sly has been a good, progressive voice for Dane County and for the state of Wisconsin, and standing up for middle class workers, and so we have to have him back on the air as soon as possible," Hesselbein says.

Paul Nachreiner of AMS, a Madison-based dealer of home audio and video systems, and car stereo systems, placed advertisements with Sylvester's past talk show. Nachreiner tells 27 News he's contacted representatives of 92.1 The Mic to indicate his interest in buying ad time again if Sylvester is hired to an on-air shift.

Sylvester tells 27 News he would accept a position with the station. 92.1 The Mic's format is  nationally-syndicated progressive talk radio, but the Madison affiliate lacks a local, on-air host.

Clear Channel representative Tim Scott has yet to return a call from 27 News seeking comment.

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