Joe Walsh said last night that he’s lost his nationally syndicated radio show and he doesn’t know why:
Walsh said in the interview that he’d just found out before the interview began last night. He suspects it’s because he’s running against Trump, saying that 80% to 90% of his audience supports Trump. He also added “I figured that might happen”, suggesting it’s retribution for opposing Trump.
Salem Radio Networks did announce they are dropping Walsh’s show in 30 days:
INSIDER RADIO – Following his weekend announcement of a presidential bid, Salem Radio Network says it will cancel national distribution of Joe Walsh’s syndicated show in 30 days. The last day of SRN’s feed of the conservative talker’s national show be Sept. 26.
In a statement, SRN Senior VP/Spoken Word Format Phil Boyce said Walsh affiliates will continue to receive the program during the 30-day period, and will be given the opportunity to continue the show from a different syndicator, to be selected by Walsh, at the end of the 30-day period. Salem may also offer a replacement for the program to launch after the 30-day period expires to any affiliates who choose not to continue with the show.
Boyce says Salem will work with any affiliates who want to drop the Walsh show during the 30-day period due to concerns about FCC political regulations in light of Walsh’s candidacy.
While the decision doesn’t affect Walsh’s local program airing on Salem’s “AM 560 The Answer” WIND Chicago, the station will yank the show as soon as he becomes a viable and legal candidate for President.
In the past we’ve seen Fox News drop contributors who decided to run for president and I think that’s all this is. As JimMacKayOnAir suggests on Twitter, “Usually media companies sever ties with candidates when they formally announce a Presidential campaign.”