This will come as a great relief to fans of the progressive rabble rouser and broadcaster John “Sly” Sylvester. The former broadcasting star of WTDY will be soon found delivering a “Drive Home with Sly” show from 3pm-6:30pm weekdays on 93.7FM “Big Oldies” WEKZ. He starts his new gig on the first Monday in February – the 4th.
I tuned in this morning and heard a brief interview with Sly. He described his future show as drawing upon news from Illinois, Wisconsin and even Northeast Iowa. He’s thinking of doing a tri-state town hall and he promises to do some of “the fun stuff” he used to do at WTDY such as “some of the music games we used to play”.
I give a hat tip to blogger Jud Lounsbury who let me know about the news via email. I gathered from his email that WEKZ does not veer to the right nor to the left wing politically but instead, plays it down the middle. Sly being Sly, I’m sure he’s still going to veer left – sometimes in the most controversial manner possible. His occasional “shock jock” tone has gotten me downright angry with him on occasion. However when it comes down to it – do I want him on the radio or off? – I want him on. I think his voice has been a valuable and spirit-lifting contribution to Wisconsin these last two turbulent years. And he’s a helluva a lot of fun at a rally.
Congrats to Sly and a big thank you to WEKZ. I’ll definitely tune in.