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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Radio Blowup

While it's true that political campaigns use all sorts of factors to determine where and when they will run television, radio and newspaper advertisements ... we've never heard of anything quite like this.

FITS has learned that Aiken Senator and candidate for State Treasurer Greg Ryberg is refusing to run radio advertisements on the popular Andy Thomas Show until part-time contributor Sic Willie is dismissed from the program's "Inside the Bubble" political segment.

The threat was made this Friday afternoon by a Ryberg spokesman, one day after our favorite bad boy criticized Ryberg for his hypocrisy on the gambling issue.

Thomas refused to be cowed and in fact stood up for Sic Willie, who appears on the show twice a week and is frequently joined by Club for Growth Executive Director Josh Gross, Post and Courier reporter John Frank and Queen of the S.C. Blogosphere Laurin Manning, among others.

Not surprisingly, this isn't the first time Folks has generated controversy for the program. Back in March, he called the NAACP the "National Association for the Abandonment of Colored People" on the school choice issue. On another segment discussing South Carolina's vaunted educational accountability program in February, Folks said, "Has it proven anything? Yes. It's proved our tests are smart but our kids are stupid."

Thomas, who indicated that this was the first time he could recall having a political campaign threaten to withhold an advertising buy, left a message for FITS saying that Sic Willie was staying on the show.

"This show is stirring the pot," Thomas said. "It's stirring and people are listening."

To hear for yourself what all the fuss is about, tune into "Inside the Bubble" every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. on "The Andy Thomas Show," featured on Columbia's WOIC Radio, 1230 AM.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Popular? You got some Arbitron ratings to back that up? Andy Thomas could get more listeners driving around in a sound truck - like in that Blues Brothers movie.

Of course, if Ryberg is that paranoid about a nobody radio show, he's got bigger problems.

8:03 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like Wes Donehue and Sic Willie will have to do it "Goose Creek Style..."

9:42 AM

 
Blogger faithinsound said...

Goose Creek style? Sounds a little Brokeback to us.

-FITS

3:09 PM

 
Blogger faithinsound said...

And speaking of Brokeback, did anybody notice the sudden disappearance of Palmetto Voice?

Goodnight, sweethearts.

-FITS

3:10 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Arbitron.com

WISW-1320 AM 1.3
WVOC-560 AM 4.3
WOIC-1230 AM 0.9

So nine-tenths of one percent of radio listeners in the Columbia metropolitan area listen to Andy Thomas. That is less than 7,000 people. You could drive around a sound truck at the Clemson Carolina game and reach more listeners.

4:45 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wes Donahue is trouble and his head is way too big. He fits in well with Thompkins and crew.

6:28 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey but isn't that 7,000 more people listening to andy thomas than listen to will folkses punk blog?

11:01 PM

 
Blogger The Body Politic - Joshua Gross said...

Wow... this is a surprise. I spoke with Senator Ryberg on Saturday, and my presence on the show didn't come up. It was a very cordial discussion.

I certainly hope that this is another misstep by the TTS crowd and not something the Senator himself did. While the former is expectable, the latter would be regrettable.

I remain on the show at the invitation of Mr. Thomas. It has been a fun way to get the small government/low tax message out to a different audience (no matter what size that audience is). I look forward to being on again on Tuesday at 4:30.

8:14 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man between Gross, Frank, Folks and Manning you have got a regular Mark Sanford cheerleading section. I feel for those 7,000 citizens who are subjected to the same boring rhetoric.

9:03 AM

 

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