Skip to comments.KTLK host Jason Lewis quits show on-air
Posted on 08/01/2014 6:09:33 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
The Conservative talker quit his show during the middle of his program 7/31. The Jason Lewis Show is syndicated by Genesis Communications. Lewis spent a decade at KSTP-AM in the Twin Cities before leaving the station in 2003 for a job at WBT in Charlotte. He returned to the Twin Cities in 2006 for a job at KTLK. Lewis show was syndicated in 2009. His flagship was Clear Channels KTLK.
He told me two months ago he intended to retire Aug. 1, Mike Crusham, president and market manager of CCME Minneapolis/St. Paul told The St. Paul Pioneer Press. He decided not to go public with it until today. I think he is serious about it. I hope he is not. He is one of the best talk show hosts I have ever worked with or listened to.
A couple of hours after he quit, Lewis said via his Twitter account: Today I left the radio biz for something better.
The tweet included the hashtag #GoingGalt and a link to the website galt.io.
The site says this about Going Galt: A phrase derived from the iconic Ayn Rand novel Atlas Shrugged. In the book, the producers or men of the minds as the famed author put it decide to go out on strike as a protest against those who would attack them politically.
Also on the site is a 15-minute clip featuring Lewis that, according to galt.io, is a parody of what it is like working in a highly regulated industry and some of the events that led to his decision to quit the radio show.
A Jan. 30 article in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal describes galt.io as a Libertarian tech startup co-founded by Lewis.
Clear Channels Crusham said the station is planning on running the Joe Pags Show, from WOAI in San Antonio, starting next week in Lewis KTLK time slot.
I really liked him when he subbed for Rush.
After he left the show producer vamped. That sounded a little contrived to me.
I love Jason. Still, I’m thinking this is a stunt.
No, I think he really believes in what he is attempting.
What is he attempting?
So it begins.
I really haven’t been paying close attention. It’s some sort of libertarian think tank/resource sharing website.
America already runs a MASSIVE trade deficit just with communist China.
What in the world, does any American see in “going Galt”?
We’ve already gone Galt. China is running away with everything. America needs to build stuff.
I wish him all the best. Been listening to him since he was at KSTP.
This is clearly a well planned PR campaign. And it worked. I did check out the galt.io site.
It’s a movie of him quitting spontaneously to go Galt.
So obviously this is planned and orchestrated with galt.io being integral.
The movie uses the theme from Blazing Saddles, Taxman by the Beatles and some country song about taxes.
I wonder, given the theme of non-producers stealing from producers, if they licensed and paid for the use of those songs.
Shame. I was surprised to hear Levin on at his usual spot on my station. I may not agree with all of libertarian thoughts, but at least he gets me thinking. I’m grateful for his input.
Oh well. I hope he has luck with Galt.io.
“The movie uses the theme from Blazing Saddles, Taxman by the Beatles and some country song about taxes”
If youn had ever listened to his broadcats over the years, you would know that Blazing Saddle had always been his opening music and the others, regular bumpers.
Galt.io didn’t come into being yesterday. It’s been over a year in the making.
I saw in the credits no acknowledgement of the licensing of the four songs used.
Bumper music Is not analogous to using a song in a movie and ownership licensing compensation is done differently.
I never hear of him before today.
Are you associated with the campaign, or just a fan?
That has been his opening sound bed for 25 years.
Did you hear Jesse Ventura, voice dripping with sarcasm, saying “He calls him self Mister right.”
What’s the deal with the black ring tattoo on the ring finger of the mysterious driver?
They sure telegraphed that.
Sorry, don’t know what you are talking about.
I’m a member
Perfect. Can you explain what it’s all about. At least what you are able/allowed to?
Wait. That Joe Pags is also replacing Andy Dean next week.
What a coingkidink!
It’s in his movie Going Galt at galt.io.
I guess you didn’t watch it.
It’s a conservative/libertarian site that right now is a way to setup causes like fund local rally’s or network. It’s a way to organize activities or back candidates for school board, elections or whatever you want to setup. It’s a fun attempt to be the grass roots conservative version of like moveon.org. I bought in early as I was a listener to his show.
The economy has already grown to over 1.1 billion Galtcoins and 6.4 million shares owned.
I did watch it. I didn’t notice a tattoo.
I was listening then. Weirdest thing I ever heard live on local radio.
Same here. I went to his first town hall meeting at the studio where all the ‘welfare rights’ queens came to whine and the social security reform event with Rod Grams.
I miss when we had a real senator.
at the studio
That tiny thing in the swamp in Maplewood?
Clear channel is worse than Comcast. I don’t blame him.
I think Mischke was the first one to go Galt, but he got fired from WCCO. I will be surprised if Lewis doesn’t end up doing a podcast affiliated with Barnard’s new empire.
nope. it was at the KSTP TV studio on University.
I thought Mischke quit. I was listening to him that night. Was that just bravura?
Mischke is the most original voice I have ever heard in any medium.
I used to hear Mischke a lot. I never heard him say anything of any significance whatsoever. Unutterably trivial. He made Pee Wee Herman sound like Winston Churchill.
Here is the actual audio of Jason’s show when it happened.
Beginning at 3:20 it sounds very much like acting to me. And Conry just happened to be hanging around available to do a show?
Listen to Mischke’s interviews. They are excellent.
Do they have snacks?
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Andy Dean quit too.
He was cancelled.
Andy Dean? is on the same network in Houston and announced he was signing off to some web thing.
I think it’s all a corporate publicity stunt.
And the CEO of LiveNation just hosted President Obama at his home.
Andy Dean steps down as host of America Now
Premiere Networks announced Andy Dean has decided to step down as host of America Now on 8/8, to focus on some exciting projects in the works. Details regarding a new host for the popular News/Talk program will be announced after the Labor Day holiday. Joe Pags, host of the Premiere Networks-syndicated The Weekend, as well as The Joe Pags Show on WOAI-AM/San Antonio, KPRC-AM/Houston, KHOW-AM/Denver and KEX-AM/Portland, will serve as guest host of America Now beginning 8/11.
Well......As I always said during my career, “I was looking for a job when I found this one.”
That may not mean much to some people, but I understood it.
The story of my life, FRiend!
The next morning the KTLK station manager came on and talked about what the station was going to do with the slot. He said Dean quit to pursue other interests.
I have no idea what the truth is.
He was saying all last week that he was canned. That station manager was talking corporation talk.
I hope this Pags guy isn't who I think it is.
I think network conservative talk radio has run it's course. The parallels with Rock & Roll are striking.
Joe Pagliarulo. Broadcasts out of San Antonio as I recall. I’m sure he’s on a network somewhere. Used to sub for Hugh Hewitt, I think.
Is “Pags” the guy who subbed for Dean a couple of weeks ago and did flatulence “humor”?