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Re: “Jerry Comes Out

Years ago I had the opportunity to do a radio program on Illinois and Missouri Radio Station WGNU (920 AM). When I first appeared on the scene, the audience felt that, given my background, age (I was already retired from a successful busines career), etc, I would be a typically good, God-fearing, flag-waving Republican. It did not take long for whoever expected that of me to learn otherwise. On the other hand, long-suffering liberal listeners suddenly found their voice, thus having my radio spot - something that I did free of charge and mainly for my own personal entertainment - open to their call-in questions and arguments.

As luck would have it, the 2000 Florida fiasco eventually overtook America, thus providing enough material courtesy of George W. Bush, organized Christianity, and Republican stupidity The three combined can be a great source of good material to all those who enjoy laughing at them. One morning, however, as I advocated that anyone telling God to bless America should only say it as follows: God Bless America, PLEASE. The standard plea, I felt, was disrespectful to God. "Who the Hell are we to tell God what to do without adding the word PLEASE to our demand, or request? " I continued. Upon teminating my viewpoint the station's phone lines suddently turned red, so much so that the GM (An ordained minister), as well as the program director (A convert to Catholicism) told me as I left the studio that WGNU would no longer grant me any future air time.

So much for Radio Free St. Louis, as WGNU liked to refer to itself...

Approximately three years later, the station was sold to a religious group. .. Now, only people who enjoy lousy music and out-and-out religious exaggeration may be amongst the ones who feel comfortable with WGNU's offerings. Chances are they also pray as they listen hoping that God performs another of His alleged miracles by bringing them back safely to the age of McKinley and Ronald Reagan. The irony is that WGNU no longer has a call-in program.

Manuel L. Ponte, Olivette, Missouri, 63132

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Posted by Manuel L. Ponte on 04/12/2008 at 7:41 PM

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