By Collin Roth
On the day before Thanksgiving, Madison radio station 1670 WTDY announced that progressive radio show host John “Sly” Sylvester and almost the entire WTDY news department would be laid off after the radio station decided to change formats.
Undoubtably, this was an unpleasant Thanksgiving for not just Sly and his colleagues but for Madison progressives and left-wing organizations and personalities that flocked to his show each morning. At this point, it is unclear whether Sly’s show will be picked up by another station. But in case that this does happen to be the nail in the coffin of Sly’s radio career in Wisconsin, let’s take a moment to recount some of Sly’s more infamous moments.
Sly first earned criticism and condemnation for his 2004 racist descriptions of former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice as an “Aunt Jemima” and former Secretary of State Colin Powell as an “Uncle Tom.” Sly subsequently apologized but earned condemnation from the NAACP President Kwesi Mfume who said the remarks were “just as bad as those who hide under sheets and burn crosses.”
Then there was the incident for which Sly is most famous for; mocking Lt. Governor Kleefisch in January of 2011 by saying she commits sex acts on Milwaukee talk show hosts and mocking the Lt. Governor’s bout with cancer. Once again, Sly apologized and attempted to dismiss the statement as over the top humor.
In March of 2012, Sly openly celebrated the unexpected death of conservative activist Andrew Breitbart. While Breitbart left two young children and a wife behind, Sly enjoyed a long monologue where he chortled he would like to pour weed killer on Breitbart’s grave.
Im just tired of people faking that they are sad when people are dead. (laughter) I want to say something, and make it real clear I will never urinate on his grave. (laughter) Im gonna pour Round-Up on his grave and Ill tell you why Im gonna pour Round-Up on his grave. (Laughter) Im gonna pour Round-Up on his grave so theirs no chance that he ever comes back to life! And I can kill him like the weed that he was. (Laughter)
Im glad hes dead!
Sly went on to compare his death to that of North Korean dictator Kim Jung Il, terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, and Confederate soldiers.
And just in October, in a bizarre discussion about the John Doe investigation into some of Gov. Walker’s aides while he was County Executive, Sly brazenly admitted he believed Governor Walker was capable of killing his former aide.
These are just a handful of Sly’s Greatest Hits. And while Sly is no doubt a villain to most Wisconsin conservatives, his show served a valuable purpose by broadcasting Dane County progressivism in it’s unfiltered and radical form. For that, conservatives ought to be thankful.
Happy trails, Sly.