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Radio Host Who Interviewed Stanley Kurtz Got Canned

John on November 17, 2008 at 12:42 pm

His name is Jerry Agar. This is not the host whose show was the topic of an “Obama Action Wire.” That was the Milt Rosenburg show. Jerry Agar was on another station and his interview with Kurtz actually took place nine days before the Rosenburg interview. Here’s what happened:

On August 19, 2008, Jerry took a great two hours late in the campaign season to try and flush out some details from the University of Illinois, interviewing Stanley Kurz of the National Review, and demanding some transparency from our public institutions, something that no other media outlet either wanted or demanded.

What followed was one of the great moments in Chicago Radio History. A spokesman from the University of Illinois, with the unlikely name of Bill Burton (coincidental with Sen. Obama’s campaign spokesman), called in to Jerry’s show to make a startling denial of access that would make the Soviets in 1975 look like a transparent institution. Jerry was combative, and not about to accept the answer. After several thousand contacts to Joe White, the President of the University of Illinois, the records were released by the University.

I am not sure Jerry knew what he was up against in trying to break down political stonewalls in Chicago. On the few times we went to lunch, Jerry would ask how does a city get like this? What makes the press and “reform politicians” give up all scrutiny and take up the “where’s mine” attitude? I honestly don’t know how to answer Jerry as to how we get into such a rigged system. I do know that with 10 more journalists like Jerry Agar, Chicago, Cook County, and the State of Illinois would be a saner place.

On the Monday before election day, Jerry Agar was replaced at WLS by Eric “Mancow” Muller, a talented radio man, with a huge name in Chicago Media.

Replaced one day prior to the election. Yeah, probably just a coincidence.

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