In a cynical and despicable move the day before Thanksgiving, WTDY radio in Madison dismissed its entire award-winning news team and long-time progressive radio personality John “Sly” Sylvester. The following post appeared on Sly’s Facebook page this afternoon:
Message to everybody: I just want to inform you that today was my last day of employment at WTDY. After 15 years, I was told that my services were no longer needed. I would like to thank everybody that’s supported my program. It’s been a pleasure to share this wonderful experience with you. I need to take a big deep breath this weekend and figure out what my future plans are. But, old Winter Soldiers NEVER DIE, and I look forward to letting you know what lies ahead. Solidarity!
Also let go are news director Amy Barrilleaux, political correspondent Dylan Brogan, Shawn Prebil, Crystal McKenzie Parker, and Deana Wright. No comment has been received from management at Midwest Family in Madison, though numerous messages have been left by this writer.
A post on Crystal McKenzie Parker’s Facebook page dismisses any rumor that ratings were down:
After the best ratings book in 10 years, WTDY released us all from our duties today! I’m still in shock!
The news team at WTDY had gained a reputation amongst all journalists in the state as being focused on local impact and independent of corporate influence.
Badger Democracy has made several attempts to obtain comment from station management. General Manager Rick McCoy took over at WTDY in June, according to a MWFBG staffer, arriving from a group station in Springfield, Missouri.
According to the station receptionist, Rick McCoy is not in today. A message was left at (608)273-1000, ext. 3606
Rick McCoy’s email is email@example.com
This Thanksgiving, be sure to include these stalwart Winter Soldiers who kept us informed, entertained, and engaged in your thoughts.