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McFeely: KFGO owner fires Wisconsin radio host for 'manner' in which he covered Trump

Jerry Bader / WTAQ

A story out of Wisconsin is a bit chilling for radio talk-show hosts. And it has local ties because the station from which a host was fired is owned by the same company that owns Fargo-Moorhead news/talk station KFGO.

Longtime conservative radio host Jerry Bader of WTAQ-AM in Green Bay was fired because, he says, he was too critical of President Donald Trump.

Bader told news outlets in Wisconsin he had been fired by officials from Wausau-based Midwest Communications, for whom he’d worked for 18 years.

“It was made clear to me that the reason was the manner in which I covered President Trump,” Bader told the USA Today Network-Wisconsin.

Midwest Communications has Fargo-Moorhead ties. Among the local stations it owns is top-rated KFGO-AM in Fargo, which employs morning host Joel Heitkamp, a former Democratic state senator and frequent Trump critic. He is the brother of Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who often opposes some of Trump’s policies. Midday co-host Amy Iler is a former Democratic staffer and afternoon host Tyler Axness is a former Democratic state senator.