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Obviously, the State Fair mob attacks are a major topic on talk radio.

OnMedia: What two radio talkers say about the State Fair mob

Milwaukee has a number of radio talkers. But two practitioners of the craft, Charlie Sykes on WTMJ-AM (620) and Mark Belling on WISN-AM (1130), not only have the top ratings, they have the most clout.

I checked out what they had to say in the wake of Thursday night's mob violence in and around the Wisconsin State Fair. I always think it's interesting to write down some of the words that are usually just expelled into the air.

After all, Sykes likes to say that words have meaning.

You can draw your own conclusions about what they had to say on the radio.

Here's Sykes on his Friday morning show on WTMJ, responding to a caller worried about mobs attacking people at the weekend Air Show. Sykes raises the specter of Milwaukee somehow being destroyed – by fear.

"It does seem that there's a randomness that anytime there is something that is popular or good or fun that it becomes a potential target for the mob violence," he said to the caller.

"Right now in Milwaukee, you don't know where you're going to be safe, you don't know where it's going to strike, you don't know where large groups of kids are going to come and just go wilding through and put your and your family at risk.

"This is one of the reasons why stories like this, unless they are responded to vigorously and effectively, can destroy cities. It's because once people get that perception that they just don't know, it is the randomness of it. And that, by the way, is something new," according to Sykes.

On his Friday WISN show, Belling offered his take, which gives a conspiratorial feel to copycat mob attacks that have occurred in Milwaukee and elsewhere in the country.

"What happened last night at the State Fair, while probably the worst instance we've ever had in Milwaukee of this type of violence, is not occurring in a vacuum.

"There is a major trend in America of blacks going out and trying to beat the crap out of whites in racist, violent attacks. This trend appears to be increasing rather than decreasing. People want to pretend it isn't happening, but all you have to do is look at the fact that these sorts of things are happening all over the place. And now two in Milwaukee in a month.

"And you can duck it and sugar coat it and you can try and avoid it for all the politically correct reasons and you may not confront the fact that we have in this country a very large percentage of young blacks who are simply overt racists and are violent and want to beat up and injure white people," Belling said in his opening monologue.

"This is just true," he added, using one of his catch phrases.

As I said, it's up to you to draw your own conclusions. Conservative talk radio speaks to a specific niche in southeast Wisconsin and Belling and Sykes have a measurable following.

So it's important to know what they say, whether you listen or not.

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Talkbacks

ssmanning | Aug. 13, 2011 at 12:08 a.m. (report)

Tom, you really need to spend more time with a thesaurus. "Broad" doesn't imply "deep" or "generous" or "without their own agenda which they would expect the organization to which they give money to support". I prefer my news as unbiased as possible. And while you're saying to yourself right now "NPR is biased!" or whatever blather you've likely learned at the knee of uncle Rupert, I will say that NPR is factually, provably one of the least biased news sources available today. Do your homework and get back to us, for a change. Or better yet, do the homework but not the other part. NPR would be a bargain at 100 times the miniscule price we pay to help support it. You also, unsurprisingly, utterly failed to acknowledge my point, which was your initial failure to understand the word "niche" and how it let you to make an inaccurate and ignorant attempt to impugn Mr. Cuprisin's journalistic integrity. All you did in response was try (and fail) to deflect my accurate critique of your post. Stuff like this - that's what you learn from listening to quality, credible sources of journalism like NPR. (Game, set and match, Wiscoleeds? You need to have higher standards, I'd suggest.)

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dmd93 | Aug. 11, 2011 at 10:34 p.m. (report)

Belling,if there is a very large percentage of overt young black racists in America then tell us what that number is.I'll let you slide a few points either way.

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Tango | Aug. 10, 2011 at 3:42 p.m. (report)

So, Wiscoleeds, do you listen to NPR or not?

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wiscoleeds | Aug. 10, 2011 at 3:38 p.m. (report)

Sijan_heights...both your arrogance and ignorance to suggest you even know what and who I listen to is pathetic. Please factually tell me how you know these things about me and came to this conclusion? Try to conduct a dialogue without letting your emotions cloud your judgement and comments perhaps then you won't come across as so misinformed. Cheers Wiscoleeds

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sijan_heights | Aug. 10, 2011 at 1:51 p.m. (report)

Because NPR is commercial free it doesn't need to heed some corporate directive as to how to report the news. (See Rupert Murdoch/News of the World/Fox as most egregious recent example). It's a shame that Tom and Wiscoleeds don't take the time to listen and formulate opinions on their own, as opposed to being fed talking points from the AM demagogues. As an experiment, listen to Sykes and/or Belling then look at the talkbacks on JSOnline after their broadcasts end, many are verbatim regurgitations of the divisiveness that is their stock and trade. Sell fear and hate and watch the profits roll in. Did any of you catch an ad or two for the Pasch/Darling election? Think those ads are free? There are enormous amounts of money to be made by splintering the populous in to warring factions. In summation, if you want opinions masquerading as news, listen to these guys, if you want actual news and have an attention span longer than an X-box addicted Red Bull drinking constantly texting teenager, then NPR might be for you.

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