SARASOTA LEFT WING JOCK CANNED - Mitch Perry

03/15/04

For the last year, Bud Beck has been the host of a popular three hour morning talk show on WWPR, 1490 AM Manatee County......Unlike the majority of what's heard on the AM spectrum, Beck has been successful as a Liberal talk show host...

Until today.

Shortly after Beck signed off from his morning shift, WWPR station owner Ray Green summarily fired the left leaning host (roll tape#2 o.q." roll tape#2 o.q.".programming changes")

Beck has hosted the program for nearly 14 months......He believes he was fired because of criticism he was directing towards the entire Florida Republican Congresssional membership , and how they voted to cut the Veteran's Administration Budget (roll tape#2 o.q."how they're lying")

Ray Green is the owner of WWPR...He emphatically denied that the cancellation of Bud Beck's show had NOTHING to do with the content of his program(roll tape#5 o.q."strictly an economic decision')

A native of Pittsburgh, Beck served for six years in the Air Force during Vietnam before pursuing his dream of being a writer. In 1993, he launched the Mountain Laurel Review, an alternative newspaper, which led to a successful run for a seat on the county commission in McKean County, Pa., two years later.

Although he won the seat as a Republican, the party viewed him as an outsider, Beck said. Halfway through his four-year term, he switched parties.

Beck specifically signals out Sarasota Congresswoman Katherine Harris for being responsible for his termination....He says Harris was responsible for him being booted from programming at the Democratic National Committee's headquarters last fall, and was responsible because of his renewed criticisms...But WWPR station owner Ray Green says that is absolutely NOT The case (roll tape#5 o.q."or not viable")

And Green says he would NOT hesitate to put another liberal talk show host on the air....as long as he can make money for WWPR (roll tape#6 o.q."absolutely")

Speaking to WMNF just hours after he was terminated, talk show host Bud Beck sounded stunned and not exactly certain how to feel (roll tape#3 o.q." it takes you by surprise, you know?")

OUTRO: Deposed talk show host Bud Beck, no longer employed at WWPR 1490 AM in Manatee County.

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