|Dave Wingert, facebook photo|
Wingert, KGOR 99.9 FM's ex-morning radio personality, is from Brooklyn / Bensonhurst and is in the Nebraska Radio Personalities Hall of Fame, having worked, before leaving Omaha in 1989, at WOW, KQKQ, KEFM, KGOR and KEDS. He has also broadcast from WHO in Des Moines and KLSY in Seattle, where he hosted a nationally-syndicated show, "Dave 'Till Dawn," on 98 stations.
Wingert's former station, KGOR, is part of the right-wing Clear Channel behemoth. His show was the second most popular FM drive-time radio program in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area.
Today's Omaha World-Herald claims Wingert "said an expletive on the air and was suspended, then subsequently fired."
Blogger Leo Adam Biga tells a different story:
In 2010, Biga profiled Wingert for The Reader, an Omaha weekly alternative newspaper.Apparently the dust-up had to do with an FCC violation – a listener calling-in unloosed a forbidden expletive on air that seems pretty tame to me and my ears, “bullshit,” and Wingy let it through and tried covering his ass just as you or I might do — and after serving a suspension he got canned for his trouble... He tells me he was fired without severance, only a goodby and good luck. He wants to stay put and continue doing his radio gigging in Omaha. He and his agent are busily testing the waters. I hope he gets his wish and perhaps a measure of revenge against the station that dismissed him by killing them in the ratings.
Below: 2009 interview with Wingert:He’s courageous enough to be an openly gay announcer in Omaha. Not in a flaming, militant way but with a breezy, emotive patter and Jewish motherly demeanor. By addressing, on-air, overtly heterosexual newsman Rich Dennison with, “Oh, honey!,” or female callers with, “Dahling.” He doesn’t use the show as a coming out platform but rather as context for being true to who he is.“I have come out — if you listen for it. But it comes out in conversation. I haven’t made it a banner,” he said.
Wingert's radio show was considerably tamer than that of Todd 'N Tyler, the titillation jocks over at Z-92, who, while observing the letter of FCC regulations, are nevertheless obsessively and spectacularly vulgar (and frequently funnier) than Wingert, who annoys not by raunch but by relentless salesmanship, even between commercials.
Here's a sample of Todd 'N Tyler's Z-92 Gay Football Picks from four days ago (partial transcript below is of the above-linked podcast starting at 2:24):
Apparently Mike was in the process of holding up a roof truss and couldn't come to the phone right now... Do you have his pick? I do have his pick...
Intro: He learned about football by spending a lot of time in the back yard, if you know what I mean. With two wins and two losses, and one push, it's Wichita's fruitiest framer... Here's Mike!
Let's clarify this: He is a framer in Wichita and he could probably kick all our asses and Todd's giving him all this gay crap there, that's funny... Mike is going to go with Steph as well and pick the Patriots.
Well he likes Tom Brady, obviously.
Can you blame him?
Next up, with a record of three wins and two losses, our most versatile prognosticator, the dual threat, the switch hitter, here's Ricky!
Ricky likes it from both sides.
Yeah he does.
Do you have a woman or a guy this week? Or both?
Who are you with this week?
Caller: Uh, both.
Busy week! Guy gets laid a lot... Who do you like buddy?
Caller: I'm gonna go with the Bears.
Of course you are!
Caller: The gummy bears [reference to current high school fad of sucking on vodka-soaked gummy bears during class]...
They don't have a very good offensive line... Ricky likes to hear that because he's going to see Jay Cutler on his back a lot...
That'll wrap up this week's installment of the LGB NFL picks. Brought to you by the Value Voters Summit of 2011, the Hank Williams Jr. fan club and Glenn Beck TV and a special message to my good friend, Jay Medicine Hat: What happened in Yankton will stay in Yankton. Please call me. I'm announcer boy. See you queens at the Liberace movie and talk to you next week. Moi!