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WTIC and UConn Split Ways, Reportedly Because of WTIC’s “Conservative Programming”

February 20, 2018 By Staff
WTIC and UConn Split Ways, Reportedly Because of WTIC’s “Conservative Programming”

It seems that UConn feels WTIC-AM's "conservative programming" is at odds with the best interest of the university.

Last week WTIC-AM announced plans to end its relationship with University of Connecticut (UConn) athletics after the current season.

Since 1992, WTIC-AM has held an agreement with UConn to cover the university’s sports teams. Announcing the end of its long-held relationship came as a “bombshell” to listeners, followed by shock over WTIC-AM’s reasons for terminating its relations with UConn.

Reportedly, UConn had demanded that the station air “more sports talk shows that were favorable to the university,” something that was a dealbreaker for the station.

UConn also “felt the conservative programming that WTIC airs is at odds with the best interest of the university,” according to Phil Zachary, senior vice president and market manager for Entercom Radio (the parent company of WTIC-AM).

UConn demanding a role in WTIC-AM’s content decisions drew quick fire from state leaders, notably state senator Joe Markley. Markley, a lieutenant gubernatorial candidate, highlighted the story on Facebook, calling the Universities condemnation of conservative programming “outrageous.”

Outrageous:'“The school felt the conservative programming that WTIC airs is at odds with the best interest of the university,” Entercom Radio senior vice president and market manager Phil Zachary said.'

Posted by Joe Markley on Saturday, February 17, 2018

WTIC-AM’s dust-up with UConn is just the latest in an ongoing national debate stemming from what some conservatives see as “a conspicuous bias against conservative views” in higher education.

Reclaim Connecticut noted the uproar conservative commentator Ben Shapiro brought to UConn when invited to talk on campus – so much so that university officials felt the need to provide counselors to students deeply affected by merely hearing a conservative speaker.

At the same time, the University of Hartford (UHart) held “a conversation” event with Angela Davis, a noted left-wing speaker and ex-communist. But that event passed without any such “uproar,” again echoing the feeling of a “double standard” against conservatives.