It's time to stand up for a friend.
For 18 years, Mark Davis has been a talk radio staple in North Texas. Over the last several, he has regularly filled in for Rush Limbaugh and had an ever-widening influence over the conservative movement. Through it all, he has been a faithful friend to conservatives, effectively articulated what we stand for and championed the TEA Party movement from day 1.
As of this week, Mark is off the air at WBAP. Cumulus bought the station and the parties were unable to reach an agreement on a new contract. While most of his listening audience assumes that he's on vacation (since no formal announcement was made), Mark is left hanging in the wind.
Cumulus has a reputation in the talk-radio community for being cheap when it comes to salaries and they are trying to gut Mark's now that they own the station. It also appears that station owners think that Americans are tiring of conservative talk radio and specifically of the style that Mark delivers.
I've been a loyal listener of Mark's show for the majority of my life and have kept my dial tuned to WBAP in large part because of his influence. Even when we disagree on issues or candidates, Mark has always been kind, articulate and principled. He's exactly the kind of man we need on the air, reinforcing conservatives and spreading our message.
Mark has been standing with us for 18 years and it's time that we stand up and let his station owners know that we want Mark back on the air. I hope that you will sign our petition to get Mark back on the radio at WBAP!
We will be sharing your comments online and forwarding them to the station owners. With your help, I hope we can communicate an idea of the influence that Mark has had over the conservative movement and how badly we want him back on the air.
Visit TXAction.com to sign the petition and you can share our "Bring Back Mark" graphic on Facebook through our page.
Make no mistake, this is an attack on conservative talk radio as a whole. Today it's Mark Davis. Who knows who it'll be tomorrow. We need to make a concerted effort to fight for those who so eloquently champion our cause.
Whether you're in Texas or not, it's time that we stand up for one of our own!