KTLK host Jason Lewis quits show on-air
The Conservative talker quit his show during the middle of his program 7/31. “The Jason Lewis Show” is syndicated by Genesis Communications. Lewis spent a decade at KSTP-AM in the Twin Cities before leaving the station in 2003 for a job at WBT in Charlotte. He returned to the Twin Cities in 2006 for a job at KTLK. Lewis’ show was syndicated in 2009. His flagship was Clear Channel’s KTLK.
“He told me two months ago he intended to retire Aug. 1,” Mike Crusham, president and market manager of CCME Minneapolis/St. Paul told The St. Paul Pioneer Press. “He decided not to go public with it until today. I think he is serious about it. I hope he is not. He is one of the best talk show hosts I have ever worked with or listened to.”
A couple of hours after he quit, Lewis said via his Twitter account: “Today I left the radio biz for something better.”
The tweet included the hashtag #GoingGalt and a link to the website galt.io.
The site says this about “Going Galt”: “A phrase derived from the iconic Ayn Rand novel ‘Atlas Shrugged.’ In the book, the ‘producers’ or ‘men of the minds’ — as the famed author put it — decide to go out on ‘strike’ as a protest against those who would attack them politically.”
Also on the site is a 15-minute clip featuring Lewis that, according to galt.io, is a “parody of what it is like working in a highly regulated industry and some of the events that led to his decision” to quit the radio show.
A Jan. 30 article in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal describes galt.io as a “Libertarian tech startup” co-founded by Lewis.
Clear Channel’s Crusham said the station is planning on running the “Joe Pags Show,” from WOAI in San Antonio, starting next week in Lewis’ KTLK time slot.