The suspension of Len Nelson from Woodward Communications rock WAPL Appleton-Oshkosh (105.7) has now resulted in his termination from the company. The morning host was pulled from the on-air lineup after he posted negative comments on his personal Facebook page about Rush Limbaugh, following his death after a year-long battle with advanced lung cancer.
“After careful consideration of all contributing factors, including violations of our employment policies, WAPL and Woodward Radio Group have decided to end morning show host Len Nelson’s employment,” the company said in a statement posted to Facebook. “We are planning for the next chapter of the WAPL morning show with Rick McNeal, and we will keep our loyal listeners and advertisers informed as we make those decisions.”
Nelson and McNeal have hosted mornings in the market together for more than 30 years, first from 1985-1999. Their most recent union began in 2003.
“It started in 1984 but as of today, my long career at WAPL Radio and Woodward Radio Group is over,” Nelson acknowledged with his own Facebook post. “After a two-week suspension, the company fired me this morning. I will miss the work and most of my fellow employees greatly, especially my wonderful cohort with whom I shared the studio for decades, Rick McNeal.”
On the “Rick and Len Show” Facebook page, McNeal wrote, “Today’s decision by my company concerning Len is not one that I agree with but one I will abide by. It was a decision made far beyond my pay grade… Len is an extremely talented broadcaster and one of the smartest people I know. No matter where the future takes him, I’m sure it will be bright. I will miss his acerbic wit, his curmudgeonly personality and, yes, even his accordion.”
The post that led to Nelson’s suspension and eventually firing has since been deleted, and the host did apologize, calling it “insensitive, uncalled for and unnecessary.”
Upon Nelson’s suspension, Woodward Communications issued a statement saying “His personal views are not reflective of the core values of WAPL nor of Woodward Radio Group.”