Following his weekend announcement of a presidential bid, Salem Radio Network says it will cancel national distribution of Joe Walsh’s syndicated show in 30 days. The last day of SRN’s feed of the conservative talker’s national show be Sept. 26.
The former Congressman turned radio talk show host confirmed he is looking to take on President Trump for the Republican nomination for the party’s 2020 candidate for president.
In a statement, SRN Senior VP/Spoken Word Format Phil Boyce said Walsh affiliates will continue to receive the program during the 30-day period, and will be given the opportunity to continue the show from a different syndicator, to be selected by Walsh, at the end of the 30-day period. Salem may also offer a replacement for the program to launch after the 30-day period expires to any affiliates who choose not to continue with the show.
Boyce says Salem will work with any affiliates who want to drop the Walsh show during the 30-day period due to concerns about FCC political regulations in light of Walsh's candidacy.
While the decision doesn’t affect Walsh's local program airing on Salem’s “AM 560 The Answer” WIND Chicago, the station will yank the show as soon as he becomes a viable and legal candidate for President.
Walsh served one term in the House before embarking on his radio career and was a one-time supporter of Trump, admitting he voted for him in the 2016 election. In more recent times, Walsh has been an outspoken detractor of the president.