Trucking Radio Show Host Under Fire After Complaints About His Political Views
Cincinnati, OH – A long-time trucking radio show host is under fire after multiple people recently complained to the radio station owner.
Steve Sommers, host of the overnight radio show “America’s Truckin’ Network (ATN),” told his audience on Monday he would no longer be discussing his political views and would not allow his call-in audience to do so either.
The move follows multiple complaints to radio station owner iHeart Media and Cincinnati’s WLW-AM 700, which is where the show originates.
The show airs daily from midnight to 5 a.m. and has been widely listened to within the trucking community for years.
Sommers is known to hold right-leaning, conservative political views and a good portion of his callers express similar views as well.
On Monday’s broadcast he told his audience his job was on the line after recent complaints.
“Suffice it to say, some things are going to change starting right now this morning,” he said on-air according to a Radio Insight report. “That’s where you’re going to be helping to participate because there are some things we’re not going to talk about anymore.”
Sommers went on to describe what those “some things” are.
“We all know in this country, for whatever reason in recent months, I guess you can say it all started with George Floyd and the atmosphere has become so politically charged, so divisive talking about the race issues, the confederate flag, bringing down monuments and statues, everybody has opinions. Everyone’s entitled to differing opinions. I feel that I’ve always tried to give a balanced approach to my content on the program. Some apparently don’t feel that is the case but just suffice it to say, we’re going to avoid such topics,” he said.
On Tuesday, WLW-AM 700’s station manager, Scott Reinhart, issued a statement to local Cincinnati news outlet The Enquirer, suggesting the decision was made in an effort to produce more relevant content for a trucking audience.
“The ATN has been on the air for over 30 years,” Reinhart said. “We regularly review all our shows to ensure they provide the best and most compelling programming, and we have always relied on comments and feedback from our listeners to help us make these decisions.”
Sommers has hosted ATN since the retirement of his father Dale ‘The Truckin’ Bozo,” who originated the show on WLW in 1984 and hosted it until his retirement in April of 2004.
WLW can be heard at night in parts of 38 states and Canada, and during the daytime in parts of six states.
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