Topline

Right-wing pundit Dan Bongino appears to be taking a break from his radio show and is off the air for at least the rest of this week amid a public row over a Covid-19 mandate imposed by Cumulus Media, the radio giant that distributes its show, according to a Wednesday report.

Highlights

Multiple Affiliates Playing The Dan Bongino Show told the broadcast industry trade magazine Radio Ink that Bongino’s program has been put into “best of” mode for the rest of this week.

The show, which occupies the noon to 3 p.m. time slot on Cumulus Media’s influential radio network Westwood One, also did not air on Tuesday, according to Radio Ink.

Zachary Petrizzo, investigative reporter Salontweeted on Wednesday morning that he had received information that Bongino was currently on “vacation” from his duties as a radio host with Cumulus.

Cumulus Media and a general information line for The Dan Bongino Show did not immediately respond to requests for comment; Bongino could not be immediately reached by Forbes.

Key Context

Bongino’s sudden and so far unexplained departure follows a public clash over the Covid-19 vaccine mandate imposed by Cumulus Media CEO Mary Berner in September. Several of the company’s radio hosts have already resigned or been fired due to the rule, which targeted a return to office on Oct. 11. Bongino himself has been fully vaccinated on the advice of his doctors as he battles Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his team noted. However, the right-wing pundit says he thinks the vaccination mandates are “unethical” and “immoral”. He threatened to quit his job earlier this month if Cumulus Media did not change his tenure.

Chief Spokesperson

“Cumulus is going to have to make a decision with me, whether they want to continue this partnership or not,” Bongino told listeners on a recent show. “It’s such a shame that people less well known than me, who don’t have more than 300 stations, have been summarily kicked out or put in really untenable circumstances because they just want to make a medical decision on their own. themselves.”

Tangent

Bongino’s show with Westwood One debuted in May and is carried by more than 300 stations, according to the company. He fills the timeslot previously occupied by the late Rush Limbaugh. Before getting that profiling opportunity, Bongino made a name for himself with years of expertise on shows like Fox News, the National Rifle Association’s now-defunct NRA TV, and Alex Jones’ InfoWars. The former Secret Service agent and three-time unsuccessful congressional candidate also has a large following on social media, where his posts regularly outshine those of media giants like The New York Times and FoxNews.

Further reading

“On the verge of seeing his influence grow, here’s how right-wing pundit Dan Bongino dominates on Facebook” (Forbes)

“Another anti-vaccine radio host is killed by Covid – adding to a growing list” (Forbes)

“Conservative pundit Dan Bongino threatens to quit radio giant over vaccine mandate” (The Washington Post)

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