As Democrats were reeling from last Tuesday’s election loss, a radio station in Wisconsin quietly replaced liberal talk with round-the-clock Christmas music.
Just hours after Donald Trump was declared the next president of the United States, Madison’s 92.1 WXXM-FM began pumping the yuletide tunes, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation released a statement to inform listeners that its atheist “Freethought Radio” broadcast had been “unceremoniously yanked off the air locally.”
“Unfortunately, 92.1 FM did not give FFRF the courtesy of officially notifying it in time to change the credits in this week’s show, which was prerecorded Thursday,” the statement said, noting that fans in Madison could listen by downloading the show’s podcast.
But far-right evangelicals like Fox News radio host Todd Starnes celebrated the fact that atheists no longer had a platform in Madison.
“The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a motley crew of atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers just got a lump of coal in their Christmas stockings,” Starnes crowed in a Fox News column on Tuesday. “Well, if that doesn’t curdle an atheist’s egg-nog I don’t know what will.”
Nielsen Audio ratings show that WXXM pulled the highest share of any liberal talk radio station in the U.S. during the summer of 2016.