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WILMINGTON — The Big Talker FM announced today it has fired talk show host Curtis Wright. Paul Knight, Vice President and General Manager for Sea-Com, Inc., which owns the radio station, announced Wright’s termination in a news release.

When reached by phone, Knight would not say what led to Wright’s dismissal, except to say it was “absolutely not” related to a lawsuit filed against Wright and Sea-Com last year by Tom Fetzer, now head of the state Republican Party.

“This was a decision we had to ponder for several months, and one we had to bring to a logical conclusion today,” Wright told WWAY.

Wright has developed a devoted following for his politically conservative show “The Morning Beat,” which he has hosted for more than three years, according to Knight. The show also created a good bit of controversy. Perhaps most notable was the slander lawsuit filed by Fetzer after Wright forwarded an anonymous letter about Fetzer, who was trying to become head of the NCGOP, to Republican leaders. The two sides settled the lawsuit in October.

Knight said a replacement for Wright’s show would be named soon.

Tune in tonight to WWAY to hear what Wright has to say about his dismissal.

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2016 years 2 months ago

Why is everything with conservatives black and white?? This stage in human development is supposed to end around age 11. Things are never just right or wrong-there are some “good hardworking people” out there who really do need help because they hit a rough spot. These are the same people who don’t mind paying extra taxes to help others like them. As an RN for the past 23 years I’ve seen my share of tragedy. The first time you see a “good hardworking” family lose everything they’ve worked for because their son was in a car… Read more »

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Guest1118
2016 years 2 months ago

When I first moved here in 2005 I enjoyed listening to Marty and Dick and was dismayed when Curtis replaced them and their lower key show. That said, I came to appreciate Curtis over the years and agree with him on most issues. But I do think that he was very thin-skinned and needlessly abrasive. No one but his “inner circle” could disagree with him or have an opposing view. I have the same problem with Curtis as I do with Glenn Beck: it’s not what you say, but HOW you say it. I tend to enjoy talk show hosts… Read more »

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oakislandandy
2016 years 2 months ago

It’s not journalism. It’s entertainment. Radio talk show hosts have to be extreme to garner listeners. Nobody wants to listen to nice, middle-of-the-road chatter. The ratings support that conclusion. People listen because it is extreme, whether you agree or not with the views. The Morning Beat is not there to give all sides an equal shake, but to take a position out on the edge. That’s what made it interesting. Curtis is no different. All the most listened to talk radio hosts are out there on the edge – Limbaugh, Boortz, ect.… Read more »

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Guest99x
2016 years 2 months ago

B’Bye to another Rush Limpschlock wannabe who had darkened the airwaves too long with his whinings. Good Riddance.

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2016 years 2 months ago

I am so sorry to hear about this. I listen to the Morning Beat every morning. I hope wherever Curtis goes, he keeps speaking up and fighting for conservative values.
God Bless you Curtis (can we still say that???)
TRC

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