“So, I’ll say again, I’m not going to let this go,” Bongino continued. “Cumulus is going to have to make a decision with me — if they want to continue this partnership or they don’t. But I’m talking to you on their airwaves. They don’t have to let that happen. And I wouldn’t mind if they didn’t. Because it’s really unfortunate that people with a lower profile than me, who don’t have 300-plus stations, have been summarily either shown the door or been put in really untenable circumstances because they simply want to make a medical decision by themselves.”
Cumulus has declined to comment.
Bongino is heard locally in Atlanta on 920/The Answer, which is owned by Salem. Cumulus doesn’t have a news/talk station in Atlanta since it sold its talk radio station 106.7 in 2019 to a Christian broadcaster. His radio show also airs on the streaming service Fox Nation and he hosts a weekend show on Fox News.
Westwood One also distributes well-known conservative talk-show hosts such as Mark Levin, Ben Shapiro, and Chris Plante. None of the network’s major hosts have left Cumulus though a few talk-show hosts in specific markets have departed or been let go for not getting vaccinated.
Cumulus, which operates Atlanta-based stations such as New Country 101.5, Rock 100.5, O.G. 97.9, 99X and Q99.7, owns 413 stations nationwide in 86 markets making it the second largest radio company behind only iHeartMedia.