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I was going to do a “double take” on a subject and a different perspective. But in the recent events of the liberal news gone wrong, (thought I would never say that) this was a bomb shell that many of us had never saw coming. September 10th was the end of The Forum here in Milwaukee. And who’s the blame on this? Let’s read on.

If many listened to the radio station 1510am Tuesday morning on September 10th, you may have heard the very last of The Forum with Sherwin Hughes. For many of us in the Greater Milwaukee Area that know, listening to him was a different perspective on politics and the current events. Many of us listened to Sherwin before in the days of the Basement Crew on 98.3 and of course, WNOV. Last year as we know, Sherwin’s abrupt end on WNOV was in a Facebook post due to “irreconcilable differences” with him and the Management. That was last July, however between last August until now his show was resurrected with Resistance Radio. Again if many have not listened to Resistance Radio its like progressive radio in which it is. There are many Conservative Radio stations around the state of Wisconsin that cater to many white conservative folks that want it keep it on the right and red. But not many liberal and progressive radio news. This is part of the reason why Real Resistance Radio is now on the air.

So who is next to listen to? Who is next to help bring the real pain of progressive radio of Democratic styles in all to the airwaves ESPECIALLY IN THE BLACK MILWAUKEE COMMUNITY! We know Earl Ingram can. He’s been in the game of fight for the truth for DECADES! But he’s doing on the Baby Boomer side of things. Not a concern. But for Sherwin, it was from in my view point, a Generation X Viewpoint. I said it. I’m Gen X also. Not a Millennial or Gen Z. And the thing is during this past year, he picked up where he left off since leaving WNOV last year. And yet when I listened to his final broadcast behind the mic, he kept referring “the writing on the wall” in terms when would be the time to move forward. Of course when a player tells the press or media that it’s time to retire or quit, of course many of us will feel that impact. Maybe because it’s due to family, health concerns, other assignments or many other factors. It’s kind of interesting also that this announcement came on the week of the anniversary of two things: 9/11 and the passing of Eric Von. I think in Sherwin’s case, it’s about moving to a more free and appreciative angle that he can handle. And also the concerns of the station of Real Resistance Radio was highly examined. And he was very vocal about his stance about the work done. Is Real Resistance Radio the blame here? What about the Democratic Party is facing a mess? Internally? And again, which side is truly A BLAME in this matter? The Right Wing or in this case, The Left Wing Progressives that is now starting to mess up? Think about it! Sherwin briefly described it. Even concerning about the DNC Connectional things that are coming to Milwaukee. He’s been on the WRRD thing for 6 months to one year and was just forgotten he was still there. I know I’m spoiling the sentences that he said in his last Forum Radio Show, but the thing is this: It was noting that it was time to tell the butt naked truth. Now, nothing against Real Resistance Radio, or WNOV or 98.3 or any of the bosses or managers that he worked under. Or even the guests he had. At the end of the day, when it’s all set and done, from an individual stance, we must do what is best for us. We know that in the game of working for the man/woman is not going to be forever. We know this. But I see Sherwin in his next level doing things bigger than the talk radio business. There is always that next level thing we have to understand to walk away. We all will have to take this difficult walk. It’s going to be hard and of course what lies ahead is another question in thought. Homer Blow asks the question all the time: “What’s Next?” We don’t know what’s next yet. No one knows that day or hour. But whatever comes next will come into the light.

This is why I blog the way I do. I pick up on his shows to give my viewpoints here of what’s going on. And to summarize it in a way here that many of you outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Midwest and yet the United States don’t know. We “average bloggers” write what is around us. No matter if it’s health, jobs, a unexpected death, politics, fun stuff, whatever. Even if it’s something we regret in our past that should be a life lessons for those reading in the future. Even church. Somebody say AMEN!

So with Sherwin now out of the radio picture unceremoniously, who’s left to listen to in a black perspective? Again, for 1510am we got Earl Ingram, out in Madison there is a black woman by the name of Brandi Grayson who appears on Talk 92.7 in the state’s capitol. Which is part of the Real Resistance Radio Network. Here in Milwaukee: already Homer Blow via, Michelle Bryant, Keith Parris, Faith Colas, Keyon Jackson-Malone, and Darryll Fortune on WNOV. There’s not too many of us in black talk radio in Milwaukee or in the State.Who is next to join the pack that many ask? Only time will tell. I say for those of us who want to be engaged in black talk radio in the city, I would probably say give these individuals a shot. They may not be the kind you want in talk radio, this is all we have for now.

So like the last time: what were my top 10 Forum moments that I know from memory? Let’s count the ways:

10) The UWM Controversial Poster. This was mostly disturbing.

9) A posting The Forum did on Facebook regarding those who left Milwaukee and thinking what is best for the city. Especially for those who USED TO vote, work, volunteer and play in the city.

8) WRRD 1510 Received an Award from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. The station came in third place and it was because of The Forum.

7) Several interviews with Milwaukee/Wisconsin Congressmen, Alder-persons, Senators. All Milwaukee related. And even replaying a footage that Sen. Lena Taylor made an announcement in running for Mayor for 2020.

6) Last year when The Forum was on the scene when former president Barack Obama was in town for campaign of the 2018 election of the state. The same one later on that Tony Evers won.

5) Last year in November, when the acknowledgement of International Men’s Day was mentioned and yes there was a reason why Men should have their day and time to shine. Even though it was short, but it was a mini statement. International Men’s Day in which many forget: it’s November 19th.

4) Sherwin had this guest on The Forum before, but Shannon Lewendowski a FORMER police officer of the Milwaukee PD and like before, she knew the weaknesses of Milwaukee that every-time she talks about it, the guest usually gets warned about it. But the fact of the matter is, most of what she said was the butt naked truth!

3) See Number 4.

2) The Final Broadcast of the Forum we did not see coming on September 10th. And yet, Sherwin was very expressive in the year overall since the left leaning progressive station was not that VERY keen on Sherwin’s intellect and viewpoints. Especially after realization that sometimes DEMOCRATS can be a mistake in starting up stuff they really can’t hardly finish. And yet, it’s a mess not cleaning up. Many didn’t like it, but it was partially the truth.

And the Number one thing that I’ll remember from The Forum in a resistance side: His comeback show from August of last year of 2018. It was his first since leaving WNOV in July of the same year.

To listen to the last talk show of The Forum on this date of September 10th, 2019, click here and press play. The Forum does have it’s own web page, that you can listen to the last broadcast and also the previous broadcasts of the days from WRRD and WNOV at the same time. It’s all on there. So if any one is looking for them to see if it’s still usable to listen to, it’s on there. All of the 1,000 plus episodes of the broadcasts via Soundcloud.

As far as the now former host is concerned, there is an organization in the city he founded a while back and it’s in a supporting role in regarding the future elections of Milwaukee candidates. Look for “Leaders for a Better Community” and find ways to support and get involved! Oh, and one more thing, if many want to keep up with fans of The Forum, follow along for a member group request on Facebook.

Apparently this is not the way to drop another stunner on Milwaukee Black Talk Radio, but knowing that there will be another one that will renew a idea to let us (and I mean US) have our say!

Slightly Breaking News!

Just today that “The Forum” has new life. As we know that the segment was dismissed on July 28th due to the “irreconsobile differences with management” of WNOV.

But after about a week being absent, “The Forum” host Sherwin Hughes made the breaking news via social media, that his radio segment will be on another station, 1510am WRRD Radio.

If anyone knows about the station in general it is independent news/talk radio. And it was created via my knowledge, that the station like this was born due to the overlapping of Conservative Talk Radio that blurred many in the Greater Milwaukee Area. And yes, the African-American voices like 1290 WMCS was gone in 2012. 860 AM of course is still out there. Now the shift has gone from that of dominant conservative radio, partially liberal, to have a break with filling it up with independent talk. Partially, that’s why I think the WRRD Station was created in my opinion.

On several occasions, I have listened to WRRD featuring Earl Ingram in discussing various topics. Even education. As an example of that, out of me blogging my mind all the time, I take part of a organization that supports higher education bound students for scholarships here in Milwaukee called the MLK Scholarship Coalition. This was the second occasion of this year it was promoted on the segment. This I really am proud of getting out the word of the scholarship, and the host was awarded a special appreciation a couple of years ago for his work in the community for a long time. Even on Black Radio.

But……..beginning August 13th, the same day that Milwaukee Public Schools starts early, “The Forum” will be on the air again between 8am -11am Milwaukee time. At the same time, from my understanding that WNOV’s early time slot talk show, “The Rise and Shine Morning Show” with Jermaine Reed will be during the 7am – 11am hour. So it will be interesting to see how this goes between two African-American males on two different stations discuss topics that many in the community already know and will know. Head to Head!

But for “The Forum” listeners, the black talk goes on. Be ready for August 13th for a brand new era.

Rowdy Roddy Piper

Rowdy Roddy Piper

We are shocked again, wrestling fans!

Last Friday, we were all shocked to hear about the passing of one of the best villians and also hall of famer, Rowdy Roddy Piper. Or the passing of Roderick Toombs. For many years, we seen the twists and turns, and also seeing him coming down the aisle with the Bagpipes playing in the background. Of course, he was at Wrestlemania, the FIRST wrestlemania when it didn’t have a number. And some Wrestlemanias after that. Even having his stint of revenges against the nWo in WCW, brief appearances on TNA’s Impact shows, Mr. T, and even have his say via his RodPod radio show , his podcast, and one of the last things he defended in regarding Hulk Hogan. Through and thorugh, he inspired wrestlers and non wrestlers in other sports to put it out on line and having the respect to get it on. For that, I present this blog letter.

Dear fans of wrestling, and life long fans of Rowdy Roddy Piper:

It’s me Stephen. A black blogger from Milwaukee as usual.

This past weekend, the world was in shock of the passing of our favorite wrestler, favorite villain, favorite host of Piper’s Pit, and favorite actor of the great Roderick Toombs. AKA Rowdy Roddy Piper. Having this man in our lives was like the crazy uncle that was always around, in a humorous kind of way. No question Roddy Piper will in fact go down as one of the greatest wrestlers in the game of the sport/entertainment world.

Many of us on Social Media reacted to the death of Roddy Piper. Me also. Back in March of 1992 here in Milwaukee, my late uncle took myself and my cousins to the Bradley Center to see the live show of the WWE’s Wrestlemania 8 tour. The feature bout was between Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan and they fought against Ric Flair and Sid Justice. The last result of the match, Hogan and Piper won. That was the only time I’ve seen Roddy Piper wrestle in person (as a babyface) in the arena. Plus also, Milwaukee still has this connection with Wrestling. Of course that was 1992. And yes many of us still have those memories in which still burns even to this day. No matter if you liked kilts or bagpipes. Or yes, if you liked the roles of the hero, or the villain. Many of you liked him as the villain! Even in the era of “Rock N Wrestling”.

He always to comment this quote, and it was the truth:

Just when you think you have all the answers, I CHANGE THE QUESTIONS!

Oh yes. Piper had us guessing. And it was brilliant! For you Millennials that don’t know jack about Piper, he kind of reminds you of a older version in which Dean Ambrose might be. However, not as exactly like Dean Ambrose. Just my opinion.

Yes, Piper was an ICON! But mostly known for also in his role of movies like “They Live”. And every time his infamous line comes up, there has been this recital. You guys know what I’m talking about. That line when he goes into the bank:

“I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick a**…and I’m all out of bubblegum.”

Lot you got that on storage right now. Many of you got it storage in a revised format. But no matter what, you got it somewhere. Just saying!


And of course, we cannot forget about the unforgettable Piper’s Pit segments. They were way before you heard of the Funeral Parlor, The Cutting Edge, The Brother Love Show, The Snake Pit of Jake Roberts, The Barber Shop, The Heartbreak Hotel, The Highlight Reel of Chris Jericho,The Peep Show,  and yes WAY BEFORE MIZ TV, and the VIP Lounge when MVP was in the WWE. For Piper’s Pit, it was about asking and answering the TOUGH TOUGH Questions of the Wrestlers, Managers, and of course having the crowd pump up for the heat and pops in the crowds. From hitting Superfly Jimmy Snuka, putting the “fire” out of the late Morton Downey Jr at Wrestlemania 5, making John Cena to feel the energy after being slapped, telling Stone Cold Steve Austin of being “the Rebel” at Wrestlemania 21, and even getting the question out of Hulk Hogan in defending his title against Andre The Giant for Wrestlemania 3.

Still we got Piper Memories. No matter what. Even when he was on one of Joan Collins’ Shows and yes, Arsenio Hall back in the day.

Later on, we all heard the Hod Rod’s voice through podcasting, and having his own Rod Pod segments away from the Squared Circle Arenas.

On the real, this Canadian born Star out the Great White North of Canada, with Scottish heritage, really made us guessing, clicking, and also STILL letting us know, he was THE BOSS in the building. (Take notes Sasha Banks! I respect your skills though.) However as we mourn and reflect this Pied Piper of fun shenanigans, keep in mind that this man, is survived by his wife and kids. And as fans we should respect that. The Toombs Family needs to be in prayer as they prepare to bury their father and husband for the homegoing of the Piper.

So yes, wrestling fans. We can mourn, weep and reflect. But this week, along with the WWE tributes, and SI,and many other sports outlets,  let us all continue to pay the Piper by being more “Rowdy” in a way like never before. Be more rowdy in our daily lives to uplift our communities. Be rowdy for good health. Be rowdy for education. Be rowdy for sportsmanship. Be rowdy for you. Be rowdy for the church in a good way. (say Amen!) And be rowdy for getting the chance to get YOUR OWN, by not being a copy!

So yes, be rowdy all day, every day, and even in spirit of the Rowdy one! So fans, Roderick Toombs (or Rowdy Roddy Piper) doesn’t have to worry about any cardiac arrests. Doesn’t have to worry about any upcoming cancer diseases that he already beaten. Doesn’t have to worry about another rant or worrying about what others had to say about his closest friends (Hulk Hogan). Doesn’t have to worry about the stress that consumed his body most of his 61 years of fighting and also “slapping the truth or amusement in his arsenal.” Doesn’t have to worry about fear. His fears, and concerns are NO MORE! It’s all over. The bells has rung 10 times. The cheers have begun once more.

I think I have scripted someone’s sermon for the Hot Rod’s homegoing! Give me credit, wrestling fans!

So in all, let us continue to be rowdy in a way to change the world, change the game, change the structure, change the landscape, and most of all…….Change begins with you starting a rowdy fire that will never be extinguished!

Let the spirit of Rowdy Roddy Piper, or Roderick Toombs be more louder and crazier than ever in his memory!



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