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July 4, 1956 |
|Show||The Mark Belling Late Afternoon Show|
|Station(s)||1130 WISN (AM)|
|Time slot||3:00 PM - 6:00 PM CT|
|Style||conservative talk radio|
Mark Belling (born July 4, 1956, in Kaukauna, Wisconsin) is a conservative radio talk show host for 1130 WISN in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is also a local newspaper columnist, former television host, and occasional guest host for Rush Limbaugh. A native of Wisconsin's Fox Valley, Belling is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse.
Belling has been with WISN since March 1989. Before joining WISN he was news and program director of WTDY in Madison, Wisconsin, where he began his talk radio career. Belling also served as a radio news director in Springfield, Illinois; St. Joseph, Michigan; Benton Harbor, Michigan; and Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Belling currently hosts a three-hour weekday radio program, The Mark Belling Late Afternoon Show. He discusses a wide variety of topics on his program, including sports, music, Milwaukee area politics, Wisconsin politics, and national issues. Belling leans to the right politically, and he has been known to frequently criticize local and national Republicans for straying from conservative principles.
In 2004 the host was briefly removed from the air following his on-air use of the ethnic slur "wetback". Latino groups and others called on Clear Channel to dismiss him. He issued a written apology for his remarks, and also responded on air with what was criticized by some as being a "non-apology." Declaring he would never discuss the incident again, the surrounding furor eventually died down.
In addition to his daily three-hour radio program, Belling is a guest-host for Rush Limbaugh's national radio program. When doing so, WISN usually broadcasts this program twice rather than have someone fill in for Belling.
Belling previously hosted a Sunday-morning television panel, Belling and Company, on WISN-TV (Channel 12) until 2000, when it moved to WDJT (Channel 58). The television program was discontinued in 2005, reportedly due to editorial conflicts between Belling and the management of WDJT owner Weigel Broadcasting.
Belling is a 2001 Marconi award recipient for best medium-market radio personality, and was the Milwaukee Press Club winner for best radio editorial in 1993 and 1994 He has twice won the Radio-Television News Directors Association award for best investigative reporting in the Midwest, and was a 1986 finalist for "Journalist of the Year" in Illinois as awarded by United Press International. In 2001 Belling was named one of the Top 100 Heavy Talkers—the most influential radio talkers in America—by Talkers Magazine, an industry publication.
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