Bruce Jacobs Leaves KFYI

by Brian A. Wilkins

The man I still refer to as “my favorite Republican,” now former Newstalk 550 KFYI morning show host Bruce Jacobs has left his post at the station.

Bruce Jacobs

As most of you know, I was employed at Clear Channel Radio in Phoenix for about seven months in 2007. While I was attending Arizona State University, I got an internship there and was subsequently hired on as a reporter and blogger for Xtra Sports 910. I would have never been hired, however, if it weren’t for Bruce. He is the one who gave an unexpected endorsement to the Clear Channel big-wigs on my behalf. It was hard not to respect him because he would always say exactly what was on his mind, about anybody, at any given moment (including Clear Channel management and dead cops’ wives).

If I had to take a guess, I’d say Bruce and I disagreed on about 50 percent of all issues (Barry Bonds and Michael Vick being the primary ones), but agreed on the other, more important half, especially tougher immigration enforcement sans the tactics of thug Joe Arpaio. I also have to give Bruce credit for opening my eyes to the ultimate money-making deception known as “global warming.” Granted I believe there may be some sort of cyclical climate shift happening, but all “global warming” has done thus far to damage our planet is make Al Gore a worldwide celebrity.

Bruce Jacobs, to me, is the reason people only caricature those they don’t know or those they know nothing about. Before my employment with Clear Channel, I thought he was a pompous, arrogant prick on the radio. It is so much harder to view someone in a negative light that you know (which is why more “black” judges and police are needed). He’s said some thing that have made me cringe a few times, as I’m sure (ok I know) I’ve written things he thought were completely foolish and borderline “racist.” All a Republican has to do to show me they are not an inbred Confederite is simply acknowledge there are in fact Euro-Americans (millions) who go out of their way to destroy and manipulate the lives of “blacks.” When he called out Phoenix mayor Phil Gordon for screaming “racism” about Arpaio’s immigration tactics, while Gordon virtually encourages “racism” against “blacks,” that is all I needed to hear. The truth of the matter is, Republicans and “African Americans,” IDEOLOGICALLY, have a lot in common (tough immigration, pro-2nd amendment, civil unions only), but the Confederate aura around the party makes it not only a joke to a vast majority of “African Americans,” but the virtual sworn enemy.

My point is, our differences were never an issue since we always respectfully discussed them (or debated them, which was fun), as he also used to do even with “liberal” callers into his show. If I’m alive in 2010 and ultimately get married, Bruce (and director of programming, Smokey Rivers) would be high on my invite list. I would assume (though I haven’t spoken to him in over two years) Bruce is going to focus solely on his national Fox Sports show and/or maybe on his woman. Say what you want about the man, but I consider him a friend. Thanks for everything brotha and I’ll see down the road.

5 thoughts on “Bruce Jacobs Leaves KFYI

  1. david k

    You can heap praise on this guy all you want, but he does nothing but damage to this country by spouting his hateful speech on every show. I have had the misfortune of trying to debate this guy thru emails, but he doesn’t have the mental capacity to form a coherent argument. When I shoot his argument full of holes with facts and logical arguments, he resorts to name-calling, just as he does on his show.

    He just does what all the other right-wing talk show hosts do: demonize factions of the left (gays, unions, etc.) only he’s more rude and crass about it than most of the others. He is not interested in thoughtful dialogue and insightful discussions on the issues. He’s just a “shock jock” that tries to boost ratings by being deliberately controversial. Maybe that’s the only smart thing he’s doing to keep himself employed, but evidently that shtick only worked for so long since he’s out of a job now. The media claims it was “mutual”, but how many “mutual” partings like this really happen? It’s more like KFYI was tired of this guy and was going to ask him to leave, and he agreed to do so theoretically with a shred of dignity intact, so it wouldn’t look like he was canned.

  2. Travis D

    Bruce is who got me into talk radio. If it wasn’t for his energetic show with a lot of discussions on things that matter, I was hooked. Bruce was straight forward in his views and opinions. Good for him, he is an inspiration and the chances of me continuing to listen to KFYI have dropped. Thanks to Bruce and Karilyn’s endorsement of Peoria Pontiac GMC, I bought a GMC Sierra from them. Sadly, with Obama turning GM into a government run company, I’m going to probably buy Toyota again. But thanks Bruce, for all the you have educated me with. Thank you for getting me into talk radio and helping to get me more involved with politics. Thank you to both you and Karilyn for speaking about Peoria Pontiac GMC so I could have the truck of my dreams.


    What in the hell are you doing ? You keep YOUNG on the air and AX Jacobs
    ANY LONGER – You have turned on your
    listeners – IDIOTS

  4. AZben

    The KKK was a southern organization not a northern. The Democrats have controlled the south for the last 150+ years at the national and local level. The Republican Party was created out of the anti-slavery movement in the 1800s. So how come everybody calls the party on individual rights and responsibility racist? Not to say that there are no racist in the Republican Party but to say all are racist is the same as saying all Blacks are Librals.

  5. JohnnyRussia

    Good riddance to gasbag Bruce Jacobs!!! This hateful Hannity/Limbaugh mimic was a waste of airtime and a flat-out tool.

    I e-mailed him once, and his reply was juvenile, angry and non-sensical; just like his show.

    Go to hell, Bruce Jacobs. You’ll be right at home.


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