Offensive. Cowardly. Immoral.
That describes talk radio show host Charlie Sykes. He’s a pig — an adulterous scumbag who preaches morality with the help of the radio station he works for, AM620WTMJ. He shuts down people who disagree with him and promotes candidates and ideas that he agrees with. He is brutal, vicious and uses his show to spread vitriolic rants that are little more than ads for the Republican party and their candidates.
To understand why Sykes grates on me you have to understand my personality. Honor, integrity and fidelity are key to who I am. There is no greater promise that a man can make to a woman than that promise to love, honor and cherish her for the rest of her days — till death do you part. I understand that differences can occur and marriages can crumble, but there really isn’t an excuse for violating the marital oath through infidelity.
Sexuality and physical drives are something that we as humans all deal with. But what separates us from the animals is our ability to hold our drives in check. Sykes doesn’t understand that.
Sykes chose to put his sexual drives above the needs of his past wives and his children. His relationship with his second wife, Diane Sykes (now a federal Judge), fell apart after Charlie decided that he wanted to spend more time with his soon-to-be third wife, opera singer Janet Riordan (alias Liz Woodhouse) who at the time Sykes simply called a “family friend”. Sadly, not only did Charlie leave his wife Diane for another woman, but he left their two sons, leaving the obvious question — what kind of man cheats on his wife knowing full well that his actions will result in his children growing up without their father in the house?
Then there’s the whole issue of Riordan. They used to have a name for women like that. Come to think of it, they still do.
It boggles the mind how so many people still listen to Sykes. His shows slogan is “standing up for what’s right”. Irony is not lost on this man. Decency, and apparently marital fidelity, is.
But the radio talkers moral short comings don’t end there. A few years ago I called the thin skinned Sykes on the carpet for helping to destroy Northridge by fanning the flames of racial fears. The fact is that he did and when he denies it he is lying. Now it may be true that the words of racial hatred didn’t come directly from his lips, but Sykes carefully screens his callers to assure that they agree with him and he rarely lets someone who disagrees with him on the air.
In 2004 I called in to the studio during his show to refute some of the outright lies he was spreading about me. His call screener asked me, “are you ready to come on the air and apologize for being a liar”? Since I hadn’t lied I responded that I was calling to set the record straight. He said he was going to check with Charlie who said on the air “go peddle it somewhere else”. Like a hit and run drunk driver, Charlie Sykes isn’t willing to deal with the consequences and despite his claim that he’s “standing up for what’s right”, Sykes ducks and hides when callers want to challenge his distortions.
That’s cowardice. That’s Charlie Sykes.
Hot Links and Direct Sources:
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, July 19, 2000
Sykes weds “other woman”, Janet Riordan
Even before her real name was first reported by Inside TV & Radio back in 1997, there had been rumors about Charlie’s relationship with Riordan. Charlie was married at the time to his second wife, judge Diane Sykes… Charlie’s name was first officially linked with Riordan in Whitefish Bay police records from August 1996, when they were ticketed for shooting off fireworks at Big Bay Park 45 minutes after the park closed. Police said they were alone on the beach at the time.
Sykes “friend” Riordan uses fake name on radio panel
You may remember Liz Woodhouse as the phony name for a member of Sykes’ radio panel on WTMJ-AM (620). She has since stopped that silly nom de Sykes and is using her real name, Janet Riordan…You may recall that the Liz Woodhouse charade was uncovered here back in January. Charlie first claimed she was just a regular old listener giving voice to the voiceless. It took him a week to admit that she was a “family friend” who did “research” for him when she wasn’t working as an opera singer.
Originally we published this column on a static webpage but it seems appropriate that we now share this with the blogosphere. Since Sykes has come right out and stated that he is an activists, it seems all together inappropriate for WTMJ radio to provide him with over three hours per weekday of propaganda airtime. His recent attack on Governor Doyle comparing the Governor to southern segregationists was yet another example of one of Charlie Sykes’ lies.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
Shortly after we republished this, Eye on Wisconsin laid out the details of Sykes’ affairs. We salute Eye on Wisconsin for this exceptionally well laid out column.
Charlie Sykes divorced his first wife in 1977.
He then married former state Supreme Court Justice Diane Sykes in 1980.
They had two children together.
On September 11, 1996 Charlie Sykes received THIS CITATION from the Whitefish Bay Police Department for setting off fireworks on public grounds. Here is the interesting part- he was found doing this in Big Bend Park, after hours, with a woman that was not his wife at the time. Go ahead. Read it yourself.
Sykes then began using this “park women” on a radio panel in 1997. He even gave her a fake name which eventually the media revealed. First he said she was only a listener, then a “family friend” that did research for him.
The “park women” was apparently married during the “park incident” as she did not get a divorce until 1998.
On July 29, 1999 Diane and Charlie Sykes filed for a divorce.
Both agreed that the marriage was “irretrievably broken.”
The marriage was officially dissolved on June 1, 1999.
Barely a year after the divorce with Diane, Charlie married his third wife. And yes it was the “park women.”