Brian Wilson parts ways with Clear Channel

Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson

Libertarian talk show host Brian Wilson announced today that he has "parted ways" with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and will no longer be on WSPD-AM 1370 in Toledo.

Wilson had been program director, news director and afternoon drive time talk show host for more than seven years. Details on his departure were not available today.

“I am glad to have had the opportunity to preach the gospel of freedom and liberty to northwest Ohio. Wish I had the chance on the air to say thank you and goodbye to my listeners. I will continue to make every effort to spread the message of free markets and liberty,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

Despite frequent criticisms of Toledo and Lucas County leaders, Wilson broadcast the show from his home in Smith Mountain Lake, Va. His Perrysburg home was foreclosed on in 2010.

He came under fire last year when he used the term "little monkeys" in reference to Toledo Public Schools students and he seemed to have contempt for area residents.

"I have never seen -- and I've said this in public, on air, and in print -- an accumulation of ignorance among a group of people centered in one geographical area until I came to Toledo. It's astounding, absolutely astounding," he told a Law and Media seminar of attorneys and journalists hosted by the Ohio State Bar Association in Columbus last year.