(Toledo, OH) In the latest war of words between News-Talk WSPD 1370-AM and Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner, morning host Fred LeFebvre repeatedly compared the mayor with Adolf Hitler.
LeFebvre said that the mayor's "dictatorial" style was the reason he equated the two, citing the confrontation between ex-police chief Jack Smith and Finkbeiner as the latest in a series of examples of supposed mayoral tyranny.
Several callers phoned in to complain, but LeFebvre continued to make the comparison.
"Fred - how many people did the mayor kill?" asked one caller.
"None!" replied LeFebvre before hanging up on the guest and reminding listeners that they need not call the show if they were going to excuse Finkbeiner's behavior as "passion" for excellence.
Left: WSPD's Fred LeFebvre
The dispute stems from earlier comments made by Finkbeiner alleging that LeFebvre was a "liar" who dispensed "half-truths" during a heated debate about a proposed bike path in South Toledo.
In response, WSPD afternoon host and program director Brian Wilson "banned" Finkbeiner from appearing on air. The mayor then "banned" WSPD from press conferences, and mayoral spokesman Brian Schwartz denied entry to WSPD reporters at a later press conference in which city officials - not the mayor - were speaking.
Such exchanges do not benefit the city, but as a journalist I must add that the drama that seems to follow Carty Finkbeiner means that many local news people need never worry about steady work.