On Saturday, Craig Silverman was on air in Denver Colorado hosting his radio show. Midway through his show Silverman says that he was fired for criticizing Donald Trump.
Silverman did a three-hour show on KNUS, which is a conservative talk-show radio station. In the middle of his show, the station’s operations manager walked into the studio after his mic had been cut and told Silverman “you’re done.”
During the show, Silverman had a segment on Trump and his former personal attorney Roy Cohn.
In a recent interview, Silverman told the New York Times that he had voted for Trump in 2016, but has “stepped back off the Trump train.” He shared that he was never informed that there were certain things that he could or could not say on the air. The station is owned by the Salem Media Group, which Silverman stated was “100 percent behind Donald Trump.”
Silverman added that he believes his firing was due to the combination of what he said on air about Trump and what he has said about Trump to other media outlets.
“I expressed myself on Twitter, but I was hoping to be able to express myself on my own radio station, but that wasn’t available,” he said. “So, other media outlets asked me on.”
According to Silverman, he was warned last week by the manager of KNUS that his job would be in jeopardy if he continued to appear on other shows.
“I canceled going on, and then I met with them on Thursday,” Silverman shared. “I explained that under my contract, I have a right to go on other media. And they said, ‘Well, we don’t want you to do it.'”
After Silverman was terminated the station removed all of his content from KNUS’s website. All five years of his podcasts were deleted.
After the story of Silverman’s firing went viral the manager of KNUS told local media that Silverman wasn’t officially terminated and they’d like to have him back on the air, It isn’t clear if Silverman is interested in going back.