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    Posted: May 10 2017 at 9:26am


‘The Great American’ a no call, no show in Monroe
Ed Richter  Staff Writer

MONROE
“The Great American” Bill Cunningham of 700 WLW was a “no call, no show” at Tuesday night’s Monroe City Council meeting.

Two weeks ago, Councilman Todd Hickman said Cunningham should come to council and explain why he said, “Monroe Ohio has an MS 13 gang problem,” on a national Sunday talk show and why he said it on national television.

During an on-air interview on Cunningham’s radio talk show, he did not apologize for the negative comments but said he “ meant no aspersions against” the city. Toward the end of the interview with Hickman, Cunningham said he and his wife would visit Monroe that weekend. Hickman countered and invited Cunningham to attend council’s May 9 meeting to explain his remarks. Cunningham agreed to attend the meeting.

When Tuesday’s meeting started at 6:30 p.m., Cunningham was a no-show as the meeting started. After Mayor Robert Routson presented two proclamations, the council moved ahead with its agenda.

During the meeting, Hickman offered a short statement saying, Cunningham “was not a man of his word or a great American. He talks about real people but doesn’t know the real people here.

“He still needs to apologize for his words on television.”


During a short break in the meeting, Hickman said, “I was hoping to get an apology from him. But as we see he’s a no call, no show. He proclaims himself to be “a great American” but, a great American wouldn’t have put down a city and then not face council and explain the reason why he went on television and told the country that Monroe has an MS 13 gang problem.”

Hickman said Cunningham should have been at the meeting after saying on his program that he would.

“Apparently he’s not a man of his word,” Hickman said. “Hopefully, maybe he’ll change his mind and show up. Other than that, I’m still waiting for the apology.”

Hickman also said said Cunningham “shouldn’t be spreading fake news…. It shows he’s wrong because he didn’t come up here.”

Cunningham on April 23 told George Stephanopoulos, during a segment of ABC’s “This Week” television program, that “Monroe Ohio has an MS 13 gang problem.” Cunningham said he based his comments on news accounts that a person arrested April 14 at a Monroe hotel off Interstate 75 had alleged ties to the violent drug trafficking gang.

That remark drew the ire of Hickman, who said at the April 25 Monroe City Council meeting that Cunningham owed the city, its residents and businesses an apology. At that meeting, Hickman asked the city’s police chief, Bob Buchanan, if the city had such a problem. Buchanan said he had no indication of that.

Cunningham was not listed on Tuesday’s council agenda to speak, but there he could have spoke during the public comments portion of the meeting. The Journal-News left a message Tuesday for Cunningham’s producer for comment. He has not responded to an email or voice mail seeking comment two weeks ago.

Routson said Tuesday that Cunningham did not responded to phone messages from him over the past two weeks. He also said the radio station then made fun of the city after the interview with Hickman.

Routson said the apology should be to the city and he should not have singled out Monroe.


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I am sure Bill Cunningham didn't show up because of our gang problem. Cry
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700 WLW spews crap. He meant every word he said. What difference would it make if he did apologize? Damage has been done.
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Bill Cunningham to Monroe: "I'm not apologizing for nothin'!"

I've had the good people of Monroe upset at me due to comments I made on ABC News and Good Morning America. The truth is I only said there was a drug problem involving MS-13 because Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones told me that!

I'm not apologizing for anything! The truth will set you free!

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In a recent video Bill Cunningham said he will come to the next council meeting which will be May 23, 2017. He said he missed the past meeting because he forgot about it and it was not in his iPhone to remind him. 

He also said he is coming for you Councilman Todd Hickman and Mayor Routson. 


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Houndog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 13 2017 at 9:58pm
A huge thanks to Mr Hickman. And also Mr Routson.
Who stood up and asked for an apology from Mr Cunningham.
Will it happen. I doubt it. Willie the Great American Cunningham is a radio persona. His paycheck hinges upon people turning the radio to his show.
It is in his best interest to say things that will get people to turn the dial to 700. When he shows up on national TV shows it's very important to say things that get people to tune into his radio show.
Bill Cunningham is in no way obliged to say things that are true. Much to the contrary we know now that our nation wants to hear things that are sensational.
The truth is staid and boring and no one wants to hear the damn truth. It's without merit.
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If Bill Cunningham wants a sensational show, he should dedicate at least an hour for a discussion forum with Monroe's city leaders regarding his "fake news". In this scenario, unlike his usual clown show, he would allow others to speak, so the public can actually hear some real news about Monroe. I would definitely recommend that you do not allow him to grace the halls of city council.
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I wonder if Cunningham will show up tonight.
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Originally posted by John Beagle John Beagle wrote:

I wonder if Cunningham will show up tonight.


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No show again. I heard the mayor asked him not to appear at the council meeting.
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