mandy connellLess than two years after leaving Louisville and her morning show on WHAS Radio for a new show in Denver, Colo., conservative talk show host Mandy Connell is coming back to Louisville’s airwaves.

While she will remain living in Colorado and continue her morning show there, Connell tweeted this afternoon that she would begin an evening broadcast on WHAS in Louisville beginning on May 18.

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Connell is known for being a hard-right ideologue with a sympathetic audience. While living in Colorado, she endorsed Matt Bevin over Sen. Mitch McConnell in Kentucky’s GOP Senate primary last year, saying McConnell was not conservative enough for her tastes.

She ran into controversy a number of times during her previous three-year stint at WHAS. In 2010, she called President Barack Obama “a young half-breed man” on the air — and excused herself because “it was just the first thing I thought of” — drawing outrage from the local chapter of the NAACP.

In 2013, the Anti-Defamation League ripped Connell after she suggested that gun control supporters wanted to make gun owners “wear yellow stars” like the Nazis forced Jewish people to wear in Germany.

Such controversial statements preceded her arrival in Louisville, like when she referred to “raccoon gangs” who attended “failing schools” and asked: “Is it tacky to wear my white sheet after Labor Day?” Responding to criticism at the time, she wrote: “I no longer care if someone calls me a racist. Too many have cried ‘racist wolf’ too many times. Screw ’em.”

Such rhetoric appears to be the kind of “straight talk” that WHAS just can’t get enough of. Connell will replace the evening Sports Talk on WHAS because, apparently, Louisville isn’t that big of a sports town.

Joe Sonka is a staff writer at Insider Louisville focusing on government, politics, education and public safety. He is a former news editor and staff writer at LEO Weekly and has also freelanced for The Nation and ThinkProgress. He has won first place awards from the Louisville Metro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the categories of Health Reporting, Enterprise Reporting, Government/Politics, Minority/Women’s Affairs Reporting, Continuing Coverage and Best Blog. Email him at [email protected]


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