Chad Livengood, Detroit News Lansing Bureau
Todd Courser(Photo: Dale G. Young / The Detroit News)
Former state Rep. Todd Courser is bringing the tea party to the airwaves of a Metro Detroit radio station that has become a refuge of sorts for controversial political figures.
Superstation 910AM announced Tuesday that the Lapeer-area Republican will host a new Saturday afternoon radio show, joining the Southfield station’s ranks of legally and politically troubled hosts. Courser’s first hour-long show is this Saturday at 4 p.m.
“This is a great opportunity to inform our listeners across the state of Michigan regarding the inner workings of decision making in our state capital as it relates to the city of Detroit,” 910AM Superstation CEO Kevin Adell said in a Tuesday statement.
Courser is getting the unpaid radio gig just as he attempts to launch a political comeback after resigning from the Michigan House of Representatives last year after The Detroit News exposed his failed attempt to cover-up an extramarital affair with former Rep. Cindy Gamrat.
Last week, Courser filed to run for Lapeer County prosecutor in the August primary, challenging incumbent Prosecutor Tim Turkelson and Lapeer attorney Michael J. Sharkey for the Republican nomination.
Courser is currently fighting felony misconduct in office charges related to his cover-up of the affair with Gamrat and other actions he took during a brief eight-month stint in office. He and Gamrat also are being sued by their former aides for wrongful termination. An attorney for Courser has said the former lawmaker intends to sue the House of Representatives for running him out of office.
Mort Meisner, a spokesman for Superstation 910AM, said Turkelson and Sharkey will be afforded equal air time on the radio station, which has a powerful signal that can be heard some days as far north at the Mackinac Bridge.
“They can come on for an hour every week,” Meisner said. “They’ll be afforded the same level playing field if they choose.”
Known writing long political manifestos, Courser promises to pull back the curtain “on corrupt government,” according to the radio station, which goes by the call letters of WFDF.
Since January, the radio station formerly known for mostly ministerial programming has added shows for former Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, former Detroit mayoral chief of staff Christine Beatty and former Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Wade McCree.
Ficano is the former longtime sheriff and county executive who ran Michigan’s largest county government into the financial ground before he finished a distant fifth in the August 2014 Democratic primary, getting trounced by former county Sheriff Warren Evans.
Ficano recently took a break from the radio show to concentrate on his campaign for a seat on the Wayne County Circuit Court bench, Meisner said.
Whether he wins or loses the judgeship, Ficano intends to return to 910AM’s airwaves after the election, Meisner said.
Beatty is best known as former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s second-in-command and mistress, who resigned in 2008 after text messages she traded with Kilpatrick emerged showing she and Kilpatrick lied about their affair. She served 69 days of a four-month jail sentence in 2009 and was on probation for about four years.
McCree was kicked off the bench in March 2014 by the Michigan Supreme Court for misconduct in office that began in 2012. His antics included having a six-month extramarital affair with a participant in a child support case before him and then lying “repeatedly” about it under oath as well as sending a shirtless photo of himself to a court employee.
Other controversial figures with shows on Superstation 910AM include former Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee, former City Attorney Krystal Crittendon, former Detroit City Councilwoman Joann Watson and political activist Malik Shabazz.