Mark Fuhrman, a former Los Angeles police detective whose testimony played a key role in the O. J. Simpson murder trial, has lost his talk...
SPOKANE — Mark Fuhrman, a former Los Angeles police detective whose testimony played a key role in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, has lost his talk radio show.
“The Mark Fuhrman Show” on KGA-AM went off the air Thursday, apparently a casualty of the sale of the station by Citadel Broadcasting Corp. of Las Vegas to Mapleton Communications LLC of Monterey, Calif.
Fuhrman and Rebecca Mack, co-host and producer, said they were dismissed Wednesday.
“They said our show just wasn’t part of the buy,” Fuhrman said. “Obviously, it became a condition of the sale.”
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Management also said the show had not made enough money, Mack said.
“If it was money, we’re not knocking down Fort Knox when our checks are paid,” Fuhrman said.
A call to KGA-AM’s general manager by The Spokesman-Review newspaper was not returned.
Mack said that live local programming can be expensive when compared with the alternative: nationally syndicated shows.
Fuhrman said his show ranked third in local talk show ratings in its target audience for the time slot because it was up against national hosts Rush Limbaugh and Dennis Miller.
“I think it’s very regrettable to the community,” said Mack. “Hate us or love us, we tried to keep the pot stirred and keep the community informed and engaged.”
“If it (information) comes to me, there’s only one way I can tell it,” said Fuhrman. “People highly influential in Spokane are apparently not comfortable with that attitude.”
During Simpson’s murder trial in 1995, Fuhrman testified that he found a bloody glove at the former football star’s home, then pleaded no contest and was fined for denying on the stand that he had used “the n-word.”
He later left his police job, moved to Sandpoint, Idaho, and became a best-selling author of true-crime books in addition to his radio work. He began his talk show on KXLY-AM in Spokane in 1999, then was picked up by KGA shortly after KXLY dropped the show in 2004.
Fuhrman’s show featured local politics and included numerous candidate interviews, often with those who received little other media attention, such as people running for county district court judge.
Frequent targets of Fuhrman’s criticism included former Sheriff Mark K. Sterk and former Spokane Valley Police Chief Calvin D. Walker.
One of his favorites and a frequent guest was the current sheriff, Ozzie D. Knezovich, who said Fuhrman could be tough but usually for good reason.
“If you didn’t articulate it or you hid behind an issue or tried to hide your true sentiments, he would challenge you,” Knezovich said.