On August 19, 2010 the same James T. Harris supporter wanted to share their thoughts with him regarding a full time host job on WTMJ. The Drum was cc’d on the email and given permission to publish it. Here is that email.
Hi James, We have met in the past at Tea Party’s and my husband and I had the pleasure to see you at Professional Speaking Engagement last year. Don’t worry I don’t expect you to remember me because there is always such a huge crowd around you.
I want to let you know about a phone conversation I had with Joe Scialsa yesterday afternoon. It was odd because I left a voice mail message for Tom Land but Joe is the one who returned the call.
For the last 2 years I have emailed and left voice mail for Tom Land to ask him why you do not have a full time radio show on WTMJ. He has always replied that there was no opening. So you can imagine my excitement when I heard that Jonathan Green was leaving. Wow I thought, that can be James spot. It would be perfect for him and all of his listeners. So I called right away and left Tom a voice mail message. I told him that he would be hearing from me regularly until you got that spot. That was about two weeks ago.
Yesterday at 9:30am I was bored with Glenn Beck so I switched to TMJ and I heard Jeff Wagner’s voice. I immediately turned off the radio. I do not care at all for him. I wondered once again why YOU weren’t filling in for Charlie or at the very least for Jeff.
On impulse I picked the phone up and left Tom Land 2 voice mail messages. Yes I talked so long I had to call back, LOL, I was on a mission! I told Tom that I was disappointed that you weren’t filling in. I asked him if he was going to put you in the daily 3:00pm slot and I asked him why he doesn’t see what a gold mine he has in you. Than I did the unthinkable, I said “look others have questioned this and I am going to just come out and say it, it this racial? are you racist?” I said I don’t know how it can be because James is on your station, but why doesn’t he rate a full time job. I also said “maybe I need to come down and protest on Capital Drive, if nothing else maybe it will light a fire under you and make you call me back.
I pointed out how successful and well liked you are on all of the Sister Stations you have done fill-in shows for. I told him that someone put a facebook site out there for you called
Give James T. Harris a Daily Show on WTMJ(are you even aware of that site ?) I left my phone number and asked him to please call me back.
About ah half hour later Joe Scialsa called and said he got my message, let me just say that we had a 10-15 minute conversation and I never could figure out why he and not Tom returned the call. Anyway he was nice and professional at first. He told me how much he liked you and that he took you from being a caller to hosting your own show. He said you had raw talent and that he took you and molded you and gave you his time slot. Than he said “I made James who he is, James wouldn’t be on the radio any where if it weren’t for me. I actually laughed at that.
It seemed like he owned you and was taking full credit for how you have turned out. I found that arrogant and not necessary to my questions. Than he took a different tone and said “I have never been so insulted in my life, you called me a racist.” And he just kept saying it and he kept saying “I am not a racist.” I had to keep telling him to calm down and I asked him to turn his liberal mind down a few notches(LOL) and listen to what I really said. I asked if this was racial and if he(well really Tom) was a racist. I said I didn’t call anyone a racist. He said it was the same thing and how dare I do that.
I told him not to worry that if I did come down to protest it would be calm and non-racial. Than he started threatening me with giving you my phone number(I told him to go ahead)he said that you would be “disgusted” with a listener that would dare to ask such a question. Well I never did hear from you so I guess he didn’t make good on that threat!
I gave him all of my reasons for you deserving a full time job and even though I had to admit I have never been in radio I told him that I am the consumer and I know what I am talking about. He told me I am only “one” consumer and I said wrong again there are many like me and we all want you on the air daily. One last time I asked him why he won’t give you a full time job and do you know what he said “James hasn’t EARNED it!” I laughed at that too. I told him he was stupid not to realize how good you are. He never would answer my question on how you could earn that job. Than he started falling apart and kept saying I have to hang up now and a few minutes later we did.
I am truly amazed that a professional in management would tell any listener that you hadn’t “earned it.” It is such a negative thing to say, just so inappropriate. I think Joe might be suffering from a little envy, he found you but your natural talent outweighs what he did for you. You have been on FOX for over two years now and do a beautiful job of it. You are known Nationally.
Look I am so sorry that this has turned into a book. I hope you don’t think I did anything wrong. I have been in your corner for 2 years trying to get Tom to see what a great job you do and I have seen and heard for myself how much people connect to you immediately.
Don’t feel you have to email me back. I am sure you are busy. I just wanted you to know I am one of many who want to see you get the shot you deserve.
Also that conversation with Joe was so disturbing and unprofessional that I thought you should know about it.
Take Care, I will be listening this Saturday and Sunday