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Less than five months after a new radio concert landed on WJAS-AM Pittsburgh, controversial media personality Wendy Bell was again thrown out of the air.
Bell was hired in January by WJAS, a broadcaster for the St. Barnabas Health System, a retirement and assisted living community in Pittsburgh’s North Hills. According to Michele Bradac, spokesman for St. Barnabas Health System, WJAS was a “human resource issue” that was handled within the company.
The removal of Bell from WJAS marks the third time since 2016 that Bell has been taken off the air by media companies in the Pittsburgh area. The former WTAE anchor was fired in 2016 after posting a racist message on Facebook about the Wilkinsburg mass shootings. In September 2020, Bell was taken off the air from her position as a radio host at KDKA Radio after making comments on air guards campaigning for park rangers to shoot protesters when she spoke about protesters protesting the mountain. Rushmore in summer 2020.
BREAKING! The end is nigh for Wendy Bell.
WJAS @stbarnabashs picks up Radio Karen broadcasts from Facebook. The attempt to convert these rapidly declining Facebook viewers (barely 2,000 per day) into listeners on AM RADIO!
From Monday. Turn the dial and adjust the antenna. pic.twitter.com/rOoeRmerUJ
– JON (@JonInPGH) May 6, 2021
For a while after losing her job at KDKA Radio, Bell continued to host a show on her Facebook page that garnered tens of thousands of viewers. However, your account was not allowed to post videos to spread misinformation. And even though WJAS claims it was a personnel matter why Bell is now off the air, Bell continued to run into trouble on Facebook.
She was reported by the social media company in March for spreading misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine and in April for the same reason. In some responses on Facebook to the news that Bell is no longer in the WJAS, some users shared their disapproval and used hashtags related to the QAnon, the far-right conspiracy theory according to which Democrats run underground pedophile rings and eat babies.