Mark Plotkin Out at WTOP

For those in Northern Virginia, if you listened to WTOP on Fridays, you would typically hear Mark Plotkin’s Friday Politics Program. This program would often feature Plotkin’s interviews with various local politicians and candidates about the issues facing the area. It was a great program, even if Plotkin’s politics were liberal leaning.

Imagine my surprise when I read that Plotkin and WTOP have parted ways, creating a void on Fridays. The Washington Post reported today that the decision came as a surprise to many Washingtonians who listened to his commentary, especially when it came down to voting rights in D.C. WTOP would not release any additional details, but it has been speculated that Plotkin’s behavior could be the cause of the separation. Prior to WTOP, he hosted a show with WAMU about politics. He left WAMU in 2002.

While Plotkin’s presence on the airwaves will be missed by some in the D.C. Metropolitan area, it will be interesting to see who will fill the void at WTOP in the meantime.

Cross posted at Crystal Clear Conservative

  • I can’t believe they let him go. He was good, knew his stuff, and was generally fair. And I say that even though he gave a campaign contribution to my opponent!

  • MD Russ

    Buh-bye. His harping on DC “voting rights” was downright tiresome. For all his supposed political insight, he was tone deaf when it came to the status of DC as the Federal City and was an annoying apologist for the corrupt and incompetent DC government.

  • Peter Sperry

    I am absolutely amazed Plotkin lasted as long as he did given his NOVA/MD/DC audience. His political knowledge beyond DC voting rights and very local district only issues is limited to nonexistent. Anyone who reads RollCall, The Hill, Politico or even WaPo’s political page has abetter grasp of national politics than Plotkin has ever demonstrated. His grasp of NOVA politics is simply to repeat whatever Tom Davis feeds him with no understanding of the real issues. Aside from his familiarity with the personalities on the DC City Council, he really does not know politics and policy all that well. Why would anyone south of the Potomac or North of the East West Highway ever give him any credibility at all?

  • I only listened to him, when I wanted to get another perspective on policy issues. I often disagree with Plotkin, but I thought his show was pretty good, despite his political leanings.

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