OT: Ira Weintraub - WTKA

Submitted by The Barwis Effect on July 23rd, 2012 at 8:47 AM
What's going on with Ira Weintraub? I just turned on WTKA and a caller just said his thoughts and prayers were with Ira as he goes through this tough time.



July 23rd, 2012 at 9:01 AM ^

As a weekly listener (online) its been pretty appalling. I am really very sorry about his divorce and know as a person he'll pull through, but the amount of attention they've given this very personal case on the Ann arbor radio show has been flat out embarrassing. It's his right to handle it however he wants, but to use a nationally listened to radio show is classless. This is Michigan, not some boys club. Ira, I hope you pull it together, but leave this stuff at home.


July 23rd, 2012 at 10:54 AM ^

True, but in a way, it is representative of the brand. Not just on a fan boy level, but on somewhat of a professional level. It's kind of like if you saw me at a golf course tailgate, wearing Michigan gear, but I was totally wasted and screaming at my kid, you might walk over and say "hey buddy, let's have a glass of water." I'm not even a university official, but I am still a representative of the brand.

This situation is even more delicate since the exposure is greater, being put on broadcast waves. 


July 23rd, 2012 at 9:40 AM ^

(or was it the other way around?) was a bit much.

Long marriage though to break up, so it must have been something.  I imagine it's never easy to be the spouse of a radio guy though. Horrible hours and all the home responsibilities, with none of the money other jobs with whack hours sometimes have.


July 23rd, 2012 at 10:15 AM ^

I wouldn't have brought my divorce to the broadcast booth myself, though. But then I've never been divorced so what do I know...


July 23rd, 2012 at 10:03 AM ^

I suppose my frailty lies in the fact that Ira pretty much has my dream job, and probably most of ours. He get's to hang out (albeit very early) and talk Michigan sports. I think that because of this I am a bit critical at times. 

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have a beer with the guy. At the end of the day, he's actually pretty good at what he does, but there are times where he'll spend a 20 minute segment talking about the Orioles or Ravens (he's from there, I believe), and the week last summer where he wouldn't stop bashing soccer, a sport that's kind of growing more rapidly than any other in todays age, that get under my skin. I don't get fired up and call in, but I'm just kind of like "Come on, man."



July 23rd, 2012 at 11:19 AM ^

I just think it's a little weird to be talking about it on the air.....real strange to me. I always question why some people are willing to tell you their life story upon first meeting them. I guess I'm just a closed book kind of guy.


July 23rd, 2012 at 11:20 AM ^

Ira's a great guy and is excellent at his job.  What happens in the personal life of a public figure is none of anyone's business.  The extent to which he discusses his personal life on the air and his decision to do so at all is unequivocally his business.  At no point has he ever spoken ill of his ex-wife either explicitly or implicitly on the air.  You're welcome to have your own opinions but it's neither constructive nor meaningful to dog a guy for deciding to share part of his life with his listeners.  If anything, discussing this on the show has probably served as a vehicle by which he has connected with other guys in similar situations--there's a degree of comfort in sharing and knowing someone else has gone through the same thing and lived to tell about it.  Divorce is a scary thing and I think people in any difficult situation are better served by our support than our criticism.  


July 23rd, 2012 at 11:33 AM ^

Ira is a loser! He's power crazy! He thinks he's always right! With the fab 5 stuff and the free press. He says u r the moron if u don't agree with him! It's called opinions and he doesn't let u have one! If Sam gone I dont listen to him.


July 23rd, 2012 at 10:20 PM ^

Also, you did spell loser correct. Man you two are a flipping mess. Get off my lawn! Looser would refer to something not as tight. Loser would refer to you two. JK, I know you aren't really a loser. Yes, Ira is definitely a blabbering spit slurping radio host. I don't know how he got his job, but at times he is entertaining.


July 23rd, 2012 at 12:27 PM ^

Ira has my full support and I wish him the best. I really have grown to love what elements he adds to the station. I've been divorced and It's terrible and effects every aspect of ones life. Stay strong Ira and take it easy on yourself.