Tampa Bay area radio hosts feel effects of divisive election

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(WFLA) – A Tampa Bay area radio host said he’s never seen an election quite like the current one. “Man, I tell you, I’ve been in radio since 1994 and I’ve never seen an election so divisive and with an amazing lack of understanding and respect for opposing points of view,” Drew Garabo said.

Garabo is the afternoon host on 102.5 The Bone. He takes hundreds of phone calls every week, constantly getting a firsthand political perspective from his listeners.

Garabo’s co-host Seth felt a bit of wrath this week from those with intense political views. He actually removed a social media post promoting a local concert with a connection to politics. The post referenced Jon Bon Jovi’s upcoming St. Petersburg concert to show support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

“I tweeted it out and I forgot, actually forgot that I tweeted it out and I checked Twitter five minutes later and there was a lot of cursing and people say they’re not going to listen again,” Seth explained.

That’s right. People said they won’t listen to a popular radio station because of a tweet. A lot of people take politics very seriously, and rightfully so.

Meanwhile, others are ready to say “adios” to this year’s election. ”Frankly I’m not very happy with the ugly ads that are being run local on the statewide races. So the whole thing? Just very glad for it to be over with,” one person told News Channel 8.

“It’s too much, and I‘ve never felt that way as an adult,” someone said.

If you need help surviving the next few days, business etiquette coach Patricia Rossi has these tips. If you’re uncomfortable, change the subject. Maybe claim you’re taking a “political sabbatical.”

Just keep in mind, we only have six more days to go!

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