Carl Wiglesworth

Carl Wiglesworth was a prominent voice on San Antonio radio for more than three decades, an innovator of conservative talk and a political force who knew and respected his audience. He helped create the talk format which became standard in AM radio.

Carl was that full-throated, rock-ribbed conservative talk host before the days of Rush Limbaugh and others. The topics and people Carl aired on his show weren't what were usually heard on the radio in the 80s and 90s.

Wiglesworth was first hired at WOAI in 1975 as a program director but quickly moved into the on-air realm. His first talk gig was co-hosting “Morning Magazine” with Mary Denman. He would go on to anchor his own afternoon talk show on WOAI until 1997.

Carl was famous for fighting City Hall, waging campaigns against everything from San Antonio's plans to add fluoride to the water to the construction of the Applewhite reservoir and the Alamodome.

True to form, even his departure from WOAI caused a lot of talk. Carl set off a media uproar when he abruptly walked out of his show in 1997 after disagreeing with what he called “age-ism” remarks by another WOAI personality...adding that they were a reflection of what the new station management felt. He quit soon after. recent_news|article-6336294|collection-53351|2recent_news|article-6333278|collection-53351|3

Carl was hired by KTSA less than a year later to host a similar talk show which aired until 2004. He made a brief radio comeback in 2005, when he helped to launch nostalgia station KAHL-AM. He hosted a talk show there until 2007 when the station changed to an all-music format.

Carl passed away in 2014.