The fierce "lion of the left" was indicted on federal child pornography charges in December after downloading images; e-mailing it on to others, and discussing the material in chat rooms. Ward and his attorneys said was doing research for a book.
Ward is a former Catholic priest, and host of a weeknight show and of God Talk on Sundays.
The somewhat better news for Ward fans: General Manager Micky Luckoff says KGO fired him before knowing all the details of the case, and that he wants him back on the air soon.
Luckoff says he believes Ward’s explanation that he downloaded and traded child porn as research for a book: “Technically, it’s against the law. He admitted what he did. There’s no reason to believe he’s a pedophile.”
Ward's next court appearance is January 24th; and he and the KGO GM will meet then. Indications are that Ward could be back on the air soon thereafter -- even before a possible trial wraps up: “We really value Bernie," says Lockoff, "He’s a very capable on-air talent.”
Meantime, KGO fills Ward's nighttime slot with part-time hosts. Fans can catch up on everything Bernie on the Support Bernie website.