If you didn’t hear this from yesterday’s post – here it is again:
Following up … Upon listening, a number of like-minded friends, both cyclists and non-cyclists, have expressed their outrage over what was advocated on the broadcast. Many tweets have flown around, some have sent emails, written blog posts, written letters, etc., denouncing the station for their reckless promotion of violence toward cyclists. If you care to take action, I’ve listed three ways in which you can act: write a letter, send an email, and/or file a complaint online with the FCC. The FCC has a provision to allow individuals to report a station “Broadcasting threatening or intimidating statements about an individual or group”. Personally, when someone expresses a desire to throw something at my head, or go Grand Theft Auto on me, “intimidating” is how I hear it. It will obviously be up to the FCC to make the final determination, but it could certainly make a point, or at least cause some headaches, if multiple reports were to be filed.
To file a complaint report …
On the FCC complaint page, select: “Broadcast (TV and Radio), Cable, and Satellite Issues”
On the next page select: “Unauthorized, unfair, biased, illegal broadcasts” (this is where the FCC provision against “Broadcasting threatening or intimidating statements about an individual or group” is found)
Fill in your personal information, and on the following page you can enter the details about this particular broadcast, including:Radio Station: WCSX Radio Frequency: 94.7 City: Detroit, MI Program Name: Deminski & Doyle Morning Show Date of Program: 08/05/2009 Time: 8:00am
If you want to write a letter:
Greater Media President & CEO Peter Smyth Greater Media 35 Braintree Hill Park, Suite 300 Braintree, MA 02184
If you would like to send Mr. Smyth an email: email@example.com
If you would like to send the station head(?) an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to send the show’s Executive Producer (my brother-in-law) an email: WCSXJim@aol.com
Finally, if you can, check out this letter sent by LAB President Andy Clarke to the president of Greater Media. Very well done.
** 8/14/09 update: I just found out that League of Michigan Bicyclists has started a petitions drive, you can sign it here: Boycott Greater Media for intolerable remarks against cyclists They have a 1,000 signature goal; we can help them out.