Posts tagged ‘WCSX’
One of my favorite musicians (and not only because he is on tour on an Xtracycle, hauling his cello down the Atlantic coast) is the amazing Ben Sollee. We were fortunate to be able to see him perform in Chattanooga over the summer, even got to speak with him briefly after the concert. His album Learning to Bend is at the top of my favorites list – if you ever have the change to see him, you should not miss. Anyway, he is currently on tour, raising money for OXFAM America Unwrapped. I decided to make a donation.
Today, I received an acknowledgement card from OXFAM – you know, the card you can send to someone stating that a gift has been made in their honor, etc. I don’t know why, but one of the first thoughts that entered my head was that I should send this thing off to my “pals” Deminski & Doyle – thinking how much I would love for them to read the words, “I bought a bicycle for you”. Then again, considering what total asshats they are, I suspect any mention of fighting social injustice and helping people overcome poverty would only become mutilated fodder for their shock-jock broadcast.
Decided to save myself the postage.
Anyway, I hope you will find the words inside of the card as inspiring as I did, and perhaps consider making a donation to OXFAM this holiday season:
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.
Earlier today I read this post (bikefitness.net) by a fellow cycling advocate and twitter friend. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve heard similar stuff before, but I found some of the blatant aggressive anti-cyclist language used by these “shock jocks”, Deminski and Doyle, particularly offensive. Cyclists have been called “arrogant”, “jerks” and “idiots” before, but I’ve never heard a public declaration by a “media” person stating “…you’d love to lob something at their heads”, and “… makes you want to go Grand Theft Auto on them, but you can’t” (in reference to the violent video game where characters are beaten to death).
Here’s the actual audio clip by Deminski and Doyle from radio station WCSX in Detroit:
OK, I found it more than sufficiently disturbing and offensive – filled with not only grossly inaccurate stereotypes about cyclists, total lack of knowledge over cycling rights and legislation, and violent and aggressive suggestions for drivers when encountering and passing cyclists. Enough said – I know it’s the game the shock jerks play. As a friend so aptly put it – don’t buy in the shock jock stupidity; it’s exactly the kind of rage they’re trying to elicit.
But the experience became more interesting … I have a brother in-law who is a morning show producer for a Detroit area radio station. Couldn’t recall the name of his station, but decided to email my sister in-law, asking if she or my BIL knew of these guys. Never even mentioned the bike spot in my query.
What came back to me literally knocked me off my chair. Not only does my brother know these shock jerks, he works at the very station – with them! It appears he is the executive producer of the show! And apparently neither my SIL or BIL find anything wrong with what was said. (At the request of, and in respect for, my husband, I have subsequently edited this post – regarding my personal feelings over this particular matter).
I extend apologies to all of my cycling friends and peeps – for this offensive garbage that was facilitated, in part, by members of my extended family.
I just have no words right now. I sent a picture off to brother- and sister-in-law … a picture of their own cycling family members. Next time they condone calling cyclists “jerks” and “idiots” deserving of having things thrown at their heads, I hope they will think of us.