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Jul 8, 2003 1:30 PM
The morning show here in Houston, Tx on KLOL FM101.1 (first Stevens & Pruitt, and now Walton & Johnson)has always been a little offensive...but this goes over the line as far as I'm concerned. Advocating the running down of bicyclists is not's criminal!

Here is the actual excerpt from a recent broadcast. Prepare to be outraged.

Walton: "I hate those guys in their gay little bike shorts and stupid looking pointy helmets. They're always in my way. I'm telling ya, I'm gonna tap one of you guys. You keep getting in my way with your stupid looking pointy helmets... and I drive big car. I'm gonna have to give one of em' a little tap. Send him to the ditch"

Mr. Kenneth, the "gay" character: "Oh and I'll come visit you in jail. Ohh!"

Billy Ed the redneck character (the same person as the gay one): "Just knock em' off the road."

Walton: "Really, these guys don't have the right of way. You don't have the right of way. Just keep off the road for the real forms of transportation, automobiles, and we'll all be fine. Keep out of my way and I won't have to run you over"

This was followed up with several Texas and LA rednecks calling up to confirm their hatred for cyclists and their desire to see cyclists hurt, run over, humiliated and punished by rogue law enforcement.

Please take a minute to contact Clear Channel Communications to voice your disgust and consider
boycotting their advertisers. Note: GHORBA (Greater Houston Off-Road Bicycle Association) has donated over $1,200 to the Clear Channel Santa Letters program the last two Christmas seasons. Some respect to cyclists is the least they can do. - FCC website

lisadollinger@c... - Clear Channel's Public Relations Director (sorry I didn't get the whole e-mail address) - Send an e-mail to Vince, the program director @ KLOL
they weren't worth listening to in the first placeTig
Jul 8, 2003 1:43 PM
I tried listening to them when they bumped out G, P & the B, but couldn't get into their lame humor. At least the first guys had occasional moments. Walton & Johnson are syndicated across a few stations, including KLOL. Now that they pulled that crap, I went from an almost never listener to a never listener. Many cyclists around the nation have written Clear Channel Communications complaining about these bozos the last few weeks. A few more won't hurt!
Were you at the ride tonight?hycobob
Jul 8, 2003 7:03 PM
Tonight I actually felt pretty good after some crappy riding lately. Rode there from Alvin and had 20mph avg. when I got home at 52 miles...just in time to sit and watch the Tour. Sunday I bonked and pulled out soon after you did, whatever the second overpass is on I-45. But you still looked fresh, I hate that!
I complained. Hope they get fired.Humma Hah
Jul 8, 2003 2:31 PM
If ever there was a good argument for a breach of the requirement for social responsibility by broadcasters, and a reason outfits like Clear Channel should not be given the right to buy up every station in the country and decide what we are to hear ... this is it.
I'm glad I moved to Austin...longhorn
Jul 8, 2003 8:36 PM
Haven't lived in Houston for about 9 years now and, no offense, but I'm a little glad I'm not there now.

Every stupid ass morning zoo is the same. They're always such dipshits that do nothing but talk about a lame ass rock concert that they went to. When we the last time you heard one of these guys talking about something useful or productive that they did? Douche bags.
Same thing happened in San Josefrank02
Jul 9, 2003 8:55 AM
DJs Tell Motorists to Hit Cyclists

Two radio DJs, "Kramer and Twitch," in San Jose, Calif. were suspended for encouraging motorists to run over or open their doors
in front of motorcyclists and bicyclists when stuck in afternoon traffic.
The disc jockeys at KSJO suggested on their show, February 13, 2001, that it was illegal and wrong for motorcycles and bicycles to share the roadways with cars, and went on to add numerous derogatory comments to their observations.

Station general manager John Sutherland later said the comments were inappropriate and the station was taking the situation very seriously. "The punishment will be much more than a slap on the wrist," he said.

Sutherland reported that further action will be taken, depending on the findings of an investigation. He also said the station will begin broadcasting messages about bicycle safety in an effort to make up for the comments.

Here was the stations response

"Thanks for taking the time to write to KSJO Radio. Your comments have been heard and I hope you'll take the time to read this letter in regards to the Kramer and Twitch situation.

KSJO radio as well as Kramer and Twitch do NOT advocate violence, aggressive behavior or discrimination against anyone, in particular bicyclists and motorcyclists. Kramer and Twitch made an error in judgment and they are being punished. However, that does not reduce the severity of this issue in our minds.

In what was supposed to be a humor based, talk segment that involved callers, the wrong message came across. Sensing that their commentary was problematic, KSJO suspended Kramer and Twitch before any type of backlash began. In the subsequent days, KSJO has aired apologies during Kramer and Twitch's afternoon timeslot and KSJO has ran over 80 Public Service announcements (and will continue doing so) that ask listeners to be cautious of bicyclists and motorcyclists on the road. The frequency of these announcements is once per-hour.

KSJO has always been a radio station that supports bicyclists and motorcycle riders. In recent years KSJO sponsored a bicycling team, something that most radio stations ignore. And last year alone, KSJO gave its listeners a chance to win one of 20 Harley Davidson motorcycles. It's clear that KSJO unconditionally supports bicyclists and motorcyclists. This summer KSJO will be supporting the Hollister Independence Day rally (something we committed to months ago) and we'll be giving listeners another chance to win more motorcycles. On top of this, KSJO will be airing some programming aimed at promoting bicycling and bicycle safety in the next few days. We have a champion cyclist on staff as well as many employees who ride motorcycles in their free time. Anyone who disputes KSJO's support of these industries and lifestyle groups is misinformed.

If Kramer and Twitch are allowed to once again broadcast on KSJO, they will begin with a personal on-air apology. It should be known that Kramer and Twitch are very apologetic about this and in no way, shape or form intended for their comedy to be misinterpreted, as it has been. Bad judgment - yes. Malicious intent - absolutely not. On behalf of KSJO, we will be making a decision in regards to Kramer and Twitch's suspension shortly and we will then consider this matter closed. I thank you for your concern and want you to know that we relish our moral obligation to the community. We have responded appropriately and we will take the proper disciplinary action with this situation.

John Sutherland
Forget writing to the station...Bonked
Jul 9, 2003 10:28 AM
write to the advertisers. The station is a business and will probably listen to their bottom line the most. Write their biggest advertisers and tell them that you don't appreciate them supporting people with such view and that you won't be shopping in their store while they do. I bet the radio station will listen quickly if their advertisers start pulling out with the reason that their morning show is offensive to cyclists.
Jul 9, 2003 10:34 AM
He's the CEO of the radio division of clear channel.