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Read This...BC
Aug 10, 2003 8:54 AM
Here is a copy of an e-mail I recieved today:

This is from Cleveland and it should really piss you off.... long
reading but print it out and take the time.

From: Cory Subject: Scary stuff The following is from an email from Lois Cowan - Co-owner, Century Cycles On Wednesday, July 2nd, the
morning radio show on WMJI-Majic 105 read an e-mail from a listener saying that bicycles should not be on the roads in the Cleveland Metroparks. At least one of the DJs told listeners who were in cars to do things like:
- speed past the bike, pull back into the lane and slam on your brakes. - speed past the bike, have your passenger open their door and put on the brakes. - yell and/or honk at all cyclists as you pass in your car. - throw things like cans or rolls of pennies out your window at
cyclists. Apparently, there was a caller who said that what they were telling people to do was wrong. The caller tried to explain that bicycles are allowed on the roads and are vehicles just like cars. From what I
understand, the DJs made fun of the caller and didn't take her comments seriously. I contacted one of the DJs, Jimmy Malone, about the content of the program. He said that he would try to get "the other side of
the story" on Thursday's show and I agreed to be interviewed. My interview started with me explaining that bicycles are allowed on the roadways and why some cyclists don't use the multipurpose trails in the
Metroparks. During the "interview", I was repeatedly and
relentlessly called a buffoon, idiot, clueless, pms-sufferer, couldn't
take a joke, didn't understand satire and stupid. For the remaining
three hours of their "show", they took calls from listeners and
further encouraged drivers to do whatever it takes to get cyclists off
the
roads. Callers who agreed with their viewpoints were awarded a gift
certificate to a local restaurant. They aired loads of people who
called in to say that they agreed that bicyclists are basically moving
targets. I heard of only one person that said they felt that their
"jokes" were wrong. I was left wondering if they were just
putting the ignorant people on the air or (as they said) did no cyclists
call in with their opinion? On Monday, July 7, they were again making
comments about bicycles being on the roadways. The biggest offender,
Chip
Kullik, again said he pulls over and opens his doors into cyclists. We
need every single person who rides a bike to call or e-mail the Federal
Communications Commission, the station, Clear Channel Communications and
the Cleveland Metroparks to say that the program during these two
mornings
is wrong. It is DEAD wrong if someone is killed because the radio
station
spent over four hours "joking" about swerving into cyclists,
throwing things at riders, honking, yelling, or passing and then
slamming
on your brakes. Please take a few moments to call, write or e-mail any
or all of the following: Federal Communications Commission Enforcement
Bureau 445 12th St SW Washington, DC 20554 phone 202-418-7450 fax
202-418-2810 complaints-enf@fcc.gov go to www.wmji.com to e-mail the
Program Manager Dave Popovich and/or Jim Meltzer WMJI 6200 Oak Tree
Blvd Independence, OH
44131-6933 DavePopovich@clearchannel.com JimMeltzer@clearchannel.com
Clear Channel Communications, head offices, San Antonio, Director of
Public Relations - lisadollinger@clearchannel.com John Hogan,
CEO Clear Channel Radio 200 East Basse Rd San Antonio, TX
78209 johnhogan@clearchannel.com Bob Rotatori-PR Manager Cleveland
Metroparks 4101 Fulton Parkway Cleveland, Ohio 44144 216-351-6300 ext.
3263 Someone needs to stand up against this aggressive and selfish
behavior that some motorists feel against bicyclists in the Metroparks
and
on the roadways. We need to educate the public, both motorists and
cyclists, about the correct rules of the road.

Please copy me on any
e-mails or letters that you send. I