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Walton and Johnson reply from Clear Channel(5 posts)

Walton and Johnson reply from Clear Channelsn69
Sep 8, 2003 7:56 PM
Today I received an email from CC's Houston Regional Vice President and KLOL's Program Director, both offering numerous assurances that the Walton and Moron show's rebroadcast was in error and not intended to take advantage of the Brazoria deaths.

I sent a scathing email the day after KLOL rebroadcast the two fool's idiotic show. In their response today Mark Kopelman (VP) and Vince Richards (PD) said it was all in error and not intentional. Take that for what it's worth, but their email seemed sincere enough.

I wrote them back to thank them for their time, although I half jokingly closed that I'd still knock Walton and Moron on their arses if I ever meet them in person. OK...maybe LESS than half-joking.
Scott
Did you get the standard form letter from Kopelman?Tig
Sep 9, 2003 4:23 AM
Expect an article on the incident to show up on a major cycling website soon. You may have received a response like this one:

Dear (name),

First of all, let me personally apologize to you for the irresponsible comments made by our morning hosts Walton and Johnson. I could go into a long explanation how they feel they were taken out of context and were trying to be humorous.

The bottom line is "perception is reality" and the reality is something was said that is inappropriate and could potentially lead to someone being seriously hurt or worse. That was never the intention of our hosts and it is not the type of comments KLOL or this company would ever condone.

After being reprimanded by our Rock PD Vince Richards, Walton and Johnson went on the air the very next day and apologized for their remarks. In addition, Vince and I personally responded to every e-mail and phone call we received to make sure people knew how seriously we view this incident, that action was taken and that we are very responsible broadcasters.

After this occurred, Vince spoke with the programs producer and told him to destroy the tape and never use it on KLOL again. This was to make sure it was not accidentally included in another program or station promotion. After the apology both of us hoped that would be the end of this situation.

Then Tuesday, during Walton and Johnson's vacation, this same producer aired a "best of" program and the original incident, which was supposedly to be gone, was part of the program. This show was not approved by our program director and would not have been allowed on the air had a tape been known to exist. Trust me when I tell you we are totally embarrassed and quite upset.

The producer in question has been terminated from his position with KLOL and Clear Channel. This type of insubordination and irresponsibility will not be tolerated. Again, we take our commitment to our community and our responsibility as broadcasters very seriously. I hope these actions demonstrate that to you.

Again, let me apologize and thank you for giving me the opportunity to answer your concerns personally.

Best Regards,

Mark Kopelman

Regional Vice President/ General Manager

Clear Channel Houston
Similar but not quite the same.sn69
Sep 9, 2003 7:00 AM
They probably mixed and matched paragraphs.
Did you get the standard form letter from Kopelman?dave woof
Sep 9, 2003 12:04 PM
geezzzz

That letter could have ben boilerplate for ANY complaint that they have gotten. Doesn't even mention cyclists, bicycles, etc.

Dave
Thanks Tigteoteoteo
Sep 9, 2003 12:04 PM
Hey guys,

I can spill the beans now I guess buyt first let say thanks to Tig. After following the story for a while I decided last week to see if I could get any of the websites or mags I write for to step up to the plate and let me do a piece on this. Thankfully one did and I am sending story tonight.

I don't want to celebrate just yet as I won't count this thing as a sucess for a while--agreeing to publish and publishing are two different things. You'll see the story when its up.

Anyway, Tig deserves credit as he got me in touch with some very helpful people in Houston and sent me all the research he had done. The story should come out in the next day or two and hopefully it will shed some light on the goings on.

At this point everything is far from perfect but Clear Channel seems to be working towards making amends. At least the story should get some of the details out to cycling advocacy groups and they can work towards making a positive out of a negative.