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Clear Channel - updategf99
Oct 1, 2003 4:10 AM
From the local paper:
here's moretarwheel
Oct 1, 2003 4:41 AM
I was listening to G105 briefly this morning on my way to work, just to see if they commented on the article in the paper. They had a really lame skit, with a guy supposedly answering "letters" about cycling. It was apparently was making fun of cyclists, but wasn't particularly funny. They didn't say anything about running bikes off the road to throwing things at them. That's progress, I guess.

BTW, a number of cyclists in the Triangle wrote letters/emails to G105 and Clear Channel after the show last week. Here is the response they got back:

September 30, 2003

Thank you for your e-mail message regarding recent Bob and Madison
morning show broadcasts on G105.

Our morning show includes a good deal of animated banter, between
callers and on-air personalities, that can be both humorous and caustic.
The intention is always to entertain our listeners. During a couple of
shows this week, time was spent by callers and on-air personalities
discussing driving and cyclists. During this discussion, comments were
made which at the time we felt were humorous in nature. In retrospect
we feel that the some of the comments were inappropriate, and for that
we sincerely apologize.

Be assured that G105 does not advocate harm to cyclists. Again, thank
you for your message and please feel free to write or phone me in the
event I can be of service.

Best regards,

Ken Spitzer
Regional Vice President
G105-FM Radio
Phone: 919-878-1500
here's morebill105
Oct 1, 2003 5:15 AM
by the way, i am not from the triangle area and i wrote clear channel too. that letter is just a form letter that is sent to anyone complaining.
Third incident? This is a pattern. Call Ken.Hot Carl
Oct 1, 2003 5:51 AM
Alright, this is beyond coincidence. What's happening is that one station started the cyclist-bashing. Other stations apparently feel those skits get ratings, so they copy them. Ken Spitzer's letter is NOTHING.
It's the exact same form letter we saw in the other incidents.
All they do is apologize. They feel some of the comments were in appropropriate. Which means, they'll continue broadcasting cyclists-bashing skits as part of an anti-cycling campaign, but they'll tone it down a bit.

Since Ken Spitzer was kind enough to provide his phone number, and there's a chance he doesn't read this board, I think some of us should call him. I'm in the process of writing a kick-azz comedy skit they can use on air.
It's all about how much fun it is to crank-call radio station regional vice presidents. The crank calls will be filled with animated-banter that's both humorous and caustic. Comments about Ken's family will be make and we'll advocate physical violence toward Ken and his family. Don't worry, all threats and suggestions will be humorous in nature. If Ken is offended, we'll apologize by way of form letter.
You're right about the pattern...biknben
Oct 1, 2003 6:00 AM
That article mentioned that this is the 4th incident regarding cyclists from Clear-Channel stations in 4 months. It's pretty obvious that word is getting around at clear channel of the firestorms and potential for increased ratings. It's nothing but ratings and it is truely sad.
Actually, it may be the fourth ...Humma Hah
Oct 1, 2003 9:17 AM
Maybe this evening I'll have time to search back on this forum a couple of months. I'm pretty sure, during the last go-round on this topic when Houston was the source, there was already a third city mentioned. In CA, I think, maybe San Jose? I gotta go back and check.
1st I heard of it was in Cleveland OH in the spring nmTNRyder
Oct 1, 2003 6:56 PM
they should just get that cyclist Procter's father hit to suekenyee
Oct 1, 2003 5:46 AM
That's the way our "society" works. Her father obviously was incited by the radio station to run over a cyclist. The station deserves a nice lawsuit. They'll hide behind 1st Amendment like most dirtbag media people, but any sane jury will probably let the cyclist win. It's like yelling "fire" in a crowded theater...

Lawsuits are the only things people in these radio stations understand...
Struck by a hatchet?!?! Can you imagine ?????Tower
Oct 1, 2003 7:01 AM
"promised he would enroll in an anger management class"

for attacking someone with a deadly weapon..........what's wrong with this outcome?
it was the handle of the hatchet..._rt_
Oct 1, 2003 8:48 AM
not that that makes it any better. i believe that Dave did get a new bike out of the guy but we were all appalled by the 'anger management class'.

the fact is, the police were not going to do anything about the incident despite the fact that there were witnesses and the perpetrator was a local. Dave and his wife were actually responsible for tracking the perp down and reporting his where abouts to the police.

oh, and that 'country road' or 'rural road' or whatever the article called it is about 5 minutes outside downtown Chapel Hill/Carrboro and is commonly used by cyclists. in fact it is part of a wednesday night sprint ride.

There's Bound to be an RBR Lawyer Who's Time has Come!astrobiker
Oct 1, 2003 5:00 PM
OK - there must be at least one lawyer on the board here who is ready to get some free publicity also! Step up to the plate and go after these guys!