Thursday, March 31, 2005

Star & Buc: Phase 2

As I reflect months after the broadcast of the racist Star & Buc "call to India" skit, I am filled with anger. Sure, we made a little bit of noise for a few weeks, but what came out of it? Nothing. Not a single sponsor dropped, and the duo are still on the air and getting bigger.

Not only are THEY getting rewarded with huge salaries for spreading their hate, but recently Power 99 became a finalist for the 2005 National Association of Broadcaster's Crystal Radio Award for Community Service.

The only thing we accomplished (and I'm proud of this) is that we were able to create some bad PR for such a large radio station. And now Power 99 is trying to win it back.

These hypocrites must be stopped.

Please write:
John David, Executive Vice President
The National Association of Broadcasters
1771 N St., NW
Washington, DC 20036

Some background

Here are the press releases:

Power 99 fm Named Finalist in 2005 NAB Crystal Radio Awards

The Award Honors Stations with the Best in Community Service
Philadelphia, March 14, 2005: Power 99 fm (WUSL-FM) Clear Channel Worldwide: The National Association of Broadcasters announced today that WUSL- FM - Power 99 fm in Philadelphia is a finalist for the 2005 Crystal Radio Awards competition. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Power 99 fm has previously won four “Crystals” in 1993, 1996, 1998 and 2001 - a record matched by only one other station in the nation.

Crystal Radio Award finalists were chosen by a panel of judges representing broadcasting, community service organizations and public relations firms. Finalists will be honored and winners announced at the Radio Luncheon, Tuesday, April 19, during NAB2005 in Las Vegas.
Power 99 fm is one of Philadelphia's top-rated stations and among the most honored for its community service.  In addition to its four NAB Crystal Awards - the station has received numerous local and national honors, including the Mayor's Award for Excellence, Community Action Network Corporate and Media Award, the Mercury Award for Best Public Service, and the NAB Marconi Award for Best Urban Station.   The station has also been selected as a “Point of Light” by the National Points of Light Foundation.

and from Power 99....

WUSL FM – Power 99 is the Delaware Valley’s Community Radio Station. When 10 year old Faheem Thomas Childs was murdered in the playground of his school, Power 99 turned off the music to talk about violence prevention. Power 99 sponsored a peace rally that drew 50,000. The station created a Peace on the Street Jam campaign that traveled to eight neighborhoods, brought music from national artists and resources from government and community groups to where it was most needed. Power 99 took over 1000 firearms off the street in a Turn in Gun Campaign. The station traveled to 28 schools in 28 days to encourage attendance and violence prevention. Power 99 awarded eight middle school students with laptops, collected a truck load of school supplies for   students in need, and  hosted a   TV show designed to teach and inspire young people in the sciences.  Power 99 registered over 10,000 new voters, hosted a get out vote live broadcast, and provided special reports informing listeners of their voting rights. Power 99 donated over 3 million dollars in airtime, 250+appearances valued at $650,000.00 and raised over $150,000 for charity. Power 99 fm is truly the Heart of Our Community.

What?! You STILL haven't signed the petition?!


At 9:41 AM, Anonymous mush said...

Most of the Star and Bucwild sponsors are people like Duncan Dounuts and MCd's who sponsor mourning programs across the board. Sponsoring an event especially one such as a community award ceremonry involves those who are more particularly involved with the cause. I think we should try to get names of those sponsors and write to them as well, despite our shortcommings of late.

Also, I think if we could find out the names and addresses of the nominating committee we could write to those individuals and express our concern.

We might also want to research last years award winner. see who won it last year and see where they stand in comparison to power 99.

Truth is most of these awards are politics and about popularity. this is blocking them is definitely doable but far from easy.

At 9:22 PM, Blogger Goomba said...

I think fighting the sleazeJays aren't going to get us anywhere. Unfortunately I think it's the pop or subpop culture that you'd have to fight. sleazeJays are supported by them.

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