Here is the letter I just sent --
I just heard the podcast of the Aug 5 show regarding bicyclists.
It is certainly enlightening to hear the mentality of people who end
up cursing throwing things, swerving to scare me, and more.
But, this is a show with many listeners, and your hosts have just
deliberately tried to stir up and anger a bunch of drivers to further
harass, hate, and endanger bicyclists.
They don't offer solutions, they don't present any balanced
perspective, they just try and make things worse. And laugh at the
idea of hitting bicyclists and killing them? Fantasize about bodily
harm directed at bikers with the explicit idea of throwing things at
them? This puts lives in danger.
I've been a very long time WCSX listener. My turning you off will not
accomplish much at all. Your station has done great damage, and
further endangered bicyclists in this area. You need to apologize,
agree to spend significant air time undoing the damage that you've
done, and help spread awareness and educate people about the share
the road law. Why it exists, how to make it work, and how to deal
with road rage.
If you blow this off, I will spend my time contacting your
advertisers, and ask them to withdraw their ads. I will contact my
musician friends and ask them to stop supporting your station by
appearing on Over Easy. I will blog, I will twit, I will write
letters and make comments on line, I will do what I can to make sure
people in this area understand that WCSX supports irresponsible on
air "talent" that encourages road rage and laughs at - and therefor
encourages - bicyclist deaths. Did your hosts also find time to make
fun of the bicyclist who recently died in Ann Arbor after being hit
by a car and speculate about how much he deserved it?
Your station has just put me in greater danger. And I ride to the
right, I don't wear spandex, and I don't "blow through" traffic
lights and stops signs. But even if I did, it is grossly
irresponsible to advocate for my punishment and hopeful demise. You
have some damage to undo, and I hope you will be responsible and make
this a large issue and we can hear WCSX take the lead in providing
education to your listeners to make car bike interactions safer and
calmer rather than what your station has done - increased the danger,
increased the rage, and possibly directly contributed to bicyclist
injuries and death.
I look forward to your response.
Linda Diane Feldt
>> On Aug 6, 2009, at 9:43 AM, Bob Krzewinski wrote:
>>> On the item that Detroit radio station WCSX had an anti-bike
>>> segment on one of their shows, it is true. It was on the morning
>>> of August 5 on the Deminski and Doyle "show". My favorite is how
>>> they are encouraging people to "Lob something at their
>>> (bicyclists) heads".
>>> The "show" can be downloaded at http://greatermedia.cachefly.net/
>>> WCSX/DD/2009_08bicycliststhrowat.mp3. You can also go to the WCSX
>>> webpage and try the podcast link at http://dd.wcsx.com/
>>> feed=podcast and look for the bicyclists item.