Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Boycott Sponsors of Motorcyclist Hate Radio

Recently, in Denver, Colorado, a radio station DJ incited the public to call in and tell how they would like to "off" a motorcyclist. The outrage from motorcyclists in Denver, and subsequently everywhere is overwhelming, as it should be.

The radio station refuses to produce the transcripts of the aired segment, nor make amends for such a horrific act on the part of one of its DJ's. As a result, The Colorado Sport Bike Club is calling for a boycott of the radio station's sponsors. Some are local to Denver, some are nationwide. Whether you live in Colorado or not, please consider boycotting these sponsors.

Full text reprinted below:

September 7, 2007

Over the past two days, one of the DJ's on Alice 105.9 Radio named "Howie" has been inciting quite a bit of hateful calls from the community, specifically directed towards sport bike riders. Now, everyone has a right to their opinion, however he has actually been suggesting that people take violent action against anyone they see riding a sport bike - this is completely uncalled for, and many of us who ride such motorcycles now have a real and legitimate fear for our safety on the road, and possibly even our lives.

Typically the CSC respects everyone's right to an opinion, however this is serious enough that the Colorado Sportbike Club is calling for a statewide (or beyond, if you so choose) boycott of not only Alice Radio, but the companies that advertise on their station. Advertisers are where the money in any radio station comes from, and only by threatening or removing that source of funds will the radio station get the message that we're serious.

The CSC will not lift this boycott until the following conditions are met: 1. The management of Alice 105.9 Radio issues a statement that this type of hateful and dangerous speech will not be tolerated on their station ever again. 2. The DJ Howie and his producer(s) that stood by and allowed this to continue issue a formal, written apology to sport bike riders in the state of Colorado.

As you may be aware, our motorcycle site reaches thousands of motorcyclists across the state; we are also hoping that other clubs and organizations will follow suit and join us in making sure Alice gets the message that this will not be tolerated.

If even one motorcyclist's life is saved or spared from years of debilitating injury, then this boycott will have served its purpose. It also sends the message to Alice and other radio stations that we are not open to ridicule and acts of violence just because we choose a different mode of transportation, and will make it known financially that this is the case.

Below is a list of the companies we know to advertise on Alice's station or web site, and are the ones that you should not only avoid, but make known to them why you are doing so. This list will be updated as we get new information, so check back often!

Panera Bread
Geico Insurance
Foresters Financial Partners
TLC Laser Eye Centers
Isle of Capri
Jose Cuervo Tequila
Hacienda of Colorado - 3 locations
Cinema Grill - E. Alameda
My Girlfriend's Kitchen - 8555 W Belleview Ave
Water 2 Wine -8130 S. University Blvd
D'Vine Wine - 1660 Champa St
BJ's Resaurant - 14442 E. Cedar Ave
Miyama Steak House & Sushi Bar - 9101 Kimmer Drive
Texas de Brazil - 8390 East 49th Avenue
Also, here is a PDF file you can email or print and hand out to any establishment you avoid as a result of this boycott: Letter to Alice Advertisers

Thank you for supporting us in this unfortunate but necessary step to ensure our safety on the road, and our place as legitimate motorists.

Weblink: Open call for a BOYCOTT of Alice 105.9 Radio and their advertisers!


Shirley Vandever said...

I wish I had gone after a law degree years ago. Too late now.

What I DID do was e-mail the FCC to see what obligation that radio station has to release transcripts of a public broadcast.

Sounds like common sense to me, but with laws and lawyers and regulations and such, you never know.

I am NOT letting this one go.

Chainsaw said...

Advertisers on Alice's 105.9 or web site

Panera Bread http://www.panerabread.com HQ FAX#1-314-633-7200

Geico http://www.geico.com/contactus/email.php

Wendy's Media Relations http://www.wendys.com/contact.jsp FAX#1-614-764-6707

Foresters Financial Partners Sales & Marketing http://www.forestersfp.com/contact.php FAX# 1-208 955-0329

TLC Laser Eye Center http://www.tlcvision.com/ I called the 800# and got the CEO in St.Louis' FAX# 1-636-489-0206

Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.,
Allan B. Solomon, Executive Vice President-561.995.6660
Donn Mitchell, Chief Financial Officer-314.813.9319
Jill Haynes, Senior Director of Corporate Communication-314.813.9368

Jose Cuervo Tequila http://www.cuervo.com/extras/contact.html Cuervo@consumer-care.net

Hacienda of Colorado http://www.haciendacolorado.com/ Corporate Information jimh@haciendacolorado.com

Cinema Grill - E. Alameda http://www.cinemagrill.com/cgcontenido/contact.htm
(303) 344-3456

My Girlfriend's Kitchen www.mygirlfriendskitchen.com - 8555 W Belleview Ave
FAX# 1-720-981-1071

Water 2 Wine -8130 S. University Blvd http://denver.water2wine.us/
E-mail: denver@water2wine.us

D'Vine Wine - 1660 Champa St http://wineryindenver.com/contact.html
D'Vine Wine International Inc. Fax: (561) 416-9098

BJ's Restaurant - 14442 E. Cedar Ave - http://www.bjsrestaurants.com/locationdetail.aspx?lcID=61 FAX# 1-303-343-3285

Miyama Steak House & Sushi Bar - 9101 Kimmer Drive - http://www.miyamaofcolorado.com/ sihara39@aol.com (303)706-1777

Texas de Brazil - 8390 East 49th Avenue - http://www.opentable.com/rest_profile.aspx?rid=7890 valeriegaddis@texasdebrazil.com
Phone: (720) 374-2100

Sam said...

Shirley, let me know what kind of response you get from the FCC. I have contacts there, and the previous director (now retired) is a colleague of mine.

I'm not letting this go either.

Thanks, Chainsaw, for the sponsor list info!

chleonelli said...

I am 1 of the owner's of My Girlfriend's Kitchen, we have never paid for advertising with Alice 105.9, what we did was sell Gift Certificates online with them and sister station giving our customers money saving offers. We would appreciate not being held responsible for what Howie said. I do not agree with him, and I appauled by what he said and how he has reacted about what he said. My father is an avid Sunday Harley driver, and would die if anything happened to him. Let me know if there is anything we at My Girlfriend's Kitchen can do.

Thank you,
Heather Leonelli

Chainsaw said...

Sam, I hadda link you to the "Blogosphere" on our homepage, www.soeastbiker.com so mo' folks can get an idea of where the extreme freedom fighters are coming from, geographically speaking as well.