martini said:I've liked picking up the cig butts they trhow out and throwing them back inot the car at the next stop light, telling them "You dropped something back there." Always gets real quizzical looks, and some verbal attacks
July 10th 2003
Thank you for your e-mail message regarding recent Lanigan & Malone broadcasts on WMJI.
The Lanigan & Malone show has a strong following of listeners that enjoy our tongue-in-cheek approach to humor. Recently, some of our callers and on-air personalities discussed cyclists and road rules. During a lively discussion, comments were made which we felt were humorous in nature, and we think most of our regular listeners understood these comments in context. However, in retrospect, let us be perfectly clear. We do not advocate any harm to cyclists. It was not and is not our intent to provoke violence towards cyclists. In fact WMJI supports cycling events through sponsorships and promotions.
Many responses we have received appear to be from people who did not hear the program and who received an inaccurate account of what was said and the context of the show. We choose not to rebut any misrepresentations. Instead, we simply extend our apologies if you were offended.
Again, we truly regret offending anyone who misunderstood our satirical exchange with callers. Our intent is to offer a public forum for the cares and concerns of our listeners and to entertain through humor. Please feel free to write or phone me in the event I can be of service.
Due to a flood of e-mails, phone calls and letters, Clear Channel
Communications and WMJI-Majic 105 in Cleveland have agreed to help
correct the wrongs that their broadcasts caused last week.
Negotiations are underway and Clear Channel has agreed to a number of
items revolving around:
- Running Public Service Announcements on all six of their stations in
the northern Ohio market.
- Donating a substantial amount of money toward local bicycling causes.
- Helping with programs and events such as Safe Routes to School and
public safety education.
- Supporting and promoting the America Bikes agenda with national and
- Public apologies from those DJs who offended all of us with their
AS OF TODAY, FRIDAY JULY 11th, WE CAN STOP E-MAILING COMPLAINTS ABOUT
THEIR REPREHENSIBLE BROADCASTS.
Station management and the DJs understand that what they said was wrong.
They are in the process of making things right, but for them to focus
on turning things around we need to free up their computers.
Thank you for your quick response. It's great to see freedom of speech
used in a positive way.
Please forward this to anyone that you may have sent the original Call
to Action to so that the word gets out. If you are the administrator of
a webpage or see the original Call to Action still posted on a webpage,
please post this update as soon as possible.