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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

700 WLW continues to embarrass Cincinnati

If it isn't enough to have the Cincinnati Enquirer running the show in print media...Cincinnati has to deal with these clowns dominating the air waves at 700 WLW. Now if it were a one time thing I would be upset, but most likely move on without really getting steamed. But it almost seems as though 700 WLW and Clear Channel Radio advocate this kind of shock radio that 700 has become.

The on-air "talents" seem to do nothing more than spew outrageous comments that are meant to aggravate/irritate. Much of the time their on-air hosts are uninformed on the topics they discuss and merely insult anyone who questions them or calls them out on this.

More recently the station has gone from being just uninformed shenanigans to just pure trash. If you remember back Andy Furman seemed to start the disturbing trend when he called Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh a "racist" for not appearing on his talk show. I don't have the time or patience to go into all of his nonsense, so I'll leave it at that.

Not too long ago 700 I guess thought they needed an encore presentation when they plastered billboards all over Cincinnati depicting what was meant to be a Mexican. The billboards did a great job at perpetuating a stereotype that is not only a broad generalization, but not even correct for many Hispanic immigrants. The Hispanic community blasted 700 WLW for inappropriate behavior and demanded that the station right its wrongs. They promised improved relations and that they would work towards improving Hispanic relations.

Fast forward a couple of months...and 700 comes out with a new line of promotions. This time the promotions offered "helpful phrases" to communicate with illegal aliens. Once again the station was doing a great job a perpetuating stereotypes of a particular segment of society...a segment of society that they had just made a promise to work with. Truly amazing!

I guess they've had enough of the Hispanic community for now, and have directed their attention back to the professional athletes in Cincinnati. The news now is that Bill Cunningham made bold assertions that Adam Dunn was playing drunk for the Reds. Adam Dunn felt the comment was out of line regardless of whether Cunningham was joking or not (which he said he was).

Personally I don't go for this shock radio junk. Give me some good programing with people who actually know what they're talking about and don't have to rely on outrageous statements and colorful remarks. What I want to know now is why Clear Channel Radio hasn't done anything to counter this behavior? They had no problem cracking down on censorship stuff, but when it comes to shock radio there appears to be little or no accountability.

If you would like some accountability from 700 WLW please contact Clear Channel Radio and let them know how you feel. You can reach Sanda Coyle regarding you concerns with the trash that 700 feels they can get away with. Once again,



Unknown said...

I second your sentiments about WLW. I refuse to listen to the station anymore and I make sure that I let everyone know how I feel about it. Oh, and BTW, I just emailed Sanda so we'll see...I can only do my part.

Randy Simes said...

You are a great American.

Randy Simes said...

Well it appears that Cunningham made an appology to Dunn today, for his out of line comments.

I suspect he did it more out of the fear of a lawsuit than actual good heart.

I get real tired of people who constantly push the envelope then as soon as they go too far they slip in an I'm sorry and expect all to be healed. Grow up and learn what is right and wrong to say.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you should try not listening to WLW. I've found that there are plenty of other stations in the Cincinnati market to which I can tune my radio.

Perhaps the syndicated Delilah show is something you would find more pleasing to your ears.

Randy Simes said...

Delilah is quite soothing, but I usually stick with my own music (modern technology).

I used to listen to the Reds regularly on 700, as well as, Bearcats and Bengals games. But I just can't make myself listen to that slime of a station anymore.

Kevin LeMaster said...

You mean you don't like to listen to Scott Sloan talk about the "baby-cue"?

I agree with you 100%. This station is lost me a long time ago. It's a shame that such a proud heritage has been allowed to turn into this.

Anonymous said...

You guys just can't take the truth. Bill says what the majority of Americans can't say because of fear of backlash. Good job 700 WLW.

Anonymous said...

If Democrats had a sense of humor they would be republicans! What color is the sky in your world? God Bless America, the U.S. Military and Bill Cunningham!

Anonymous said...

700WLW is the harsh truth that stupid people hate to admit. You live in some fantasy world and feel that the government should take care of everyone and you have no responisbility for your own well being and community. Now 700 is using the line of promotions to deter the morons at the Cincinnati Housing Commission to allow Section 8 housing at the new banks project. If this happens the banks will be trashed in a couple years, just like OTR and Downtown Cincinnati. Why are decent, responsible, tax paying Americans responsible for moochers and illegals?

Randy Simes said...

^'s no wonder why you posted anonymously. In one brief response you have managed to insult a housing authority, Downtown Cincinnati, Over-the-Rhine, poor people, immigrants...and essentially said that anybody who disagrees with 700 WLW's rehtoric is "stupid." Classy.

Anonymous said...

The other anonymous guy was correct. Uncle would you rather the CHC be referred to as a blockhead, muttonhead, nincompoop,halfwit or idiot? All of which are synonyms for moron. The fact is if the CHC is even considering Section 8 housing at the Banks projects, they are STUPID.The facts are that the overwhelming majority of Section 8 housing locations end up in disrepair. The Landlords don't have any legal recourse against a section 8 tenant that destroys his/her dwelling. Also, the land lord even has trouble collecting the portion of the rent that is paid by the tenant. This has nothing to do with poor people, it is all about responsibility. Who was insulted? Moochers and Illegals? RSVR1000

Anonymous said...

Yes, there are extremist views on the station. I listen periodically so that I know what those extremists are saying and disseminating. I listen to extremists on both sides and find myself mostly left of center.

peace out

Randy Simes said...

This discussion has been pruned of its unproductive comments. I just want to remind everyone that I use moderation powers as an option of last resort.

There are only a few sites that allow unfiltered comments without owner approval first. In addition to that there are even fewer who allow anonymous comments. These are privileges that I hope are not abused again. Thanks.

Randy Simes | UrbanCincy
Editor, Publisher, Owner

Anonymous said...

I will set you free.

Anonymous said...

Dare to be, seek and ye shall be so enlighted as well.

E T Williams 2 said...

Wow. As a XM listener and out of towner I find the 700 station quite refreshing. Now the fact that it hurts your feelings is a sorce of wonder. You know, if it hurts your feelings that they are insensitive to the unwashed masses, perhaps you simply should not listen but alas, you still listen (as does Nick) just to have something to whine about. Freedom of choice is what you got, freedom from choice is what you want, to qoute the past. Heres an idea........NPR....its nice and comfy in there and i think they all get along nicely there.

Randy Simes said...

I do love me some NPR...for some reason that whole concept of respectful discussion appeals to me greatly.

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