As part of my campaign to commit myself to 99 acts of revolution (big & small) in 2012, I find myself using the power of the written word to plant the seeds of change in fertile minds by writing an article about the protests against Rush Limbaugh on WOOD Radio in Grand Rapids MI.
Originally published in the Rapidian, this article is the follow up to 99 Acts of Revolution in 2012; #8 Write a Letter, in which I send a request for comment to Tim Feagan, WOOD Radio’s station manager:
Grand Rapids, MI – In response to inflammatory comments made by Rush Limbaugh about Sandra Fluke on his radio show last week last week, protestors nationwide are pressuring radio stations and advertisers to drop Limbaugh’s show. A supporting protest is scheduled for March 7th in Grand Rapids, MI.
The incident occurred last week on Limbaugh’s conservative talk radio program. Limbaugh called law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” for her advocacy of insurance coverage of birth control. He made several other sexually degrading remarks that have offended many people who have publicly spoken out against. As of Monday March 5th, a total of 7 advertisers have withdrawn support, and two radio stations have dropped the show from syndication despite the public apologies that Limbaugh has made.
The National Organization for Women – Grand Rapids has organized a protest against WOOD Radio to highlight the issues surrounding the incident, and to gather support to pull Limbaugh’s show from the airwaves in Grand Rapids, MI. Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy is also involved in organizing and promoting the event, scheduled to take place at noon Wednesday March 7th at WOOD Radio’s offices downtown at77 Monroe St Grand Rapids MI.
According to the article on GRIID.org, People interested in supporting the protest are asked to bring letters asking for the removal of Limbaugh from WOOD Radio’s weekly lineup. Protestors will deliver letters to the station manager of the radio station, which features 15 hours every week of Limbaugh’s show. People are also working on collecting information on local advertisers on WOOD Radio in order to target them in the campaign.
In response to a request for comments on the situation, WOOD Radio station manager Tim Feaganreplied via email with the prepared statement that multiple people have reported receiving:
“WOOD Radio remains committed to providing its listeners with access to a broad range of opinion and commentary without condoning or agreeing with the opinions, comments, or attempts at humor expressed by on-air talent. Rush Limbaugh has apologized for his use of the words outlined in your email.
The contraception debate is one that sparks strong emotion and opinions on both sides of the issue. We respect the right of Mr. Limbaugh, as well as the rights of those who disagree with him, to express those opinions.”
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- Report: Second Radio Station Drops The Rush Limbaugh Show (Updated) (mediaite.com)
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- AOL Just Boycotted Rush Limbaugh (AOL) (businessinsider.com)
- Limbaugh Claims Apology Was Sincere While Language Says Otherwise (lezgetreal.com)
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