…And I have a pretty short commute to work, lucky for me, it’s only about 10 minutes long. And I have a confession.
I hate, hate, hate morning radio.
It rarely appeals to anyone over the age of 12 because that’s exactly the kind of “humor” it plays to. Infantile, juvenile, and often offensive, just like preteens tend to be.
Well, here in the great capital city of Raleigh, there’s this show called “Bob & the Showgram”. And I won’t be a jerk, it’s not all bad. From what I understand, Bob, the host of the show, had a brain tumor, and now he raises money for pediatric brain tumors. And that’s awesome. It is, however, one of the most offensive dark spots in an otherwise very progressive city.
At last year’s Christmas parade, someone at the station had the bright idea to suspend “Tyrone the Black Christmas Fairy” from the bed of a pickup truck, which drew some really negative attention – even the Mayor had something to say about it.
There were even rumors that someone at the station was fired for it. What escapes me is how suspending a black person from anything is a good idea, especially given the history of our country, but that’s another essay, for another blog, for another day.
So on my ride in, I happened to flip to that offending station, and around 9:00 am, Bob started making offensive comments about gay men. Some of them are a little too much to repeat here, but it wrapped up with him comparing gay men to pedophiles.
I was floored. Is this 1950? Firstly, sexuality isn’t necessarily something that needs to be discussed in the joking context of a morning program. Secondly. comparing someones sexuality to deviant behavior that is damaging not only physically, but mentally, and spiritually to a child is beyond small-minded, it’s just wrong.
So I went to work, and in the course of the day, I emailed the program director at the station, Zac, and expressed my displeasure at the whole situation. I got a response!
Thanks for your email.
We met with the Morning Show after they got off the air.
We discussed the topic and how it could be offensive.
I really appreciate your feedback,
I know it’s not much, but I’ll be damned, I made a teensy, tiny, itty-bitty little splash in the inbox of the director. I know Bob has probably learned nothing, and will continue ranting on whatever, but I loved the feeling of making a little difference.