Campaign against Hate Speech on the Radio in West Michigan and Beyond

The Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy (GRIID) is calling on people to participate in a campaign targeting advertisers on Michael Savage’s radio show. Savage’s show–which has a long history of hate speech–airs locally on WOOD Radio and is being targeted at the national level.

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AlterNet.org posted a story today about a campaign to get advertisers to pull their financial support for the syndicated radio talk show host Michael Savage. The campaign was initiated to focus particularly on Savage’s anti-Islam states on air. Here is a sample of some of his statements:

* To “save the United States,” lawmakers should institute “outright ban on Muslim immigration” and on “the construction of mosques.”

* “90 percent of the people on the Nobel Committee are into child pornography and molestation, according to the latest scientific studies.”

* The U.S. Senate is “more vicious and more histrionic than ever, specifically because women have been injected into” it.

* Adherents of Islam would do well to “take your religion and shove it up your behind” because “I’m sick of you.”

According to AlertNet, several advertisers have already pulled their support such as Union Bank of California, Intuit, Chattem, and ITT Technical Institute. The campaign was begun by Brave New Films, which created a webpage called No Savage. The site contains a short video with excerpts from some of Savage’s on air comments, more text examples of his racist comments and contact information for some of the other advertisers that people can contact to encourage them to pull their ads from his show.

The Michael Savage show airs locally in West Michigan on the Clear Channel owned WOOD radio 1300 AM from 6-9pm weekdays. The description of the show on the WOOD radio website says Savage is “An open-minded individualist” who “fits no stereotype.” The description also claims that Savage coined the term “Compassionate Conservative:”

“The word Compassion means with feeling, and that’s the magnetic attraction Michael Savage has proven he has by pulling top numbers in one of America’s biggest trend-setting markets. Give your audience a chance to hear why for the past two years Talkers Magazine named Savage as one of America’s top talk radio hosts. He knows how to explore issues, entertain, stimulate, and promote in ways that boost the ratings and profits of every station lucky enough to carry him.”

Not surprising, what WOOD highlights is how Savage can “boost the ratings and profits” of those stations, which choose to air him.

The Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy (GRIID) is encouraging people to contact advertisers that are targeted by the No Savage Campaign. GRIID is also asking people to contact WOOD radio to demand that they no longer run the Michael Savage Show, since it promotes racism and violence through hate speech. Send a pre-written letter to station manager Tim Feagan demanding that the station stop airing Savage.

Here’s a video highlighting some of Savage’s comments and the campagin against him:

UPDATE: Michael Savage is still on the air in Grand Rapids as of January 31, 2009.

Author: mediamouse

Grand Rapids independent media // mediamouse.org