Michael Savage Barred from Entering U.K. over “Hate Speech”

Michael Savage

Conservative radio show host Michael Savage has been barred from entering the United Kingdom due to his “engaging in unacceptable behavior by seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred which might lead to inter-community violence.”

Savage has been banned since October 2008, but the United Kingdom’s Home Secretary just released a list of sixteen people banned from entering the country. The list bans people who foster extremism and hatred according to the U.K. government. It includes the anti-gay Revered Fred Phelps, white supremacist Stephen Black, two Russian skinheads, and various Palestinian activists.

Michael Savage’s show can be heard in West Michigan. In the past, Savage has been the target of an organized campaign in the United States to target advertisers to pull ads from his show due to “hate speech.”

Savage has a long history of engaging in anti-Muslim, anti-gay, and anti-immigrant speech.

Controversial Radio Host Michael Savage Still on the Air in Grand Rapids

Michael Savage is Still on the Radio in Grand Rapids Despite History of Offensive Remarks

A little over a year ago, MediaMouse.org reported on an effort aimed at pressuring advertisers to pull their financial support for conservative talk radio show host Michael Savage. The campaign specifically targeted Savage’s racist comments against Muslims.

That campaign–initiated by Brave New Films’ NoSavage.org and the Council on American-Islamic Relations–resulted in several advertisers pulling ads from Michael Savage’s show. These included ITT Technical Institute, Chattem, Inc. (owners of Gold Bond, Icy Hot, and Selsun Blue), Union Bank of California, Intuit (parent company of TurboTax and QuickBooks), and GEICO Insurance, along with US Cellular, Sprint Nextel, Sears, Universal Orlando Resorts, AutoZone, Citrix, TrustedID, JCPenney, OfficeMax, Wal-Mart, and AT&T.

Michael Savage on the Air in Grand Rapids

At the time, we also looked at Michael Savage’s show in West Michigan, which aired–and continues to air–on WOOD Radio. MediaMouse.org prepared an online letter writing campaign that called on the station to stop airing Savage’s show. Unfortunately, it still is being aired at 9:00pm on WOOD 1300 AM (and elsewhere in Michigan).

WOOD Radio writes that Savage is:

“An independent-minded individualist, Michael Savage fits no stereotype. He attacks big government and liberal media bias, but champions the environment and animal rights.”

Aside from Savage’s supposedly unique insights, WOOD writes that the show is lucrative for advertisers:

“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.”

Big Dollars and Big Ratings

Money might be the real reason Michael Savage stays on air. According to WOOD Radio’s website, Savage’s show can boost ratings and profits.

Michael Savage’s show is syndicated by Talk Radio Network, with whom he has had a nine-year relationship. His contract was given a multi-year extension in November of 2008 and his show airs on over 300 stations nationwide in 42 of the top 50 radio markets.

Ratings Come with a Price: Offensive and Hateful Comments

Last year when we looked at Savage’s show, the focus was on racist comments Savage had made about Muslim people. Over the years, critics have documented examples of Michael Savage’s racism, misogyny, and homophobia.

One of the biggest controversies since we last looked at Michael Savage were his comments on autism over the summer of 2008. Savage said that autism is a “fraud, a racket” and that many suffering disease are “brats” who doesn’t have a father around to tell them to “cut the act out.” Savage’s comments were criticized by Autism United for being both ignorant and belligerent.

In response to the comments, AFLAC, Budweiser, Cisco, Direct Buy, Home Depot, Sears, Radio Shack announced they would stop advertising on Savage’s show.

Since the controversy over autism, Savage has continued to make incredibly offensive statements. These have included statements that undocumented immigrants are taking over the United States, that Muslim immigrants are terrorists, that immigrants don’t know proper hygiene techniques, that all terrorists are Muslims, and that welfare recipients should not be allowed to vote.

The media watchdog group Media Matters has a continually updated list of offensive comments by Michael Savage.

What Can Be Done

Comments can be sent to WOOD Radio expressing frustration that the station continues to air Michael Savage’s show. Comments can be addressed to:

  • Tim Feagan, General Manager – timfeagan@clearchannel.com
  • Angela Vuyst, Program Director – avuyst@woodradio.com
  • Michael Breimayer, Assistant Program Director – mbreimayer@woodradio.com
  • WOOD Radio’s phone number is 616-459-1919

It is worth noting that comments delivered via email or in writing will be logged in the station’s “public file” which is used by the FCC when deciding whether or not to renew the station’s license.

Michael Savage’s show can be contacted at:

  • Email: michaelsavage@savage-productions.com
  • Phone: 1-800-449-TALK (8255)

Another possible avenue could be targeting Michael Savage’s advertisers, but finding an updated list of advertisers is difficult. Moreover, given his ratings, he seems to be able to find new advertisers with relative ease.

It’s also important to remember that Savage’s show is one example–albeit a particularly egregious one–of the kind of hate that is regularly found on rightwing talk radio. For those wishing to learn more, we strongly encourage you to check out Rory O’Connor’s Shock Jocks: Hate Speech & Talk Radio.

Radio that Serves the Public Interest

In his latest commentary for Recoil Magazine, MediaMouse.org contributor Jeff Smith talks about the campaign to get local radio on Democracy Now! and chronicles his–and others–experiences pursuing this with local community radio station WYCE.


In 1934, when the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) was created, broadcast licenses were granted to commercial and non-commercial entities. The FCC stated simply that all broadcast licenses must be used in “the public interest, convenience and necessity.”

Recently, a local radio station owned by Goodrich Radio decided to change its format from Disney Radio to what the station is now calling Public Reality Radio. Station owner Bob Goodrich has understood for some time now that there is a void in radio programming in West Michigan, particularly if one is looking for progressive ideas or independent journalism.

WPRR (AM 1680) made the switch to independent information and news programming in September and is carrying a variety of programs. One program that WPRR is running that has me very excited in the award winning show Democracy Now!, with Amy Goodman. Democracy Now! is airing Monday through Friday from 5PM – 6PM on 1680 AM. I say excited for two reasons. First, Democracy Now is an excellent news program that actually believes that the function of journalism is to hold power accountable. Secondly, I’m pretty stoked because I have been involved with an effort to get Democracy Now! on radio in Grand Rapids for years, so this is a big victory.

Starting in May of 2003 there was an effort amongst some of the staff (I was one of them) at the Community Media Center (CMC) to air Democracy Now! on WYCE. WYCE is owned and operated by the CMC and several of us thought that Democracy Now would be a perfect fit for an organization that promotes citizen produced media and independent media. Amy Goodman was the keynote speaker at a regional community media conference in Grand Rapids in May of 2003, so it made sense to make an initial appeal for the program with her visit. About 350 people attended her talk and afterwards we circulated a petition to have Democracy Now on WYCE. Over 200 of those in attendance signed the petition at the conference and another 200 who were at an immigrant rights march that same weekend also added their names to the list. Unfortunately, our efforts were ignored.

In January of 2007, I was at a national Media Reform conference in St. Louis, MO and was again inspired by presentations and conversation between 3,000 people, all of which were committed to democratizing the airwaves. Upon return, http://www.mediamouse.org began an online petition campaign to get Democracy Now! on local radio (WYCE) and TV (WGVU). We collected over 500 signatures, this time with pledges from people to donate several thousand dollars in pledges to either station if they were to air Democracy Now!

Last spring we learned that the host of Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman, was going to be on tour with her third book, so we organized an opportunity for her to speak in Grand Rapids. In early May, we were able to fill Plymouth Congregational Church with people wanting to hear what Amy Goodman had to say. We collected more signatures at that event and encouraged people to come to a CMC board meeting with us to present our petition to air this very popular independent news program.

A group of Democracy Now! supporters delivered the petitions and gave information packets to members of the CMC board. The petitions asked for Democracy! Now to begin airing on WYCE in November, which would give the radio station an opportunity to make the change just after their fall fund drive. Unfortunately, the desire to have this award winning show on a local community radio station was not well received. We were asked why we did not go to WGVU to air this show. If they had read the petitions we submitted, it clearly stated that we were requesting that Democracy Now air on both WGVU TV and WYCE radio.

In the months that followed, several of the Democracy Now! supporters went to more CMC board meetings and got others to send e-mails. In late summer, we were informed that the radio station was “reviewing its purpose statements” in order to re-evaluate its mission, so no programming changes could take place until they worked that out. In October, we sent the new CMC board members a letter informing them of our efforts and asking them to consider airing Democracy Now!. There has been no response to our last letter and it has become increasingly apparent that the CMC is unwilling to consider any programming suggestions from the public.

What makes the response from the CMC/WYCE so frustrating is that it is the same kind of response that I have heard from corporate media over the years when we have challenged them on their programming or news bias.

In 2005, the Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy (GRIID) conducted a TV license renewal campaign to both educate the public about broadcaster obligations to the public and as a way to hold them accountable. We conducted about 60 public presentations and got over 1,000 people to sign letters to send to the FCC demanding better local news coverage around issues like elections, war, economics, racism and environmental issues. We even held a public hearing where 130 people publicly demanded these changes. However, despite all of that effort, the local TV stations refused to take seriously any public criticism.

It is unfortunate that the CMC/WYCE has displayed the same kind of indifference to public input and it says to me that they are not serving the public interest. I know that there are WYCE listeners who would disagree with my analysis here based on a desire to maintain an “all music format.” Well, the station already has some information programming like Catalyst Radio and Acoustic Cafe, so why not air an award winning program that will occupy 5 hours a week out of a total of 168 hours that WYCE broadcasts each week.

Fortunately, WPRR 1680 AM has been listening to the public interest and decided to air programming that is sorely lacking in this community. I would encourage folks to tune in to this new station, particularly to Democracy Now! weekdays at 8am and 5pm. I would also encourage people to contact them to show your support and to give them any ideas on other possible programming that serves the public interest.

New Radio Station Offers Independent Media for West Michigan

Public Reality Radio has begun broadcasting in West Michigan and offers a wide variety of prominent progressive programming, including the excellent Democracy Now radio program which airs at 8am and 5pm.


A former Disney Radio station is now offer a totally new format in West Michigan. WPRR (1680 AM) is now the home of Reality Radio and has begun airing popular national programs such as Democracy Now!.

According to their website,

“WPRR Public Reality Radio is a non-profit, listener supported radio station dedicated to providing quality educational programming to the public. In addition to locally produced shows and the best of progressive radio, WPRR showcases podcasts from around the world. Our mission is to bring to you intelligent and challenging programming from many diverse points of view on subjects ranging from philosophy and science to politics and religion.”

Democracy Now! can be heard on WPRR (1680 AM) at 8 AM and again at 5 PM, Monday through Friday. In addition to Democracy Now!, the station is airing Free Speech Radio News weekdays at 4 PM. Free Speech Radio News is a worker-run half-hour news program. Reality Radio is also offering Alternative Radio every Wednesday at 1 PM. Alternative Radio is hosted by David Barsamian and features interviews with dissident voices from around the world. The other national show they offer is a weekly program by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) called CounterSpin. CounterSpin can now be heard on WPRR every Friday at 2 PM.

In addition to these national news and information shows, Reality Radio is also airing shows such as Earthbeat, Corporate Watchdog Radio, Point of Inquiry, and Between The Lines. You can view the stations current program format and listen to programming that is streamed online at PublicRealityRadio.org.

Shock Jocks: Hate Speech & Talk Radio

In Shock Jocks, author Rory O’Connor examines hate speech on radio in the United States. He outlines the “top 10” talk show hosts engaging in hate speech and offers suggestions on how people can counter them.

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A year ago, much of America had to at least pay a moment’s notice to the “scandal” that was generated by the racist comments from radio talk show host Don Imus. His vicious comments were directed at the Rutgers women’s basketball team and ended up getting the popular talk show host fired. However, within a year, Imus was back on the air with another radio network with little industry scrutiny. So how does someone like Don Imus, who called the college students at Rutgers “nappy headed hoes,” get back on the airwaves?

Rory O’Connor answers this question and many others in his in his most recent book, Shock Jocks: Hate Speech and Talk Radio: America’s Ten Worst Hate Talkers and the Progressive Alternatives. O’Connor’s book takes a look at what he identifies as some of the worst examples of hate speech on talk radio in the US today. The author identifies Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, Neal Boortz, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, and Hugh Hewitt as the worst proponents of hate speech on radio. O’Connor says that one of the reasons Don Imus is back on the air is because hate speech is so much a part of the talk radio in this country. In fact, hate speech has in many ways become the norm for talk radio, a fact that is reflected in the popularity of the talk show personalities already listed. Imus was pulled from the air primarily because of the exposure his comments of the women’s basketball team generated. This exposure caused advertisers to pull support for the show, but the same type of hate speech was being broadcast at the same time on hundreds of other radio stations across the country.

Shock Jocks demonstrates that hate speech that is directed against African Americans, immigrants, the poor, the gay community, and other oppressed communities is the norm for many of the syndicated radio. The author profiles what he calls the “Top 10 hate talkers on radio,” with a brief explanation of how each got started in radio and some of the more egregious statements they have made on air over the years. What O’Connor demonstrates is that these hate speech talk show hosts are so accessible, they are likely to be found in most communities in the country and many of us are unaware of it. In the radio market of West Michigan where I write from, five of the top ten radio shows that the book focuses on air Monday through Friday. Reading Shock Jocks provided me with another opportunity to examine the radio landscape in my community and what I discovered was not pleasant.

In addition to investigating the specific radio talk show hosts who spew hate on a daily basis, O’Connor looks at several factors that have determined the shift to more right-leaning talk radio. The author identifies media ownership consolidation, the elimination of the Fairness Doctrine, and the constant push in radio for increased ratings as factors in the rise of right wing talk radio. O’Connor supports this analysis with a recent study from the Center for American Progress called The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio published in 2007. This report found that of all the radio talk shows in the US “91% could be identified as Conservative and just 9% as Progressive.”

The book also provides a short chapter on the rise and fall of Air America, a liberal attempt at countering the influence of right wing radio. What O’Conner discovered was that Air America lacked sufficient funding to really challenge right wing radio and that they were up against big advertisers who preferred to not spend their money during these liberal leaning shows.

Shock Jocks ends with a brief chapter on how progressive minded people can challenge hate speech radio. His five suggestions are 1) Support Independent Media, 2) Demand Media Accountability, 3) Go After Profiteers of Hate, 4) Fight Hate Where You Find It, and 5) Find and Share Quality Journalism. While I agree with these five suggestions, I was hoping the author would have spent more time on each and provided more examples of how these tactics are working around the country. The other shortcoming of the book is that it does not identify religious right radio talk shows or programs like that of Focus on the Family which also engages in its own form of hate speech. Beyond these minor criticisms, Shock Jocks is an important resource for those who want to combat the hate speech that has infested a great deal of the radio airwaves of this country.

Rory O’Connor, Shock Jocks: Hate Speech and Talk Radio: America’s Ten Worst Hate Talkers and the Progressive Alternatives, (Alternet, 2008).

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.

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.

Hyper-Sexual Content Returns to WGRD

Local radio WGRD–who fired DJ David Fox earlier this year due to his on-air comments–is again promoting hyper-sexual content on-air and on its website. In a review earlier this year it had appeared that WGRD had stopped this practice.

In June, Media Mouse conducted a review of the websites of FM radio stations in Grand Rapids. The review looked at “hyper-sexual” content on the websites and was based on the framework presented in an earlier study conducted in 2004 by the Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy (GRIID).

When the June review was conducted, local alternative rock station WGRD (owned by Regent Broadcasting) had no hyper-sexual content. Aside from what was documented in the 2004 study, WGRD has a history of promoting misogynistic and hyper-sexual content, perhaps most notably with former DJ David Fox who’s nightly radio show was the subject of a Media Mouse study in 2006. In this context, the absence of hyper-sexual content was not only at an anomaly in WGRD’s history, but also when it was compared to other local radio stations.

Unfortunately, hyper-sexual content has returned to WGRD. This was first noticed with the heavy on-air promotion of WGRD’s “Erotic Ball” event held the weekend before Halloween:

As has become common place for radio station Halloween contests, the station promoted a highly sexualized interpretation of Halloween.

On WGRD’s home page, the station has two features objectifying women–“WGRD’s Girls To Be Thankful For!” and the “WGRD Babe of the Day.”

Like the websites of other radio stations in the West Michigan area, the “Babe of the Day” feature syndicates content from “Stare Magazine” that uses the slogan “we don’t even HAVE articles” to promote its “bikini and lingerie” photographs. The image featured on WGRD’s site when this review was conducted was an example the “dismemberment” of women when they are reduced to nothing more than a single body part (or set of). Essentially, there is no humanity in the photo and instead the body is presented as the only defining aspect of the woman. Based on Stare’s website, this is quite common as the majority of the photos on the website–including the header image–feature such dismemberment.

The “WGRD Girls To Be Thankful For!” feature is a contest that solicits photos from women. Women who submit photos are displayed on the website and then are eligible to win WGRD “prize packs.” Not surprisingly given the portrayals of women elsewhere on the site, photos tend to be shot in a way that represent stereotypical “male” “fantasies.”

The continued presence of hyper-sexual content on WGRD and other radio stations is problematic on numerous levels. On rock radio stations such as WGRD, it fits into a historical context wherein women have been given roles such as “the girlfriend” or “the groupie” and who are not typically seen as equals with males, who in many cases, fill roles such as “the musician,” “the DJ,” or “the bad boy.” Moreover, rock stations such as WGRD tend to play more male artists than female artists. In this context, women are treated as objects to fulfill male desire, being placed into narrowly defined roles with limited participation in the music scene. At the same time, through techniques such as the previously discussed “dismemberment” and the continued presentation of women as objects, men are presented with the idea that women exist to fulfill their sexual desires. This reinforces a message repeatedly sent to men in our patriarchal society, while at the same time, the presentation of women only as bodies–or in some cases body parts–denies them their basic humanity.

Moreover, radio stations and their continued presentation of hyper-sexual content should also be considered with regard to their Federal Communications Commission (FCC) obligations. In order to receive and keep a license from the FCC, a radio station must serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity. The FCC also regulates “obscene,” “indecent,” and “profane” broadcasts. While the content of radio station websites is not regulated by the FCC, how does it fit connect with frequently hyper-sexual content in broadcasts? Does hyper-sexual conduct serve the FCC obligations of public interest, convenience, and necessity?

Rock Station WKLQ Promoting the Military

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Local rock radio station WKLQ FM is using the public airwaves to promote military service to its listeners. On July 3, the station sponsored a ticket giveaway at the Clyde Park recruiting center. KLQ DJ “Darcy” was at the location giving away tickets for an upcoming concert by the rock band Tool. Interestingly, Tool’s singer Maynard James Keenan is also in the band A Perfect Circle who in 2004 released a CD containing several antiwar cover songs and has criticized the war and the Bush administration.

Despite Tool’s politics, it is not surprising that WKLQ and the military held this ticket giveaway. Around the country, the military has undertaken a variety of methods outside of its traditional presence in the schools to recruit youth. Among these methods, the military has sponsored concerts with local radio stations, added profiles on the popular social networking website Myspace.com, and offered free downloads on iTunes to prospective recruits,/a>. The military has also made a special effort to target youth of color, with advertisements in hip-hop magazines and concert sponsorship. Overall, this is part of a military strategy that relies heavily on using media and public relations as a means of promoting military service and US foreign policy.

Area Radio Stations Promoting Misogynistic Content through their Websites

A study conducted by Media Mouse has found that the websites of area radio stations are full of misogynistic content that fosters a patriarchal view of women. The stations reviewed include WKLQ, WOOD Radio, WBFX, WSNX, I96, and WGRD.

In 2004, the Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy (GRIID) published a study titled “Hyper-Sexual Content on Local Radio” that looked at sexual content on local radio stations with a particular focus on the websites of local radio stations. In light of Media Mouse’s examination WGRD DJ David Fox last year–who was recently fired–and that station’s prior promotion of contests at Tini Bikini’s, it is appropriate to look at the findings of the 2004 study by GRIID and see if improvements have made.

GRIID’s “Hyper-Sexual Content on Local Radio” study looked primarily at how the websites of many area radio stations make extensive use of hyper-sexual content to encourage people to visit the site. At the time the study was written, the authors indicated that they hoped that hearings on indecency in broadcasting and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enforcement measures as well as radio licensing renewals would bring attention to the issue and change the content, although after reviewing the sites there has been little change since 2004. The stations still continue to promote hyper-sexual content that in turn encourages a patriarchal and misogynistic view of women that sees them primarily as objects existing solely for the fulfillment of male fantasy. With the exception of WGRD, the same stations identified in the 2004 study–WKLQ, WSNX, and WBFX–continue to feature objectifying portrayals of women and so-called “soft porn” images. Moreover, these images often have little to do with any of the music beyond appealing to a coveted young male demographic. This is especially clear with WOOD Radio’s “Beckett’s Babes” feature as the daily photos of women in bikinis has little to do with the stations predominately conservative talk format, which is similar to featuring of “Music Video Babes” on stations that do not even play the artists featured in the videos.

The websites of the radio stations reviewed tend to be heavily promoted although from our causal listening the hyper-sexual content on the pages tends not to be heavily promoted as a reason to visit the site. However, once one visits the site, such content is aggressively promoted and given prominent positioning on the websites. In addition, the content is often a component of a larger process of seeing women through a patriarchal or misogynistic lens, with the stations routinely holding events with women from Hooters to hosting wet t-shirt contests at area bars.

104.5 WSNX FM

The Clear Channel owned WSNX and its website at http://www.wsnx.com feature some of the most misogynistic content on local radio. A recent screen grab shows the way in which the site promotes hypersexual content on its front page, advertising pictures of Britney Spears’ nipple:


This type of content is promoted throughout the site. The Puddin’s Playhouse section contains a variety of misogynistic content including a video section billed as containing “sex tapes to the latest YouTube viral infection.” Among the videos featured were two different DJs receiving lap dances and actress Jessica Biel in her underwear:


Like the majority of the websites, WSNX has a “Babe of the Day” feature. The section features a photograph of a woman in a bikini each day, syndicated from Start Magazine, a publication that advertises itself with the slogan “We Don’t Even HAVE Articles:”


However, some of the most objectifying content comes from the “Freakshow,” a nightly program hosted by two DJs that go by “Big Mac” and “Hooch.” The two along with WSNX sponsor Monday night wet t-shirt and wet boxer contests at an area club and photos from those events are prominently displayed on their page. The sub-section also prominently features women from area clubs:


In addition, “the Freakshow” runs a contest for the hottest “MILF,” a popular term that refers to “Mom I’d Like to Freak.” The contest features area mothers that submit their photos and then have them judged by the visitors to the website:


The photo section for the “eob Show” features similar content to the “Freak Show” pictures, although with a focus more on celebrities. Among the photo albums available were “Another Britney nip slip,” “Christina’s Giant Boobs,” “Brintey’s New Nip Slip,” “Britney Peeing Herself,” “Hot Hollywood in a Bikini this weekend,” “Britney Wears a See Through Shirt,” and “Avril Topless:”


The site also has a feature called “Are you WSNXY?” that allows viewers to rate the “sexiness” of listeners who have submitted their pictures to the station:


While the site contains a “Hunk of the Day” section and runs syndicated photos of male models, the majority of the sexual content portrays women.

107.3 KLQ FM

The Citadel Broadcasting 107.3 KLQ website at http://www.wklq.com prominently features objectifying portrayals of women. The “Rock Girls” link is the second link on the site and is featured with a large banner on the homepage. That banner is an example of the “dismemberment” of women, with the woman in the image being reduced to nothing more than a body part:


The “Rock Girls” feature contains pictures of women represented in an objectifying manner with photos provided by an entity called “ForPlayTV.com.” This is similar to what we found on the websites of other area stations:


When we reviewed the rest of the site, we also found that the DJ known as Grey was hosting a “Bike Night” at Hooters restaurant and had a video of a woman dancing in a highly suggestive manner:


101.3 FM THE FOX

Clear Channel’s 101.3 The Fox website at http://www.101thefoxrocks.com has a prominently linked “Babes” section that contains three features, “Wet on the Net,” “Babe of the Day,” and “Music Video Babes.” The “Wet on the Net” feature is a series of videos described by as “a daily dose of sexy women gettin’ wet and playful at the pool.” The videos consist of short daily features with the models who are asked questioned about their favorite places to have sex, favorite sex positions, and other similar questions. The images in the “Babe of the Day” section come from two sources, Stare Magazine and Covermodels.com. Stare Magazine describes itself as a “bikini magazine” and uses the slogan “we don’t even HAVE articles” to promote its content. Cover Models is a company that claims to feature “the world’s top swimsuit, fitness, lingerie, and glamour models.” Finally, the “Music Video Babes” section contains links to music videos from predominately female artists, with the only exception being three videos by Enrique Iggl, Diddy, and Aerosmith, all of which feature women in limiting roles. It is also worth noting that with the exception of Aerosmith, The Fox does not play the music feature in the “Music Video Babes” section. Unlike Clear Channel station I96, this Clear Channel station does not syndicate the male model content:


The site also features a “Celeb Babe Photos” section in which the focus is on displaying images of female celebrities:


97.9 FM WGRD

The Regent Broadcasting station WGRD’s website at http://www.wgrd.com has undergone a substantial change since the 2004 study and objectifying portrayals of women are almost completely absent. The only objectifying images were of “Team GRD” at Extreme Car Audio with the “Hooters Girls:”


This comes as somewhat a surprise given the station’s previous reliance on this type of content, particularly with programming by former DJ David Fox.

96.1 MAX FM


The Clear Channel owned 96.1 MAX FM website at http://www.i96.net has a prominently displayed “Babes / Hunks” link. The “Babe of the Day” link contains three features, “Wet on the Net,” “Babe of the Day,” and “Music Video Babes.”

The “Wet on the Net” feature is a series of videos described by as “a daily dose of sexy women getting’ wet and playful at the pool.” The videos consist of short daily features with the models who asked questioned about their favorite place to have sex, favorite sex positions, and similar questions. The images in the “Babe of the Day” section come from two sources, Stare Magazine and Covermodels.com. Stare Magazine describes itself as a “bikini magazine” and uses the slogan “we don’t even HAVE articles” to promote its content. Cover Models is a company that claims to feature “the world’s top swimsuit, fitness, lingerie, and glamour models.” Finally, the “Music Video Babes” section contains links to music videos from predominately female artists, with the only exception being three videos by Enrique Iggl, Diddy, and Aerosmith, all of which feature women in limiting roles.

The website also features a prominently displayed “Celeb Pics” photo gallery on the homepage, but it tends to be evenly split between men and women and essentially contains gossip rather than objectifying pictures of female celebrities.

In addition, the site contains a “Hunk of the Day” feature with models from Allamericanguys.com. However, this section is considerably smaller than the “Babe of the Day” feature.

1300 AM WOOD Radio

Interestingly, the Clear Channel operated WOOD 1300 FM radio station, which has a line-up of almost exclusively conservative talk radio, hosts content objectifying women. This content, objectionable in its own right, is puzzling given the positions of moral authority frequently claimed by the right wing talk show hosts featured on the station. Like many Clear Channel stations, WOOD Radio features syndicated content. A “Beckett’s Babe Gallery” page contains the now familiar “Wet on the Net,” “Babe of the Day,” and “Music Video Babes” section. The station of course plays no music, so it is clear that the “Music Video Babes” portion of the site exists only to attract male viewers and has absolutely no relationship to the format of the station.


WGRD DJ David Fox Reportedly Fired for On-Air Comments

According reports sent to Media Mouse and reports on the Internet (1, 2), local West Michigan DJ David Fox has been fired from his job at WGRD. Fox was reportedly fired on Aril 18, 2007 for comments that he made on the air. According to reports of what was said, Fox played the song “Smack My Bitch Up” by Prodigy and made comments once the song concluded referencing “smacking the bitch up” to which a caller on air at the time said something to the effect of “she has two black eyes don’t she?”

A little more than a year ago, Media Mouse concluded a study examining David Fox’s on-air comments and his repeated misogynistic, sexist, and occasionally racist statements. During that time, we documented statements by Fox degrading women, making homophobic insults, and expressing support for prostitution. The study was launched following comments by David Fox and co-host Lukas D repeatedly speaking about prostitutes and even threatening violence towards them. Ironically, one of these exchanges from 2005 featured references to the song “Smack My Bitch Up” and spoke of violence towards women:

Caller 5: We cannot figure out who sings that “Firestarter” song.

DF: It’s the group hat sings “Smack My Bitch Up.”

Luke: Prodigy.

Caller 5: Prodigy, there you go, Prodigy, alright, awesome. Thank you very much.

DF: Hey thank you don’t cut it, I want something else in like a monetary form.

Luke: Yup, we want money.

DF: Some hookers.

Caller 5: Got no cash, spent it all on beer at the Griffins game.

DF: Ahh, some whores down on the red light district sound sorta nice.

Luke: Dude, send some of those Division girls up to the studio.

Caller 5: Alright buddy. Hey, play that song at 9:45 would ya?

DF: We’ll play it when we wanna play it. Beat it.

DF: See, we’re not gonna do “firestarter” cause if we get some of those, uhh, ladies of the night. What are we going to do to them?

Luke: Throw them off the boat, smack my bitch up!

Of course, while David Fox’s firing is long over due, WGRD still promotes misogyny and patriarchal views of women and the problem is bigger than David Fox. The station has hosted contests at local sexploitation club Tini Bikini’s and is currently heavily promoting a “pregnancy pageant,” while their photo galleries feature regular appearances by WGRD DJs at Hooters.