Sent to Radio Hall of Fame Inductees 9-28-2009 and other radio insiders.
Sometime during Lee Rodgers’ acceptance speech at the Bay Area Radio Broadcast Hall of Fame, I’d like to interrupt him. The sound system would be hacked and instead of Rodgers’ acceptance speech you will hear… Lee Rodgers. Only this time it will be what he broadcasts on the KSFO airwaves and to the world via the Internet. You would hear:
Rodgers calling for genocide of the Iraq people
Would you honor someone who called for the massacre of everyone in the nation of Israel?
Rodgers calling for the death of millions of Muslims in Indonesia
"Indonesia is really just another enemy Muslim nation. … You keep screwing around with stuff like this we are going to kill a bunch of you. Millions of you."
Would you toast someone suggesting millions of Christians be killed?
Rodgers talking about killing a person who disagrees with his political views.
"We’ll trace you back, run you down and kill you like a mad dog." (audio link)
Rodgers calling for the torture and death of Kevin Holder.
"Now you start with the Sear’s Diehard the battery cables connected to his testicles and you entertain him with that for awhile and then you blow his bleeping head off." (link)
Rodgers, sponsored by BMW and Mercedes, thinks that torture and execution of convicted criminals is not only acceptable, but entertaining. (Oh, and he didn’t apologize for calling for the torture and execution of Kevin Holder when he had a chance, he said he would say the same thing again. link)
This is who is being honored on Tuesday.
When Speaker Pelosi talks about violent rhetoric you don’t need to watch Glenn Beck for examples, just listen to Lee Rodgers. Pelosi’s talking about what’s coming from inside her district, as much as what’s being said nationally.
When you read stories about anger at tea parties or Census bureau workers hanged with FED written on their chest, instead of looking "out there" for a source for a violent rhetoric directed toward government workers, just check out the morning show on KSFO (or his fill in host Brian Sussman in the evenings).
If you want to capture antipathy toward all Muslims, his is as fresh today as it was years ago. Don’t believe some "crack pot with a keyboard?" Download and listen to the first 37 minutes from Friday’s Sept. 25th five o’clock hour from KSFO own podcast page (link) You will note that when he says something nasty about Muslims his retort is to hope CAIR is taking notes — as if only Muslims care when their religion is being misrepresented and demonized.
Fomenting violence toward multiple individuals and groups is what KSFO and Rodgers’ program has been about for years (that and name calling, talks about men’s genitals, and "comedy" skits about the President having anal sex with his wife (link)
That is the modern KSFO brand.
Why do I care about what is broadcast over our public airwaves? Because I think that we have responsibilities as citizens to say something when we hear calls to kill an entire group of innocent people based on their religion, race or country. If ignoring this kind of violent rhetoric gives it tacit approval, what does active approval of it say?
Does hateful rhetoric really lead to violence? History gives us the clear answer: yes
You all know the power of radio to enlighten, engage or enrage. It can move people to action. To ignore that is to ignore its power. As industry insiders you chose to induct Lee Rodgers into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame because apparently there is no Hall of Shame. As the violence of one group of Americans against another grows in the next 3 years, you might want to consider what role you are playing in encouraging this violence.
Enjoy your lunch.
cross posted at www.spockosbrain.com