Racism Charges Pointed At WDCG Morning Show After Parade Stunt
November 26, 2012 at 3:57 AM (PT)
CCM+E Top 40 WDCG (G105)/RALEIGH's BOB AND THE SHOWGRAM is under fire after a stunt in the annual WRAL RALEIGH CHRISTMAS Parade. INDYWEEK.COM reports, "one entry into the parade -- a tow truck featuring a black man hanging from the extended tow arm, sponsored by radio station WDCG (G105) has raised questions of racial insensitivity. As the truck slowly rolled down Fayetteville Street, several station employees, including morning show host BOB DUMAS, stood on its bed, cavorting with the crowd and telling jokes about the man attached to the truck, 'TYRONE the Black CHRISTMAS Fairy'."
"A lot of your fans won't come back to the show after this," one commenter wrote on the FACEBOOK page for BOB & THE SHOWGRAM.
OM CHRIS EDGE told INDYWEEK, "TYRONE isn't an employee of the station but a fan of the show."
THE GREATER RALEIGH MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION's JENNIFER MARTIN told INDYWEEK that "the GRMA, which organizes the parade, did not know about the plan to hang 'TYRONE the Black CHRISTMAS Fairy' from a tow truck. "We were told it would be the ghost of CHRISTMAS Present Angel, and he would be floating over the air and not hanging from the back," MARTIN said. "I can tell you we are going to have a sit-down with G105 with and their producers."
ALL ACCESS contacted PD ZAC DAVIS, and he told us he would forward our inquiry about the incident to VP/Market Mgr. DICK HARLOW.