Native American Radio Host And Producers Join Challenge To Red Zebra License Renewal Over Use Of 'Redskins' Name
October 15, 2014 at 3:57 AM (PT)
Three individuals claiming harm from the use of the word "REDSKINS" on the air have joined the challenge to the license renewal of RED ZEBRA Sports WWXX/BUCKLAND, VA, owned by WASHINGTON REDSKINS owner DAN SNYDER. PACIFICA RADIO Variety WPFW/WASHINGTON "THE AMERICAN INDIAN'S TRUTHS" host JAY WINTER NIGHTWOLF (a/k/a JAY GOLA WAHYA SUNOYI), along with his producers LOUIS RAMON GRIMALDI and VERONA IRIARTE, sent a "Preliminary Formal Petition to Deny Renewal" with an affidavit to the FCC claiming harm to themselves "and/or other Native Americans" they assign to the use of the team's name.
The petition asks that NIGHTWOLF be added as a party to GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV. professor JOHN BANZHAF III's previous challenge to the license or that the new petition be joined and considered with BANZHAF's. The affidavit filed by NIGHTWOLF alleges, "I listen to station WWXX-FM, and I am somewhat familiar with its broadcasting. Based upon that listening, it appears that the station uses the word 'R*dskins' unnecessarily and very frequently, probably much more frequently than most other stations" and that he has "experienced and/or witnessed harm to myself and/or to other Native Americans which I believe was caused by the frequent repetitive use of the word 'R*dskins' on the air."
In addition, the NATIONAL RELIGIOUS BROADCASTERS have sent a letter opposing BANZHAF's petition, with Pres./CEO JERRY A. JOHNSON expressing alarm that the use of the team name is being defined as "hate speech" by BANZHAF and saying that the definition of that term is being broadened "in an attempt to expunge opposing viewpoints from the marketplace of ideas." WWXX's 2011 license renewal application is showing in the FCC database as "Application Grant Rescinded," but no notes are attached explaining why the status changed.