Hartford Latino Community Upset With Comments Made By WTIC-F Morning Host
June 29, 2016 at 5:10 AM (PT)
CBS RADIO Hot AC WTIC-F/HARTFORD morning man GARY CRAIG has apologized after a video he posted to YOUTUBE was found offensive by local officials and the Latino community. The video shows CRAIG at the HARTFORD LATINO FEST, walking around making comments and misidentifying the flag of PUERTO RICO as the flag of CUBA.
CRAIG said, “I would like to take the time to address the video I made at last weekend’s LATINO FESTIVAL. I recognize that it was a poor attempt at being humorous. It was insensitive and stupid, and I sincerely apologize."
“GARY CRAIG's video is repulsive and bizarre,” said HARTFORD Mayor LUKE BRONIN to FOX-61 TV. “I was at the riverfront SATURDAY afternoon, and the festival was everything I love about our city: people of all different backgrounds coming together at our beautiful riverfront to celebrate the dance, music and food of one of our largest and most vibrant cultural communities here in HARTFORD. CBS LOCAL MEDIA, the owner of 96.5 TIC FM, should get this trash off of their website."
"The derogatory comments made by Mr. CRAIG were pointblank disgusting,” said City Council President T.J. CLARKE to the TV station. "There is absolutely no way these comments can be justified. For anyone to mention they walked into some ‘parallel universe’ while people were celebrating their culture at last weeks, LATINO FEST needs a quick reality check on how culturally diverse this city is. I expect a public apology from Mr. CRAIG and the management staff of the radio station to the city of HARTFORD and organizers and members of the Latino community.”
The station issued this statement, “GARY’s video was inappropriate and was not in line with our station’s values. We are taking this matter seriously and have communicated to GARY that there is no place for this type of content on our station.”