KSSK Apologizes For Morning Show Comment
May 7, 2007 at 12:32 PM (PT)
The HONOLULU ADVERTISER reports the GM of CLEAR CHANNEL AC KSSK-A-F/HONOLULU apologized yesterday for remarks by morning show host LARRY PRICE, who triggered a storm of criticism after he asked state Senate Majority Leader GARY HOOSER where he was born and whether he had blue eyes.
"LARRY PRICE would like to apologize for the inappropriate personal comment directed to Senator HOOSER during FRIDAY morning's interview," CHUCK COTTON said in a statement. "We value the trust that our listening 'ohana places in us and we extend our apologies to the Senator, the residents of Hawai'i and to our KSSK listeners."
The exchange that caused the furor went like this:
PRICE: "You keep using the word 'honest,' senator; where you from?"
HOOSER: "Where am I from? KAPA'A."
PRICE: "Yeah, where were you born and raised?"
HOOSER: "I was born in CALIFORNIA. I graduated high school at Radford High School."
PRICE: "You got blue eyes?"
HOOSER: "(Laughs) I do. Does that matter?"
PRICE: "Yes, to us it does. Because when local people hear somebody from the Mainland talk about how honest everything is that means that something's wrong. You know when they say 'frankly' or 'honestly' we did a lot of things, you know and stuff like that, that sounds suspicious."
HOOSER: "You know, I don't really appreciate a reference to where I'm from, from CALIFORNIA, or my blue eyes, Mr. PRICE."
PRICE: "Well I don't care what you think."
Price Apologizes On Air
LARRY PRICE did apologize on the air TODAY, saying "I wanna take this time to apologize to our KSSK listeners and the people in the State of HAWAII for the inappropriate remarks that were made to Senator HOOSER on FRIDAY's morning show. If my comments were offensive to anyone, I realize that it was wrong to make them. There is no room for this type of insensitive language that I used. I have learned from this and I hope that Senator HOOSER will accept my apology."