WNCI Morning Zoo Says 'Lo Sentimos'
November 26, 2007 at 5:42 AM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WNCI/COLUMBUS has apologized for airing a parody song that some CENTRAL OHIO Latinos considered offensive, reports THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH. The station, in a posting on its Web site, also agreed not to play the song again.
"WNCI values our listener community enormously," states the posting. "We apologize to anyone offended by the content."
The station posted the apology WEDNESDAY after reviewing the lyrics of the song and communicating with JOSE MAS, chairman of the OHIO Hispanic Coalition, said WNCI VP/GM TOM THON in an e-mail. The song, called "Bunch of Mexicans" (to the tune of DAVID BOWIE's "Young Americans"), describes a group of 14 Mexicans misunderstanding orders at a fast-food restaurant, working as landscapers, traveling in "packs" and evading immigration authorities.
The song, written and performed by DAVE KAELIN, half of the "Morning Zoo" team DAVE & JIMMY, has aired a few times over the past year but attracted the attention of the OHIO Hispanic Coalition when it was played TUESDAY (11/20) morning. KAELIN and WNCI PD MICHAEL MCCOY said they did not consider the song offensive, but said it was intended as a satire on Americans' view of immigrant labor.