G105 Suspends Bob Dumas
April 10, 2008 at 6:01 AM (PT)
On-air comments about American Indians on CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WDCG (G-105)/RALEIGH's "BOB AND THE SHOWGRAM" morning radio show (NET NEWS 4/7), have gotten host BOB DUMAS and his crew suspended until MONDAY, reports THE NEWS OBSERVER. GM DICK HARLOW, who along with DUMAS apologized on the air WEDNESDAY, said the three-day suspension was without pay. "We thought that was appropriate," he said.
That didn't wash with about 100 people -- many representing NORTH CAROLINA's American Indians -- who gathered at a news conference at RALEIGH's state Capitol calling for the firing of DUMAS and his crew for jokes they made about LUMBEE Indians during an APRIL 1st broadcast.
DUMAS and his crew made the jokes to an intern, about her coming wedding to a LUMBEE. DUMAS said Indians were "lazy." As proof, he mentioned that he has never had an American Indian at his house to perform hired work. His two co-hosts made jokes and comments as well.
"The 15-minute diatribe that denigrated my people was not the first, but rather the latest, in a long series of broadcasts filled with racism, sexism, homophobia and full-blown ignorance," said HARKE, a LUMBEE from FAYETTEVILLE.
"We intended for the comments to be humorous," DUMAS said. "But we failed at that. We sincerely apologize to each of our listeners who were offended."