KRXQ Morning Show Is Back, Apologetic
June 11, 2009 at 11:43 AM (PT)
Following nearly a week's worth of silence and with over a dozen advertisers lost, ENTERCOM Active Rock KRXQ/SACRAMENTO's morning team returned to the airwaves with an apology in response to some off-color comments that drew national attention and criticism. FOX 40-TV reports ROB WILLIAMS and ARNIE STATES, two-thirds of KRXQ's "ROB, ARNIE & DAWN SHOW," apologized this morning for comments they made two weeks ago in which they referred to members of the transgender community as "freaks," "fruits" and as experiencing "mental defects" meant to "draw attention to themselves."
"The comments made during the MAY 28th broadcast angered child advocacy and transgender groups, the effect of which was the withdrawing or cancellation of agreement to financially support KRXQ by CHIPOTLE, SNAPPLE, SONIC, BANK OF AMERICA, VERIZON WIRELESS, CARL'S JR., NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, AT&T, MCDONALD'S, SLEEP TRAIN and GUITAR WORLD.
"However, ROB WILLIAMS say it was the show's fans who made the presenters realize they had pushed the line too far. 'We are here today to make things right with the people who give us our free speech -- our audience,' WILLIAMS said at the beginning of today's program. 'Our audience made it clear that our initial comments were over the line, that they expected us to make things right.'
"'My ignorance prevented me from understanding how hard a transgender's life is day to day ... and I am very sorry for that," STATES said during KRXQ's two-and-a-half-hour, commercial-free broadcast. 'I ignorantly thought that name-calling was just that. Due to my ignorance, I was wrong.'
"This morning's program solicited phone calls from the community and featured transgender advocates AUTUMN SANDEEN and KIM PEARSON. The show was heavily promoted by the GAY AND LESBIAN ALLIANCE AGAINST DEFAMATION (GLAAD) organization, which encouraged supporters to listen and call in to this morning's program. The organization had previously encouraged supporters to write to the station's advertisers."