Activists Protest WILM Changes
March 16, 2011 at 4:04 AM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WILM-A/WILMINGTON's move of local host JOHN WATSON from middays to nights to make way for PREMIERE's GLENN BECK (NET NEWS 3/14) has drawn the ire of local community activists, who the WILMINGTON NEWS JOURNAL reports are calling for a boycott of the station and its advertisers.
A group led by activist HERMAN HOLLOWAY JR. is complaining that the move reduces local residents' ability to hear and talk about local issues on the radio, but CLEAR CHANNEL spokesperson WENDY GOLDBERG told the paper that the move was "strictly a business decision based on what our listeners indicated to us that they wanted to hear."
The activists also charged that the station has a "pattern of discrimination" in laying off minority reporters, although two reporters, VALERIE MACK and NANCY LOPEZ, told the paper they did not feel discriminated against.
The group will be meeting on SATURDAY to plan a demonstration against WILM's changes.