Cincinnati Reds Distance Selves From WLW 'Shingles' Contest
May 16, 2011 at 3:58 AM (PT)
The CINCINNATI REDS issued a statement FRIDAY night voicing the club's disappointment with a promotion by flagship CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WLW-A/CINCINNATI in which the station made fun of ST. LOUIS CARDINALS manager TONY LARUSSA's illness.
The CINCINNATI ENQUIRER reports that the station held a promotion that noted that LARUSSA has shingles (which have affected his facial appearance) and offered listeners "some TOMY LARUSSA shingles of your own!," namely "a shot to win TONY LARUSSA shingles courtesy of RAY ST. CLAIR Roofing!" The REDS reacted with a statement saying that the team was "not aware WLW was putting together this contest. It is in bad taste and does not reflect the spirit of respectful competition the REDS and our fans have toward TONY LARUSSA and the CARDINALS. We are disappointed our rights partner would execute such a contest and fail to consult us in advance so we could have prevented it from happening. REDS ownership has asked WLW to remove the page, and they are cooperating."