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Arizona Is No Joke -- Tell Clear Channel to Apologize

Arizona Is No Joke -- Tell Clear Channel to Apologize

You might have already heard, but last week a local radio station in Columbus, Ohio, WTVN-AM, took the debate over Arizona’s new law too far. 


Apparently they weren’t happy that the mayor of Columbus, Michael Coleman, recently decided to ban city employees from visiting Arizona on official business in protest of the new law.  So the radio station responded by launching a contest in which the “winner” received a free trip to Phoenix, Arizona “to spend a weekend chasing aliens and spending cash in the desert.”  Check out the promotional image for the contest below.

Radio Contest Promotional Image

Make sure to bring your green card?  Really?  Is that funny?


This contest has triggered considerable outrage in Latino communities in Ohio, Arizona, and other states throughout the nation.  NCLR released a statement on Friday calling on WTVN-AM and its parent company, Clear Channel Communications, to apologize for the station’s contest.  NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía said in this statement that “the passage of SB 1070 has provoked a lot of reprehensible anti-Latino and anti-immigrant rhetoric, but a radio station bankrolling someone to ‘hunt’ human beings for sport represents a new low.  The owners and directors of WTVN might think that this is all in good fun, but what is happening to Latinos -- citizen, legal, and undocumented alike -- in Arizona is no joke.  We are asking for an immediate and unequivocal apology from the station and its parent company.”


If you are as outraged as we are, join us in sending letters to both the management of WTVN in Columbus and executives at Clear Channel and ask them to apologize for this irresponsible contest.


Thank you for joining us in telling WTVN and Clear Channel that Arizona is no joke!

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