“Garen will finish what Hitler/Pol Pot/Milosevic started,” right? See it’s only a friend kidding around. It’s all for ratings advertising money through shock-jockery. It’s OK, at least that’s gotta be Bill Handel’s, of Clear Channel owned KFI 640 AM radio in the “LA Market”, approach to life.
This Burbank-based show is another of the right-wing, loud, unsubstantiated, crass, yet immensely popular noise machines that is epitomized by Rush (The Druggie) Limbaugh. In this case, believe it or not, a discussion of healthcare led to the statement “What the Turks started, Bill will finish”.
While talking about the costs, Handel suggested reducing the U.S. population to save the government money. Then came a wisecrack about starting with the Armenians and selling Glendale. So far, it’s just tacky, and par for the shock-radio course. One person who heard this called and e-mailed to complain. The upshot? The e-mail was read and mocked, again no surprises. But then came “What the Turks started, Bill will finish.”
Now it’s time to let the rage flow free. Call, write, and just plain flood KFI and its owner, Clear Channel with your disgust. These people (and here I use the term loosely) have to learn what boundaries not to cross. Handel’s parents being Holocaust survivors doesn’t excuse or sanction such abuse. Quite the contrary, it makes things all the worse.
When you call, tell them you want a serious apology, one not fraught with further mockery. Even more, Handel should issue a call to his listeners to write Obama the Betrayer and contact their Congressional reps to support the current resolution.
You’ll certainly want to hear the two clips. Unfortunately, you can’t hear the real offender off KFI’s website. Why? They’ve taken down that show from their website. Hmm, wonder why that is. Fortunately, they were downloaded ahead of time and are now available at: http://www.burbankanc.org/KFI.mp3
To contact these people, here are some options:
snail mail address:
3400 W Olive Ave Ste 550, Burbank CA 91505
Robin Bertolucci, Program Director, KFI AM640,RobinBertolucci@clearchannel.com
KFI station numbers:
Main: (818) 559-2252
Programming: (818) 566-6476
Clear Channel, 200 East Basse Road, San Antonio, TX 78209
Let’s flood these people. Especially since it’s a holiday weekend, let’s fill up their voice mail system. You can find some other numbers for them on line too. If you’re feeling up to it, flood those as well.