“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 emailed to complain. The upshot? The email 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 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
Email: RobinBertolucci@clearchannel.com (for Robin Bertolucci, program director, KFI AM640)
KFI station numbers: (818) 559-2252 (main); (818) 566-6476 (programming)
Corporate headquarters: Clear Channel, 200 East Basse Road, San Antonio, TX 78209, (210) 822-2828, firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s flood these people. Especially since it’s a holiday weekend, let’s fill up their voicemail system. You can find some other numbers for them online, too. If you’re feeling up to it, flood those as well.