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"Hate crimes are message crimes. They are different from other crimes in that the offender is sending a message to members of a certain group that they are unwelcome." 
- Dr. Jack McDevitt, criminologist

Clear Channel Radio Responds

In response to the public outcry over recent anti-bicyclist broadcasts made by Clear Channel Radio DJs in Raleigh, Cleveland and Houston, Clear Channel Radio President and CEO John Hogan met with League of American Bicyclists Executive Director Elissa Margolin and Communications Director Patrick McCormick on November 5th, 2003. The League representatives collaborated with cyclist advocates in Raleigh, Cleveland, and Houston in order to communicate the concerns of local cyclists and to pursue a constructive resolution. 

The League has provided a press release about the meeting: League and Clear Channel Resolve Cyclists' Concerns

Clear Channel Radio President and CEO John Hogan provided the following letter detailing the steps that Clear Channel is taking on a corporate level to prevent future on-air incitement of attacks against bicyclists, to promote safe cycling and to encourage motorists to share the road: Scanned letter from John Hogan, Clear Channel Radio (alternatively: text version of this letter.)

Clear Channel Radio President and CEO John Hogan has provided the following details of actions taken by Clear Channel Radio in three cities:


Raleigh, NC: 
Bob and Madison Morning Show, WDCG-FM "G105"
Broadcast Dates: September 22 and 23, 2003
Response:


Cleveland, OH: 
Lanigan & Malone, WMJI "Majic 105
Broadcast Dates: June 30, July 2 and July 3, 2003
Response: 


Houston, TX: 
Walton and Johnson Morning Show, KLOL-FM
Broadcast Dates: June, 2003 and re-aired September 5, 2003
Response:


Public Service Announcements

The following PSAs were aired by Clear Channel in Raleigh, NC as described above:

[Station ID], the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation and the North Carolina Bicycle Club remind you that bicycles are vehicles with the same rights, rules and responsibilities of other road users. Whether you ride or drive, please share the road.

[Station ID], the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation and the North Carolina Bicycle Club remind motorists to only pass a bicycle when it's safe to do so. Slow down and give cyclists three feet of passing room. Whether you ride or drive, please share the road.

[Station ID], the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation and the North Carolina Bicycle Club remind you that bicycle riders have the same rights as motorists, so motorists should yield to bicycles like any other vehicle. Never cut off bicyclists. Whether you ride or drive, please share the road!

[Station ID], the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation and the North Carolina Bicycle Club remind both cyclists and motorists to obey all traffic laws, stop signs, and traffic lights. Whether you ride your bike or drive your car, please share the road!

[Station ID], the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation and the North Carolina Bicycle Club remind bicyclists that North Carolina law requires bicycles to have lights at night, and for safety's sake, all cyclists should wear a helmet. Whether you ride or drive, please share the road!

[Station ID] and the North Carolina Bicycle Club remind you that state law requires bicyclists to travel on the right half  of the road in the same direction as other vehicles. Riding on the right is much safer than the wrong side because other drivers don't expect wrong-way traffic. Whether you ride or drive, please share the road!

[Station ID] and the North Carolina Bicycle Club remind bicyclists to ride on the roadway instead of sidewalks. Bicyclists who use sidewalks are actually more likely to have collisions with cars than those who use the road and follow the road rules. Whether you ride or drive, please share the road!

[Station ID] and the North Carolina Bicycle Club remind bicyclists to stay out of the door zone. Bicyclists should ride at least four feet away from parked cars so they won't be trapped by the sudden opening of a door. Whether you ride or drive, please share the road!

[Station ID] and the North Carolina Bicycle Club remind motorists that it isn't always safe to pass a bicyclist within the same lane. If the lane's too narrow or other conditions require a bicyclist to use the full lane, motorists should change lanes to pass. Whether you ride or drive, please share the road!


Background:

Bicyclists Take On Radio Empire

"CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) -- Bicyclists are demanding that the nation's largest radio group be punished because disc jockeys at three stations made on-air comments they say encouraged drivers to throw bottles at bike riders or hit them with open car doors. They say the morning show hosts at Clear Channel Communications stations in Cleveland, Houston and Raleigh, North Carolina, also suggested motorists blast horns at cyclists, and speed past them and slam on their brakes in front of them....Dorothy Nance of Raleigh said she and her husband sold their Clear Channel stock after she heard the bicycle comments on WDCG on September 22. Nance said the announcers were "egging listeners on, by encouraging harm to cyclists." Suggestions included throwing soft drink bottles, she said."

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