What should we do now?

Posted by on July 17th, 2006 at 3:38 pm

The situation with Jammin’ 95.5 and their Playhouse morning show continues to escalate. The posts have been linked to from all over the web, I have talked with the head of the League of American Bicyclists, the BTA, PDOT, and the local media. The word is spreading very quickly.

The problem is that I’m not sure where to go from here. This is where being the editor of this site gets tricky because I am both a community advocate and a journalist. While I want to do what’s in the best interest of the community, I also want to keep you informed as much as possible. The trick is to do this without inciting any more anger.

It’s a learning process for sure.

I hope that in the coming days we will hear from community leaders, but in the meantime I’d like to hear your ideas for a good course of action. I’ve outlined some thoughts I’ve gleaned from my own head, from conversations and from all the comments that have come in so far.

I’d like to know what you think we should do to resolve this situation and move forward as a community.

  • Should we organize a large-scale protest? If so, what form should it take?
  • Should we just ignore everything and hope everyone just forgets about it?
  • Should we show up on July 22nd at their big party picnic at Grant Park? If so, what sort of presence should we have?
  • Should we seek legal assistance and make them turn over the broadcast in question (that they are currently hiding)?
  • Should we try and work with the station or are they beyond approach?

These are just a few ideas. I would love to hear from you.

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John Boyd
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John Boyd

Seems pretty clear that these folks represent the lowest common denominator. Cycling advocacy should try not to even be loosely associated with this ilk. Let’s start from the top and work down, not start at the bottom. ignore, ignore, ignore.

John Boyd

Joe
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Joe

well, i know we shoulnd’t let anyone indimidate us, no matter what. it’s our right to be on the road and in the end, we will still have it.

Dom
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Dom

I’m not sure how many people have, but I filed a complaint with the FCC. I feel we should use the resources we have as much as possible. If the FCC feels the violated any policy they will be fined significantly. Lets continue to push the FCC to take action. Submit a complaint if you already havent. Call the station if you already havent. If nothing comes of that then lets consider further action such as a protest or possible legal action (if we have such an option).

Has anyone contacted lawyer Ray Thomas?

Laura Phillips
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Laura Phillips

Hi,

I recently read your article about the Jammin 95.5 situation. I was outraged and appalled. I’ve forwarded your article to a local cycling group and some other cycling friends. I’m from the Bay area in California, and I know people in many cycling groups in the area. Please let me know how I can help, as I feel this radio station’s behavior extremely dangerous to cyclists eveywhere. I do think litigation is essential. Their behavior is inexcusable. There are at least 5 large cycling grou-s in the immediate area that I could get involved in this issue. My email is spikey@pixar.com.

Thanks for your reporting and concern. I think it’s essential that we move forward hard and fast. Do you know cyclists that are attorneys? If you don’t, I do.

thanks,

Laura

Michael
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Michael

Start a poll so I can vote zero tolerance.

Russell
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Russell

Whatever anyone plans, there needs to be an endgame planned out.

What do we really want?

I can tell you what they want. Going directly at them like this is what they want. The term “shock-jock” doesn’t mean he carries a handshake buzzer, it means he tries to agitate the general community in order to gain listeners in his demographic. Guess what? They are 16-26 year old males who don’t bike and have a vicious sense of humor. If you go and stage a protest without a clear idea of what you want and a pretty solid understanding that you can get it – every one of the protesters might as well draw a paycheck from 95.5 for giving the show what it wants.

All of this rage needs to be turned into energy that gets channeled out of the station and into driver education in my opinion. Every time we have an interaction like this, I’m confounded by the number of people who believe we “don’t belong on the road”, we “don’t pay for roads”, and “we shouldn’t be in the lane”.

Calling for PK to get fired, hurt, or even jailed (what is this Stalinist Russia?) isn’t going to get PK fired or jailed, and if one of us were to hurt him, that person isn’t much better than PK. The guy is a low-life prick who panders to other pricks with canned jokes and cheap schlock for a paycheck.

If we really want to make a difference on the road, we need to educate drivers and bicyclists. It will do more good than could possibly be done going after Playhouse.

If we need to fight this guy, at this time, and for this insane broadcast – then take a step back. Figure out what you want, get educated opinions from people who understand media, choose a best course of action, and prepare to dedicate yourself to getting the end result. Don’t show up at 95.5 angry with a sign and think you are anything other than a tool unless you’ve played the whole scenario out and know how it ends before it starts.

emerson
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emerson

First thing is first. What exactly was said on the air Friday?

I have yet to see even an unofficial transcript or complete audio.

patrick(db)
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I know what we should do.

— Treat other humans with respect, dignity, and courtesy, regardless of their chosen mode of transportation.

— Choose your route carefully and according to context.

— Expect mistakes to happen, and give yourself time to react.

— Take responsibility for your actions and decisions.

— Slow down, and don’t be afraid to do what you know is the right thing.

That’ll show ’em!

(Really! It will!)

With kindness

Patrick

Michael
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Michael

As the radio talk is basically an extension of illegal road rage, I found this article regarding cycling and road rage interesting.

It makes the case for zero tolerance.

It seems the DJ may be accused of harrasment by that definition.

http://www.stc-law.com/roadrage.htm

Aaron
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Aaron

My opinion on this subject is that you should contact others in the media in the hopes of getting significant coverage on this subject. Do I remember correctly that a reporter for channel 8 is also a cyclist? I believe I recall that the person who reported the story of the couple who were killed riding out near Forest Grove (what happened with that by the way?) was a cyclist. Can you get in touch with him to get some significant coverage on this? In my opinion, getting significant media coverage will have the greatest effect. It will also reach people who don’t listen to the “shockjock” humor. Just my 2 cents.

Bob
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Bob

I feel that we should put presser on the FCC as they must review any complaints that are filed with the FCC. This is clear cut case of someone trying to get people hurt.

Let’s turn this thing around and have PK go to local schools and work with kids on bike safty.
Do you know how many students he could reach with 300 hours of community service?

Dabby
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Dabby

Sadly, the worst thing that could be done already has.
This has been brought to the level of public attention, instead of a stupid snicker between immature adults.
Now, they have more to bitch about than they did before, because we are here bitching about it.
In my opinion, the best thing to do now, is pull it from the mind’s eye, and fight this behind closed doors, in court, and get them fired and charged.
Nothing worse than a firing and a fine would come of this, but certainly, neither will, because things worse than this are said on the air all the time, all over the place.
Someone in the right mind just latched onto this one.
I have seen and heard this Playhouse.
And, in my professional opinion, it is crap.
Also , in my unprofessional opinio, since I have both, it is crap.
But, it doesn’t matter if you stand in front of the bulldozer.
You have to have posession of the threatend building…

Tom Rousculp
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Tom Rousculp

I”m inclined to roll a posse of thugs up into their offfice and tear the place apart after slashing all the tires in the parking lot…but this probably wouldn’t solve anything and might even escalate the issue…that said i think you hit them where it hurts. they obviously want to play hard ball so get the lawyers on it and get the tape, if they haven’t shredded it, contact the station owners en masse, start calling their advertisers and ask if they condone the premeditated killing of cyclists? hold them responsible, even if it’s just implied, for any car/bike incidents from now on. if you want to incite violence you should be ready to reap the consequences of that violence. i will personally hold them responsible if any of my people are harmed, and i can hold a grudge…

this needs to be addressed and publicly apologized for, i mean in the middle of Pioneer Square style…we have a hard enough time as it is, this guy has set us back years potentially, not to mention we just got a big wake up call, portland cyclists, they still hate you…and now they are acting on it.

call the station and complain. post a list of their major advertisers phone numbers on bikeportland.org, call the lawyers.

i can’t be any more reasonable than that, i really want to go into their office with a delivery sometime soon just so i can mad-dog that guy.
oh yeah, maybe post a picture of him with his address and phone number and license plate number with a descriptioin of the car as well his schedule at work and the address there, see how he likes driving around afraid all day long.

-t

Matt Picio
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My opinion, for what it’s worth:

1. Someone find a recording or transcript of the actual broadcast and post it somewhere where we can all see / hear it.

2. Everyone take specific quotes from the recording / transcript and file a complaint on the FCC website.

3. Find out who advertises on 95.5. Send them a letter / make a phone call telling them that this will affect their children / co-workers / loved ones who bicycle. That this behavior is not acceptable.

4. Encourage everyone we know to repeat the above steps

A reasoned, rational response from dozens (or better, hundreds) of people to both the FCC and advertisers will bring about some of the results we want without reflecting badly on the cycling community.

City hall and state government are a few other good options. Maybe we should be discussing what would best protect cyclists and start working towards some new legislation. The above seems to me to be a good start.

I don’t have the time to devote to finding a copy of the broadcast, but I’m more than willing to perform the subsequent steps.

jennifer
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jennifer

You know. The protest sounds if well organized. People said they were going to show up today and didn’t including myself it was two people and on top of ot how pk said if anyone would like to come down and talk to him on monday can. When we said we would he was like I don’t want to talk to them forget it they can’t come in here. But I think legal action should proceed depending on what the fcc does. But we should let them know we’re here in the meantime, and that they should read their drivers manual. Ha.

Steve Cranford
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Steve Cranford

This has reached all the way to NC. Myself and others are filing complaints with the FCC.
Unfortunatly we recently lost a fellow cycliest due to being struck by a Charlotte city bus. I hope this peice of s*%t gets his. I bet if his child was struck by a car his views would quickly change. Best of luck guys! Cranberry

vrc
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vrc

“3. Find out who advertises on 95.5. Send them a letter / make a phone call telling them that this will affect their children / co-workers / loved ones who bicycle. That this behavior is not acceptable.”

i was thinking this too. petition to their revenue source. can someone list some of 95.5 advertisers?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You may also want to add this email address onto the “Make your opinion known” section for this issue: PlayHouse@RadioPlayHouse.com

Gregg
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Gregg

Well, for starters, you should all remove the “Jammin’ 95.5” stickers from your panniers.

jami
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get him fired. i’ll elaborate, with links, if this comment doesn’t vanish into the ether like all of them have been lately.

Jon McAuley
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Jon McAuley

Before I get started, anybody notice how nice the guy with the stop sign is. The one at the Hawthorne Bridge on ramp during rush hour. At first I thought he was only nice to the ladies, but now he always says something to me and every other cyclist I see. Anyway, haven’t seen him for a couple days, somebody should bring him some cookies, a soda or something.

Regarding the Jammin atrocity:

We, the bicycle community of Portland, should seek to connect with and build alliances with these media outlets. A start is to Schmooze other radio stations and organize a BikeJam. Ya know, for kids! Competing stations might be 101 KUFO, Z100 and other inane hype stations. We can team up and invite all manner of people. Families, bicycles, skaters, inliners, pogostickers, even people who drive cars. Heck it could be the Annual Portland Transportation Extravaganza. Think of it, why there could be Blastolene’s(saw that on Artbeat), Bus drivers, MAX drivers, rush hour commuters, telecommuters, tall bikes, mini-bikes, Extremo the Clown car, pedestrians, equestrians, pogo-sticks, lifeflight, ultra-lite. It’ll be great!

jami
Guest

Step One: FCC complaint. It’s two minutes tops.
Here’s the form:
http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/cib/fcc475B.cfm

Here are the form answers.
Date of Program: July 13
Time of Program: Morning
Call Sign: 95.5 FM
City and State: Portland, Oregon
Name of Program or DJ: “The Playhouse”/PK
Details: A DJ calling himself PK said: “When I hear on TV that a cyclist has been hit and killed by a car I laugh, I think it’s funny… If you are a cyclist you should know I exist, that I don’t care about you. That I don’t care about your life.”

I doubt this meets community standards of decency — it certainly doesn’t meet mine.

John
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John

I think that any reaction should be based in objectivity. The undedited broadcast is needed to establish an objective plan. Get that broadcast and analyze it with some good legal perspectives on hand, if in any way possible. That’s the most constructive way to oppose this prejudice.

In the past, prejudice has never been overcome without objectivity to focus the anger in a constructive direction. Also, prejudice has never been overcome with silence. Turning the other cheek when someone else’s safety is on the line is not a virtue. So keep talking. We need to communicate about this; it’s how we can organize and deal with these challenges as they arise.

Get that broadcast.

Gregg
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Gregg

Ok, the last post was a joke. Sorry if it wasn’t clear.

I have filed a complaint with the FCC based on tips here. Even though I haven’t heard the full broadcast, enough complaints will compel the FCC to force the station to turn over an unedited version for review. Unless of course, the sttation has destroyed evidence which will make for an even more interesting event.

I think a solution to this problem is well off. It has been interesting to read the comments over the last few days. The tone of the ccomments from 95.5 listeners was expected but unfortunately, I have seen angry posts from bicyclist who could just as easily be a target demographic of the station. Note to all of you: If you’re going to run over a bicyclist, don’t write about it here, just DO it. If you’re going to bash a car driver with a U-Lock, don’t write about it here, just DO it. Writing about it in advance only shows reluctance to carry it out.

One thing I thought about earlier: Portland’s montly critical mass has become an almost accepted event, a far cry from 5 years ago. This is due to patience,cooler heads and real action for a real purpose. From what I read here, there are great cycling advocacy organizations out there. The 95.5 crew is really not that important in the long run. They are trendy and have no lasting power.

jami
Guest

Step Two: contact 95.5’s station manager and tell him you won’t be listening to his station.

Here’s the form:
http://www.kxl.com/feedback.aspx

Here’s my letter, if you want to use it as is or modified:
I’m writing regarding 95.5 “Playhouse” DJ PK’s comments that he thinks it’s “funny” when cyclists are killed. I ride a bike, and I enjoy the music 95.5 plays. But I won’t be listening again until PK is fired. I’ve contacted the FCC, and am about to begin contacting your advertisers.

jami
Guest

Step Three: Contact the Great American Weight Loss Challenge (an advertiser).

Here’s the form:
http://www.2424milk.com/contactus.htm?PHPSESSID=d6dc9a8372b1ca6b3660de56abfd2eea

Here’s my letter, which you can modify or use as is:
You are doing important work, so it’s important to tell you that you are advertising with a radio station that says killing bicyclists is “funny.” The DJ on Jammin’ 95.5 in Portland, Oregon said last week: “When I hear on TV that a cyclist has been hit and killed by a car I laugh, I think it’s funny… If you are a cyclist you should know I exist, that I don’t care about you. That I don’t care about your life.”

More info is available here:
http://bikeportland.org/2006/07/17/what-should-we-do-now/

Bicycling is an incredibly healthy activity that certainly keeps me in shape, so it’s unfortunate that the Great American Weight Loss Challenge is supporting 95.5, which encourages people not to exercise, but to kill people for doing so.

Thank you for your time, and I hope you’ll contact 95.5’s manager Tim McNamara at (503) 243-7595 to tell them what you think of their behavior.

jami
Guest

Step Four, some more advertisers you can call or email:
1. tobaccosmokesyou.com
terry.reid@doh.wa.gov
(360) 236-3665
My email (feel free to use as you wish):
Dear Terry Reid;
I’m writing to suggest that Tobbaco Smokes You should stop advertising with Portland radio station Jammin’ 95.5. One of their DJs said last week: “When I hear on TV that a cyclist has been hit and killed by a car I laugh, I think it’s funny… If you are a cyclist you should know I exist, that I don’t care about you. That I don’t care about your life.”
Given that Tobacco Smokes You is concerned with people’s health, I very much doubt you agree that people should be killed for riding bicycles. Please contact 95.5’s manager Tim McNamara and tell him that unless PK is fired, they risk losing your support.

Thank you for your time.
Sincerely;
Jami ******

2. vh1
(212) 258-6000

3. ifilm
(323) 308-3400

4. Suzuki (motor)cycles
(714) 572-1490
Motorcyclists have similar problems to bicyclists (like invisibility), so I’d be surprised if Suzuki thought killing people on bikes was “funny.”

Donna
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Donna

I’m not sure about the protesting but at the *very least* the station should be forced to cough up an unedited recording of the broadcast. Even if it does no good, I’m for filing a complaint with the FCC (and I did). I also really, really want to know who the advertisers are for this show, and the radio station in general. They won’t get a dime from this consumer so long as they pay to adversise on that station, and they’ll all get letters from me explaining why. I’ll also be letting all my family and friends know who the advertisers are. At the very least my parents would never buy anything from someone who supports people who think it’s funny to hurt their children. That’s *my* exercise of free speech and freedom of choice.

If anyone know who the sponsors are, please share!

Tree
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Tree

Here’s a huge advertiser: Les Schwab – Their logo and a live link to their website is on the juvenile radio station’s website. That’s a lot of Les Schwab stores to contact. Contact the one in your neighborhod. I’m going to Les Schwab’s website now to complain. Les Schwab has tried to be progressive in the past. Hopefully, management will think twice about their association with a business that actively encourages the public to harm members of the community.
Jami, Joe, and others, keep up the good work.
It sounds like Jonathan has enough on his plate here with the blog. And as he said, he’s a journalist.
Someone, a leader, a bike group, our chief of police, a city council member, needs to step up to the plate and needs to publicly denounce the radio station’s support of PK and help us strategize on how to stop further threats to our safety, and as a couple others said, educate the public. Freedom of speech goes both ways. How about the mayor making a statement and forcefully stating that this is not behavior acceptable in this community.
By the way, someone mentioned the fantastic guy with the stop sign during afternoon rush hour on the Hawthorne Bridge. I love him! I hope they bring him back. Maybe he’s on vacation. We need more people like him on the street managing traffic. What a great guy with a nice smile.
Meanwhile, act now: contact the FCC, the general manager of the juvenile radio station and the advertisers. Don’t just sit there, do something. Keep the rubber side down.

sean
Guest
sean

that show hella sucks and we shouldn’t take anyone seriously that represents a station playing uninspired music which often glorifies cars sex, violence and drugs. It makes me sad that he represents a part of MY ROSE CITY!

Randy
Guest
Randy

This is not the first time this exact stunt has been pulled on the radio. Stations owned by Clear Channel Communications in three other cities got in some hot water three years ago.

http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Midwest/11/01/radio.bicyclists.ap/
http://humantransport.org/bicycledriving/wdcg.htm

Jennifer
Guest
Jennifer

I think someone had a good Idea with going to grant park (where exactly is that located) and having a huge ride there, for their listeners and DJ’s to see

chris
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chris

gregg. you’re first post was terrific.

i too have contacted the FCC.

pdxcommuter
Guest
pdxcommuter

Step Four, some more advertisers you can call or email:

I see the American Red Cross has a link on 95.5’s web page, too. Here’s the letter I sent to the Red Cross. Please edit it before sending a copy. If you are a blood donor, point out how many lifetime units you have donated. If you are not a blood donor, perhaps you could point out the hypocracy of having a phone number of 1-800-GIVE LIFE and associating with a radio station that laughs at people getting hit and killed.

—-
To: pnwinfo@usa.redcross.org
Subject: associating with 95.5 FM in Portland, Oregon
You need to tell 95.5 FM to pull your ad from their web page
(http://www.jamminfm.com/ .)

Last week, their morning host PK was reported to say on the air, “When I hear
on TV that a cyclist has been hit and killed by a car I laugh, I think it’s
funny.” See http://bikeportland.org/2006/07/17/what-should-we-do-now/ for more
details.

I’m a biyclist. And I am a Red Cross blood donor (__ lifetime units.)

Until the Red Cross dis-associates itself from 95.5, I will not be donating
blood.

pdxcommuter
Guest
pdxcommuter

Where’s the “contact us” link on Les Schwab’s web page?

Thanks.

joelinpdx
Guest
joelinpdx

You ask “What should we do now?” Well, here’s a suggestion: PAY ATTENTION!

Did PK go to extemes to express his opinion? No doubt about it. But his opinion is legitimate and deserves to be listened to.

As I am losing my eyesight I no longer drive nor do I cycle. What I do is walk and rare is the day I am not nearly run down by a bicyclist. I figure the day is coming that I will be hit.

Bicyclists weave in and out of pedestrian traffic on crowded downtown sidewalks. You are even there in my neighborhood where road traffic is light. They are callled sideWALKs for a reason. You don’t belong on the sidewalk, you belong on the street. Stay off of my sidewalk and quit threatening me.

Recently I had to step off of the sidewalk because two cyclists, riding abreast, were coming toward me. You’d think one of them could have fallen back and they could have gone past me single file. But NO! You need to understand this kind of behavior pisses people off. Let me say it again: You don’t belong on the sideWALK.

Some other tips:

Red lights and red octagonal signs mean stop. Observe them.

Don’t weave in and out of traffic. PK obviously had an issue with being cut off by a cyclist. I know when I was driving I did.

Obey all traffic laws. Picking and choosing which laws you will follow is not an option.

Yes, PK went to extemems to make his point. But you need to understnad the frustration from which his opinion comes. Sure, a lot of — maybe even most — bicyclists are courteous and law abiding. But there is an outlaw element amongst you (dare I mention Critical Mass) that needs to be taken care of.

jami
Guest

i couldn’t find les schwab contact info on their site, either.

my concern about the protest is that we make their party cooler just just showing up (jon mcauley is right about partnering with other stations — the best revenge is to live well). we’re good-lookin’ people, not unhealthy fatties like the folks on the playhouse site. so if we go to their party, we have to ruin it, not make it more fun. brainstorming suggests blasting audio of tiny and marconi laughing at nick berg’s beheading. that should scare them, based on what happened to tiny and marconi (fired). signs reading “my friend/brother/sister/mother/father was killed on a bike. it wasn’t funny.” might also work, although some sick fucks will laugh at anything.

the people with the most power here are people who have lost loved ones in bike accidents. one call or email from darin mcdaniel is worth a hundred from the rest of us.

Michael
Guest
Michael

In your email, letters, webforms, etc. be sure you also identify the station’s call sign KXJM as they may not know it simply by it’s brand name and frequency.

No matter how outrageous the dj’s behave, KXJM’s business is business. That is, to make money. They do this by adverstising revenue and by managing expenses. Our best actions will be directed at this aspects of the business. Engaging the dj’s is irrational and possibly counter-productive. (Never wrestle with a pig. you will only get dirty and the pig will love it.)

The “party” is likely to have many sponsers involved. This would be a good place to meet them face to face and explain what kind of trash they are assosciating their businesses with. It will help to have a FACT sheet of the details to leave with them. The “party” will also have many guests who know little or nothing about this whole issue. Be sure to smile a lot while handing out the FACT sheets to as many as possible.

Jami has started an excellent start on KXJM’s advertisers. Jonathan, can we get another forum thread going on this that can simply accumulate name’s and contact info for known advertisers? Is anyone actively listening to gather this data? (Sorry, I don’t have the stomach for it.)

Legal action is VERY expensive. It would be very useful to find a means of beginning a civil suit. It is likely to have a very large impact on the suits holding the purse strings.

Radio stations are marginal businesses. If we can get advertisers to pull out and create legal defense expenses on their behalf it will be of benefit to a much larger community of cyclists than just Portland.

Michael
Guest
Michael

WHOIS search on lesschwab.com
Les Schwab Tire Centers
P.O. Box 667
Prineville, OR 97754
US
Phone: 541-447-4136
Email: webinfo@lesschwab.com

nate
Guest
nate

MONEY MONEY MONEY!
The way to attack these kids is not through giving them more attention, but by attacking their POCKETBOOK! Make the Public Relations people at the companies that advertise on this show understand we are willing to boycott their products if they continue supporting these creeps. Mass rallies and confronting them at their events will encourage them. Beat ’em the same way we beat the Russkis, starve ’em to death with an economic stranglehold.

Michael
Guest
Michael

Sent to webinfo@lesschwab.com (for want of a better email address)

Your company has historically been associated with a wholesome Oregon lifestyle. I am sure you wish to protect your image and reputation.

Did you know you have advertising on a Portland radio station that has been recently engaged in verbal violence and hate speech directed against bicycle riders?

I understand Les Schwab is presently advertising on the radio station KXJM 95.5 in Portland. Please consider having this removed as it taints your name and reputation.

For more information please see: http://bikeportland.org/2006/07/14/local-radio-show-promotes-hatred-toward-cyclists/#comments

Jasun Wurster
Guest

I am contacting my Federal Representative Earl Blumenauer, you know the congressperson that rides his bicycle. Anyhow, since the FCC is a Federal commission … I bet if enough of us contact him the FCC *WILL* take special interest in what happened on the July the 13th.

http://www.blumenauer.house.gov/about/Contact.shtml

andy
Guest
andy

joelin,

Cyclists are allowed to ride legally on the sidewalk, except in the downtown area. They are, however, also required to yield right-of-way to pedestrians when on the sidewalk. We are not all so disrespectful, so please do not paint us as such.

Brett
Guest
Brett

Ok,
I think everyone needs to stop and take a breath. The first thing that needs to happen is to get a copy of the show and find out what was actually said. I don’t know how to get a copy of the radio show… but that MUST happen first. I mean, come on, look at all the back and forth energy on this site. Some people are even getting super angry over what is right now hearsay. I’M NOT SAYING IT DIDN’T HAPPEN, I think it did. But, my point is that we, the bicycling community, must be the “bigger person” here and give the station and the show every opportunity to do the right thing.

As for imposing boycotts, sanctions, or attempts to stop revenue… what if someone did that to you based on what someone said you said… before they had the evidence in their hands?

Jonathan———- You are a leader. I believe it’s more important to maintain your integrity as a journalist than your duties as an editor… you can’t do both effectively. The things you post in this place have large influences. You can’t talk about not inciting anger and then say that the people in question are hiding something. As for the July 22nd big party picnic… unless this event is totally sponsored and hosted by the radio show no one should oppose it. And even then… what does the big party picnic do for the community? If we, the bicycle community, prevent something good from happening in the greater community because of what some sophmoric sense of humor… well, we should just think about it.

Brett

Michael
Guest
Michael

Here are some advertisers/sponsers/etc to contact. The first one is especially interesting and important to call!!

Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation – see KXJM press releases http://www.jamminfm.com/ArDisplay.aspx?ID=49714&SecID=48

Clackamas County Fire District Public Information Office:
624 7th Street
Oregon City, Oregon 97045
(503) 742-2690

Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation: (503) 742-2600

no email or web forms – call them and tell them what is going on!!!!

Hillsboro Hyundai – online advertiser
888-432-6875
sales@hillsborohyundai.com

Beaverton Suzuki – online advertiser
10380 S.W. Cascade Blvd.
Tigard, OR 97223
Phone: 503-684-6600
Toll: 1-800-929-1044
Fax: 503-684-5084
Email: ggabriel@bhy.net

Premier Nissan – online advertiser
888-624-5409
sales8@portlandpremier.com

Beaverton Mitsubishi – online advertiser
888-207-1912
sales@portlandpremier.com

Adams Carroll (News Intern)
Guest

Brett,

Several cyclists did hear the original broadcast (before they hid it) and they were equally appalled at what they heard.

That is all I need to know.

The station is withholding the tape. To me that makes them guilty. Obviously they are concerned and they know they crossed the line.

I have no doubt that PK’s comments emboldened and desensitized his listeners. One of them called into his show on Monday to brag about “taking a cyclist out” (I heard that with my own ears) and his call-screener said others called with the same scary comments but weren’t let through.

And as for going to their big party picnic on the 22nd. We are not planning on ruining their fun. We are actually hoping to work with the station (if they’re interested). If not, we just want to show up and have a good time, showing their listeners what our community really looks like.

Thanks for your input.

Geezer
Guest
Geezer

After 60 years of living I have found that its not a good idea to escalate the negative with people like this. They thrive on all the publicity they are getting. What will hurt them the most is letting the sponsors of their program know that we can’t support them do to their support of that radio show.
Ignore the pain, work on a cure.
Can we get a list of the sponsors ?

Dean
Guest
Dean

Let it go guys…let it go…

Brett
Guest
Brett

Jonathan, thanks for the info.

Well it sounds like, I found the sound bites, the show has done some things that… well at least really suck. I don’t know why the station is witholding the tape (correlation is not causation) personally I don’t care. I think there is enough evidence to move forward. So… you’ve been in touch with a “call-screener” that actually filters out some of the more scary comments? Hmmm, I wonder who sets the policy on how that person does their job? Can “we” use the screener as a back door to the P and P manual at the station?

The big party- I think that someone (YOU) should write up some “rules of engagement” for the big party, things like 1) You are here to show the greater community what the bicycle community really looks like, as such when asked about the radio incident the response is “no comment, I’m just here to enjoy the day”.

Anyway, I love your site and what it brings to the community… and me.

Thanks

Brad
Guest
Brad

Sorry but we are not letting this go. It is too important to cyclists and may prove to be a watershed moment for us. Our safety is more important than some mindless drivetime entertainment.

This country has largely forgot about an important ingredient for a healthy society: RESPECT. All cyclists want from drivers is respect and consideration for our personal safety. The antics of PK are an affront to that and we rightfully take umbrage with his comments. He stirred up this hornet’s nest with his vile statements and we intend to grasp this moment to strengthen our cause.