The hosts are dealing with what they refer to as "the transgender controversy" after a recent show.
I found some information on the GLAAD website:
June 2, 2009— In a lengthy May 28 tirade on the Rob, Arnie & Dawn in the Morning radio show heard in Sacramento, California on KRXQ 98.5 FM and Reno, Nevada on KDOT 104.5 FM, hosts Rob Williams and Arnie States verbally attacked transgender children. While discussing a recent story about a transgender child in Omaha, Nebraska and her parents’ decision to support her transition, the two hosts spent more than 30 minutes explicitly promoting child abuse of and making cruel, dehumanizing and defamatory comments toward transgender children.Read the whole action alert here on the GLAAD site:
TAKE ACTION: Demand that KRXQ Radio Hosts Rob Williams and Arnie States Apologize for Encouraging Violence Against Transgender Children
The link to the audio file was only a 17 second clip, and I was unable to find the whole show.
But I did find this June 2nd article by Michael Rowe on Huffington Post:
KRXQ Sacramento Radio Hosts Encourage Violence Against Transgender Children.
Then I went to the homepage for the Rob, Arnie & Dawn in the Morning show:
The show is described there as:
A five hour, listener interactive radio program that many people describe as just three regular people sitting around the breakfast table trying to make sense of the world. We prefer to think of it as three really abnormal miscreants of society who have stumbled upon this line of work and are making everybody else pay for it.I scrolled down to this:
- Listen to Rob, Arnie & Dawn's response to the transgender controversy by clicking on the audio file links below...
I had to download the audio files to my computer (an option with RealPlayer) in order to listen to them because when I tried listening to them online the audio was skipping and I was missing hearing parts. But that may have been when there was a lot of traffic on the site.
Here are the audio files:
06.03.09 - The Rob & Arnie Transgender Controversy 49.09 minutes
06.03.09 - Transgender Controversy Continued 22.46 minutes
06.03.09 - The Evolution of Tolerance 6.42 minutes
06.03.09 - Haters & Supporters of Rob & Arnie 5.58 minutes
06.03.09 - Seperating Transgenders & Mental Patients 7.50 minutes
06.03.09 - More Listeners React To Transgender Controversy 9.04 minutes
06.03.09 - Listeners Still Love RAD 6.01 minutes
Wow. It's a twisted time talking about gender identity, about bullying, hate speech, hate crimes, freedom of speech and much more - from more than one side. I found it a disturbing and in an almost clinical way an interesting look at how these three particular people hashed the subject among each other, with callers to the show, and sharing emails they have received.
I was SO glad that Dawn Rossi was part of the show because she is an outspoken ally. Thank you Dawn.
Anyone else have something to say on this? Please comment here.
And if you want to respond to the folks at the show, this is from the GLAAD Alert:
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Please contact KRXQ management in Sacramento, California, where the show is produced and demand that radio show hosts Rob Williams and Arnie States publicly apologize. Call on KRXQ to hold Williams and States accountable for their remarks and establish clear standards to ensure their media platform will not be used to condone or promote violence against any parts of the communities they serve.
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