What seems to have impacted them the most in getting there is that their regular listener audience told them that what they had done and said was not okay.
I could tell that they took time to really connect with people -- to open their minds and hearts to the responses they got -- and it changed them. And they have the guts to go on the air and admit how they screwed up and do a show that really deal with it.
Today they spent from 7:30 AM to 10 AM on the show talking about this. The guests they brought in were Kim Pearson and Autumn Sandeen who were excellent, and they had callers to the show also and handled that very well.
This is what they posted on their homepage http://www.robarnieanddawn.com/ after the show:
UPDATED JUNE 11TH, 2009, 10:45AMBecause the show's homepage may change in time I am linking directly to the show that happened today here:
We would like to thank our two very special guests for stopping by and sharing their stories with us. If you would like to learn more about them, please visit the following links.
To learn more about Kim Perason and the TransYouth Family Allies organization visit www.imatyfa.org.
And to read Autumn Sandeen's online contributions visit www.pamshouseblend.com.
If you miss today's show, you can download the full two and a half hours directly from this web site by clicking on the links to the left.
The Rob, Arnie & Dawn Show
- Hour 1 Of Transgender Response
- Hour 2 Of Transgender Response
- Last Part Of Transgender Response
Doing the show they did today takes guts, and I applaud Rob and Arnie for that - for being willing to publicly not only say that their behavior was wrong, and not just to apologize on the air, but to spend the whole show today talking about it so that other people can learn and understand with them.
Again thank you Dawn for being such a good ally. Your voice in all this was very much appreciated.
And thank you Kim and Autumn for your parts in this whole experience.
It's very good to be able to see something like this turn out for the good. It is an example of what we can hold up to show people that there is reason to hope and to do this work we do.