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May 7, 2007

Hope Chu 
Communications Manager | 202-223-5500

OCA Meets With CBS Radio and WFNY to Express Outrage Over Offensive Programming
New York area chapters lead coalition to productive meeting

Washington, DC – New York area chapters of OCA, a national Asian Pacific American (APA) organization dedicated to ensuring social justice for Asian Pacific Americans, led a coalition of organizations Friday to meet with representatives from CBS Radio and New York radio station WFNY 92.3 FM to express their concerns about a segment recently aired on that station’s morning show, "The Dog House with JV and Elvis.”

The segment features a prank call made by station DJs JV and Elvis (Jeff Vandergrift and Dan Lay) to a Chinese restaurant in which they make numerous comments that demean Asian Pacific Americans, women, and the gay community. During the six-minute segment, the DJs accost one woman on the phone, saying, "Should I come to your restaurant so that I can see you naked… that way I can see your hot Asian spicy ass.” They tell another restaurant employee, "You are a very nice Chinese man… probably can’t drive for shit, but who cares.” The DJs also call one employee "faggy.”

"Vandergrift and Lay went over the line with their offensive and abusive language, and we congratulate OCA-New York, OCA-Long Island, OCA-Westchester/Hudson Valley, and OCA-New Jersey chapters and their partners for their tireless efforts bringing this to national attention,” said Ginny Gong, OCA National President, "We will continue to support this coalition in demanding that the DJs and producers who are responsible for airing this racist segment are fired.”

"The swift and broad coalition-building in the New York area is a great success story of the strength of our chapters in those communities,” said Michael Lin, OCA Executive Director, "Thanks in part to their cooperation and the hard work of partners across the country, we have to date over 10,200 signatures on a petition demanding the firing of the DJs and their producer, and we are calling on advertisers to pull their support from the radio station. Already Anheuser-Busch, Inc., have pulled their ads from that timeslot, and we thank them for their support.”

A report and release from the New York area coalition follows below: 


May 4, 2007 -- Representatives from numerous organizations met with 92.3FreeFM and CBS Radio to demand the termination of DJs Jeff Vandergrift and Dan Lay and the producer of "The Dog House with JV & Elvis.” The controversy stems from the racist and sexist segment aired first on April 5 and then on April 19 of a prank phone call to a Chinese restaurant.

Since the initial outcry by Asian American communities over the radio segment, Jeff Vandergrift and Dan Lay have been suspended without pay. However, re-runs highlighted as "The Best of JV & Elvis: The Dog House” were still airing, adding fuel to the flame. CBS Radio pulled the highlights as of Monday, May 7.

Comments Vicki Shu Smolin, President, OCA-NY, "The meeting was productive. We are hopeful that CBS Radio will take action soon to address the community outcry. Our demands remain the same. We want the DJs and the producer fired.”

Petitions have been circulating on-line and in communities across the country, echoing these demands. OCA-Westchester President Jeannette Wang has collected over 1000 signatures in just two days. "We will continue to have people sign the petition demanding the DJs and producer be fired. We will continue to call upon the Asian American community who are also shareholders of CBS advertisers to apply pressure.”

"Marketers who advertise on networks that promote racism, hatred, and sexism need to know that their marketing dollars enable shock-jocks to demean communities that are unable to adequately defend themselves," said Bill Imada, former president of the Asian American Advertising Federation. "Community-minded marketers such as Anheuser-Busch are no longer advertising on the JV and Elvis program, and more will follow their lead."

In the meeting, that lasted just over an hour, representatives from OCA-New York, OCA-New Jersey, OCA-Westchester/Hudson Valley, OCA-Long Island, Asian American Advertising Federation, Families with Children from China, Asian Americans for Equality, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association,, Japanese American Citizens League, Korean American League for Civic Action, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Anti-Defamation League each voiced their objections over this segment’s use of negative stereotypes to increase ratings.

The coalition is growing beyond the Asian American community. The coalition intends to follow up on offers of support from African American, Latino and women’s organizations. 


Founded in 1973 as the Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA, a national organization with over 80 chapters and affiliates across the country, is dedicated to advancing the social, economic, and political well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.

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