CBS Radio Drops DJs JV and Elvis and ProducerFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2007
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CBS Radio Drops DJs JV and Elvis and Producer
OCA commends CBS Radio, chapters and partners for their leadership and hard work
Washington, DC – OCA, a national Asian Pacific American (APA) organization of 80 chapters and affiliates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, applauded a decision by CBS Friday to cancel New York-area morning show "The Dog House with JV & Elvis.” CBS Radio also announced that DJs JV and Elvis (Jeff Vandergrift and Dan Lay) along with their producer would no longer be working for CBS Radio or its affiliates, including WFNY 92.3 FM.
"OCA would like to extend our appreciation to CBS, CBS Radio, and WFNY for their attention and response to this matter. We are heartened to know that CBS is concerned about hateful and hurtful programming and we urge them to continue to take leadership on this issue. OCA is grateful to members of its Business Advisory Council for their commitment to ‘doing the right thing’ in pulling support for the show,” said Ginny Gong, National President.
In early April, "The Dog House” aired a six-minute segment of a prank call to a Chinese restaurant featuring language insulting to Asian Pacific Americans, women, and the gay community.
OCA National and its local chapters in the New York City area (OCA-New York, OCA-Westchester/Hudson Valley, OCA-New Jersey, OCA-Long Island), with support from other APA and civil rights organizations, were successful in organizing a nation-wide campaign to fire the DJs and their producer, which included a letter writing campaign, an online petition which garnered more than 10,000 signatures in a week, and outreach to advertisers to pull support from the show and station. OCA chapters and local groups were successful in meeting face to face with WFNY and CBS executives.
"Without the collaboration and leadership of our local chapters on the ground, our network of APA and civil rights organizations, and corporate advertisers, this would not have been possible,” said Michael Lin, Executive Director, "It is only through the dedication and hard work of concerned people and organizations that we can continue to advocate for a culture of tolerance and respect.”
OCA acknowledges and thanks the following organizations and individuals for their support and leadership: Bill Imada, chairman and CEO, IW Group; Anti-Defamation League; Asian American Advertising Federation; Asian Americans for Equality; Asian American Institute; Asian American Justice Center; Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Asian Law Caucus; Asian Pacific American Legal Center; California Assemblymember Mike Eng; California State Senator Leland Lee; Chinese American Elected Officials Association; Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association: Chinese for Affirmative Action; Columbia University Students; Committee of 100; Congressman Mike Honda; Equal Rights Advocates; Families with Children from China; Flushing Chinese Business Association; Fujian Association; Japanese American Citizens League; Korean American League for Civic Action; Ling Sing Association; National Hispanic Media Coalition; National Organization for Women – CA; National Organization for Women – NY; New York Asian Women's Center; New York City Council member John Liu; New York University Students; New York University Asian/Pacific American Studies Program; Organization for Justice and Equality; Senator John Edwards; Traditional Family Coalition; UNITE; United Chinese Association of Brooklyn; United Taiwan University Alumni Association; 80/20 Initiative; www.falloutcentral.com
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.