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WFNY Radio Ignores DJ’s Use of Anti-Gay Slurs

Friday Apr 6, 2007
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CBS-owned WFNY 92.3 Free FM radio shock jocks "JV" (Jeff Vandergrift) and "Elvis" (Dan Lay) invited a local unsigned band called A Brief Smile onto their show, The Doghouse. During the interview, the hosts directed numerous vulgar anti-gay slurs at the band’s bassist.

The interview’s beginning was rocky, with the bassist criticizing Free FM and The Doghouse program. The angry hosts then referred to the musician as "Fag Number 1" and asked, "How many badges of honor do you have in your colon?" The interview revealed that the bassist self-identified as bisexual, and he was eventually kicked out of the studio while being told that his "sexuality makes him a bitch." The hosts also rated the band’s song poorly, calling it a "little faggy."

"The comments by ’JV’ and ’Elvis’ are vulgar and defamatory, plain and simple," said Rashad Robinson, GLAAD’s Senior Director of Media Programs. "CBS Radio and WFNY 92.3 Free FM have a responsibility to the community to ensure that hateful anti-gay slurs are not part of their standards and practices."

GLAAD called WFNY 92.3 Free FM Program Director, John Mainelli several times before reaching him. A receptionist even hung up on a GLAAD senior staff member and told him to "stop calling." Eventually, Mainelli did call back, was unapologetic about the anti-gay tirade on The Doghouse, and even defended the defamatory radio segment as "comedy."

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