Mar 11, 2005 Comments Off
NEW YORK HOT 97 WQHT-FM radio host “Miss Jones” returned to the airwaves a month after airing a racist musical parody that ridiculed victims of last December’s Asian tsunami, calling them “screaming chinks” and “little Chinamen.”
The outspoken shock jock had been suspended indefinitely.
“I should have known better and I didn’t,” said a seemingly subdued but matter-of-fact Jones. ” I’m sorry and hopefully we can move forward from this.”
Station owner Emmis Communications fired co-host Todd Lynn and producer Rick Delgado for “socially and morally indefensible” conduct and pledged $1 million to tsunami relief efforts.
“We are not looking for sacrificial lambs. We are looking for real change and remorse,” said Doris Lin, executive director of Asian Media Watchdog, which, along with Asian Media Watch, was instrumental in coordinating grassroots efforts thus far.
I’m astounded that a publicly traded company would send such mixed messages to its stock holders, sponsors and advertisers by continuing to broadcast her show,” said Elbert Oh, founder of Yellowworld.org, a nonprofit group specializing in web advocacy campaigns.
“If they don’t fire the people responsible, we’ll close them,” said New York City Councilwoman Christine Quinn. “The more time goes by, the more people will be responsible.”