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Tuesday February 21, 2012

Clear Channel Apologizes for “Deport” Comments Made in Radio Giveaway Ad

Clear Channel Apologizes for “Deport” Comments Made in Radio Giveaway Ad

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Last week, the Clear Channel media company was criticized for comments made on one of its radio stations, which said it would “deport someone to Mexico every Friday” in a promotion for vacation giveaway.

Some were offended by the ad after hearing it on WRNW-FM (97.3) February 14 and 15 and brought it to the attention of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).

LULAC then contacted Clear Channel, saying that “making light of the practice of deportations that have been going on” is insensitive, and the promotion “was in bad taste”.

According to Milwaukee’s Journal-Sentinel, Clear Channel’s Vice President and Market Manager Jeff Tyler has since released a statement saying, “WRNW FM (97.3) apologizes to any listeners and fans we may have offended with the recent flyaway promotion to Mexico that ran on our station. This goes against everything WRNW stands for. Please be assured that we take matters of this nature very seriously, and we removed it from our program as soon as it was brought to out attention. Again, we deeply apologize.”

Tyler said the deportation ad was taken off the air Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.

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