Bill Handel of KFI 640 radio in Burbank, CA

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wow, now radio shock jockies make fun of Armenian Genocide.lets start a grass-roots campaign against stupid racists! and spread the word...
On May 13, 2009 shock jock Bill Handel of KFI 640 radio in Burbank, CA ( http://www.kf i640. com/main. html ) suggested reducing the U.S. population to save the government money, and made a joke about starting with the Armenians and selling Glendale (CA). One person who heard this called and e-mailed to complain. The e-mail was read the next day on air and mocked again. But then the bimbo co-host said on air: "What the Turks started, Bill will finish." The clips were immediately removed from the Radio stations website but they were downloaded before they were removed and are available at: http://www.bu rbanka nc.org/KFI . mp3 (hear them make fun of our last names. It will make your blood boil).
It's one thing to make fun of Armenian nose, or chest/back hair etc, but making fun of innocent people murdered in the face of their descendants is totally inappropriate. As far as I know there are no apologies offered to the Armenian-Americans by either the host or the Radio station.
I don't believe complaining will get any results, but let's do it anyway. Maybe it will result in a fake apology, but hitting them in the pocket by withdrawing advertisement (many Armenian businesses, or businesses who do businesses with Armenians pulling out their ads) may send a signal.
To contact these people, here are some options:
address:
3400 W Olive Ave Ste 550 ,
Burbank CA 91505
e-mail:
Robin Bertolucci, Program Director, KFI AM640, RobinBertolucci@ clearchannel. com
you can also go to the FCC website ( http://esupport. fcc.gov/complain ts.htm ) and file a complaint
KFI station numbers:

Corporate headquarters:
Clear Channel, 200 East Basse Road,
San Antonio, TX 78209

more at:
http://www.as barez. com/2009/ 05/22/call- to-action- its-ok-to- say/
I am surprised that I hadn't received an e-mail from any of my contacts regarding this until today!
Spread the word...
i did took an action
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This is what I received as an apology, there is an attachment from Bill, his voice explaining the comments, please listen, donít just jump on the bandwagon without putting things in context and perspective.
I am truly sorry you were offended. While I understand your concerns, Bill Handel was clearly engaging in parody and hyperbole to point out the absurdity of genocide as a solution to rising health care costs. No one was actually advocating hatred against Armenians. The comments were obviously said in jest, in the same breath with advocating euthanasia for the elderly and genocide for the Jews. The comments made were solely mocking the idea of genocide and weren't intended to be about Armenians anymore than they were about euthanasia for the elderly. Trust me, I understand that some things are just so painful and hurtful that no one finds them funny and of course you are entitled to be offended, however, I'm confident the majority of our listeners understood that this was parody and that neither Bill nor his crew was actually trying to attack the Armenian members of our community.
The following day, when Lara said "what the Turks started Bill will finish?" she was clearly taking a shot at Bill and the idea that genocide was a solution to anything . She was outright mocking him for this outlandish and ludicrous idea. If Bill or anyone on the morning show had actually said with sincerity, "I think we should finish what the Turks had started" you and I would be having a very different conversation. To be clear, I do not believe that listeners who heard these comments could possibly take them to mean that Bill was really in favor of getting rid of the Armenians, or the Irish or the Italians, for that matter. It was an absurd statement mocking an absurd solution to a real problem.
KFI is looking forward to our meeting with the Armenian National Council to discuss this matter further.
Again, I am sorry you were offended. Thank you for taking the time to write and share your concerns
Sincerely,
Robin Bertolucci
Program Director

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Maybe, he should have used old jews living in Florida for his joke. But he did not and used Armenians.
I would have expected an apology, not justification of WRONG.

Putting and sustaining pressure is the right and just thing to do and ANC-WR (Armenian National Committee of Western Region) has been on this case since the day it aired.(She refers to Armenian national Council). With the resolution in the Capitol, Obamaís rebuff, so called road map between Turkey and Armenia and daily denials of Armenian genocide; we can not simply let issues of this nature pass specially in the media. At this stage anything less than a public apology is not acceptable.

wow, folks i did my part now the rest of you must
follow up and demand apology on the air.

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Sending my complaint via email as well. Thanks for the follow up.

Jason Aslanian Thompson
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In case anyone is curious who the show's sponsors are...here are some notable ones. Mandalay Bay, ProFlowers, LegalZoom, etc. For a complete list copy this URL which will take you directly to the site listing every sponsor to his show http://www.kfiam640.com/pages/Sales.html...
I urge you to write to any of these sponsors to supporting such a racist show.
Once the money runs out...BILL WILL BE OUT!!!
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Correction:

I urge you to write to any of these sponsors to STOP supporting such a racist show.
Once the money runs out...BILL WILL BE OUT!!!

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thank you Mary
Mary Alidz wrote:
In case anyone is curious who the show's sponsors are...here are some notable ones. Mandalay Bay, ProFlowers, LegalZoom, etc. For a complete list copy this URL which will take you directly to the site listing every sponsor to his show http://www.kfiam640.com/pages/Sales.html...
I urge you to write to any of these sponsors to supporting such a racist show.
Once the money runs out...BILL WILL BE OUT!!!
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This is what I received as an apology, there is an attachment from Bill, his voice explaining the comments, please listen, donít just jump on the bandwagon without putting things in context and perspective.
I am truly sorry you were offended. While I understand your concerns, Bill Handel was clearly engaging in parody and hyperbole to point out the absurdity of genocide as a solution to rising health care costs. No one was actually advocating hatred against Armenians. The comments were obviously said in jest, in the same breath with advocating euthanasia for the elderly and genocide for the Jews. The comments made were solely mocking the idea of genocide and weren't intended to be about Armenians anymore than they were about euthanasia for the elderly. Trust me, I understand that some things are just so painful and hurtful that no one finds them funny and of course you are entitled to be offended, however, I'm confident the majority of our listeners understood that this was parody and that neither Bill nor his crew was actually trying to attack the Armenian members of our community.
The following day, when Lara said "what the Turks started Bill will finish?" she was clearly taking a shot at Bill and the idea that genocide was a solution to anything . She was outright mocking him for this outlandish and ludicrous idea. If Bill or anyone on the morning show had actually said with sincerity, "I think we should finish what the Turks had started" you and I would be having a very different conversation. To be clear, I do not believe that listeners who heard these comments could possibly take them to mean that Bill was really in favor of getting rid of the Armenians, or the Irish or the Italians, for that matter. It was an absurd statement mocking an absurd solution to a real problem.
KFI is looking forward to our meeting with the Armenian National Council to discuss this matter further.
Again, I am sorry you were offended. Thank you for taking the time to write and share your concerns
Sincerely,
Robin Bertolucci
Program Director
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"parody" ??? Had he touched the Jewish holocaust in parody he would of been skinned alive.This racist obviously is backtracking in lousy "apology"
I am still trying to find the Email to complain.
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I am appalled and infuriated that racist bigot Bill Handel of KFI 640 radio in Burbank is allowed to air his racist remarks about Armenians!!
1915 Armenian Genocide is a sad tragedy for Armenians including my family and making fun of it goes beyond insensitivity and insults all Armenians and decent human beings alike.
If this is not corrected your shows sponsors will be notified .
I need a sincere public apology from this bigot Bill Handel! Need to remind you that making Holocaust jokes is equally appalling !!
Regards R. Sahakian

I sent it to
RobinBertolucci@ clearchannel. com

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And?
Maybe, he should have used old jews living in Florida for his joke. But he did not and used Armenians.
I would have expected an apology, not justification of WRONG.
Putting and sustaining pressure is the right and just thing to do and ANC-WR (Armenian National Committee of Western Region) has been on this case since the day it aired.(She refers to Armenian national Council). With the resolution in the Capitol, Obamaís rebuff, so called road map between Turkey and Armenia and daily denials of Armenian genocide; we can not simply let issues of this nature pass specially in the media. At this stage anything less than a public apology is not acceptable.
wow, folks i did my part now the rest of you must
follow up and demand apology on the air.
take care
Ok sweetie I just did, I mailed my email directly to the email address Sahakian provide.

I mainly touched on the fact that my 96 year old great grandmother was listening to his show at the time, or that goes for any survivors of the AG that shed one tear over his lousy, hurtful remarks, how unfortuate a sad tragidy that would be.

Hurting people needlessly is totally unacceptable.

Thank you for bringing this to my attention,;) that guy is just a scumbag.

“Hankchetsek took antor nahadag”

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edit: That "if" my 96 year old great grandmother

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It is sad to hear this news.I don't know how things works in USA but such thing would be a scandal here in UK

well friends, I hope you get to the bottom of this campaign. I think the most effective way to make your voice to be heard is to use the media, perhaps calling to onother radio stations to expose hise racist personality.

I salute your campaign for Justice
Tsukiahi wrote:
wow, now radio shock jockies make fun of Armenian Genocide.lets start a grass-roots campaign against stupid racists! and spread the word...
On May 13, 2009 shock jock Bill Handel of KFI 640 radio in Burbank, CA ( http://www.kf i640. com/main. html ) suggested reducing the U.S. population to save the government money, and made a joke about starting with the Armenians and selling Glendale (CA). One person who heard this called and e-mailed to complain. The e-mail was read the next day on air and mocked again. But then the bimbo co-host said on air: "What the Turks started, Bill will finish." The clips were immediately removed from the Radio stations website but they were downloaded before they were removed and are available at: http://www.bu rbanka nc.org/KFI . mp3 (hear them make fun of our last names. It will make your blood boil).
It's one thing to make fun of Armenian nose, or chest/back hair etc, but making fun of innocent people murdered in the face of their descendants is totally inappropriate. As far as I know there are no apologies offered to the Armenian-Americans by either the host or the Radio station.
I don't believe complaining will get any results, but let's do it anyway. Maybe it will result in a fake apology, but hitting them in the pocket by withdrawing advertisement (many Armenian businesses, or businesses who do businesses with Armenians pulling out their ads) may send a signal.
To contact these people, here are some options:
address:
3400 W Olive Ave Ste 550 ,
Burbank CA 91505
e-mail:
Robin Bertolucci, Program Director, KFI AM640, RobinBertolucci@ clearchannel. com
you can also go to the FCC website ( http://esupport. fcc.gov/complain ts.htm ) and file a complaint
KFI station numbers:
Corporate headquarters:
Clear Channel, 200 East Basse Road,
San Antonio, TX 78209
more at:
http://www.as barez. com/2009/ 05/22/call- to-action- its-ok-to- say/
I am surprised that I hadn't received an e-mail from any of my contacts regarding this until today!
Spread the word...
i did took an action
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Good news my friends, jock shockBill Handel of KFI 640 radio in Burbank, CA

did apologize on the air

http://www.anca.org/press_releases/press_rele...

I am so proud of Armenians who stood up and fight
this racist and un inform, un educated dimwit.

good job Armenians

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hello friend,
it was not just me, it is obvious that so many
people took this insult very seriously and every body stood up and demanded apology.

good job
haydar wrote:
It is sad to hear this news.I don't know how things works in USA but such thing would be a scandal here in UK
well friends, I hope you get to the bottom of this campaign. I think the most effective way to make your voice to be heard is to use the media, perhaps calling to onother radio stations to expose hise racist personality.
I salute your campaign for Justice
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Tsukiahi wrote:
Good news my friends, jock shockBill Handel of KFI 640 radio in Burbank, CA
did apologize on the air
http://www.anca.org/press_releases/press_rele...
I am so proud of Armenians who stood up and fight
this racist and un inform, un educated dimwit.
good job Armenians
YAY!!!!

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my dear Californians, 4 many years i have been
in touch with our Senator Barbara Boxer who she
represents California.

her web site: http://boxer.senate.gov

this site http://thomas.loc.gov is for current and past federal legislation.

i know i never receive any e-mail directly from her but my mailing address is in her data base.

4 many years i would argue with my co-workers, or
neighbors,about ok we select representatives to
represent our causes, but then why??? most of you fellow Americans do not follow up what those
representatives are doing, why don't any of you
my fellow Americans do not ck up on them to see
do they do exactly what we want them to do or not.

and 4 many years they would hear from one ear and let go from the other ear, but now that the economy and everything sucks now they have re lazied that all this years their hard earn money and taxes went for nothing.

now i believe their eyes and ears are open and
our representatives do listen very carefully cause they know if they do not do the best they wont be able to go back in sit in their soft cushion ie chairs any more.

as a citizen it is our duty to know what goes around us specially in domestic department.

cheers

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by the way FACEBOOK users, today we can pick a name
for our URL for facebook.

we will not see those long and large numbers after our name any more.

yahooooooooooo

so good luck
Sahakian

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Tsukiahi wrote:
Good news my friends, jock shockBill Handel of KFI 640 radio in Burbank, CA
did apologize on the air
http://www.anca.org/press_releases/press_rele...
I am so proud of Armenians who stood up and fight
this racist and un inform, un educated dimwit.
good job Armenians
What a tool.If it were not the Armenian community speaking out this deuchbag would of never apologized.
I have my brother and sisters living in LA and I myself lived there for 8 yrs.
Good job!
Dander

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Tsukiahi wrote:
Good news my friends, jock shockBill Handel of KFI 640 radio in Burbank, CA
did apologize on the air
http://www.anca.org/press_releases/press_rele...
I am so proud of Armenians who stood up and fight
this racist and un inform, un educated dimwit.
good job Armenians
I am so proud and love you all.
Veritas

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It is truly amazing the things we can accomplish when we are united... miatsum!!!

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