Petition To End Substance-Abuse Glorification On Radio
Similar to the recent Don Imus outrage, the syndicated radio station The Buzz, which is part of Entercom Communications, ran a comic skit in April, 2007, that appeared to glorify Mexican Methamphetamine, indicating that it might be a cool thing to do. This skit was heard in major cities throughout the country, since Entercom, based in Philadelphia, has radio stations in at least 22 cities. Therefore, this skit was also heard by hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of children and teenagers who listen to rock stations such as this, which rely on \"shock jocks\" and provocative programming to lure advertisers. We the undersigned have reached the absolute limits of tolerance with this kind of irresponsible behavior, and are hereby demanding that this communications company, others like it, and their advertisers, voluntarily ensure that the airwaves are free of this kind of \"adult\" material that misguides children, glorifies substance abuse, and interferes with the efforts of parents to raise their children in a balanced, healthy manner, enabling those children to make wise choices as they become adults. Promoting drug use, heavy drinking, and in general the \"party animal\" image, are subjects for private conversation among adults who are so-inclined. However, it is entirely inappropriate to subject our children to these topics, especially children at risk, as they might be deluded into believing that making choices such as these will make them appear \"cool\" to others, when in reality these choices will only usher in a host of personal problems, often culminating in tragedy for the individual, and society at large. Therefore, we are demanding the following: 1) That all radio stations henceforth abstain from discussion or skits that promote the use of drugs of any kind. 2) That all radio stations henceforth abstain from discussion or skits that promote excessive or underage drinking. 3) That all advertisers carefully examine the content of the stations which air their advertisements, and consider their shared responsibility for endorsing and financing this irresponsible on-air behavior.