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Russo In Race Controversy


The former longtime WFAN host is facing some criticism after what he said on his SiriusXM program. Getting into it with a caller who challenged him on why there were no African American hosts on his channel, Russo said,  "Don't you think if we thought there was a black sports talk show host who knew what was going on and who wanted the job here with us, you don't think we'd put the person on? What do you think, we're crazy?" Russo was trying to make the overall point that it's difficult for anyone to do three hours of compelling sports talk, however, he certainly "stepped in it" a bit when he started off his rant, and when he ended it with this statement: "No tape has run by my desk from a black host who I would deem worthy of doing a national sports talk radio program." You can listen to the 4:30 of Russo's audio HERE.

(7/15/2014 12:18:39 PM)
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(5/5/2014 4:46:20 PM)
Why are there no Norwegians, Finns, or Swedes on Sirius with Russo? Disgraceful!
Russo was baited – but was smart enough not to take the bait.
Russo was bullied – but fought back with facts … bullies don’t like that.
Bullying is the essence of politics for the left. They bully those they disdain with adolescent insults and implied threats.
RadioInk should heed Common Sense – above. You’re smarter than this.

- DH
(5/5/2014 4:37:24 PM)
Anyone remember Art Rust Jr. back in the day Art Rust was on in New York City...he was cool, opinionated, knowledgeable and black. This was in the 70's in NYC...and the truth is no one cared if he was black white or blue. he knew sport's. At least I thought he did and I listened. Another guy was Dave Simms who I'm sure is still around. Bottom line if Sirius wanted to find an African American sports talk host they could find one...or train someone. what a novel idea, teaching.

- Ron Pell
(5/5/2014 8:33:59 AM)
No one should be hired because of race or gender. Sports talkers eat, drink, and sleep sports. I don't even watch sports but I know Mad Dog from WFAN. I tuned into to WFAN to hear Imus years ago and caught some of Mike and the Mad Dog. Thought they were funny and listened sometimes. When demos and resumes are reviewed..most of the time race isn't even known. You have to blow people away to get a national radio show. Race has nothing to do with it. That's what he means.

- Terri Killen
(5/5/2014 6:37:03 AM)
Does radio ink even read the comments they get?

The caller asked a baiting question. The real question is why does it matter if they are black or white, why does it matter? This is radio right?

Furthermore is it wrong for something to be all white if it just so happens to be that way?

Why are there no black people portrayed on U.S. money? Money must be racist. Why are ther no black people at my dinner table with my wife and kids? I must be racist.

Dont buy into this stuff guys... think.

- Common Sense

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