The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has written an editorial asking local residents to call FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and pressure him to get Bob Romanik off KZQZ-AM. Romanik hosts a show and is a candidate for the Illinois Statehouse. The paper says what he’s saying about his opponent on the air is hate speech and has no place on the public airwaves.
The paper is reporting that Romanik referred repeatedly to County Board Chairman Mark Kern as a cross-dresser and “faggot.” The editorial board says when Romanik found out about the editorial he called them and began “shouting the worst kinds of unprintable homophobic slurs.” They write that “what Romanik says on the phone is one thing. Over the public airwaves, during the daytime when children could be listening, is an entirely different matter, which is why the FCC should investigate.”
The paper says listeners must not allow this abuse of the public airwaves to stand. “The Federal Communications Commission needs to hear from anyone who believes Romanik’s hate speech deserves sanction.” Then the paper listed the FCC telephone number and Tom Wheeler’s e-mail address.
The language gets a lot worse when a complainer calls the radio station. If you want to read about that, check out the story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch HERE. The radio station bills itself as The First Amendment Station.
Picture courtesy St Louis Post-Dispatch