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I have heard that Power 99 FM radio is a fine radio station. But What I have heard recently is that it is a racist radio station. Is it true?

In one of the media newsgroups I associate with I found the following email:
"I'm responding to an email I received : Please listen to the following mp3 of a phone call made by the morning DJs on Philadelphia's Power 99 FM radio station to a call center operator in India. http://www.edrants.com/_mp3/Power99_Call_to_India.mp3

I think the clip speaks for itself.As a media person, as a person, I am absolutely shocked, horrified and outraged at the content of this broadcast and stupefied that this was allowed to remain on air. I have emailed this clip to the New York Times, as well as media contacts in the industry. I would request that an apology be sent out immediately, and the people responsible for this blatantly racist content be held answerable. I assume that this was an oversight, and hope appropriate action is taken immediately."
I do not like to publicise the rest of the email.
The reason I am writing this is to find out whether their is any truth about this or is this another slanderous attack to the good name of Power 99 FM. Please do enlighten me as to the factual side of this story via this website or privately.

Comentarios

The Big Question is...

The the guy in India know the Phrase that Pays?

Re:The Big Question is...

What guy in India. I rhought that was a woman?

Sorry about the clip

THe clip does not seem to work. So here is the
http://www.power99.com/star_bucwild/starbucwild.html

Or this one

The Racial Radio call to India

I am shocked. I though Americans were not like European’s (Racist). That’s why they did every thing anti-UK (France etc). Also when I see the Red Cross TSUNAMI add on Power 99 FM I feel so angry (The hypocrisy of showing sympathy at one end and racial comments at other end infuriates me). I feel sorry for the American radio jockeys Star and Buc Wild. Is this what its going to be going forward, radio stations will use racial comments to boost their rating? Well I as Indian / American will make sure I follow this racial radio comments with all the leading news channels and papers. I do not ask you to stop what you do, because I now know how low a channel like Power 99 FM can go.

Wat the efff

Who the Eff lets these two assholes online.. when they dont know who their mom is...
they should hav been sued in court for indecency and personal loss and depression.
those two m effs need to be thought some lesson bout behaviour.
they need not be on air..
they shud be on stripes if u ask me.. for open mouthing on air.

Re:Sorry about the clip

hey wat u tryon to do...

Re: Power99_Call_to_India

Hi,
I'm writing this to inform you that I was disgusted by your silly and stupid racist act. Being in the US for over 5 years I've had a great opinion about Americans and American people for their open mind and kind nature. But I'm really sorry to say that select individuals and groups like your give a totally wrong impression about Americans and western countries. I think that you own an apology and reprimind the people responsible for this act.

- Giri

Unfortunate

This is a very unfortunate event! Should not be repeated.

It is really shocking

Hi, i just saw the dirty presentation in FM 99. It is really a shocking event, hurts the sentiments of a great culture where women are most respected, and also because of these types of few characters (person who is playing the main character in the audio) it gives a big negative impression of another culture in other part of the world. The matter should be taken seriously into justice and the person should be punished.

Suckers

These racist american mother fuckers should know how to talk. Those bastards who ever were there on the radio needs to be kicked out.This was not at all funny and who ever did it suck a big time.
I hate those bastards

Suckers

Rat-shit eaters born for bitches who don't know their father....Goto to some good school and learn some language.

Sukers

These assholes are not fit for radio. These bastard rat-shit-eaters should learn how to talk. These bastards have no knowledge what out-sourcing means.

These assholes should be punished...

Suckers

Star and Buc Wild Show - Go fuck your self bastards.

Suckers

Star and bick --- GO fuck yourself bastards....

Re:Sorry about the clip

Philadelphia's Power 99 FM - Sucks a nig time with The Star & Buc Mother fuckers

Re:It is really shocking

send those bastards to India.. we will take care of them..

Disgusting Racism - Reject all Tsunami aid

It is most disgusting to hear the racist clip.
Now we know how low and cheap this Phillymic can get

When they are so much racist and hate others, I request them to spend the Tsunami aid money on themselves. They can probably spend it propogating more of such racist content.

No one will like the cake in their mouth and get stabbed from behind.

bludy americans

this is bullshit.
these americans are bludy bastards..
how dare to put this call on air.
and how dare to speak this kind of slag with the indian lady...
they are fuckin assholes...

Re:The Racial Radio call to India

I live in UK and I think the French are bad lot for us and that is not soooooo serious as this I think mate. It is a kind of a joke thing huh? I think the Indian Government should make a complain to the radio station and get those two DJs properly disciplined. I heard that the Philly station reprimanded the web master for putting the clip and did diddle to the DJs concerned. I am waiting Indian Government

indian call center agent abuse

who is that american bastard who allowed to air such kind of clip and who is bloody mother fucker who abused a indian lady

all bloody americans are bastards

Racist and you dont feel anything

Just imagine if the Same had happened to one of the Evecutive of this Operating FM and i dont thin this would have been the same thing .
Do you guys know how it would been if you had been on the same seat as the Girl who was polity listening to all the Crap these were saying and you guys say this is a one of situation.

Bunch of useless niggas

America is racist, we all are. That is why we all know we can't expect anything constructive from the blacks in US. People without proper upbringing are this ignorant and purposeless. Anything of class is beyong their comprehension - no wonder they learn A for Apple and B for Bitch... that is why they will be our donkeys - forever :-)

Take this radio station off the air , sue the RJs

Put these disg'stng outr'gious RJs in Jail

Re:Racist and you dont feel anything

If u want to pick on an Indian, pick someone your own size and we will see who laughs at the end. you racist american fucking bastards. you've never seen the world outside america and you fucking white fucks make judge other ppl. go to hell.

Absolute nonsence

Isome timw feel bad that some fellow citizen &media put our name down in the whole world.

It was painful to Hear Mr Troi Torain extrovert unmannered called as Buc Wild dragged a simple innocent Indian girl who works for living into a Harassing language and racist commentfor his enjoyment. Which was passed by e-mails &aired all over the world.
such a irresponsible employ or the radio station should be taken of air.
i invite people to boycott the station unless mr TroiTorain is completely removed from the job.

Thank you sir.
Dr dariel pitt

Fire the RJ

An act of cowardice on the part of this RJ and he needs to serverly reprimanded. I am appalled that the station relies on such a stupid a'hole & cheap personality to entertain, if you call this entertainment.

APOLOGISE AND FIRE THE ASSHOLE

Re:Absolute nonsence

I am totally disappointed to know that American insulted a great culture in the world. I been to India several times and I was given tremendous respect and welcome there that I still can't forget. Its a great experince for me. But..., This is why We are hated in the world. Put those DJ in Jail or terminate them. Teach them a lesson;-their wives and daughters should be abused like the poor Indian girl. We are again branded as Racists!!! Good job America!

Racist bastards!

Star and Buc Wild are stupid racist men.
Read this story:
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This is something which was broadcasted in a leading radio in America.
American radio jockeys Star and Buc Wild.
Philadelphia's Power 99 FM radio.

I am sure this is not making any of us living in America Proud.

http://www.edrants.com/_mp3/Power99_Call_to_India.mp3

Radio and other communication medias are very powerful, should not be
used to propagate abuse and take joy of it.

To be honest we go through these in our daily life too.

The question would come here then WHY COME TO US?
Most of us here to be used to our best potential, India does not
have the capacity of handling the numerous graduate , masters and
engineers and doctors produced every year.
Guess what the Girl who had received this call is a Masters in
Engineering (Electronic and telecommunication.

Give respect to be respected.
Tomorrow it could be our chance to be at the receiving end.

I came with pride to America, had only heard about its greats,
but ...... Still that does not give me the right to Judge all of
America.

About 400 million of Indian population speak English ( more then the
population of America) and its true maybe not even 100,0000 would
have ever uttered the socially forbidden words like "B*tch or F**k in
life time.
I was really disappointed hearing this news. This Girl was my
student, her mother called me 1:00 am today, so I could talk to her
to reassure her that All Americans are not that bad. Her questions
could only put me to silence. " what did I do, because an American
Company wants to get their job done cheaper, have these people
questioned the company?". Its been a week, she was still sobbing on
the phone. She had cleared her GRE and TOEFL and got sponsorship to
come to America and study future, She tore off all her papers. SAD...
I am sad because I was her teacher for 2 years.

Media is a very powerful tool, don't abuse it. America is looked upon
by people in other countries.

Re:The Racial Radio call to India

hey hey hey... what a minute.... don't you think you are stereo typing about Europeans? I am European and I am so not racist... please do not stereo type, thats like saying all white people are racist... please...

Re:indian call center agent abuse

Like i said... let's not stereotype.

Re:Absolute nonsence

Just because two american dj's are racist doesn't mean all of america is. I live in Silicon Valley and we have so many different races here and i love that. I love different cultures and races. I am a born american but i am portuguese, parents are portuguese and i was raised there then i came to the states. So i would say i am Portuguese American. I love America, i just don't like some of the racism here.

Re:Bunch of useless niggas

I am sorry. But you seem the be the racist here. Do not say "we all are racists" because "we are all not racists" get it straight foo'

Calls Hot 97 DJ's Comments "Offensive" & "Crude"

If they didn't fire them by now, they probably wont. I found another racist story on this guy troi, this time it was against jews back in 2001:
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New York, N.Y., September 10, 2001 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today said it was "appalled" by crude stereotypical comments about Jews made by Hot 97 DJ Troi Torain, also known as "Star" on the "Star and Buckwild" morning show.

The ADL New York Regional Office issued the following statement:

We are appalled by the unwarranted and offensive stereotypical statements about Jews made by Troi Torain this morning during his radio show on Hot 97 FM.
Torain's blatant disregard for taste and decency has been shown before. Today was his first day back from a station-imposed suspension for making crude comments and sound effects related to the death of pop singer Aaliyah.

Offensive language such as this should not be tolerated and should be condemned.

Re:bludy americans

I work in a call center myself. I hear all this stupid crap all the time. I just don't let it get to me.

Outsourcing Sensibilities?

I read this online:------------------------------

Tuesday, January 11, 2005 Outsourcing Sensibilities?
The anti outsourcing wave just refuses to die. Mixed with racism, abuse and ignorance it becomes painful to imagine what a call centre guy or girl faces everyday. Slogans, demonstrations, appeals, discussions ...ok but what was reported today is totally bizzare and saddens me. This would once again add fire to the debate on outsourcing jobs to India and would give rise to racist feelings, abuse and even violence.
Two prominent US radio jockeys abused a call centre employee in India on a live call during a Philadelphia-based morning show of RJs Star and Bucwild. The show ended with one of the RJ's repeatedly abusing the female call centre employee and calling her a 'bitch' and a 'rat eater'.

RJ Star (Troi Torain) preteneded to inquire about an order he had placed for a product known as 'Quick Beads'. (Troi has been notorious for his anti-semitic views and opinions). Quick beads are hair beads and currently quiet popular among girls outside the black community.

Here is the transcript of the call:
NARRATOR INTRO: Wakeup with Star and Buc Wild in the mornings of Power 99 FM.

STAR: I'm going to play this call from earlier before we get out of here. This is the, uh, call that I made to -- I thought it was a company here locally. Not that I was surprised.

(laughter)

STAR: I saw this infomercial about, uh, what are these things called again? Oh, the, uh...

FEMALE VOICE: Bead? Oh shoot.

STAR: Anyway, let -- let's just play the call. I was surprised when I got somebody on the line in East India. These little beads that I saw. Little white kids, uh, a little machine that puts them in their hair.

FEMALE VOICE: Mm'hm.

STAR: Play it.

(tape begins)

STEENA: This is Steena. How may I help you?

STAR: Hi, Stain-a, you say?

STEENA: Yes.

STAR: (in fake Indian accent) Yeah, I called and I just got hung up on. I'm calling from America about the quick beads for my daughter's, uh, hair. Quick beads.

STEEA: Okay. May I have your ZIP code please?

STAR: 10274.

STEENA: 10274?

STAR: Yes. Get it right. Now are you in India? Because I just spoke to someone in India who hung up on me.

STEENA: Thank you. I am from India, ma'am.

STAR: Okay. So my call is being outsourced to India.

STEENA: That's right.

STAR: In... in regards to my six year old, white American daughter who wants to get the quick beads like Serena and Venus Williams.

STEENA: Now. I'll definitely place an order for that. See...

STAR: What's that?

STEENA: ...in the ad, she called to place a quick bead of counier. To ensure proper handling...

STAR: Ma'am, I don't know what the hell you're saying. Hang on a second. Let me try and get something straight here. The quick beads, like Venus and Serena Williams, that to advertise to -- to the white kids on television. This call has been outsourced to India?

STEENA: That's right.

STAR: Well, ma'am, what the eff would you know about an American white girl's -- uh, uh -- hair? And quick beads.

STEENA: Just to inform you, ma'am, we're a national chain services company. And we're just taking calls on the opposite...

STAR: Listen, bitch! Don't get slick with the mouth! Don't you get slick with me, bitch!

STEENA: Now if you continue to speak this language, I will disconnect the call.

STAR: Listen to me, you dirty rat eater. I'll come out there and choke the eff out of you.

(laughter)

STAR: You're a filthy rat eater. I'm calling about my American six year old white girl. How dare you outsource my call? Get off the line, bitch!

(laughter; end of tape)

STAR: Pull it up.

(laughter)

STAR: Heard they listen well out there.

***************************************************************
Though many US citizens are outraged and have demanded the removal of the two djs, the station (Clear Station) has yet not taken any action against them.

People in US can call or write to

Power99 WUSL-FM
440 Domino Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19128
General Business Line: 215-483-8900
Fax: 215-483-5930
Director of Urban Programming/Program Director: Thea Mitchem
Operations Manager: Todd Shannon
General Manager: Dave Allan

Clear Channel Communications
200 Basse Road
San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: 210-822-2828

Hope this remains an isolated incident and sensibility would prevail soon.

Check this out: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/987643.cms Well we all get angry at times and behave rudely but is it fair to go al out and just make calls to abuse and have 'fun'?

Re:Racist bastards!

This really does make me sick to my stomach. Shut down this radio station. There is not point in keeping idiots like Star & Buc (who i can guarantee are drop outs and didn't even complete their high school). Morons!!!!. Like star & buc radio jockeys spoil US reputation in the world.

Re:The Racial Radio call to India

Look mate can't you understand a joke between we Brits and the French Huh? Read what I said before you take your gun out.

Clarification re Philly IMC

Hi folks, I want to thank the initator of this email and those who have posted clarifications and transcripts. I have been receiving questions about it and this is a great link to refer them to. I want to clarify that Philly IMC, the site you are now posting on, is in no way shape or form affiliated with Power 99 or any of the DJs in question. It seems that some folks writing replies had this impression (there was a reference to "phillymic" -- I don't know if this is a type o or not) and I have received several emails that seem to think there is an affiliation. Philly IMC is an independent, all volunteer, non-corporate grassroots media project. We manage this open posting newswire that allows stories like this to get aired. We do have a webcast station -- www.radiovolta.org -- that is also completely unaffiliated with Power 99. We're glad to be a forum for this discussion and disclosure of this offensive situation to occur. Peace, Amy

Re:The Racial Radio call to India

Just relax. Lets not be racist or discriminate Europeans now! Take action when s*** like this happens and remember to stand up even if it is not your own ethnicity/race.

hopeless americans

I never knew that americans were so disgusting. neither did i know that they were so racist even though many blacks are there in america itself!!
whatever happens america falls to INDIA

bloody americans

what philadelphia radio has done is pathetic and disgusting.i hate you bloody americans.america is where it is because of the largest ethnic group over there and also the richest.you americans are jealous of that.there is no grace no shame. damn you

Re:Absolute nonsence

you are right
what has happened is disgusting these rjs should be banned and removed from their jobs

Racist comments

I do not think that very many people realize that this a Black Radio Station. The RJ's themselves were black.

I find it terribley strange that an African American would behave this way ...especially since they have been racially violated in such a harsh way themselves in the past.

It is doubly cowardly for any man to speak in such a manner to any woman.

However, the Black community being the poorest and least educated of any ethnicty in America....could be the reason why such eneducated and ignorant remarks are prevelant.

Unfortunatley the rest of the country will now bear the brunt of such brutish and uncivilized behavior. The Indian woman In question clearly displayds a higher lever of class than that of a man from a so-called civilized nation.

AMERICA : You've lost the moral high ground with the rest of the world.....and continue to do so. The "ghettoization" of American culture has begun.

This is from a Canadian.

I'm Shocked.

Black Americans Shit eating a**h****s

It was shocking to hear that i guess these assholes have forgotten the way they were treated in so called developed nation US, What the Jehadis have done on 9/11 is now justified you all deserve this only this should actually happen more so that all left out racist also go to hell Shit eating bastards

Re:Outsourcing Sensibilities?

Buc Wild - You asshole

Re:Black Americans Shit eating a**h****s

What do you expect from these African Niggers who grew up in some shitty slums.

They better learn from their slave ancestors.

Re:Racist bastards!

those black niggers should be sent to jungle to live with their brethen(chimps and baboons)

The late news update

For people who have problems of hearing and people who cannot play the audio at home here is the transcript supplied by
Edward Champion
NARRATOR INTRO: Wakeup with Star and Buc Wild in the mornings of Power 99 FM.

STAR( real name is Troi Torain): I'm going to play this call from earlier before we get out of here. This is the, uh, call that I made to -- I thought it was a company here locally. Not that I was surprised.

(laughter)

STAR: I saw this infomercial about, uh, what are these things called again? Oh, the, uh...

FEMALE VOICE: Bead? Oh shoot.

STAR: Anyway, let -- let's just play the call. I was surprised when I got somebody on the line in East India. These little beads that I saw. Little white kids, uh, a little machine that puts them in their hair.

FEMALE VOICE: Mm'hm.

STAR: Play it.

(tape begins)

STEENA: This is Steena. How may I help you?

STAR: Hi, Stain-a, you say?

STEENA: Yes.

STAR: (in fake Indian accent) Yeah, I called and I just got hung up on. I'm calling from America about the quick beads for my daughter's, uh, hair. Quick beads.

STEEA: Okay. May I have your ZIP code please?

STAR: 10274.

STEENA: 10274?

STAR: Yes. Get it right. Now are you in India? Because I just spoke to someone in India who hung up on me.

STEENA: Thank you. I am from India, ma'am.

STAR: Okay. So my call is being outsourced to India.

STEENA: That's right.

STAR: In... in regards to my six year old, white American daughter who wants to get the quick beads like Serena and Venus Williams.

STEENA: Now. I'll definitely place an order for that. See...

STAR: What's that?

STEENA: ...in the ad, she called to place a quick bead of counier. To ensure proper handling...

STAR: Ma'am, I don't know what the hell you're saying. Hang on a second. Let me try and get something straight here. The quick beads, like Venus and Serena Williams, that to advertise to -- to the white kids on television. This call has been outsourced to India?

STEENA: That's right.

STAR: Well, ma'am, what the eff would you know about an American white girl's -- uh, uh -- hair? And quick beads.

STEENA: Just to inform you, ma'am, we're a national chain services company. And we're just taking calls on the opposite...

STAR: Listen, bitch! Don't get slick with the mouth! Don't you get slick with me, bitch!

STEENA: Now if you continue to speak this language, I will disconnect the call.

STAR: Listen to me, you dirty rat eater. I'll come out there and choke the eff out of you.

(laughter)

STAR: You're a filthy rat eater. I'm calling about my American six year old white girl. How dare you outsource my call? Get off the line, bitch!

(laughter; end of tape)

STAR: Pull it up.

(laughter)

STAR: Heard they listen well out there.

THe Power FM 99 is owned by clear channel Power FM 99 boasts about "Stop the Violence and Increase the Peace" in their website. You could write to the WUSL manager and The Clear Channel Corporate. Here are the addresses and phone numbers.
Power99 WUSL-FM
440 Domino Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19128
General Business Line: 215-483-8900
Fax: 215-483-5930
Director of Urban Programming/Program Director: Thea Mitchem
Operations Manager: Todd Shannon
General Manager: Dave Allan

Clear Channel Communications
200 Basse Road
San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: 210-822-2828

Better to write and say that you heard the clip live rather than from the clip on other sites.

"DJs Star and Buc Wild have been added to WWPR-FM (Power 105.1) in New York (also a Clear Channel radio station). Clear Channel has apparently invested $17 million to sign Star and Buc Wild to the morning lineup. In addition to WUSL, Star can currently be found on Hartford's WPHH station." Says Edward Champion in http://www.edrants.com/reluctant/001697.html
Please go there to find out more.
I am going to NY to get the IMC there interested in this.

Re:Disgusting Racism - Reject all Tsunami aid

Hey bud whats Phillymic Sorry been ignorant and all?