WIL 92.3FM Drops "LIA"
April 23, 2003
BONNEVILLE Country WIL has announced that it will no longer broadcast the JONES RADIO NETWORKS Country Syndicated show "LIA". The JRN Country syndicated show LIA and assistant producer ALEXA come under fire for discrimination according to a report in the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. ROBERT A. TART of ST. LOUIS, who speaks with a significant stutter, listens to the LIA show on WIL and on the evening of (3/21) he called in to request a song. However, TART was reportedly told by ALEXA, "BOBBY, we don't do the stuttering thing."
TART filed a complaint with the MISSOURI HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION (4/2) against WIL and JRN. WIL News Dir. MONICA ADAMS told the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, "It has nothing to do with us." ADAMS went on to say that TART has even been on the air at WIL several times. "His stutter isn't that bad," ADAMS stated. "All calls are taped anyway. You do what you can to help make a person sound good."
WIL claims that they had not planned to renew the contract in favor of local broadcasting but moved up the timeline in light of the recent incident.
WIL PD GREG MOZINGO reports the station is going "live and local," and is now looking for a quality night slammer. If you are interested, send T&Rs to MOZINGO at WIL 11647 Olive Blvd., ST LOUIS, MO 63141.