Still recovering from the Don Imus scandal, CBS Radio suspended two local hosts after they twice broadcast a racially charged prank call that targeted employees at a Chinese restaurant.
The hosts of the daily morning show, WFNY-FM’s “The Dog House With JV and Elvis,” have been suspended “until further notice” without pay, CBS Radio spokeswoman Karen Mateo said Tuesday. One of the hosts, Jeff Vandergrift, apologized twice on Monday’s show, she said. Local chapters of the Organization of Chinese Americans, an advocacy group, released a statement Sunday protesting the segment. By Monday, California State Sen. Leland Yee and others joined the campaign.
In the segment, broadcast on April 5 and again last week, a caller to a Chinese restaurant intersperses an order for takeout with lewd language and racial slurs. The caller tells one female employee he wants to come to the restaurant to see her naked and refers to a part of her body as “hot, Asian, spicy.” The caller attempts to order “shrimp flied lice” and refers to a male employee as “Chinese man” before claiming himself to be a student of kung fu. At one point he refers to a part of the employee’s body as a “tiny egg roll.”
Here’s a little more background on the yackmeisters in question. Seems the latest martyrs to the cause of free speech enjoy pulling the plug when someone mentions another radio station.