The following press release from the office of New York City Council Member John Liu refers to Star of the Star & BucWild show broadcast on Power105 in New York and Power99 in Philadelphia.
This goes beyond even the worst comments I’ve heard from the show before. In the following excerpts taken over the course of five days, Star uses racist and child-sex hate speech to attack a DJ at the other local hip hop station, DJ Envy, and his wife and child.
The fact that this is an attack on a competitor in the market (that was there long before ClearChannel came in, by the way, and is owned by an also-messed up but much smaller corporation) cannot be separated out. That’s why I say it is ClearChannel attacking the Asian American Gia Casey and her four-year-old daughter because they are using them in a capitalist turf war. The corporation must be held responsible; firing Star is not enough.
I’m going to put more of my comments at the bottom because you should read the whole thing:
For Immediate Release
May 9, 2006
Contact: John Choe 646-296-1455
Sent via Internet
*** Media Advisory ***
Council Members to Demand Termination of DJ “Star” from Power 105 Radio Station;
Racist Pedophile Broadcasts Violate Federal Regulations
Council Member John Liu and other elected officials will demand that Mr. Troi Torain (also known as DJ “Star”) be fired immediately from Clear Channel Communications’ Power 105 radio station (105.1 FM) in New York City. The officials will be joined by Ms. Gia Casey, themother of two children whose safety she fears for.
From May 3 through May 8, 2006, Mr. Torain produced and broadcast comments over public airwaves expressing his desire to have sex with, ejaculate on, and urinate on Ms. Casey’s young daughter (age 4). He has also offered $500 to anyone with information about the school that the girl attends.
Ms. Casey has also been the subject of Torain’s slurs against women and Asians. Ms. Casey identifies herself as part-Asian.Taped copies of his remarks will be made available at the newsconference. Excerpts of his broadcasts are provided below.
Wednesday, May 10, 2005 from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM.
City Hall, Red Room.
Council Members JOHN LIU.
Star: Somebody holla at me and tell me about his whore wife and his kid. 866-678-8270. … Somebody get at me about his whore. Hiswhore wife and his kid, this little ugly ass kid, I hear. Where…where does this kid go to school? I got five hundred bucks for that
information. Somebody email me or gimme a call. Just tell me where his kid goes to school. Let’s see who’s really gully on the microphone. Five hundred dollars, in my pocket, right now. I need toknow the school, this faggot ass nigga, DJ’s kid goes to school.
Star: I’ve got information on DJ Benji, aka… what’s his name again? Envy. I’ve got information on his gook. His baby’s mother.
BucWild: A gook?
Star: Hemp University, uh, cats used to run trains on her. Green BMW… I’ll get to all this in a few minutes.
Star: OH! And I got the information, the school his kid goes to.
[Woman’s voice] Really?
Star: Yeah, I’m savin’ that one. That’s, that’s… That’s the one I’m gonna pull out if I have to. If I have to. Oh yes, I’ll, I’ll comefor your kids. I will come for your kids. I finally got theinformation on his slant eyed, whore wife. The information on his slant eyed, whore wife. Yes. A cat who actually ran a train on her,
contacted me. [chuckle] Allegedly ran a train on her once upon a time. Allegedly. Once upon a time. Ejaculated all over her face,
Star: No, let me just touch on this real quick,But there’s a woman out there right now who pushed out a little lo-mein eater by a DJ down by the sloppy station. I got at this alleged slut whore, heh, and this little half a lo-mein eater. …Yes, I disrespected your seed. If you didn’t hear me, I said, I would like to do an R. Kelly on your seed, on your little baby girl. I wouldlike to tinkle on her.
“Call the cops”? Nigga, please, there’s no bodyguards. I carry the 9. Most of the cats that are with me, have felony convictions, they can’tcarry. I’m disrespectin’ your seed. I would like to skeet on the face
of your seed. Now that’s, that’s real talk dawg. You have to come holla at me now. Call me, I’ll meet you somewhere, but don’t act likeyou were waiting in some parking lot with like 50 niggers. Please.
Now, again, to the woman, who carried that little mongrel for 9months. … I’m coming for your seed. Did you hear me? (*thump, thump,thump* noise) I want to do an R. Kelly in the mouth of your seed fem?
You holla at me now I’m the easiest man in the world to find.
And my name is The Hater. You holla back now, DJ Envy.
Star: Let me see now, uh, DJ Benji attention! In case you didn’t hear me, I said, I want to put some mayonnaise in between your baby girl’s ass crack and take a bite.
This is beyond hate radio. This is a hate corporation. This is a business model that uses racism and sexual assault to gain market share.
The problem here is much bigger than the FCC selectively enforcing obscenity rules based on racism or political favoritism. The problem is one of ownership and accountability. It is only through the kind of massive consolidation of media ownership – epitomized by ClearChannel – that a business could carry on this way.
Everyone in a city with a ClearChannel station (and if you have to ask, that means you) needs to get up on the process to file a license challenge. Here are two models to look at:
- In SF, Youth Media Council is pushing their “Unplug ClearChannel” campaign and has filed a petition to deny the corporation’s license renewal.
- In Binghamtom, “Local Citizens Ask FCC to Unplug Corporate Broadcaster“
At the same time that we challenge corporate radio, we need to build up and support community radio. We need local, neighborhood radio stations. We cannot separate ownership and content; we must solve the first problem to address the second.