What Fresh Hell Is This?

October 11, 2004

2 Political Junkies with a slight disagreement

Even though local stations get their marching orders from above, I disagree that it’s useless to voice your opinion with them.

Calling a station and saying for example, “I’m a fan of show X but I’m considering not watching it anymore and boycotting your sponsors” will make those stations pass along the ‘heat’ to their owners (even if they tell you "we have no choice").

Local Station Info (Again):
- WPGH Fox 53 www.wpgh53.com
- WCWB WB 22 www.wcwb22.com

750 Ivory Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15214


I called the local number and said I wanted to make a complaint and was immediately given the corporate complaint line # (410-568-1780) even though they had no idea what my complaint was about (which means that they are getting lots of calls).

The corporate complaint line has a prerecorded message:
"We welcome your comments regarding the upcoming special news event
featuring the topic of Americans held as prisoners of war in Vietnam. The
program has not been videotaped and the exact format of this unscripted event
has not been finalized. Characterizations regarding the content are premature
and are based on ill-informed sources.

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has been invited to participate. You can urge him to appear by calling his Washington, D.C. campaign headquarters at (202) 712-3000."
No, I'm not especially quick with taking dictation -- it's the same message found on their website (http://www.sbgi.net/).

Make sure you mention your local stations and the word "boycott" and "sponsors" in your comments. :-)

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