I swear Regina has a higher number of sexist men in the media per capita than anywhere in Canada!
First the bad booze ad in the community newspaper (which, btw, was ordered to be pulled from all media across the country by the Canadian Advertising Standards Council — YAY!). And now we get this from a local radio station, The Wolf:
So we’ve added the new WOLF blogs… where the DJs from The Wolf can state their opinions, thoughts and have it out for all the world to see.
But we’ll warn you now… the government might regulate radio, but they don’t regulate the internet…
Well, I have a kid who listens to The Wolf, so I thought I’d take a peek. I clicked the link for Blogs, and then the one for Chris White, one of the on-air hosts when my kid wakes up. Here is what I found:
Just so we are on the same page
Ballsy and I are holding the First Ever Hottest Regina Chick Contest
North Against South
Send you photo’s to firstname.lastname@example.org
Nothing dirty unless you really want to
Even overlooking the bad spelling and bad grammar and the bad photos from the bikini contest they sponsored this summer, I remain completely unimpressed! They’re correct when they say the internet is not regulated. And I’m okay with that because, at the same time, email and the Internet give us the opportunity to network without interference from corporate media.
So, Sisters (and supportive Brothers), let’s take this opportunity to give The Wolf, a corporate media outlet, an education. I’ve hyperlinked the email address for you should you like to send them a message about the impact of sexism on boys and girls.
Now, if you want to have a bit more impact, please take this one step further. The station falls under the banner of one of the The Hill Companies. In researching this piece, I’ve discovered that The Hill Companies have a vested interest in the expansion of Regina’s southwest, with plans to develop Trans Canada Centre, 90 acres of mixed retail, restaurants, entertainment, and highway services, on the northwest corner of Lewvan Drive and the TransCanada Highway. Yes, I’m sure they’d love to see the Regina piece of the NAFTA highway developed. It would surely mean more money in their already fat pockets.
In the matter of sexism on The Wolf’s website, it is Harvard Broadcasting, a Hill Company headed by Hill Vice-President, Mr. Bruce Cowie, and run by General Manager, Michael Olstrom, I’m absolutely certain they would be interested in your messages. In case you didn’t know, The Hill Companies claim to be a family enterprise leading a diversified group of North American companies with their holdings in the areas of real estate, manufacturing, surety bonds, insurance, oil and gas, and broadcasting. In June of this year, at a Review of the Commercial Radio Policy before the CRTC, Mr. Cowie said, The success of the Hill companies has been built on two principles ‑‑ caring and commitment ‑‑ principles which guide not only our business operations but our attitude and social activities in the communities the Hill family serves.
A family enterprise, built on caring and commitment. What a load of bull!!! I’d say it’s more like an old boys’ club built on greed and sexism. I mean, look at their executive! Not one woman to be found!
Call me old-fashioned, but I believe a radio station ought to have higher standards than what The Wolf’s public personalities portray. They have a responsibility to the young people who listen to their radio station and visit their website. And, to the community in which they do business. So, I’m encouraging my teens to expand their listening habits. And I’m encouraging you to not only send messages, but also boycott The Wolf and all Harvard Broadcasting media and, just as importantly, the advertisers who keep them in business.