A radio station in Columbus, Ohio, held a contest this week where the grand prize was a weekend getaway to Phoenix, where the winner could spend their time "chasing aliens" -- presumably of the illegal variety.
See? Not everyone's boycotting Arizona.
However, if you were thinking, "I bet Rush Limbaugh's broadcast on this station," you'd be right.
John Corby, a radio personality for News Talk 610 WTVN in Columbus, is the man behind the contest, and,as you can see in the above promotiont, "chasing aliens" is only a taste of the language used that has Ohio immigrants' rights advocates furious.
"You'll spend a weekend chasing aliens and spending cash in the desert, just make sure you've got your green card! Win round trip airfare to Phoenix, hotel accommodations, and a few pesos in spending cash -- just register below," the promotion explains.
The contest is in response to Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman (that's his mug on the ID card), who boycotted Arizona by banning all city-funded travel after SB 1070 was signed by Governor Jan Brewer.
We left a message for Corby at his office, but he hasn't returned our call.
The contest has immigrants' rights advocates demanding an apology from the station, and from Corby.
Below is a press release issued by a coalition of Columbus' community leaders.
A coalition of Columbus community members will join together in rejecting the insensitive promotion and advertisement of ClearChannel's WTVN 610 Radio Station depicting Mayor Coleman on a Green Card in a trip giveaway promotion to Phoenix, Arizona, where the winner is invited to 'spend the weekend chasing aliens and spend a few pesos in the desert'". Community members will stand in solidarity and support the immigrant community and tell Columbus and Central Ohio to stand up to racial profiling and the racist remarks inferred by the WTVN 610 promotion.
"This is clearly the chilling effect of what is happening in Arizona with SB 1070", we believe that our community must respect and protect all people", commented Leonardo Ramos, President of Colombianos en Ohio .
Community members will also be turning in letters to Brian Dytko, General Manager of Clear Channel in Columbus , Ohio . The promotion is insensitive and offensive to all Central Ohio communities. Instead of supporting more diversity in the city and better inter-ethnic relations, they are singling out one ethnic group in a degrading fashion. We are declaring that we are a diverse and inclusive community and are proud to be a part of this great City.
Who: Immigrant Right Advocates and Members of the Columbus Community
LULAC - Columbus Councils
Reform Immigration Reform for America
Empleos y Employment
Ohio Hispanic Coalition
Casa de la Cultura Hispana
Colombianos en Ohio
The Horn of Africa Rescue Committee (Somali
University Area Enrichment Association
DJVU Latin Fusion
Jewish Family Services of Columbus
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The contest winner will be announced on Corby's show today at 2:10 p.m. Phoenix time. You can listen in by clicking here.