Demonstrations Planned Outside Hot 97 New York, February 14th, Against Racist Tsunami Song

Demonstrations will take place outside Hot 97 – the hip hop radio station in New York on the 14th of February. Despite being involved in the airing of the disgraceful song, Miss Jones, the presenter of the Morning Show, has been re-instated after a suspension of only two weeks. “People around the world are calling for the sacking of Miss Jones and Richard Cummings President of Emmis Radio who let the song be played for over a week on Hot 97.”Participants from all over the United States and Canada and from other parts of the world will be joining the demonstration in New York on 14th February. Joining them will be key politicians and Asian-Americans who are very angry that Emmis Radio have re-instated Miss Jones despite the offence caused, she has been criticized for bringing America into disrepute and US President George Bush has been asked to intervene and place sanctions against Emmis Radio. Hot 97 radio in New York insulted the deaths of Sri Lankans among others who perished in the tsunami by airing a racist tsunami song.

Black, Hispanic, White, Asian, Hip Hop, Student communities will join American musicians and music lovers who were appalled by the song. So far Emmis and Hot 97 have not been fined despite floods of protest to the FCC. Organizers are holding Hot 97 accountable for promoting hatred in local communities.

The Coalition Against Hate Media (CAHM) is organizing the protest rally against Hot 97. The protest will take place Monday, February 14, from 12 Noon to 1 p.m., at Hot 97 Studios, 395 Hudson St. (between Clarkson St. & W. Houston St.) in New YorkCity. The announcement and details of the protest will be posted on the web at To receive the announcement via e-mail, subscribe to In case of severe weather people have been requested to call 914-882-1279 for the latest information.

Local newspaper, Newsday, has withdrawn all advertising from Hot 97 as a result
of the racist tsunami song. Many companies have already pulled advertising from
Hot 97 including McDonalds, Reebok, Sprint, and Toyota.

Hot 97 radio, owned by Emmis Communications, demeaned and dehumanized millions of victims of the South Asian tsunami to the horror of appalled listeners. The Coalition Against Hate Media (CAHM) was formed over two weeks ago to combat the hatred and intolerance promoted by Hot 97’s Tsunami Song, and to hold Hot 97 and parent company Emmis Communications accountable for their actions.

CAHM is a diverse coalition with representatives from different communities: Black, Hispanic/Latino, White, Asian, Hip Hop, student groups, etc. CAHM member organizations attended the January 28 protest rally at Hot 97 Studios, in support of the protest efforts led by City Council Member John C. Liu.

In response to public outcry, Hot 97 fired two staff members, suspended others, and pledged a donation to tsunami relief. “Hot 97’s actions were done unilaterally and not in a spirit of mutual cooperation with the communities they so deeply scarred. Senior executives from parent company Emmis Communications, not Hot 97, need to meet with community leaders including City Council Member John C. Liu and representatives of CAHM. Firings and suspensions are not enough.”

The national Coalition Against Hate Media (CAHM) is a diverse coalition of over 40 national and community-based organizations that promotes diverse, fair, and balanced media representation. CAHM have denounced messages of hate that discriminate against people based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or religious background.

Tsunami Song

Date aired: Morning of January 18TH-27TH 2005 (multiple airings)
Station call letters: WQHT-New York (Hot 97)
Offending DJs: Miss Jones and Todd Lynn
Offending lyrics:

“There was a time, when the sun was shining bright
So I went down to the beach to catch me a tan
Then the next thing I knew
A wave 20 feet high came and wash your country away
And all at once, you can hear the screaming chinks.
And then no one was save from the wave.
There was Africans drowning, little Chinaman swept away
You can heard god laughing, swim you *censored*es swim.

So now you’re screwed, it’s the tsunami,
You better run and kiss your ass awake, go find your mommy
I just saw her float by, a tree right through her head.
And now your children will be sold in child slavery.

(Imitating Micheal Jackson)
“Oh on, please not the kids. I’ll pay for all the kids.
all the little Indonesian kid, the little Asian kids, the Chinese kids.
the black, oh well, not the Black kids.
the White kids, the Puerto Rican kids.
I love them all. I’ll pay for everything.
I promise I won’t touch them.”

People all over the world wishing to protest are requested to write to their local American Embassy and to –

Hot 97 WQHT-FM
395 Hudson Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10014
Phone: 212-229-9797
Fax: 212-929-8559
Barry Mayo, General Manager
John Dimick, Program Director

Emmis Communications
One Emmis Plaza
40 Monument Circle, Suite 700
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-266-0100
Fax: 317-631-3750
Jeffrey H Smulyan, Chairman and CEO

Federal Communications Commission
Enforcement Bureau, Investigations and Hearings Division
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554
Phone: 1-888-CALL-FCC

To listen to Hot 97’s tsunami song: