CO: 3 FIRMS PULL ADS ON KOA PROGRAM
At least three metro-area businesses have asked radio station KOA-850 AM to pull their advertisements from the "Gunny Bob" Newman show following remarks about Muslims made last week by the conservative talk-show host.
The companies, Excel Roofing, Ralph Schomp Automotive and Three Tomatoes Catering, asked that the ads run in different time slots on KOA after being petitioned by ProgressNowAction, an advocacy group in Denver.
At least one other advertiser with the radio station is also considering asking that its spots be removed from Newman's show, said Michael Huttner, the group's executive director.
"We are turning up the volume," Huttner said. "We are going to increase it until (the radio station) feels the heat and understands that this type of hate- mongering will not be tolerated."
Huttner said the group has sent thousands of e-mails to Colorado residents on its subscriber list, urging them to ask local companies that advertise with KOA to join a boycott.
The three companies that have asked that their ads not run on the show did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.
ProgressNowAction has taken issue with comments Newman made regarding Muslims. During a broadcast last week, he said: "I want every Muslim immigrant to America who holds a green card, a visa, or who is a naturalized citizen to be required by law to wear a GPS tracking bracelet at all times."
He also proposed that the government "bug their places of work and their residences."