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Tsunami radio jocks shock US Indians

A NY radio station heaped venom on Asians, delighting at tsunami tragedy, writes S Rajagopalan. HT Relief Fund
PTI | By S Rajagopalan, Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2005 02:36 AM IST

Yet another racial outburst by an American hip-hop radio station has shocked the Indian community in the US -- this time mocking tsunami victims in a parody sprinkled with racial slurs.

In a loaded number, set to the tune of "We Are the World", the New York-based WQHT radio station that calls itself HOT 97 heaped venom on South Asians, delighting at the tsunami devastation and the "sale of orphaned children".

The jocks defiantly kept playing the offensive track for four days until the prospect of a federal intervention forced them to air an apology on Monday.

"HOT 97 regrets the airing of material that made light of a serious and tragic event. We apologise to our listeners and anyone who was offended," the FM station announced after coming to know that several lawmakers had approached the Federal Communications Commission.

It's the second racial offensive by a hip-hop station this month. In the first instance, two shock jocks of Philadelphia's 'Power 99 FM' berated an Indian call centre girl with filthy abuses.

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