Eight Horses Die in Nine Days at One Race Track in San Diego

  • Eight horses died at the Del Mar Racetrack over a nine-day period, four of them in training.
  • One heart attack,  the rest with broken or damaged legs required euthanasia.
  • The new track turf was blamed for half of the deaths, but the number of horses that die during races and training is astounding.
  •  “On average, 24 horses a week die at racetracks in the United States. Many horses that break down run with injuries masked by injected painkillers.” NPR

 Geri Minott · Writer at Self
I’ve got to cancel table reservations; I’ve paid for a membership I don’t want to. use. At least 14 friends won’t go. The loss to caterers and service people will be about 700 dollars, double that if my friends went twice. The “little people” will take a hit. I don’t believe for a minute that they can fix the track in four days. It usually takes a year. And they ought to think about the “great white shark bite” that animal activists have taken out of sea world.  CBS8.com (comment).

Lil Swiss Echo being taken off the track
Lil Swiss Echo’s body being taken off the track at Del Mar Racetrack, San Diego, Ca.

DEL MAR, Calif. – A beautiful summer evening at the Del Mar races took a tragic turn in the sixth race when a 4-year-old filly named “Yes She’s Unusual” broke her leg while running full speed.
Two horses next to her were bumped by the injured horse. Their riders, Drayden Van Dyke and Tyler Baze, anticipating a collision, jumped off their horses. 10news.com

Two year old Chilled Mousse broke a leg while running.  Horses are not fully grown until at least 5 years of age.
Two year old Chilled Mousse died in training. Horses are not fully grown until at least 5 years of age.

Chilled Mousse, an unraced 2-year-old colt broke down in a training run. (Above)
Dance With Fate crashed into a fence and was euthanized.
Dance With Fate crashed into a fence and was euthanized.

One horse, Dance With Fate, crashed into the outer fence during a morning gallop after his bridle unbuckled and the exercise rider lost the left rein. Dance With Fate, who would have been the favorite in the San Diego Handicap won by Fed Biz on Saturday, had to be euthanized because of his severe injuries to a leg. UTsandiego.com

Longview Drive "broke down" during a race.
Longview Drive “broke down” and was euthanized.

For an in-depth article about the cost to horses and humans for this “sport of kings”, please read the New York Times article Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys.
Horses are considered disposable – trained and ridden too young, drugged, and raced with known injuries – then are discarded. Is this something that should be tolerated in the USA?  Anywhere?
Please sign this petition to congress if you feel that the racing industry should be overhauled.
At another racecourse, quarter horse "Teller All Gone" was euthanized then dumped in a junk yard by a portable toilet.
At another racecourse, quarter horse “Teller All Gone” was euthanized then dumped in a junk yard by an old toilet.

From Horseracing Wrongs,  a list of horses who have died to date in 2014 (a “broke down” horse is able to leave the racetrack, then are usually euthanized as they are no longer valuable.) Please consider leaving a comment on the website (bottom of the page) to show support for this person’s work:
UPDATE from Horseracing Wrongs, an explanation of racing terms (euphemisms) for broke down horses:

““broke down” virtually without exception means dead; “vanned off” is only slightly less ominous…“vanned off” may not sound particularly ominous – football players, after all, are occasionally carted off the field.
But here’s the reality: A horse who leaves the course via ambulance has a better-than-even chance – some experts put it at 90% – of same-day euthanasia or shortly thereafter. In other words, “vanned off,” like “broke down,” is an industry euphemism for something really bad has happened to a racehorse”.

American racehorses reported as dead or “broke down” in 2014:
3-year-old Aunt Meanie, January 1, Fair Grounds, race 9
5-year-old Uncle Smokey, January 2, Aqueduct, race 7
3-year-old Shand, January 2, Santa Anita, race 8
4-year-old Sassy Cherokee, January 4, Charles Town, race 1
3-year-old Classic Ford, January 4, Fair Grounds, race 10
2-year-old Side Street, January 4, Gulfstream, race 3
8-year-old Caixa Eletronica, January 4, Belmont, training
3-year-old Six Drivers, January 4, Belmont, training
2-year-old Blonde for Ever, January 6, Parx, race 3
4-year-old Clodhopper, January 6, Turf, race 3
8-year-old Devils Afleet, January 8, Turf, race 3
2-year-old Casey Lynn, January 9, Delta, race 1
3-year-old Battle Silk, January 9, Delta, race 9
4-year-old Skip the Limit, January 11, Charles Town, race 6
4-year-old Golden Archway, January 11, Tampa Bay, race 3
10-year-old Stormy Surge, January 12, Golden Gate, training
3-year-old Go Canes Go, January 13, Belmont, training
6-year-old Mystery Taste, January 14, Beulah, race 7
4-year-old Past Glory, January 16, Charles Town, race 8
3-year-old Forgot to Duck, January 16, Golden Gate, training
3-year-old The Mikester, January 16, Penn National, race 1
5-year-old Actin Lucky, January 18, Charles Town, race 7
4-year-old Diplomatic Gal, January 18, Charles Town, race 7
6-year-old More Nuggets, January 18, Hialeah, race 3
4-year-old Trick the Queen, January 18, Laurel, race 5
3-year-old Longevity, January 18, Oaklawn, race 3
2-year-old Top Data, January 20, Fair Grounds, race 9
3-year-old Soul Searcher, January 20, Golden Gate, race 8
4-year-old Vanessa Flag, January 21, Sunland, race
5-year-old Holleran, January 22, Beulah, race 2
3-year-old Miss Go Free, January 24, Golden Gate, training
4-year-old Shesonlyseventeen, January 24, Los Alamitos, race 7
3-year-old Dixie Sparkle, January 26, Aqueduct, race 7
3-year-old Silent Blessing, January 26, Calder, race 2
4-year-old Gimmenosass, January 26, Turf, race 8
4-year-old Royal Affair, January 29, Beulah, race 1
2-year-old Valar Dohaeris, January 30, Belmont, training
3-year-old Budding Affair, January 31, Golden Gate, training
4-year-old Flashy in Pink, February 1, Belmont, training
4-year-old Charlie Company, February 1, Golden Gate, training
2-year-old Tizardo, February 1, Oaklawn, race 9
4-year-old Minotaur, February 4, Turf, race 1
5-year-old Silver Cloud, February 5, Tampa Bay, race 9
2-year-old Salt Block, February 6, Laurel, race 4
3-year-old Cougarontheprowl, February 6, Santa Anita, race 4
4-year-old Mr Manske, February 7, Charles Town, race 4
4-year-old Malibu Affair, February 8, Sunland, race 9
1-year-old Manchas Mojave, February 13, Golden Gate, training
8-year-old Moscato, February 14, Golden Gate, race 7
5-year-old Code of Conduct, February 14, Santa Anita, race 7
4-year-old LG Jet, February 15, Turf, race 2
4-year-old Vero’s Hero, February 16, Gulfstream, race 1
3-year-old He’s Not Too Shaby, February 17, Santa Anita, race 9
5-year-old Gracias, February 17, Turf, race 2
3-year-old Sum Royal, February 20, Charles Town, race 2
3-year-old Very Elusive, February 21, Golden Gate, training
3-year-old Andromeda’s Coming, February 22, Aqueduct, race 3
9-year-old Miss Palatine, February 22, Hawthorne, race 2
4-year-old Body of Evidence, February 22, Hialeah, race 2
Standardbred Scottie C, February 22, Buffalo, race 3
3-year-old Byerley Barb, February 23, Golden Gate, training
2-year-old Chica de La Noche, February 23, Louisiana, race 7
Standardbred Pay Tribute, February 26, Buffalo, race 7
5-year-old Giant Indian, February 26, Laurel, race 7
4-year-old Sea Rep Run, February 28, Charles Town, race 6
5-year-old Sound of Drums, March 1, Aqueduct, race 7
2-year-old Syeshacat, March 1, Mountaineer, race 4
3-year-old King Moon, March 2, Oaklawn, race 4
3-year-old Aggressive Prize, March 3, Louisiana, race 5
2-year-old Changeinaction, March 5, Belmont, training
6-year-old The Program, March 6, Fair Grounds, race 8
1-year-old Ruby Jo, March 6, Golden Gate, training
2-year-old Miss Da Sunrise, March 7, Fair Grounds, race 4
5-year-old Cellophane, March 7, Golden Gate, race 6
6-year-old Tawdry, March 10, Mountaineer, race 8
Standardbred Hickory Louie, March 12, Monticello, race 8
2-year-old Uncle Betty, March 13, Charles Town, race 5
3-year-old Kenai Warrior, March 14, Gulfstream, race 6
6-year-old Cooper River, March 14, Laurel, race 3
4-year-old Concept, March 15, Aqueduct, training
7-year-old Itsagoodtendollars, March 15, Belmont, training
4-year-old Candy’s Jewel, March 15, Los Alamitos, race 1
3-year-old Fardan, March 15, Santa Anita, race 1
3-year-old Broadway Peyton, March 15, Tampa Bay, race 6
5-year-old El Altanero, March 17, Beulah, race 7
3-year-old Hot Little Thang, March 17, Turf, race 1
4-year-old Colonel By, March 21, Charles Town, race 2
3-year-old Finesse, March 21, Oaklawn, race 7
4-year-old Garden Tavern, March 22, Charles Town, race 2
4-year-old Diva On Demand, March 22, Laurel, race 4
4-year-old Sweetly Put, March 22, Penn, race 9
6-year-old Vagabond Shoes, March 22, Santa Anita, race 4
3-year-old Vengeful, March 23, Gulfstream, race 2
6-year-old With a Miracle, March 23, Sunland, race 7
6-year-old Kern River, March 28, Fonner, race 2
3-year-old Art of the Game, March 28, Gulfstream, race 8
2-year-old Russian Silk, March 29, Santa Anita, race 9
3-year-old Causewere Gamblers, March 30, Santa Anita, race 3
4-year-old Notbyemyrules, March 30, Santa Anita, race 9
2-year-old Jojonotjoelowe, April 3, Aqueduct, training
6-year-old No Shenanigans, April 4, Pimlico, race 5
6-year-old Crystallo, April 6, Mountaineer, race 3
6-year-old Hudson Ridge, April 6, Pimlico, race 9
8-year-old Casey’s On Call, April 9, Hawthorne, race 2
2-year-old Ivebeensaved, April 12, Parx, race 6
4-year-old Alondra Sky, April 13, Gulfstream, race 4
5-year-old Here Comes Drz, April 15, Charles Town, race 6
4-year-old American Iron, April 15, Finger Lakes, training
2-year-old Crimson Flyer, April 16, Golden Gate, training
3-year-old Sicard’s Sensation, April 17, Evangeline, race 10
3-year-old Recovered, April 18, Finger Lakes, race 3
Standardbred Southwind Tabor, April 21, Yonkers, race 12
Standardbred Laredos Goose, April 26, Cal Expo, race 5
4-year-old Marcelino Springs, April 26, Golden Gate, race 8
5-year-old Marine, April 26, Gulfstream, race 9
5-year-old Cuban Devil, April 27, Atlantic City, race 5
8-year-old Golden Mexico, April 27, Golden Gate, race 4
2-year-old La Jolla Cove, April 27, Santa Anita, race 2
6-year-old Caverna, April 28, Beulah, race 2
5-year-old Rock Elle Ten, April 30, Evangeline, race 2
3-year-old Handstand, May 1, Belmont, race 6
6-year-old Hotradamus, May 1, Santa Anita, race 3
3-year-old Polar Pal, May 2, Evangeline, race 7
2-year-old Onebaddancer, May 2, Golden Gate, training
5-year-old Granny Calling, May 2, Santa Anita, race 1
3-year-old Canadian Winner, May 3, Churchill, race 13
9-year-old Boston Chief, May 3, Finger Lakes, training
3-year-old Zion Hill, May 4, Mountaineer, race 6
Standardbred Liberty Cruise, May 5, Yonkers, race 5
2-year-old Nightfall, May 8, Santa Anita, race 5
5-year-old Looks Like a Saint, May 9, Indiana, race 6
6-year-old Mad Magic, May 9, Pimlico, race 1
3-year-old Aztec Secret, May 10, Louisiana, race 3
3-year-old Gameboy Luke, May 10, Santa Anita, race 4
4-year-old Mr Lemon Tree, May 11, Santa Anita, race 9
5-year-old Very Very Grateful, May 13, Finger Lakes
5-year-old Rhythm of the Moon, May 14, Suffolk, race 4
2-year-old Bold Fashion, May 15, Golden Gate, training
3-year-old Oriental Silk, May 18, Louisiana, race 8
5-year-old Blushing Martha, May 18, Mountaineer, race 8
4-year-old Caillech’s Quest, May 18, Parx, race 4
3-year-old Lucky for You, May 18, Saratoga, training
Standardbred KZ Too, May 20, Monticello, race 8
5-year-old Summa Cum Boom, May 20, Parx, race 3
3-year-old See the Music, May 21, Belmont, race 7
5-year-old Never Tell Lynda, May 22, Churchill, prior to race 1
3-year-old Stadtpark, May 22, Santa Anita, race 4
3-year-old Reflective Glory, May 24, Emerald, race 6
5-year-old Big Note, May 24, Santa Anita, race 2
5-year-old Silver Arch, May 27, Parx, race 7
4-year-old Kingston Jamaica, May 29, Belmont, training
3-year-old Jess a Speeder, May 30, Arapahoe, race 7
5-year-old Kissinginthedark, May 30, Finger Lakes, race 1
5-year-old Berrymeaux, May 31, Mountaineer, race 2
3-year-old Archie’s All Heart, June 1, Parx, race 4
4-year-old Der Boss, June 1, Pimlico, race 2
5-year-old Samuels Blond Lady, June 5, Belmont, race 2
4-year-old Sweet Teri K, June 7, Belterra, race 4
5-year-old Lemon Sundae, June 7, Finger Lakes, race 1
4-year-old Tebows Big Play, June 7, Golden Gate, race 9
5-year-old Stormdefrere, June 7, Penn, race 3
Standardbred Faith N Moon, June 8, Buffalo, race 5
8-year-old Lobo Del Norte, June 8, Parx, race 5
5-year-old X Country Girl, June 8, Parx, race 7
3-year-old Nics First Rainbow, June 9, Ruidoso, race 5
5-year-old Gulf of Aden, June 10, Parx, race 1
5-year-old Bear’s Spirit, June 12, Aqueduct, training
6-year-old J.B.’s Marquis, June 14, Louisiana, race 5
5-year-old Hot Necker, June 14, Mountaineer, race 5
4-year-old Socialbug, June 15, Churchill, training
4-year-old My Jordy, June 17, Presque Isle, race 2
2-year-old Fran’s Kid, June 18, Belmont, training
2-year-old Summer Sanctuary, June 19, Delaware, race 4
3-year-old Ol’ Bob, June 19, Louisiana, race 4
4-year-old Chiffy, June 20, Penn, race 2
5-year-old Lake Brilliant, June 20, Prairie, race 2
3-year-old Cole Forty Five, June 20, Santa Anita, race 8
6-year-old Birthday Wish, June 21, Belterra, race 7
3-year-old Shanes Social Cat, June 21, Lone Star, race 2
5-year-old How Far We’ve Come, June 22, Parx, race 8
6-year-old Griffin Rock, June 23, Parx, race 1
4-year-old Roses for Romney, June 25, Belmont, race 8
5-year-old Mel’s Game, June 26, Santa Anita, race 1
7-year-old Elsaroarin, June 27, Finger Lakes, race 9
4-year-old Western Grit, June 28, Finger Lakes, training
6-year-old Commandeer, June 28, Belterra, race 2
4-year-old Papa Doc, June 28, Charles Town, race 4
4-year-old Halos Wild, June 28, Lone Star, race 9
5-year-old My Belle Etoile, July 4, Ellis, race 5
3-year-old Michonne, July 4, Finger Lakes, race 9
2-year-old Finns Huckleberry, July 4, Ruidoso, race 1
5-year-old Guidopanzini, July 5, Oak Tree, race 9
3-year-old This Guy Is Blue, July 6, Belmont, race 9
9-year-old Streaterville, July 6, Mountaineer, race 6
7-year-old Back Talking, July 9, Mountaineer, race 5
5-year-old Our Deputy Express, July 10, Delaware, race 2
5-year-old Lone Star Sizzler, July 12, Evangeline, race 7
4-year-old Music Maid, July 13, Belmont, race 2
5-year-old Finally Together, July 14, Mountaineer, race 9
4-year-old Kokaltash, July 17, Del Mar, race 5
4-year-old Indomitable Woman, July 17, Finger Lakes, race 5
5-year-old Could Be a Rumor, July 18, Charles Town, race 6
4-year-old Generator, July 18, Evangeline, race 8
5-year-old Piskacha, July 19, Belterra, race 4
3-year-old Missy Zelliott, July 20, Belmont, training
2-year-old Washington Dacat, July 20, Canterbury, race 7
3-year-old Ithink I Can Dance, July 22, Mountaineer, race 6
5-year-old Mr Percussionist, July 22, Parx, race 1
3-year-old Dance With Fate, July 24, Del Mar, training
4-year-old Lifeguard On Duty, July 24, Saratoga, training
3-year-old Rue the Day, July 25, Charles Town, race 6
4-year-old Yes She’s Unusual, July 25, Del Mar, race 6
5-year-old Longview Drive, July 25, Del Mar, race 7
3-year-old Movin’ On Up, July 25, Louisiana, race 8
3-year-old Elusive Cowgirl, July 25, Monmouth, race 6
3-year-old Double Gold, July 25, Saratoga, training
5-year-old Lil Swiss Echo, July 26, Del Mar, race 5
3-year-old J Kat, July 26, Del Mar, race 9
3-year-old Chichita, July 26, Finger Lakes, race 1
5-year-old Rockabar, July 26, Santa Rosa, race 8

Orca Superpod – Meet Orca Experts From the Film Blackfish, Whale Watch, and Party!

This file photo shows orca whales from the J and K pods swim past a small research boat on Puget Sound in view of downtown Seattle. A marine biologist was fined this week for feeding wild killer whales in California. (AP Photo/NOAA Fisheries Service, Candice Emmons, file)
This file photo shows orca whales from the J and K pods swim past a small research boat on Puget Sound in view of downtown Seattle. AP Photo/NOAA Fisheries Service, Candice Emmons, file)

The Third Gathering of Superpod

 Superpod Three begins on World Orca Day, Monday July 14, 2014, and the last public event is Thursday the 17th.

Location: San Juan Island, Washington

(The information below is from Voice of the Orcas, please check with them for current information. Lodging can be tight on the island in July,  try Vacation Rentals by Owner, as well as the boutique hotels and B&Bs.)

For the third time a diverse collection of killer whale experts & former trainers along with the public will congregate and share information regarding orca populations, including wild and captive animals.  Superpod (SP) events are held during July in conjunction with the Southern Resident orcas which are swimming around San Juan Island chasing Chinook salmon. (The combination of J, K, and L pods together is called a “superpod.” ).

Talks * Whale Watching * Brainstorming * Party!

Not including the many local participants, naturalists, boat & biz operators, Center for Whale Research staff, & more, approximately 35 – 50 additional human Superpod members will migrate to San Juan Island, WA, USA, to learn, present, share, Tweet, blog, plan, get inspired, cross-pollinate, & take stunning photos & videos to share with the world.
These are the real “Blackfish.” And none of them have stage names like Shamu or Namu. (Voice of the Orcas)

The location of the Superpod gathering is chosen to promote watching the whales in the wild. This beautiful island is where the first field research was done on the Southern Resident orcas, whose numbers were decimated by captures for the amusement park industry.  They are still struggling to survive.

The contrast between the lives of the captives versus the wild orcas is profound.

A wild, vibrant, male orca. Photo by Simon Piddock
A wild, vibrant, Southern Resident male orca. Photo by Simon Piddock

In sharp contrast to the wild male orcas, Tilikum spends his days and nights bobbing in a tank, while SeaWorld continues to give mis-information (experts on dorsal collapse will be available to explain the reality of droopy dorsal fins). Video provided by Ocean Advocate’s Heather Murphy, she will be at the Superpod gathering and can give more information on Tilikum’s life at SeaWorld, Orlando.

-Monday, July 14th  

Meet & Greet party & first presentation.
 Rachel Carbary
Learn about the dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan, from a Cove Guardian, Rachel Carbary. Rachel has organized the global #EmptyTheTanks events, and will give a presentation on her experiences at the annual small cetacean slaughter & sale at Taiji, Japan.  She shares: “This past November, when I was in Taiji for a second time, I watched dolphin trainers ride on a skiff with dolphin killers and dead dolphins on board. The slaughter exists because the captivity industry exists.”
Jordan Waltz is A Midwest artist and independent researcher who has served as archivalist/researcher for Blackfish documentary.  She will give a presentation on when and how the drives the started and how they became entwined with the captivity industry, as well as how activists have tried to halt it over the years. Presentation duration will be 20-25 minutes. Jordan will present a printed out illustrated timeline where people can view it & provide feed back.
The Whale Museum, Friday Harbor, Washington
The Whale Museum, Friday Harbor, Washington

-Tuesday:   Free film and discussion

Free public Blackfish Screening hosted by the The Whale Museum.
Location of Screening: The Grange, in Friday Harbor
5:30 p.m.  “Meet & Greet” reception
6:00 p.m. Screening of “Blackfish” (83 minute run-time)
7:30 p.m. Q&A with Cast members
8:30 p.m. Adjourn
Wednesday:  Voice of the Orcas (VOTO) will host Media Day, with journalists in attendance.

In the morning VOTO, along with Dr Naomi Rose, is tentatively scheduled to be on L.A. Talk Radio with Capt Paul Watson & the Barbi Twins at 11:00 a.m Pacific time.
There will be interviews & film from the house & deck overlooking the Haro Strait. (See “Voice of the Orcas (VOTO) for details. With luck, orcas may even swim by.

Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, and Dr. Naomi Rose talk about a bill that would set new guidelines for treatment of killer whales in captivity before the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.(AP Photo/Steve Yeater)
Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, and Dr. Naomi Rose talk about a bill that would set new guidelines for treatment of killer whales in captivity before the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.(AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

Wednesday evening, Howard Garrett of Orca Network (ON), will give a presentation on Lolita. Rumor has it that there may be very special (Italian) bagna
cualda (similar to fondue) served that evening (via Susan Berta, of Orca Network). Our fingers are crossed.
A presentation on the “Russian orca situation” is in the works via Whale & Dolphin Conservation. The Russian orcas are still hunted for captivity.

Photo by Traci Walters.
Photo by Traci Walters.

Thursday:  Superpod3 Group Whale Watch Trip on the Western Prince II with naturalist Traci Walter (@TeelDubya) and others. The co$t of our Western Prince II boat trip is about $30 USD less than a single day ticket at SeaWorld of Florida.

The excursion departs at 10:00 am from Friday Harbor. We will meet by the Western Prince offices next to the ferry landing between 9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

In the evening  Dr. Naomi Rose will give a presentation on the topic of current legistlative & regulatory issues regarding killer whale / cetacean captivity.


Meet the former trainers featured in Blackfish - Jeff Ventre, Samantha Berg, Carol Ray and John Jett.
Meet the former trainers featured in Blackfish – Jeff Ventre, Samantha Berg, Carol Ray and John Jett.
Weekend: Flex Time / Departure. 
If you’ve never seen a wild killer whale, join us this year, or plan to come to Superpod 4 next year!

SeaWorld Supporter and Radio DJ Publicly Mocked a High Schooler Over the Air

Have you ever wondered what kind of person hides behind the power of radio to pick on a kid? San Diego’s KOGO 600’s Casey Bartholomew, that’s who. Bartholomew felt the need to mock a high school student who doesn’t want to go to SeaWorld and didn’t think a visit to the amusement park should be part of the school curriculum. KOGO is part of the oxymoronic “i heart radio” lineup, ‘you heartless radio’ is more accurate.
(Below is an open letter to KOGO sent by someone who has the moral integrity to stand up to this bully.)

Casey Bartholomew
Casey Bartholomew (All Access Photo)
Batholomew’s nasty tirade was brought to the public by the ‘news’ station KOGO 600 AM (Rush Limbaugh is one of their regular DJs), Bartholomew seems to move around a lot, I wonder why:

He can be reached at KFIcasey@aol.com for remote fill-ins via ISDN or on-site guest hosting or for full-time opportunities. (All Access).

The Open Letter to KOGO:

Dear KOGO:
I understand that your station often seeks to get a rise out of people by the rude and shocking way some news items are covered. I get it, and I listen sometimes.
But you crossed the line on June 27 with guest host Casey Bartholomew.
I’m not the type of person who writes letters and goes around calling people names just because I disagree with them. I do, however, stick up for people when I feel they are being bullied… and I call a punk a punk when I see one, especially when it is a grown man bullying a young student in public.
Your station ran nothing short of a bullying session against a child whose “crime” was to follow his conscience and respectfully engage with his community and school board.
During the June 27 segment on the Poway Unified School District’s decision to revisit its field trip policies based on concerns over Sea World, Mr. Bartholomew described how “some high school student got his panties in a wad” urging the District board to sever ties with Sea World.
Zach Affolter is that student. Zach did not choose violence as a route to express his concern. He didn’t vandalize anything. He collected over 2,000 petition signatures and addressed his local school board. He did it the right way… and is called a “punk kid” on your station.
Mr. Bartholomew went on to say, “I guarantee that standing behind him [are] hippy parents… laying around on the side of the road smoking pot and dropping acid and having sex in the street… I bet they’re sitting back there saying ‘yeth do it, my boy ith going to have an impact.’”
I don’t know what was intended by the lispy voice mimicking “wus” parents or the repeated “panties in a bunch” lines. The “sissy” voice whenever Bartholomew pretended to be someone making an argument against him is offensive to women or gay or sensitive men… or whoever the hell he thought he was portraying. This is something that even my 7-year old doesn’t do.
I understand that your station will vigorously defend major advertisers like Sea World. You also may try to find a way to justify this bullying, perhaps drawing on the “wusification” of America or the old-standby of how you must defend against “lefties” ramming political-correctness down everyone’s throats.
Instead, you should be embarrassed and apologize to Zach on behalf of your station and advertisers who I know value family and basic decency.
Until then you are condoning the punk behavior of a grown man using your airwaves to publicly bully a child.
For the record, I am the one that asked this issue to be put on the June PUSD agenda via a letter that is public record. Our son Evan’s entire second grade class had a scheduled Sea World trip, he refused to go based on moral grounds, my wife and I supported him for standing up for what he believes in, and I felt like the District could benefit by clarifying its field trip policies for situations such as this. Many other parents and teachers agreed.
I hope that I am wrong about Mr. Bartholomew and that he does feel some level of shame for how he portrayed Zach and his parents. As a leading news station, you have an avenue for much-needed honest discussion about important issues affecting our city. It is painful as a listener to see this opportunity squandered in favor of sinking to the point of publicly bullying a decent kid.
Steve Dow, P.E.
San Diego, CA

KOGO is one of the Clear Channel Media stations, Bob Pittman is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

 “Clear Channel Communications, Inc. was founded in San Antonio, TX with the purchase of a single radio station in 1972.  After decades of growing media assets globally, the company has become one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies, operating as CC Media Holdings (OTCBB:CCMO).  Clear Channel consists of two main media businesses: Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings (NYSE: CCO) and the wholly owned Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. Between these divisions, Clear Channel focuses on providing a spectrum of multi-platform advertising and marketing opportunities for partners and world-class entertainment for listeners and users.”

Contact KOGO: chrisvalentine@clearchannel.com or :

Wendy Goldberg, 212-549-0965 WendyGoldberg@clearchannel.com

Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman:  (From Wikipedia) No contact information available yet.

Pittman is a philanthropist, building community and philanthropic projects into businesses he managed from Live Aid at MTV to educational efforts using the Internet at AOL. He is former chairman of the non-profit Robin Hood Foundation, which fights poverty in New York City, and still serves on the board; and is former chairman of the New York Public Theater. He is also on the boards of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Alliance for Lupus Research and the New York City Ballet. He is a former board member of Electronic ArtsAtari GamesExcite3DO, MTV Networks, America Online, HFS/Cendant/Realogy, NYU Medical Center, and AOL Time Warner.
Pittman is one of the minority owners of the New York Mets, holding a 4% stake in the baseball team.
The following link is a recent Q and A with Pittman in The Hollywood Reporter: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/iheartradio-pandora-miley-cyrus-twerking-629950

Other Clear Channel executives:
President / Market Manager
Melissa Forrest
Program Director
Brian Long
Promotion Director 
Sherry Toennies
Bill Huth
Marketing Director
Jean Arrollado
Sales Manager
Cassandra Jacob
Read more: http://www.kogo.com/common/contact/#ixzz36OMOu6MH