Beasley Broadcasting Boycott

By: Melissa Tune Email
By: Melissa Tune Email

The protests against radio show host Austin Rhodes continue at this hour. This time the boycott has extended to Beasley Broadcasting and its sponsors.

“When I made the statement, her skin color had nothing to do with it, " Rhodes said.

He still says that he's done nothing wrong. Protesters are lining up outside of Beasley Broadcasting, and radio show host Austin Rhodes is still on air, inside the studio.

The call for change began Monday morning with the mayor and members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference calling for communication and dialogue. And later, the Augusta Baptist ministers joined the discussion, calling for Rhodes’s termination. The group is also boycotting the station's sponsors.

“Let's stop the madness, the disrespect the, make our city what it should be," said the group’s speaker.

"We’re calling for the boycott of the sponsors and that should affect the economics of it and that should bring about change,” he continued.

Change that the mayor says is long overdue. Copenhaver has not called for Rhodes’s termination but says that there is room for improvement in race communications in Augusta.

"Words do hurt. They have a damaging impact to our community, particularly our children," the mayor said.

"You ought to be sensitive to what to say, nobody can deny. Responsible for the things you do say.”

"They may raise an eyebrow at my ‘phraseology’ but not a one of them can disagree,” Rhodes said.

He said he plans to keep his job and that he has gotten an enormous amount of support, but champ walker says that his group has gotten support, too. Not only from the black community.

“There is massive support,” Walker said.

"I’m not a racist, I never have been a racist, and I can't stand people who are, this has nothing to do with race,” said Rhodes.

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  • by Estelle Parsley, News Director Location: North Augusta, SC on May 10, 2007 at 11:18 AM
    News 12 is interested in issues, topics and events that affect all facets of our community and we believe this is reflected in our broadcasts. We also believe this is reflected in the community involvement by individuals on our news team as well as projects initiated by our station. If you have a news item you'd like to suggest, call or email the News 12 newsroom: (803) 278-3111 or
  • by Calvin Location: augusta on May 10, 2007 at 10:12 AM
    Why your news station does not cover more issue that cover Black people
  • by PEACE MAKER Location: USA on May 7, 2007 at 08:09 PM
  • by GA ON MY MIND Location: AUGUSTA on Apr 24, 2007 at 02:21 PM
    For far to long words have been said towards blacks that are built on hate. We Have got to got to join together as a family. If a black man on the air that is controlled by the FCC made a statement of hate towards my people I would want his job too. My people for far to long have did this out of pure hate and dis-respect of africian- americans. So I want to apoligize for our (as a whole) ignorance due in part to fear of african americans. God help us all!
  • by ace Location: north augusta on Apr 19, 2007 at 11:38 AM
    first of all rapper's should be fired from there record company.. for using ho's and such words and if i was a preacher i thing i would spead the word of your god and not ask for a man to be fired.. funny thing to me is its always a rev. or someone of that nature always wanting something for free like this..i say fire the rev for not loving his fellow man
  • by Debbie Location: Grovetown on Apr 18, 2007 at 11:48 AM
    I don't think Austin said anything that was racist at all. He just called her what see is. It's really amazing to me that it is okay for the black community to call their own those degrading names as we all have heard in their much loved, loud and very annoying music, but let one white person say anything and here we go with the race thing again. Austin, keep up the great work!!!
  • by Renea Location: Martinez on Apr 18, 2007 at 08:26 AM
    Yeah, this is sure to do wonders for unification of the community.
  • by Robert Location: Augusta on Apr 17, 2007 at 07:02 PM
    This story is about trying to hurt someone who has told the truth. Not about Mr.Rhodes words spoken on the air. It is a tit for tat responce.
  • by Sharon Location: augusta on Apr 17, 2007 at 05:11 PM
    I can't believe that in this day and age of "supposed" tolerance that a person like Austin Rhodes can still be on the air. I feel that only in Augusta can you make racil comments such as he has and still get away with it. I laugh to think that he feels that he has the right to say the things that he does by claiming freedom of speech. I also laugh at the concept that he believes that he is not a racist. I hope that the station that has supported him so well will understand that they appear just as racist as he is by allowing him to speak unchecked.I also hope that they understand that we as consumers need to stop supporting them and all of their sponsors.
  • by DisgustaJoe Location: Disgusta on Apr 17, 2007 at 02:14 PM
    Where were these so-called ministers and activists when radio personality Ryan B. spews his racist hatred on the radio? Why didn't they protest in fron tof Ryan B's radio station after he maliciously called the Sheriff a "Murderer?"
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