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NEW: DePetro AP Award Blasted by For Our Daughters Chair

Thursday, April 10, 2014


John DePetro

Maureen Martin, Chair of the "For Our Daughters" effort to oust John DePetro, has criticized the selection of the talk show host for an Associated Press award.

"I'd be curious for someone to explain the criteria for receiving this award. If misogyny and dehumanizing women is on the list, then I would agree that they found their man," said Martin.

De Petro's win in the Talk Show Division "B" Radio category is one of over 45 AP awards that were announced this week for Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

DePetro on the Record

"It is great to win best talk show, because it is so competitive, I work really hard on my show, and it is rewarding to be recognized for it. My philosophy is simple. I like to do an entertaining show on current events, with conflict. The listeners enjoy my sense of humor and the caller interaction is tremendous," said DePetro, who noted he last won an AP award in 2008.

DePetro continued, "You always have critics regardless of what you say or do, so thin skinned politicians and the unions upset over my criticism was par for the course. The listeners ( the people) love my radio show and that is all that really matters."

Last month, the For Our Daughter campaign protested two show sponsors, Place Jewelers and The Remington House, in an ongoing effort to oust DePetro after the host labeled a group of women assembled outside a fundraiser for RI General Treasurer Gina Raimondo as “w-h-o-r-e-s" in a radio broadcast last September.


Related Slideshow: Infamous Talk Radio Controversies

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Arbitron Ratings Scandal

In 2008, radio host John DePetro found himself in the midst of a ratings controversy.  The Boston Herald reported,

The briefly stellar ratings of controversy-dogged-talkmeister John DePetro’s Providence radio show tanked yesterday after a whiff of scandal forced Arbitron to reissue its spring survey of listener-dial habits.

In the 6 to 10 a.m. weekday slot occupied by the self-proclaimed “Independent Man” on WPRO-AM (630), “the reissue ranked WPRO at number nine” among valued 25- to 54-year-old listeners, “down from the number four rank in the original release,” program manager Paul Giammarco and station market manager Barbara Haynes announced in a joint statement.

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Candidate Name-Calling

DePetro was fired from Boston radio station WRKO in 2006 for calling then-gubernatorial Rainbow Party candidate Grace Ross a "fat lesbian." 

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Office Scuffle

The Providence Journal's Mike Stanton reported on an altercation in 2009 between DePetro and radio host Ron St. Pierre.

DePetro said he was hit -- and scratched -- in the eye with a balled up paper with a staple thrown at him by St. Pierre.  

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Buddy's Return - to Radio


After five years in prison for racketeering conspiracy from 2002 to 2007, former Mayor of Providence Buddy Cianci returned to the public eye with a radio show on WPRO.  

While controversial, Cianci's continued popularity has people wondering if Buddy might just make another run for Mayor in 2014.  

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Chafee's Talk Radio Ban

Upon taking office in 2011, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee announced that he would not appear on talk radio shows and barred state employees in agencies and departments that report to him from doing the same during work hours.  

Governor Chafee is among the elected officials who have signed the "For Our Daughters" pledge.  

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Dennis and Callahan

WEEI sports radio hosts John Dennis and Gerry Callahan were suspended in 2003 when they referred to an escaped gorilla as a "Metco gorilla" waiting for a bus to Lexington -- with Metco being bus program that buses inner-city students to suburban schools.

Boston's http://www.wcvb.com/Radio-Station-Gorilla-Remarks-Spur-Advertiser-Concerns/-/9849586/11281756/-/5lg3o9z/-/index.html#ixzz2nbPAwzd2" target="_blank">WCVB reported that advertisers Dunkin' Donuts and Blue Cross pulled back station support in light of the incident.  

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Severin Suspended

WTKK's Jay Severin was fired for making comments about sleeping with female employees over the years.  

Radio Ink reported on Greater Media's reaction to the incident.  

"Greater Media today ended its relationship with Jay Severin. Our company has always encouraged a free and open dialogue on a variety of issues and topics, and we will continue to be guided by that principle. But we also demand that our on-air talent maintain an appropriate level of civility, and adhere to a standard that respects our listeners and the public at large.

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Imus' Racial Remarks

in 2007, nationally syndicated talk show host Don Imus called Rutgers women's basketball players "nappy-headed hos."  Imus was suspended -- then fired -- by CBS Radio.  

Five years later, Imus was back on the national radio circuit, as reported by New Jersey.com

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Rush Limbaugh

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is no stranger to controversy; his latest remarks prompted the Democratic National Committee to call on Republican leaders to boycott the Daily Caller, which defended Limbaugh's remarks in an article entitled, "Liberals want to stop men from checking out women." 


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If you listen to Depetro you have to have a sense of humor. I think its great the mothers of whatever are protesting sponsors. One, the two sponsors are mentioned in the above article. That's a plus for the jewelry store and restaurant. Walking in front of these places holding up signs is also a plus, it makes people look at what the 4 wacko's holding up signs are doing walking in traffic. John is an entertainer and he does it well.. One you realize it's an "entertainment" show, the better off you will be. If you want real news, go listen to NPR and all things considered or marketplace. If you're lucky, you wont fall asleep at the wheel and kill someone.

Comment #1 by Bob McCay on 2014 04 10

All the publicity gained by the union's whining and boycotting is probably what pushed Associated Press to give the award to Depetro. I still wonder if Depetro received a congratulatory hand shake from Dan Yorke, or Buddy.

Comment #2 by David Beagle on 2014 04 10

Given that this organization was created for the sole purpose of getting him fired, yes - I think I can see why they would continue to want to have him fired no matter what award he wins, and from whom. So this begs the question: is this really news?

Comment #3 by Roger Williams on 2014 04 10

Memo to "For our Daughter's" dry up and blow away.
You are totally irrelevant considering everything else happening in the country and our little state. Nothing more than a bunch of union minions making irritating noise.

PS: I seldom listen to DePetro or talk radio for that matter.

Comment #4 by Walter Miller on 2014 04 10

DePetro will be filling in for famous talk show host, Michael Savage, tonight at 9:00 on 790am.

Comment #5 by David Beagle on 2014 04 10

The radio ratings manipulator, and pea-party favorite, the coward DePetro who threw his own wife under the bus and is now involved in a messy sex scandal is a vile and nauseating individual.

DePetro is a perfect broadcasting partner for the TWICE CONVICTED felon Buddy Cianci

Conservative hero. Sean Hannity has elevated Buddy Cianci, to his "Great American Panel" on Fox News .. could DePetro be next ?? ...LOL
(why do conservatives think Buddy Cianci is a "Great American" ?)

Comment #6 by Sammy Arizona on 2014 04 10

I don't listen to talk radio, but his station should be commended for not firing him. I wonder how long the politicians will be willing to give their opponents a 100% exposure advantage by not going on the radio station.
I like how the unions have used his dumb comments to angle an attack on a critic and to see it fail is great. It would be nice if the failure was a leading indicator of waning union influence in Rhode Island. Probably not.
I'm not going to listen to his radio station, but I am going to start going to Remington House more.wink

Comment #7 by Redd Ratt on 2014 04 10

Well I guess that without a Helen Glover Show, "someone" else has to win.
They should now change the name to the 2nd Fiddle Award.

Comment #8 by Winston Smith on 2014 04 10

This piece of sh*t is the ONLY reason I no longer listen to any shows on WPRO.
I used to listen every day, all day.
Not anymore.

Comment #9 by pearl fanch on 2014 04 10

I think I liked it better when the dinosaur bloc of Rhode Island's labor bloc were just spending all their money telling people who to vote for, instead of who they should or shouldn't listen to on the radio.

Comment #10 by Roger Williams on 2014 04 10

This is getting old.

I was never a fan of John DePetro, what he said was unacceptable and any where else it would have been a firing offense (see Jay Severin and Imus). It is still a business decision of WPRO, and no one else's.

Comment #11 by Wuggly Ump on 2014 04 11

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