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Native American Reps Accept Radio Station's Apology

Posted April 16, 2008

— The state Commission of Indian Affairs Chairman Paul Brooks on Wednesday accepted apologies offered by a Raleigh radio station for derogatory and racially charged remarks made by its morning host.

Bob Dumas and co-hosts on WDCG-FM's "Bob and the Showgram" morning show kidded an intern about her pending marriage to a Lumbee Indian on the April 1 show. Dumas called Native Americans "lazy" and said "a lot of Indians live on the reservation."

Dumas and station General Manager Dick Harlow issued on-air apologies last week, and the station, known as G105, suspended Dumas for three days.

Brooks said in a statement that a Wednesday meeting with Harlow "reflected the educational outreach and cultural acceptance we sought.”

“He demonstrated a willingness to open the door to a wide-reaching partnership and was sincere in his apology," Brooks said. "He gave us his personal assurance that negative stereotypes of American Indians will not be heard again on G105.”

The Commission of Indian Affairs has agreed to partner with Clear Channel Communications, which owns WDCG and three other local radio stations, on future efforts to promote and support issues of importance to the state's Native American population.


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  • mrjessehelms Apr 18, 2008

    people are always so offended. when is it going to stop? as long as you are confident in yourself, what does it matter what others say??

  • wolff Apr 18, 2008

    I've lost alot of respect for native americans for this. If represenatives had just gotten on the show and talked all this - then there would be understanding instead of this backhanded stuff. They are comedians ... make fun of everyone is what they do - they aren't to be taken seriously.

  • enigma1469 Apr 18, 2008

    If you don't like it don't listen to it. its that simple. Rappers talk about "Skeet Skeet Skeet" in some rap songs and if that is alright to play over g-105 airwaves then how was this so bad.

    Look skeet up and see what it stand for.

  • lovinlife2010 Apr 18, 2008


    hahahahahahaha! Wow ... you know soooo little about me and my world travels!!

    If you honestly think that in the state of north carolina ... where an illegal immagrant is found almost every day .... that the mexican consulate has NOTHING to do with it?? YOU my friend are very much mistaken! Don't be nieve and think that the conulates are here and are free of doing shading things!

    Also ... if you will EDUCATE yourself on the piece that you are talking about, you will hear that what they were asking was what you just stated! he asked them what they did and what the processes were! He also asked what they did if an illegal came there ... ... and the gentleman REFUSED to answer the question?!?!?!

    Now ... let's lay off the personal insults, b/c you should NEVER make assumptions that someone doens't know what they are talking about!! You know what assuming does don't you?!??!?!?


  • mireyes Apr 18, 2008

    Caseys, no wonder you are on Bob's side, you are just as misinformed. If you have a minute, please educate yourself on what a consulate does. It provides the people of their country (in this case Mexico) with documentation FROM THEIR COUNTRY!!! Mexican passport (which might have expired, or lost), issues MExican birht certificates, Mexican IDs, etc. By your what you have posted I can only imagine you haven't traveled outside your country or if you have, then you have never need to go to your consulate while abroad. It is representing the governments (in this case Mexico) in the US. I am all for discussion and debating, but I can't do it when people are talking ignorantly and misinformed. So educate yourself and make this world a better place.
    As for Bob and his show, I dont care if he joke, discussed his own views, etc. but I do care when he is stating "facts" which are actually wrong.

  • lovinlife2010 Apr 18, 2008


    well ... if everywhere else hates America and Americans ... why don't you just move somewhere else and join them!

  • mmania Apr 18, 2008


    It's people like you that get that kind of thing started. i heard exactly what you were refering to and it's because they didn't know how to correctly say his name, and went even further to clarify about how last seasons Sajiah (sic) was called something else by them as well. That's one of the biggest problems with this world. Everyone one is now programmmed to be overly sensitive and offended at the drop of a hat. LIGHTEN UP WORLD.

  • lovinlife2010 Apr 18, 2008


    I would like to know what it is that instigates hate?? Everything i've heard instigates laughter in my car!! :-) Plus the Mexican consulate insidence .... is something that a radio station shouldn't have to point out to the public ... ... our GOVERNMENT SHOULD! but they DON'T b/c if the government actually showed what was really going on it would be a complete EMBARASSMENT! The piece with the mexican consulate WAS a FACTUAL piece ... ... it was showing the public how sketchy that issue is!!! He simply pointed out the obvious that a lot of people would rather keep swept under the rug!!!!

  • Coach K is GREAT Apr 18, 2008

    He gave us his personal assurance that negative stereotypes of American Indians will not be heard again on G105.”

    what about other races? when will that stop!
    1 of the original Americans
    April 18, 2008 9:30 a.m.
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    why don't you ask the same question to Tom Joyner...!!

  • Coach K is GREAT Apr 18, 2008

    well in addition, and this is in no relation to how anyone feels about different cultures or immigration or anything-this is just an additional example of how Bob Dumas goes too far-recently he and his co-horts went to the Mexican consulate with ICE stickers on the side of a vehicle and harassed(sp?) the people doing business at the consulate! Come on now, I am all for it being okay for us to poke a little fun at each other for our differences, but Bob is just a racist! he talks smack about African-American people, too! Why do you think Madison(his old co-host) felt so much better when she left G105?

    just an observation.............g'day all!
    GOLO member since October 9, 2007
    April 16, 2008 4:12 p.m.
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    Again... ever listen to the Tom Joyner show, I don't think you should be able to have cake and eat it too...