WAMO 107.3 FM Pulls Ad; The Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers Condemns the Vicious Anti-Transgender Ad Running on Local Radio Stations

A bit more ‘good’ news. The Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers issued a statement and worked with Pittsburgh Public Schools to convince WAMO 107.3 to pull the ad. WAMO airs the PPS football game broadcasts, creating a conflict with the District’s nondiscrimination policies and values.

Five to go: KDKA AM, WDVE 103.5, Y108, WISH 99.7, and 105.9 the X. Please see previous post for contact information to let these stations know what you think.

The Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers Condemns the Vicious Anti-Transgender Ad Running on Local Radio Stations

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers President Nina Esposito-Visgitis released the following statement condemning a vicious anti-transgender radio ad airing on local radio stations and calling for the immediate removal of the advertising.

A mean-spirited, anti-transgender radio advertisement packed with mistruths is playing on local radio stations in Pittsburgh. Our union condemns using children for political propaganda and for the attack on the lives of transgender youth and their families.

The Pittsburgh Public Schools has a strong and inclusive nondiscrimination policy for transgender and gender expansive students. Our City has civil rights protections based on gender, gender identity and sexual orientation. It clearly is the goal of our community and our elected officials to create a safe and bias-free environment in which our children can live and learn.

This ad is running on several local radio stations, including KDKA 1020, WISH 99.7, WDVE 102.5, X 105.9, WAMO 107.3, and WDSY 108. These stations should drop the ads immediately. The District should not partner with these stations while they continue to profit by making our city less safe for trans youth, and should suspend the partnership with WAMO for athletic events.

Broadcasters, with their immense ability to influence viewpoints and the cultural climate in our region should not accept advertisements that will undermine the work towards a more fair, safe, and just Pittsburgh community — especially for our children. ### The Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers (PFT) represents nearly 3,000 teachers, other professionals, paraprofessionals, and technical-clerical employees in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Pittsburgh Mt. Oliver Intermediate Unit. Founded in 1935, PFT400 has been a leader in educational innovation and change in our public schools.

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