Radio stations nix Redskins issue ads

A spokesman for the Oneida Indian Nation questions why the public airwaves can't be used as a forum for making their point in the ongoing debate.

Two Washington D.C. radio stations have decided they will not run ads from a group pressuring the Washington Redskins to change their name.

The ad was scheduled to air this weekend on WJFK-FM and WPGC-FM, The Washington Post reported. Paid for by the Oneida Indian Nation, the spot called for Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change the NFL team's nickname, which it has had since 1933.

Snyder has vowed to keep the team's name.

Steve Swenson, senior vice president of CBS Radio Washington, said in an e-mail to the Oneida Indian Nation that "[b]ased on the amount of on-air debate, adding paid commercials from one side is not something that we think is beneficial for this discussion and for our audience," the paper reported.

Ads supporting a name change have aired in every market where the Redskins have played this season.

“It is unfortunate and un-American that the station permits the team to slander Native Americans on the public airwaves with the use of the r-word, but doesn’t permit Native Americans to use the same airwaves to object to the use of a racial slur,” Oneida Indian Nation spokesman Ray Halbritter told the paper.

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