Open Letters to KRXQ Sacramento


Parents of Gender Non-Conforming Children Speak Out For Tolerance

The KRXQ Nice Sponsors List: companies taking a stand against violence against children

The following companies have pulled their support from KRXQ, not wanting to be associated with two men who laugh about children being abused. These companies listened to the show, and decided it was indefensible.

Please send a hearty thank-you to these companies:

  • AT&T:
  • Bank of America:
  • Carl’s Jr (CKE Restaurants): Guest Response Line: (877) 799-7827
  • Guitar Center:—Contact-Us-Landing-g10075t0.gc
  • McDonald’s:
  • Nissan North America: 800-647-7261
  • Sleep Train:
  • Snapple:
  • Sonic:
  • Verizon:
  • Wells Fargo:
  • Advertisements

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    10 Responses

    1. […] you’re with us, do something. Contact a sponsor on the naughty list or the nice list. Praise the nice; spank the naughty. Contact the FCC or the radio station. Support TYFA. You can […]

    2. Sasha says:

      I hope the info for contacts for these companies comes up soon. I would like to write them and thank them for pulling their ads.

      • paulackerman says:

        Someone is working on that. I’ll post a comment when it’s up; if you have subscribed to comments you’ll get a note. Thanks for your interest and support!

    3. paulackerman says:

      So the links are live now for thanking the companies that pulled out of KRXQ. Let’s thank these guys for forcing Rob and Arnie to ‘squeal like a pig.’

    4. Jake Green says:

      Reply from Sleep Train, Inc. – please add them to the nice list.

      Thank you for taking the time to write us regarding the comments made on the Rob, Arnie and Dawn show on KRXQ. Rob, Arnie and Dawn have done a good job endorsing for us for many years. However, this time they went too far. We do not condone their comments in any way and we have made it clear to KRXQ’s management, Rob, Arnie and Dawn that their conduct was unacceptable.
      Sleep Train is proud of our history of diversity and the inclusion of all the communities we serve. As a result, we have pulled our ads off of KRXQ until further notice.

      Dale Carlsen, President
      The Sleep Train, Inc.

    5. savesutro says:

      It seems a lot of the sponsor information from the KRXQ website was stale and / or inaccurate. We pulled them from the remaining sponsor list after they contacted us. We regret any inconvenience.

      I think even those sponsors who were accidentally targeted may have learned something, though.

      Interestingly, those businesses accidentally caught up in the net stress that they aren’t really sponsors, as they remain quiet on what they think of the show. Probably a wise policy, to avoid having an opinion on a controversial topic. It’s too bad it didn’t become an opportunity for them to take a stand for tolerance.


      I wrote to Albertsons, and got this response:

      We appreciate your feedback regarding the programming on KRXQ which took place May 28th 2009

      Albertsons stores throughout the United States are owned and operated by two separate companies – Albertson’s LLC and SUPERVALU. Albertsons LLC, which previously owned and operated the Albertsons stores in Northern California, exited the market area in 2007, when our stores there were purchased by Save Mart. At that time, Albertsons ceased advertising with and sponsoring radio shows with stations located there, and we have no ongoing agreement with KRXQ for sponsoring any programs.

      SUPERVALU operates the remaining Albertsons stores located in Southern California, but has never sponsored shows or purchased advertising from KRXQ.

      We understand your concerns, and we are taking this matter very seriously. We appreciate your bringing this matter to our attention.


      Carol W.

      Corporate Customer Care

    6. Meko says:

      UC Davis Dropped them. Check the for details.


      Due to recent comments made by announcers on KRXQ about transgender children, and the lack of a public response from KRXQ management about those comments, UC Davis Health System has canceled its advertising on the radio station and ended its partnership with the station for Children’s Miracle Network fundraising.

      Claire Pomeroy, vice chancellor of Human Health Sciences and dean of the School of Medicine, notified the station’s management of the decision in a letter dated June 8.

      During the “Rob, Arnie and Dawn” show on May 28, the hosts described children who express transgender feelings as “freaks,” and said “I look forward to when they go out into society and society beats them down.” In the days that followed the show, the hosts defended their comments, and station management remained silent on the matter. As of June 8, at least a dozen companies have withdrawn their advertising from KRXQ.

      In her letter to station management, Pomeroy stated, “We affirm the right of freedom of expression, within the bounds of courtesy, sensitivity and respect. The statements made by Rob Williams and Arnie States were outside those bounds.”

      Pomeroy also stated that hosts’ comments and the station’s “lack of a publicly articulated response” to them “are inconsistent with UC Davis’ values and mission.”

      In fiscal year 2008-09, UC Davis Health System spent $3,400 in advertising with KRXQ, and the station raised $126,000 for UC Davis Children’s Hospital through its support of the Children’s Miracle Network.

    7. Sasha says:

      Thanks for posting the links 🙂

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