Thursday, February 01, 2007

Success! In-N-Out Burger: "We are pulling our Advertising from this Station"

To: xxxxx
Subject: FW: KSFO radio
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 08:12:47 -0800



Thank you for taking the time to call us today to let us know about the negative statements you heard on KSFO Radio in San Francisco.

I just learned that my Supervisor cancelled this station last week, but apparently her request was not yet implemented. We are pulling our advertising from this station and will remind our Agency to follow up immediatley.

We appreciated your feedback, and sincerely aplogize for this incident.

Thank you again for bringing this matter to our attention.

Kind regards,

In-N-Out Burger
Marketing Department

A big thank you to the Spocko's Brain Irregular member who sent this to me. Just a reminder folks, be sure to ask the advertiser to let you know their decision after they have had a chance to check out the situation.

I do hope the agency follows up. A quick note to them:

Dear In-N-Out Burger agency people:

Please note what Melaine Morgan said about you and your clients on their VERY SPECIAL PROGRAM on January 12, 2007. First, A Fresh Insult. Second, for complete context you can listen for yourself! They have helpfully put the audio stream on their site. But here is what Morgan says about you:

If there are sponsors who listen to these idiots, and I'm not sure there are, despite what they say," asserted Morgan, "but if that's the case, I know who it would be. It would be some craven little time buyers at an advertising agency someplace who have no guts whatsoever."

Now I don't know if she "apologized" or not for this comment. I suspect she will say that she wasn't talking about YOU, just all the OTHER Craven Little Time Buyers. She is very clever that way.

Oh and In-N-Out Burger people, PLEASE tell me if Lee Rodgers incites his listeners to boycott you. You will note that I and my readers suggested no such boycott of your products.

From MediaNewsDaily: Free Registation required

He [Rodgers] also seemed to threaten former advertisers. Responding to an email question, Rodgers declined to name advertisers that have withdrawn their support, but added: "People who want to play that boycott game seem to forget this is a sword that cuts both ways. We have plenty of people that listen to this radio station that say 'hell, if somebody is trying to shut up the people on my favorite radio station, I don't think I want to give them any money,' so it could work two ways."

That was Rodgers’ suggested response to how KSFO listeners should deal with an advertiser who made a business decision and decided to discontinue their support. Kind of scary that he would use the power of his position on commerically supported broadcast radio to go after former advertisers. It makes me wonder if the current advertisers are staying to avoid Rodgers unleashing his listeners against them. Isn't there a word for that?

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¡El Gato Negro! said...



¿How many does thees make now, eh?

9:26 PM  
David S said...


You said:

"It makes me wonder if the current advertisers are staying to avoid Rodgers unleashing his listeners against them. Isn't there a word for that?"

Perhaps these remaining advertisers simply haven't had the time or the ability to follow up?

No doubt though that some will stick around..... one would think not, but whatever.

5:38 AM  
Sean said...

Wonderful! I also noticed that youtube is pulling down some of the KSFO clips "due to terms of use violation." or some non-sense. It looks like someone from Disney must have whined to them.

5:42 AM  
dave said...

Good news! You guys are doing great work!!!

4:55 PM  
PTCruiser said...

I love In-N-Out Burger!

7:31 PM  
coho said...

Hiya, Spocko!

Way to go.

(I like In-N-Out Burger even more now than I did before. And that was quite a lot.)

11:47 PM  
Interrobang said...

I'd say a "buycott" would be more appropriate. Reward the ones who pull their ads by buying their products, and then telling them about it.

There isn't any In-N-Out Burger (sounds like a porno movie to me, sorry) here, or I would be participating, even though I really don't like fast food.

12:59 AM  
Deacon Barry said...

It's working! You're actually getting results. You have made a difference.

5:40 AM  
Human said...

Keep kicking Ass and taking names Spocko and Friends. I'm Just so impressed.


8:42 PM  
Eli said...

I love In-N-Out Burger!

More Out than In where KSFO is concerned, mwahahahaha...

10:12 PM  
Deacon Barry said...

Now it seems that Wordpress are getting into the censorship game. They're blocking the tags of blogs that have erotic content - and also blogs that are criticising their actions! My wee pal Janie of was among the first to be hit. I'm not talking about porn sites, these are blogs that have a bit of erotic fiction, among other topics. (Janie also blogs about astronomy and poetry.)
Now get this, the reason Wordpress gives for its action is:
"All we have done is removed your blog from our tagging system to protect users who may inadvertently visit and see content which is mature in nature."
How do you inadvertently visit a site containing mature content via the tagging system? Do your fingers accidently slip on the keyboard and randomly hit the keys e-r-o-t-i-c RETURN in that order?

2:32 PM  
BadTux said...

I'll take a double-double animal style with diced chiles, fries, and chocolate shake, thank you!

This penguin's rotundity shall attain new levels of rotundity, methinks...

- Badtux the Burger-eatin' Penguin

12:29 PM  

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