Statement from Woodward Radio Group General Manager Kelly Radandt
Last Friday, radio host Josh Dukelow made an unexpected announcement about his past sexual misconduct. This highly sensitive issue was handled very poorly and, ultimately, the buck stops here with me as general manager of the station.
At Woodward Radio Group, one of our core values is respect. In our handling of this topic, we did not give respect to the many “true” victims of sexual assault. For that, I sincerely apologize.
Yesterday, myself, our station manager and Josh had a much-needed conversation with area sexual assault crisis and counseling personnel. During that meeting, we personally apologized — but most importantly, we listened. It’s a conversation we should have had before Josh went on the air last Friday.
We here at WHBY and Woodward Radio Group pride ourselves on being good community partners. We made a mistake and want something good to come of it.
Going forward, we will work with the sexual assault crisis and counseling experts in our community to educate and inform our audience on this important subject. We are committed to being part of the solution and talking about this sensitive issue in the appropriate way.
Statement from Leaders representing sexual assault and domestic violence survivors
We are the voices for survivors of sexual assault in the Fox Valley, and on 12/8/17, Josh Dukelow, host of WHBY’s Fresh Take, reported past sexually inappropriate behavior while on air. In the spirit of being a voice for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence we want to share our perspective on the comments made (Visit http://bit.ly/2j80oN7 for the comments). Representatives from the Sexual Assault Crisis Center, Reach Counseling Services, Harbor House and the Christine Ann Center met with Woodward Communication’s leadership and Josh to discuss our concerns with how the disclosure was handled. Making an announcement without full consideration of how that information affects survivors serves to shift power away from survivors.
Our recommendations to those who want to disclose and discuss past behavior is to consult with experts about how to do this in a mindful way. Each situation is unique and requires an understanding of the potential impact on survivors. It is a conversation, not an announcement. Our goal is to educate the community on how to handle this issue in a very thoughtful and respectful manner. We feel that this is a learning opportunity for all men:
1. Listen to women first;
2. Consult with experts;
3. Educate yourself on consent;
4. Take responsibility; and,
5. Change your behavior – do better.
Our agencies want to be part of the healing process for our entire community. We are here to stand with and provide resources to survivors throughout their journey towards healing. Our focus is always on the survivors’ needs and concerns. This empowers survivors and minimizes the possibility of re-traumatization with the goal of helping them heal.
For more information on sexual assault and domestic violence please contact:
Sexual Assault Crisis Center – Fox Cities, 920-733-8119
Reach Counseling, 920-722-8150
Harbor House, 920-832-1667
Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, 920-235-5998