Would Charlton Heston have voted for Obama? Doubtful. Perhaps that’s what set off a howl of laughter from local radio show host Jimmy Lakey last month, when a caller suggested that First Lady Michelle Obama reminded her of a character in the iconic Heston movie The Planet of the Apes.
Lakey then immediately referred to another caller who had called Obama “Chewbacca,” the famous wooly alien from Star Wars.
Lakey, who has a weekly show on 740 AM KVOR every Sunday, laughed uproariously when a caller named “Brenda” said to him during his show, “I’m not real fond of her. I think that she was one of the main characters in Planet of the Apes.”
After laughing, Lakey responded, “God in heaven. God. I got in trouble last week because someone referred to her as Chewbacca, and now you go, Brenda. Oh, goodness. Here comes the hate mail.”
A clip from the show, which reportedly aired on Aug. 21, was posted online by Jason Salzman on his blog BigMedia.org this morning. Salzman wrote on his blog, “I contacted Bobby Irwin, Operations Manager for Citadel Broadcasting, which owns KVOR, to find out if he agreed with me that Lakey’s behavior crosses the line.
Here’s Irwin’s response:
Thanks for the opportunity to respond for your blog.
Regardless of whether one is rightie or a leftie, the comment from the caller was unfortunate. Neither Jimmy nor the station could answer whether
his laughter following her Michelle Obama observation was out of humor or simply discomfort.
I know how I would have preferred him to respond, but our station can not dictate what callers say, and as long as our hosts are observing FCC
guidelines, we will not dictate how they are respond to callers.”
Irwin confirmed that he sent the email to Salzman, and declined to comment further. Lakey could not be reached for comment.
Lakey, a former congressional candidate in Colorado’s 7th Congressional District, now lives and works in Monument. He runs World Changers International, a Christian nonprofit that organizes benefit concerts on behalf of various charities.
KVOR, a conservative station, also airs shows by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and local activist Jeff Crank.