Brett Broesder, Bronin's spokesman, said the mayor acted after members of the community brought the video to his attention.A representative from CBS, the parent company for WTIC, reached out to the city Tuesday evening, seeking to have a conversation about the video, Broesder added.Craig told The Courant Tuesday afternoon that he "wasn't trying to offend anybody and was just trying to have fun." Hours later, the station released a written statement of apology from Craig, saying: "I recognize that it was a poor attempt at being humorous.
He declined to say why, citing the station's personnel policy.
In a statement released by the mayor's office Tuesday afternoon, Bronin said: "I was at the riverfront Saturday afternoon, and the festival was everything I love about our city: people of all different backgrounds coming together at our beautiful riverfront to celebrate the dance, music and food of one of our largest and most vibrant cultural communities here in Hartford.
CBS Local Media, the owner of 96.5 TIC FM, should get this trash off of their website."City Councilman Julio A.
Concepcion called Craig's comments "completely insensitive and degrading to the Latino population in this city and state."Whether made in jest or not, his racist undertones are absolutely inexcusable and should be condemned by his employer," Concepcion added.
HARTFORD — Mayor Luke Bronin joined other city leaders in denouncing what they consider a "racist" video posted online by a longtime Hartford-area radio personality.
Gary Craig, a DJ on 96.5 WTIC-FM, uploaded the video to You Tube Saturday with the title "Latino Fest Fartford." In the minute-long clip, Craig walks through the Latino Fest held that day on the city's riverfront. He then takes a walking tour of the festivities, later commenting "now I don't have to go to Cuba," mistaking the Puerto Rican flag for the other Caribbean nation's before singing the theme song to "I Love Lucy."He removed the video Tuesday from You Tube and his personal Facebook page after the officials spoke out about it."I walked into some kind of parallel universe or something. WTIC-FM, which had displayed the video on its website, also took it down.On Wednesday, WTIC station manager Steve Salhany said Craig will be off the air until July 5.We are taking this matter seriously and have communicated to Gary that there is no place for this type of content on our station."Victor Luna, the founder and organizer of Latino Fest, expressed his frustration with the entire episode.Luna called Craig's video "disappointing, shocking and uncalled for.""I'm glad the elected officials sent out a message in support of the community and are sticking to their guns," he said.Main Areas: Healing; Body Energy; Spirituality Career Focus: Stanford Engineer; Ordained Minister; Creator of EFTAffiliation: Emotional Freedom Techniques Gary Craig developed the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), the core of which he learned as a student of Dr.