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Polish groups upset with 97 Rock over Dyngus Day Polish jokes

The founder of Buffalo's Dyngus Day parade demanded an apology from 97 Rock radio station Saturday for airing Polish jokes on the day of the Polish-American post-Lenten celebration.

The station spent hours Monday "airing one insult after another," said Eddy Dobosiewicz, a former stand-up comic and current president of Dyngus Day Buffalo, at a protest Saturday outside the Polish Cadets Club in Black Rock. "Polonia will not stand for that and if we don't get the apology we deserve soon we will take additional steps" including pressing for a boycott by advertisers.

97 Rock's morning show personalities solicited and told Polish jokes Monday and invited listeners on air and through social media to call the radio station with their best Polish jokes, Dobosiewicz said.

Joined by about a dozen protesters, many dressed in traditional Polish garb, Dobosiewicz said he called officials at the Cumulus Media station earlier in the week who told him they would "think about" staging an on-air apology for the programming. The Buffalo News reached out to the radio station's office Saturday but got a recorded message.

In conjunction with Saturday's protest, James L. Lawicki II, president of the Western New York Division of the Polish American Congress, said he sent an email to Cumulus Media officials condemning the ethnic jokes. "As the representative body of nearly 300,000 Polish Americans residing in Western New York we find the radio programming presented on your radio station (Dyngus Day) highly disturbing, offensive and intolerable," Lawicki wrote.

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