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Bicyclists angered by Clear Channel stations

Bicyclists are demanding that the nation's largest radio group be punished because disc jockeys at three stations made on-air comments they say encouraged drivers to throw bottles at bike riders or hit them with open car doors.

They say the morning show hosts at Clear Channel Communications stations in Cleveland, Houston and Raleigh, N.C., also suggested motorists blast horns at cyclists, and speed past them and then slam on their brakes.

Clear Channel owns roughly 1,200 radio stations in the United States, with several in the Tampa Bay area, including WFLZ-FM 93.3 and WMTX-FM 100.7. The company won't release the broadcasts, but it donated $10,000 and air time to promote bicycle safety and the stations apologized.

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