Language Police: DJ fired for having callers imitate Imus

A Stroudsburg, Pennsylvannia morning DJ is out of work on the heels of the Don Imus fracas. WSBG-FM radio station fired its longtime morning DJ Wednesday after he had listeners repeat talk-show host Don Imus’ slurs in an on-air contest.

WCBS affiliate in New York reports that DJ Gary Smith told the WSBG-FM listeners to call and say “I’m a nappy-headed ho” for Tuesday’s “Phrase that Pays” contest, according to Rick Musselman, executive vice president of station owner, Nassau Broadcasting Partners L.P.

“Musselman said three of the listeners who called were awarded tickets to a NASCAR promotion at a local club,” reported WCBSTV.

After the management team reviewed the tape from “Gary in the Morning,” they fired Smith, Musselman said.

Smith, according to WCBSTV, a native of New Jersey, “was one of the radio station’s most popular and prominent disc jockeys.”

The reasons behind the firing versus a suspension were revealed as the decision being made on Smith’s part, in a premeditated manner, “with full knowledge of the reaction to Don Imus’ use of the exact same phrase.”

MSNBC has since cut all ties to Don Imus

WSBG 93.5 is based in Stroudsburg, near Allentown.  The Princeton, N.J.-based Nassau is privately held with more than 50 radio stations in the Northeast.

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