Coon Caller is Canned After Racial Remarks About Rice
“I was talking on the radio, and I was kind of talking about how Condoleezza Rice would make a great NFL commissioner. And I am a big supporter of Condoleezza Rice. I have met her a couple of times I would like her to run for president and for some reason, I don’t know the word I was going to say but I called her a ****.”
News 4 interview with Mark Cox
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
(After being canned.)
The DJ, Dave Linehan, called it his dream job, has met Condoleezza Rice before, and says it was an “accident”.
KMOV VIDEO HERE
A local St. Louis DJ was fired today after a week and a half on the job. He accidentally(?) called Condoleezza Rice a coon on the air this morning:
Radio show host Dave Lenihan has been fired by KTRS after he made a racial comment about Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
KTRS General Manager Tim Dorsey says Lenihan made an unfortunate racial slur and then apologized profusely on the air.
Lenihan was discussing Rice’s qualification to be the NFL commissioner when Dorsey said he had a slip of the tongue.
Dorsey says the comment never should have been made and it won’t be tolerated.
Lenihan had only been with the station a week and a half. He came from WGNU in Granite City, Illinois.
KTRS General Manager Tim Dorsey fired Linehan before his next segment:
“I was talking on the radio, and I was kind of talking about how Condoleezza Rice would make a great NFL commissioner. And I am a big supporter of Condoleezza Rice. I have met her a couple of times I would like her to run for president and for some reason, I don’t know the word I was going to say but I called her a ****,” Linehan told News 4’s Marc Cox. “
A few minutes later KTRS General Manager Tim Dorsey went on the air and announced to listeners that Linehan would not be back.
“There were excuses made for it that it was a slip of the tongue, there is no excuse for what was said,” Dorsey said on the air. “Dave Linehan has been let go he will not be back at KTRS and I want all the listeners to know, I want everyone to know that what he had said does not reflect on the feelings of anybody at this radio station, in fact it is exactly the opposite,” he went on to say.
Oh, and by the way, KTRS is the new voice of the St. Louis Cardinals. The rumor at the time was that the package KTRS brought to the table simply could not be matched.
Do you suppose there’s some buyer’s remorse going on today?