WDJQ Apologizes For Afternoon Host Mocking Caller With Down Syndrome
January 30, 2013 at 8:19 AM (PT)
DA PETERSON Top 40 WDJQ (Q92)/CANTON afternooner MO is in hot water after mocking a person on air who turned out to have Down Syndrome. THE TIMES-REPORTER notes, "The family of KELLIE BAKER of STRASBURG hopes to raise awareness of bullying of people with disabilities after she was mocked by the host."
"My feeling is, if I can change the way one person thinks or feels, it would be phenomenal," said BAKER's mother, GIGI STANDIFORD to the paper. "Even better would be to change the way they react to people with disabilities."
The event occurred on JAN. 21st, when BAKER, who has Down Syndrome, mistakenly dialed Q92, rather than her friend.
THE TIMES-REPORTER writes, "The host of 'The MO Show' answered the phone. She thought she was speaking with her friend’s dad, STANDIFORD explained. The radio host kept BAKER on the phone for several minutes, and then played a recording of their conversation on the air. Near the end, MO asked her if she knew who he was. BAKER answered, No. OKAY, so I can laugh at you and you won't know who to call and say you’re offended, MO said, and then laughed."
The station issued a statement through its attorney, AMANDA M. PAAR, who wrote, "Q92 and 'The MO Show' would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm its support of efforts to raise awareness regarding the challenges faced by those with developmental disabilities. Specifically, the station wishes to sincerely apologize again for any actions or comments that could be construed as making light of the challenges faced by persons that are developmentally disabled or casting those persons in any humorous light. The station's policy is to treat our callers and listeners with the utmost respect, professionalism, and sensitivity."