KXNO Fires Three After Profanity Incident
March 25, 2009 at 5:20 PM (PT)
After suspending hosts MARTY TIRRELL and LARRY COTLAR and APD GEOFF CONN in the wake of the incident FRIDAY in which TIRRELL's profane tirade against COTLAR accidentally aired on CLEAR CHANNEL Sports KXNO-A/DES MOINES, all three have now been fired, according to NBC affiliate WHO-TV. TIRRELL and COTLAR were arguing over TIRRELL's use of credentials to a high school tournament, and CONN was on the board when the argument aired.
TIRRELL, who was also dropped by CBS affiliate KCCI-TV as a commentator, released a statement reading, "Today my employment was terminated by CLEAR CHANNEL RADIO. While I am disappointed by the decision I know CLEAR CHANNEL did what they thought they needed to do. I have remained quiet for the past few days so CLEAR CHANNEL could make their decision. That said, I have been eager to publicly apologize.
"Specifically, I would like to apologize to LARRY COTLAR for the way I treated him. He deserved better, I would also like to apologize to anyone who heard the comments on the radio, to BUD LEGG and the IHSAA and to CLEAR CHANNEL for the embarrassment I have caused them. Finally, I want to apologize to JOEL MCCREA at CLEAR CHANNEL who has been a terrific boss and mentor. I do not know what my future holds but I do know I love IOWA and I love sports and I hope I can find a way to stay involved in both."
COTLAR issued a statement reading, "I am saddened and deeply disappointed with CLEAR CHANNEL's decision to terminate my employment after all my years of service over an unfortunate incident which I did not initiate nor had any knowledge was being broadcast over the airwaves. I sincerely apologize to any listeners who may have been offended by what they heard over the air last FRIDAY morning. I want to thank my many loyal listeners, friends and colleagues who have supported me during the difficult time and throughout my eight wonderful years at KXNO Radio."
In a statement sent to WHO-TV, CONN said, "I am very sorry for what happened on the air FRIDAY. I apologize to KXNO listeners. I am very thankful for the opportunity to work at CLEAR CHANNEL RADIO the past 14 years. Thank you to all my friends, colleagues and listeners who have been so supportive on this very tough day."