Station Fires ‘Shock Jock’ Over Insults
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Critics of ″shock jock″ Perry Stone were pleased that KSJO-FM decided to fire the controversial disc jockey they had accused of using racial and sexist slurs in his popular morning talk show.
Stone was fired Tuesday after separate incidents during his March 10 show in which he insulted an unidentified girl and advised two 9-year-old Brownies to steal Girl Scout cookie money, station officials said.
″Perry Stone has been occupying a lot of my life lately, and I’m very glad to have it gone,″ said Marjorie Boehm, leader of a group that had filed a complaint against Stone with the Federal Communications Commission.
Kelly Poritz, who stood up to Stone when he suggested she and another 9- year-old Brownie pocket money from cookie sales, said ″Great,″ when she learned of the firing.
″He was a jerk. He was ugly,″ Kelly said.
Stone, 30, was criticized for his slurs against women, minorities and the disabled during his show at the San Jose station, which became top-rated among men ages 18 to 34.
″I still believe Perry is a very talented guy,″ said General Manager David Baronfeld. ″But what happened March 10 was something that placed the station, the company, and the people at the station at risk that wasn’t there before.″
Another segment that aired the same day exposed the station to a possible lawsuit when Stone insulted another girl on the air, said Baronfeld.
Station attorney Michael Hurley on Tuesday would not reveal the girl’s name and said he had no tape or transcript.
Stone recorded a retraction Friday that will be broadcast four times during the next four weeks, the last time Stone will be heard on KSJO, Hurley said.
Stone, who was informed of the decision on Tuesday evening, could not be reached for comment. A man answering an Associated Press call to the station declined to comment or to contact Stone, who is not listed in the telephone listings for the San Jose area.