Hosts fired by radio station for Steve Gleason skit
Three individuals responsible for performing a radio skit mocking former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason were fired Monday after a New Orleans radio station obtained the audio and posted it on the station’s website.
Atlanta’s 790 AM’s “Mayhem in the AM” ran a segment Monday morning which made fun of Gleason’s speech and had someone pretending to be Gleason call in the show. Gleason, who suffers from ALS, speaks via a computer program. He played for the Saints from 2000-2007.
The audio, posted by station 106.1 WMTI The Ticket, is below.
“We deeply regret the offensive programming that aired this morning on “Mayhem In The AM” on 790 The Zone, related to former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason and his battle with ALS, ” said Rick Mack, 790 The Zone Sr. VP & General Manager in a statement. “We suspended the three individuals involved immediately following their comments and have since terminated their employment. 790 The Zone, our owners, sponsors and partners in no way endorse or support this kind of content. We sincerely apologize to Mr. Gleason, his family and all those touched by ALS.”
An update: we all got wacked. I apologized to Michel Gleason, she understands it was a stupid joke. I'll do my best to help Team Gleason—
Nick Cellini (@NickCellini) June 17, 2013