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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 08/28/2010

'Big G' to blame Gray for his firing from WKYS

Actor and singer Anwar "Big G" Glover has scheduled a news conference for Sunday to allege that he was fired from his job as a radio personality for supporting Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's reelection, saying WKYS (93.9 FM) was pressured by Fenty's rival, Vincent C. Gray.

Glover, one the city's best-known go-go performers and who has appeared as an actor in the HBO series "The Wire" and "Treme," said he was fired Friday after he refused an "ultimatum" from station management that he tone down his support for Fenty.

"Mr. Glover is astonished that on the eve of the 47th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech, in which he called for racial equality and protection out of inalienable rights, that his First Amendment rights were violated and he was subsequently the target of retaliation," a statement announcing the news conference said.

Officials at WKYS were not available for comment Saturday.

The news conference, to be held at the Big Chair in Southeast Washington, is being organized by Fenty friend and adviser Ronald Moten, who has been trying to rally go-go music fans behind the mayor. The news advisory says Fenty will also attend the news conference. Sean Madigan, Fenty's campaign spokesman, was not immediately available to comment.

Glover, the lead singer in the Backyard Band, plans to allege that Gray "called WKYS" and demanded his firing. WKYS is owned by Radio One, which has contributed $500 to the campaigns of both Gray and Fenty.

"His vicious political tactics speak to Vince Gray's true leadership, character and integrity," the press advisory states.

Traci Hughes, a Gray spokeswoman, said Gray "doesn't even know who Big G is."

"Whatever claims they are going to be making, I would highly doubt their credibility," Hughes said. "If he has an issue being let go, that is between him and human resources. This does not have anything to do with the Gray campaign."

Moten and Glover declined further comment until the press conference.

Glover, a Columbia Heights native, has been close to the mayor ever since Fenty, then a council member, wrote a letter to a Superior Court judge in 2004 requesting leniency for Glover after he was arrested on gun charges. He ended up with probation.

In the mayoral race, Glover has performed at go-go concerts sponsored by the Fenty campaign and appears in songs that Moten has produced in support of the mayor.

--Tim Craig

By  |  12:10 PM ET, 08/28/2010

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