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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 08/31/2010

Radio station responds to Glover controversy

Officials at WKYS (93.9) are responding to allegations from Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and his supporters that actor and singer Anwar "Big G" Glover lost his job at the station because of his support for the mayor's reelection campaign.

Over the weekend, Glover and Peaceoholics co-founder Ronald Moten issued a statement saying that Glover had been fired from the station because he refused an ultimatum from station managers that he stop supporting Fenty.

Glover, lead singer of the Backyard Band and an actor on the HBO series "The Wire," is featured in a Fenty campaign commercial and helps Moten host go-go concerts in support of the mayor.

On Sunday, Fenty entered the fray, accusing the station of violating Glover's First Amendment rights. Fenty, Moten and Glover implied that D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray was behind his ouster, which Gray denied.

In an on-air announcement, WYKS Station Manager Neke Howse said Tuesday morning that she needs to "set the record straight."

"Big G was not fired and I am happy to report that he is still an employee of WYKS," Howse said. "So that allegation that Mr. Gray caused Big G to lose his job is simply not true and he did not ask us to take any action against Big G."

Howse said Glover will return to the airwaves after the Sept. 14 Democratic primary.

Howse told listeners that Glover will be off the air until after the election because the station does not want its on-air talent to endorse political candidates over the airwaves.

"We are a media company and our job is to inform," Howse said. "We do not want on-air talent to endorse political candidates over our radio station because we are not in the business of choosing winners and losers. It's up to the residents of D.C. to make the choice. That's what an election is for."

-- Tim Craig

By  |  11:15 AM ET, 08/31/2010

Categories:  2010 District Election, 2010 District Election

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