Longtime D.C. sports radio host Chad Dukes was fired from 106.7 the Fan, the station’s parent company announced late Thursday in a emailed statement, after it learned of “racist and other inappropriate comments” he made in episodes of his personal podcast.

“We have zero tolerance for this type of speech from any of our employees, on our platforms or otherwise,” Ivy Savoy-Smith, the senior vice president and market manager of Entercom Washington D.C., said in the statement. “Our air talent are ambassadors of our brand, and we do not want to be affiliated with these comments.”

It’s unclear what specific comments led to Dukes’s dismissal, when he made them or how his bosses learned of their existence. Entercom said it would have no further comment. A brief on-air announcement of Dukes’s dismissal was made Friday morning at the start of “The Sports Junkies,” 106.7′s morning drive-time show.

“Chad Dukes is no longer with 106.7 the Fan,” John-Paul Flaim said. “Our company recently learned of inappropriate comments that he made in past episodes of his personal podcast, and our company has zero tolerance for any forms of hateful speech, so our focus, the Junkies, remains on sports and doing the best show we can. With that said, I don’t think we’re saying anything further on it.”

Dukes declined to comment Friday afternoon.

In addition to hosting “Chad Dukes vs. the World” on 106.7 the Fan’s weekday afternoon drive-time slot since 2014, Dukes co-hosted the “Rodkast” podcast for several years, with the most recent episode publishing in September 2019. He also co-hosts the “Big O and Dukes” podcast, which began as a radio show.

Dukes, a Burke, Va., native who attended Lake Braddock Secondary School, began hosting “Chad Dukes vs. the World” in July 2014 after former Washington linebacker LaVar Arrington, his co-host on 106.7 the Fan’s “LaVar and Dukes Show” for the previous five years, left to take a job at NFL Network. Before WJFK-FM switched to a sports talk format in 2009, Dukes co-hosted the “Big O and Dukes” show on the station for three years, making him one of the longest-tenured voices on the D.C. airwaves. In September 2019, he announced he signed a two-year contract extension.

All of Dukes’s tweets were deleted and audio of his past shows were removed from the 106.7 the Fan website Thursday, when Pete Medhurst filled in on Dukes’s afternoon show.

It’s unclear who will replace Dukes in the afternoon drive slot. The station has had the same weekday lineup since January 2014, when Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier began co-hosting the midday “Grant and Danny” show.

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