WTKK benches Severin for the swine flu rant
WTKK 96.9FM announced today that it suspended station's afternoon talk show host Jay Severin for calling Mexican immigrants "criminaliens" and emergency rooms "condos for Mexicans" during a discussion about swine flu this past Monday(4/27).
Severin wasn't on the air on Thursday as nationally syndicated personality Curtis Sliwa(heard on WTKK from 10pm-1am) was subbing for the suspended host and hosting the 3-pm-7pm show from his NYC studio.
According to an audio clip of a Monday show obtained by Boston Globe, Severin complained that the US wasn't doing enough to prevent the spread of swine flu. He then said "tonight we will let the usual 5,000 criminaliens that come across the Arizona border ..." referring to Mexican immigrants.During a conversation with a caller who was a healthcasre worker complaining about immigrants receiving health care, Severin said emergency rooms had "become essentially condos for Mexicans."
(Ed. Note : WTKK suspended Severin in the wake of outcry in the Hispanic media after he made his on-air comments on Monday's show. But what makes this case seem strange is WTKK's management which stood by its syndicated morning foul-mouthed bore Don Imus and his pack of laughing hyenas when they got into trouble over making racial jokes about Rutgers University women's basketball players in April 2007, but two years later they're distancing themselves from Severin and muzzling him for an indefinite period of time. Normally when a station or radio company suspends a personality for offensive content, it immediately issues a formal apology to the offended listeners/parties. Strangely, WTKK( or its parent company Greater Media) is yet to issue one. As you recall, Severin and Imus got into a well-covered public spat at last month's "Kiss Me, I'm Imus" event at the Wilbur Theater where Imus threatened to shoot Severin.(BRW 3/19). I smell a rat...or is it a swine?)
Severin who posts on the station's blog almost daily didn't make any comments today.