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Radio station responds to Glover controversy

Tim Craig

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 Tim Craig  |  August 31, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
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So big G doesn't have the ability to understand what he was told.

Ron Moten does his poverty man of the people routine.

Fenty wades into a silly debate and it turns out that his initial accusation against Gray and the radion station were unfounded.

What about your friends. Will they let you down.

Posted by: dcis1 | August 31, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

The radio station is being very generous in allowing "Big G" to return to the air after the election.

The statements, "We are a media company and our job is to inform", and "We do not want on-air talent to endorse political candidates over our radio station..." speaks to what any media company should represent.

Big G should consider himself lucky that he has not been fired. Using his on-air presence to promote or endorse one political candidate or another would be legitimate grounds for dismissal with most media companies (with the exception of TWP and Faux News.)

After the election, if Big G wants to sue, he already knows a soon-to-be ex-mayor, who has been described as an ambulance-chasing shyster.

Posted by: sheridaw | August 31, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

How did I know Moten was going to be mentioned in this article?

Posted by: Redial1 | August 31, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Can it get any more stupid than this? The radio station is doing what it needs to do since Glover can't understand that he cannot endorse a candidate over the air. Glover doesn't understand the difference between suspended and fired. Ron Moten will fight for whatever to get on TV and the mayor steps up but is clueless. What a cartoon!!!!! All undecided voters should have no problem now. :) This is funny.

Posted by: candycane1 | August 31, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

What I love is that Fenty, an attorney, is claiming the station violated this guy's First Amendment rights.

Did Fenty get above a C in law school?

Posted by: LukasWP | August 31, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Big G thought he was Big C, meaning Cathy Hughes. SHE owns the station and any endorsements to come on-air is a reflection of her business. He was out of line. He is lucky to still have a job. Yet another example of Fenty showing poor judgment in lining up behind this knucklehead without having all the facts.

Fenty needs to go. I mean, really.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | August 31, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Stupid Ron Moten and Big-G don't have a clue about equal time. It goes to show you how ignorant they are, however, Fenty a so called Lawyer should now about equal time.

Then again, I would never consider Fenty a Lawyer, after all, she is responsible for a few senior citizens losing their home and money when he was trying to be a lawyer.

At any rate, if you are a radio host and you speak about a person running for office, you must give the others in the race the same time to defend or rebut statements made against them.

Apparently, Big-G, the stupid, does not realize or want to realize or too stupid to understand. He was simply given time off until after the election because apparently he could not keep his mouth shut on the air about the subject of Mayor.

Fenty's gang members!

Posted by: Special_One40 | August 31, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

... after paying attention to this election, and listening to Fenty, it's not his personality, he is just STUPID!

Spouting off at the mouth without getting the facts, no wonder he was a bad lawyer.

Posted by: Special_One40 | August 31, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

He's very lucky (if you believe in luck) People get let go for a whole lot less. He should be fired for causing undue bad press for the station. Having worked in radio I wonder what the real back story is. Don't be too hard on the go-go nut, all those years of that loud music may have distored his hearing and I believe he did not finish high school.

Posted by: bigheadbull2 | August 31, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

We all have some skeletons, but the skeleton in Fenty's closet must have the ability to get up and walk if the closet door were opened. Your political life is on the line and you can't move away from this association, no matter how stupid it makes you look, no matter how negatively it impacts your campaign.

It's either that or Fenty is just crazy.

Posted by: candycane1 | August 31, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

So none of this shouldn't have been printed in the first place because there was no truth to what you were told by Moten....WOW!

Posted by: | August 31, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Am I understanding this correctly? WaPo wrote this up based on something that Ron Moten told them?! And then the clueless Fenty went with the same?! Stupid is as stupid does....what a bunch of nincompoops.

Cherita I second you - WOW!

Posted by: 2belinda | August 31, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Anything that sounds sleazy, abusive or too, too stupid regarding the Fenty campaign almost always means Moten (and his daddy). And, you all are right, here's the post quoting Moten for truth. Somehow, the post forgot to mention Moten in their editorial on Sunday questioning Gray's making an issue of Fenty's contracts with pals. While I'm thinking about the Sunday Post, nice touch of putting the picture of Fenty with Rhee (and fabulous Vinny Schiraldi behind them) at the top of page A14 and then a picture of Gray with Mr. Scandal, Marion Barry, below it. I have no faith in the Post at all any longer, except for a few great reporters they have on staff. I hope in the future they move on to better papers.

Posted by: mjvdc | September 1, 2010 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Am I the only person waiting for a public apology from these three fools?

Posted by: missboo | September 1, 2010 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Our Mayor Fenty wants to put dumpster pools in wards 5,6,7,and 8! He is a Bloomberg butt eater!!

Posted by: PRIDE-INC | September 1, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

How could a lawyer, which Fenty is, think that a first amendment claim can made against a private media company for not wanting one of its' most recognizable employees to appaer in adds endorsing a political candidate. Even government employees have to beware of the Hatch Act. It is a no brainer to figure out that a Radio Station would not want to get involved in a political contest. Quite simply if Gray gets 53 percent of 200,000 votes that would mean that 94,000 people supported Fenty and they would not want to alienate 94,000 potential listeners. Vice Versa if Fenty won 53% of the votes of 200,000 that would mean that 94,000 people voted for Gray and they would not want to alienate this group of potential listeners. Is Fenty really this ignorant or what. I think only the generosity of Cathy Hughes,the owner of 93.9 and around 100 other stations and a D.C. Native, saved Big G's job, she realizes that the guy is ignorant of politics and its' ramifications on corporations, and probably personally intervened and came up with a compromise to save the guys job.

Posted by: impartial1 | September 1, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

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