WYSP's Kidd Chris gets the boot

May 19, 2008 8:18:32 AM PDT
CBS fired the radio host and the station's program director over a racist song that was performed on the air in March.

The song played on WYSP-FM during host Kidd Chris' morning show was "highly offensive and completely inappropriate for broadcast on our airwaves," CBS Radio spokeswoman Karen Mateo said in a statement Friday. "When senior management of the station learned that it had been played, they took immediate steps to prevent it from ever appearing on the station again."

The Philadelphia Daily News reported on its Web site Friday that it had obtained a transcription of the song's lyrics, which derided blacks and included numerous racial slurs.

Kidd Chris, whose real name is Chris Foley, has previously worked in Sacramento, Calif., and San Antonio, among other cities, according to his Web site. His Los Angeles-based agent, Bob Eatman, did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press on Friday.

The song was performed in the studio on March 21 by a guest who goes by the name Lady Gash. It was played several more times that day and at least once after that.

Later, it was posted on YouTube, but on Friday afternoon the video-sharing Web site said the video was "no longer available due to a copyright claim by CBS Broadcasting Inc."

Mateo confirmed that WYSP program director John Cook also was fired, but she declined to comment further. She also declined to comment on the status of Kidd Chris' contract, which has three years remaining.

An internal investigation by CBS Radio was begun after the song's airing "including a thorough review of the editorial controls and systems we have in place to prevent this type of content from airing," Mateo said.

"We instituted additional educational training for the station, and have taken appropriate disciplinary action, including termination of the individuals involved," she said.


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