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DJ Suspended for Joking About Kidnapping

The State | IN BRIEF / SAN JOSE

July 28, 2002|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A San Jose radio personality has been suspended after joking about the kidnapping of a 7-year-old Philadelphia girl.

The girl escaped her kidnappers by chewing through duct tape.

After a sidekick read the news item Wednesday about the girl, shock jock "Mikey" Esparza of KSJO-FM said, "That's why I don't use duct tape. That's why I use nylon rope."

Esparza continued after a commercial break, suggesting that kidnappers buy tarps and use lye to dispose of murder victims. On Thursday, the station suspended Esparza for a week and broadcast a formal apology to listeners.

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