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N.Y. radio host suspended for tsunami song

January 27, 2005|From Associated Press

The host of a New York morning radio show and the rest of her on-air crew were suspended indefinitely Wednesday for airing a song parody that mocked victims of the catastrophic South Asia tsunami.

"What happened is morally and socially indefensible," said Rick Cummings, president of Emmis Radio, in announcing the disciplinary action. "All involved, myself included, are ashamed and deeply sorry. I know the members of the morning team are contrite. They know their actions here are inexcusable."

The song, a parody of the charity single "We Are the World," aired last Friday on Emmis station WQHT-FM. The station was subsequently flooded with thousands of angry phone calls demanding the firing of morning show host Tarsha Jones, known on air as Miss Jones.

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