Longtime D.C. radio host Chad Dukes has been fired from WJFK-FM 106.7 The Fan, the station’s parent company announced late Thursday in a emailed statement, after it learned of “racist and other inappropriate comments” he made in episodes of his personal podcast.
“We have zero tolerance for this type of speech from any of our employees, on our platforms or otherwise,” Ivy Savoy-Smith, the senior vice president and market manager of Entercom Washington, D.C., said in the statement. “Our air talent are ambassadors of our brand, and we do not want to be affiliated with these comments.”
The Washington Post reports it’s unclear what specific comments led to Dukes’s dismissal, when he made the comments or how his bosses learned of their existence. Entercom said it would have no further comment on the matter.
A brief on-air announcement of Dukes’s dismissal was made Friday morning at the start of “The Sports Junkies,” the morning drive-time show on 106.7 The Fan.
“Chad Dukes is no longer with 106.7 The Fan," J.P. Flaim said. "Our company recently learned of inappropriate comments that he made in past episodes of his personal podcast and our company has zero tolerance for any forms of hateful speech, so our focus, the Junkies, remains on sports and doing the best show we can. With that said, I don’t think we’re saying anything further on it.”
In addition to hosting “Chad Dukes Vs. the World” on 106.7 The Fan’s weekday afternoon drive-time slot since 2014, Dukes co-hosted the “Rodkast” podcast for several years, with the most recent episode publishing in September 2019. He also co-hosts the “Big O and Dukes” podcast, which began as a radio show.