Storied New York radio host Dan Taylor is out at classic hits WCBS-FM, amid a reported investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James into the former CBS Radio properties. Last August, as Inside Radio reported, allegations that the company was run like a “frat house” circulated, including accusations from Craig Lenti, who worked as a producer for Taylor, claiming he used derogatory and homophobic terms and refused to speak about African-American entertainers on-air.
Now, as part of an investigation of workplace misconduct by the New York AG’s office, there are “explosive harassment allegations against Taylor and other hosts,” which were first documented by The New York Post last year. Taylor, a 40-year station veteran most recently heard in middays, reportedly referred to another radio host as a “f–king Jew bastard,” called a marketing manager a “dyke” and described a potential coworker as “faggy,” according to an HR complaint to CBS Radio that The Post obtained. Taylor also invited a 23-year-old subordinate to his hotel room and bought her a massage during an employee vacation, The Post reported.
Lenti, whose father Joe McCoy programmed WCBS-FM for 25 years, kept a diary of his time working for Taylor, Inside Radio recounted in the August 2018 story, and presented it to HR in 2007 as part of a hostile workplace complaint, the Post reported then. “When I went to HR, [the company’s] excuse was he didn’t know that I was bi, gay, whatever you want to call it, and he didn’t specifically target me,” Lenti said. “[Taylor] pointed his finger at me and told me that if I had a problem with how he was behaving, I should have told him directly.” At that point, Taylor was not disciplined as a result of the meeting or the allegations, but Lenti was transferred to another position shortly after. He was let go from the company in 2013.
Taylor has spent his radio career in New York radio. He began at WCBS-FM in the late 1970s, after on-air gigs at three other outlets: WHN (1050), WNBC (660), WYNY (103.5) and “Mix 105” WMXV. He did fill-in shifts with WCBS-FM, taking charge of middays in 2002 and returning after its brief incarnations as “Jack FM” in 2007 for mornings. When Scott Shannon departed WPLJ as morning man and joined WCBS-FM in the daypart in 2007, Taylor segued to middays.
His name and likeness have been removed from the WCBS-FM website, which currently lists no one for the 10am-3pm shift.
The ongoing CBS Radio probe “appears to be an outgrowth of the sexual misconduct investigation into former CBS CEO Les Moonves, who was ousted last year on accusations that he sexually harassed female employees,” the Post reports. Moonves has denied the allegations. CBS Radio, of course, was bought by Entercom in 2017.
In a statement, an Entercom spokesperson told Inside Radio, “We are not aware of any New York Attorney General investigation into CBS Radio.”
Meanwhile, there are other problems within the Entercom-New York cluster. Last year, former ad exec Lauren Lockwood filed a civil suit claiming that sports “The Fan” WFAN-AM/FM (660/101.9) fired her after she complained that personality Joe Benigno tried to pressure her into a threesome with his wife. A lawyer for Benigno denied the allegations, while Entercom said it would fight the Lockwood suit, and dismissed complaints about its company culture. “We are deeply offended by this mischaracterization of our culture and work environment. This handful of allegations from former employees of CBS Radio does not reflect Entercom’s culture or work environment,” Liz Zale, a spokeswoman, told The Post at the time.