Comments made on a personal podcast by Chad Dukes have led to the host being fired from afternoons (2-6:30pm) at Entercom sports “106.7 The Fan” WJFK-FM Washington.
Dukes was absent from his “Chad Dukes vs. The World” program Thursday (Oct. 29) as Pete Medhurst filled in.
Without specifically addressing the content of the comments or when they were made, Senior VP/Market Manager Ivy Savoy-Smith released a statement that read, “We have zero tolerance for this type of speech from any of our employees, on our platforms or otherwise. Our air talent are ambassadors of our brand, and we do not want to be affiliated with these comments.”
The Washington Post reports that the company learned of “racist and other inappropriate comments” made by Dukes on his “Rodkast” podcast.
His departure was addressed Friday morning (Oct. 30) by “The Sports Junkies.” “Chad Dukes is no longer with 106.7 The Fan,” J.P. Flaim said at the beginning of the morning program. “Our company recently learned of inappropriate comments that he made in past episodes of his personal podcast… 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.”
Dukes’ tenure with the station dates back to its days as a hot-talk outlet, co-hosting “Big O & Dukes” with Oscar ‘Big O’ Santana. The duo previously hosted nights on former alternative WHFS Baltimore and also worked under those calls when it was associated with the 105.7 signal in the market.
When WJFK-FM flipped to sports talk in 2009, Dukes was partnered with former Washington linebacker LeVar Arrington. When Arrington left for a position with the NFL Network, Dukes remained as host of “Chad Dukes vs. The World.” He signed a two-year extension with the station in September 2019, Barrett Sports Media reports.
Dukes’ dismissal for comments made on a podcast not associated with his place of employment follows a similar situation that multi-faceted entertainer Nick Cannon found himself in this summer. ViacomCBS fired Cannon after he made anti-Semitic remarks on an episode of his “Cannon’s Class” podcast. Cannon’s Skyview Networks-syndicated radio program was put on pause while he took time “for self-reflection.” The network version of the program, based at Meruelo Media rhythmic CHR “Power 106” KPWR Los Angeles, resumed in September. Chris McCarthy, President Of Entertainment And Youth Brands at ViacomCBS has also said he was “hopeful” that the company and Cannon would find a way to rebuild their partnership.