This Week's Story: NY station suspends morning team

This Week's Story:

NY Station Pulls Show Over Tsunami Slur

By Mark Egan

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The entire staff of the New York radio show "Miss Jones in the Morning" (WQHT, Hot 97) was taken off the air Jan. 26 after broadcasting a song that ridiculed victims of the tsunami in South Asia, the radio station said.

Host Tarsha Nicole Jones and her team were suspended indefinitely, according to publicist Lizzie Grubman, who declined to say whether Jones would feature in another show at a later date.

The piece, sung by staff of the show to the melody of the 1985 famine relief song "We Are the World," used racial slurs to describe people swept away in the disaster, made jokes about child slavery and people watching their mothers die.

The incident is not the first time HOT 97 has been accused of racism and poor taste. The station made headlines when deejay Star, now at another radio station, called Jennifer Lopez a "rice-and-bean eater" and satirized the 2001 plane crash that killed R&B singer Aaliyah.