Controversial Radio Host Hired in Osage Beach

1 decade 1 year 6 months ago Wednesday, March 28 2007 Mar 28, 2007 Wednesday, March 28, 2007 10:18:32 PM CDT March 28, 2007 in News

His former boss fired David Lenihan after Lenihan said "coon" on the air to describe Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.


"I think sometimes my Scottish accent gets ahead of me and I slurred "coup" and "n" and the sound just came out," Lenihan explained.

Now, KRMS has hired him despite the controversy.

"He didn't really slander Condoleezza Rice," said KRMS owner Dennis Klautzer. "It was just a misspeak."

Klautzer also said listener response has been surprisingly good, including people from as far away as New Jersey e-mailng the station to thank it for hiring Lenihan. So far, Klautzer said, there's been only one e-mail criticizing the station.

"It's just been fun to get back behind the mic," added Lenihan. "And Dennis has been fantastic giving me support, just the support you need to help develop your show and move forward. I'm just happy to continue my career in radio."

Lenihan admitted he's lucky to have a second chance.

"We've all made a mistake," he said. "We've all said something we didn't mean. Life goes on."

Lenihan said the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People offered to protest outside his former station to help him try to get his job back.

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