Chad Dukes, a popular Washington D.C. radio host, was fired from 106.7 The Fan on Thursday after the station learned of “racist and other inappropriate comments” he made on his own podcast.
Dukes had been with the station for more than a decade.
“We have zero tolerance for this type of speech from any of our employees, on our platforms or otherwise,” said Ivy Savoy-Smith, the senior vice president and market manager of Entercom Washington, D.C. “Our air talent are ambassadors of our brand, and we do not want to be affiliated with these comments.”
At the beginning of “The Sports Junkies” show Friday morning, the decision to remove Dukes was announced on-air, according to the Washington Post. It remains unclear what Dukes specifically said to warrant his dismissal.
“Chad Dukes is no longer with 106.7 The Fan,” host 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.”
Dukes, one of the longest-tenured radio hosts in the nation’s capital, co-hosted a show with former NFL linebacker LaVar Arrington for five years (“LaVar and Dukes Show”), then began hosting his own show (“Chad Dukes Vs. The World”), in July 2014, when Arrington left the station. Dukes also co-hosted the “Big O and Dukes” podcast.
Dukes had signed a two-year contract extension in September, 2019 to remain with The Fan, which has removed all of Dukes’ past shows from the station’s website.