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Conservative WTKK radio host Jay Severin was suspended indefinitely today for making offensive remarks about illegal aliens and the swine flu, sources tell the Herald.
Severin was shocked to learn about the suspension, the sources said, as the station had been using those same remarks in on-air promos.
Heidi Raphael, a spokeswoman for station owner Greater Media, confirmed Severins suspension saying the station would have no further comment.
Were going to sit down with the station soon, said Severins agent and attorney, George Tobia. I am confident that everything will be resolved and Jay will be back on the air doing great radio soon.
The Spanish-language daily newspaper El Diario la Prensa in New York City, reported earlier this week that Severin was using the flu to attack Mexicans and immigrants.
For Severin, Mexicans are criminaliens and primitives who export venereal diseases to the United States, the paper reported. The shock jock referred to the strain of flu as swine-aka-Janet Napolitano flu.
Thats not the end of Severins anti-immigrant rants. Immigrants are leeches and their children, he warns, dont speak English, will retard schools, add to crime and spread disease. Amid all of this, Severin has the audacity to state, I dont mean to hype the story, the paper said.
Severin, the afternoon-drive host on WTKK-FM (96.9), declined comment.