A prominent radio host on WGMD 92.7 FM, Jake Smith, said on air that “as far as I’m concerned, not every Muslim is guilty, but every Muslim is suspect” of sympathizing with Islamic extremists.
When a caller to his show said Smith was “a bigot.” Smith replied, “you’re a jackass.”
He has not returned to WGMD’s airwaves since.
Smith’s 97 seconds of verbal sparring, which aired during the live “Mike and Jake in the Morning” show Feb. 20 on WGMD, led to his dismissal from the station that same day, Smith said in an interview, although word of that dismissal is just now leaking out.
During a segment of the morning show focusing on Islamic extremism, Smith said: “Muslims do not stand up for America – and they don’t, they didn’t stand up for America during 9/11, they didn’t stand up for America during Ft. Hood, they’ve never stood out and said, ‘This has to stop’ – I haven’t heard one Muslim in this country do that.
“As far as I’m concerned, not every Muslim is guilty, but every Muslim is suspect,” he continued.
A caller challenged him by citing the example of Kareem Khan, a 28-year-old Muslim from New Jersey who enlisted in the U.S. Army after 9/11 and died in combat in Iraq in 2007.
“He died for his country,” the caller, who wasn’t asked for his name in the broadcast, said. “That’s great, but not enough Muslims have done that, sir!” Smith responded.
Cutting through some crosstalk as Smith and the caller yelled at each other, the caller said simply, “bigot.”
“I’m a bigot? You know what, you’re a bigot!” Smith replied angrily. “Oh, you’re a jackass. You know what? You’re done. That jackass.”
Although Smith freely discussed the episode when asked about it by phone Friday, the station has not noted on-air his absence from the airwaves. “Mike and Jake in the Morning” became “Mike Bradley in the Morning,” overnight. The station’s manager, Walt Palmer, confirmed Smith’s last day with the station was Feb. 20, although he declined to discuss why.
Smith, 57, told The News Journal the station’s ownership was displeased with how he handled the call and told him he’d have to treat such callers differently in the future. When Smith said he wouldn’t, he said he was canned.
“I thought I had the right to defend myself. He called me a racist; I’m not a racist,” Smith said Friday. “I, unfortunately, stood up for a principle I thought was important.”
Smith – who went by an air name for WGMD, and refused to give his real name – did not join co-host Mike Bradley for the morning drivetime show on Feb. 21, the day after the call. In the weeks since, the WGMD website has scrubbed Smith out of most mentions and graphics, although it still hosts short parody segments he produced lampooning Al Sharpton, Barack Obama, Barney Frank and Joan Deaver, the Sussex County Council’s only Democrat.
The right-leaning Rehoboth Beach station, which broadcasts to southern Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore, airs syndicated conservative talk shows hosted by Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and Michael Savage along with locally produced talk programming. It also reports on local news and sports.
A call to a phone number listed for the company that holds WGMD’s broadcast license, Resort Broadcasting Company LLC of Washington, D.C., was not answered Friday. A second number for the company was out of service, and a phone number for the contact representative listed on the 2007 license application, William D. Silva, was also not in service.
Smith, hired by WGMD in 2013, said he believes the station’s management treated him well, and said ownership had a right to fire him if it wanted to.
“It’s part of the business,” he said. “Their name’s on the license, and I respect that.”
As Atlas Shrugs notes:
Adding insult to injury or should I say terror to sharia, USA Today asks a terror-linked group, CAIR, for comment. That’s rich, but it illustrates just how twisted this whole conflict has become. My colleagues and I are never asked for comment, but a designated terrorist group is the go-to guy. CAIR insists that it condemns the killing of innocents, but never fully explains that under Islam, non- Muslims are not innocent.
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