Racist shock jock handed afternoon gig at Jacksonville station
WFYV, Jacksonville’s Rock 105, will look to boost ratings by handing the station’s afternoon show over to a shock jock who crossed lines that even Don Imus probably would have shied away from.
Doug “The Greaseman” Tracht achieved the wrong kind of notoriety in February 1999 when, after playing Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing),” he commented, “and they wonder why we drag them behind trucks.” Tracht’s statement came just months after the horrific dragging death of James Byrd to the hands of white supremacists in Texas. The incident was enough to cost him his job at Washington’s WARW, as well as his post as a volunteer deputy sheriff in Falls Church, VA.
This was not the first time Tracht came under fire for racist comments. In 1985, speaking on the Martin Luther King day holdiay, he said, “Why don’t we plug four more and take the whole week off.” He justified each incident by saying, “You know I don’t mean nothing.” I guess that makes it all better.
You can let the station know what you think about their new afternoon host here. They encourage listeners to call the station and leave a “welcome message” for The Greaseman.
Posted by Mike Denslow at Sep 30, 2008 09:45 PM
I just saw the movie about James Byrd today. Weird.
— joe · Sep 30, 10:47 PM · #
I didn’t realize there was a movie. I was actually just reading about that DJ in “Somebody Scream” and I looked him up on Wikipedia and it turns out his show starts tomorrow. Weird. The universe must have wanted us to do this story.
— Mr Mike · Sep 30, 11:22 PM · #
It was a documentary covering the separate reactions of the white and black communities in town to the trial.
There’s also a made-for-tv-movie about it starring Don Cheadle and John Voight, but I didn’t see that one.
— joe · Oct 1, 02:25 AM · #