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Radio deejays fired at KATZ

August 4, 2005

Two deejays have been fired from St. Louis’ KATZ radio for discussing ways to fight police officers just days after the murder of a Kirkwood police officer, station executives announced today.

DJ Kaos and DJ Sylli Asz were hosts of the hip-hop station’s “Kaos in the Morning” show. A July 13 broadcast featured the two hosts talking with callers about how to injure officers and take their radios away so they couldn’t call for help.

Just eight days earlier, Sgt. William McEntee had been fatally shot while he sat in his patrol car in the Meacham Park neighborhood. A 19-year-old man is charged with his murder.

The deejays, who the station refused to identify beyond their on-air names, were suspended a day after the show aired. In the nearly three weeks since, the station has been hit with calls for the deejays’ dismissal and a boycott by members of the Fraternal Order of Police.

KATZ (100.3 FM) is owned by Clear Channel Communications, based in San Antonio. Lee Clear, who oversees the company’s six stations in the St. Louis media market, issued a very brief statement today. He said the deejays “are no longer with the station.” He also wrote that KATZ “does not advocate violence of any kind” and said the station has “the utmost respect” for law enforcement.

The station declined further comment.