ALLIANCE, Ohio - Q92 DJ Mo has publicly apologized to the woman he bullied on-air while also announcing he's been suspended from the radio station.
On Thursday, Mo apologized for making fun of the woman he thought was a prank caller "and played along with it." That caller was Kellie Baker, a woman with Down syndrome who accidentally dialed the radio station on Jan. 21 looking to talk with her friend.
Instead of Mo explaining to Baker she had the wrong number, he said "obviously you have some sort of a speech impediment" and made fun of her voice for the next three hours.
(You can listen to the call here: http://5.wews.com/hjiiL)
At 2 p.m. Thursday, Mo said on-air that he was sorry for his actions and wants to take responsibility.
"At this time, I would like to apologize to the woman that called, her family, her friends and everyone else that has been outraged by what transpired last Monday. I am truly sorry. At the time of the call, I honestly believed it was a prank. However, that doesn't excuse what happened or what I did. I take full responsibility. I am truly sorry and I hope I can earn your trust back."
WEB EXTRA: Click below to hear DJ Mo apologize to Baker
Mo said he's "fully committed" to making a face-to-face apology to Baker and her family at their convenience, while also noting he'll be off the air for a while.
"Beginning today, I will take a suspension and be off the air. The station and I are committed to raising awareness in any way we can in an effort to make this right with the family, and to any and all who have, or know someone with, developmental disabilities."
Additionally, Q92 is participating in a coordinated collaboration with the Stark and Tuscarawas County’s Boards of Developmental Disabilities for a formal and on-going awareness campaign to focus on the abilities, strengths, and talents of people who are developmentally disabled.
The campaign is projected to launch in March, which is developmental disabilities awareness month.
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