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Old 01-31-2013, 12:07 PM
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Default Woman with Down Syndrome teased by DJ on air

A phone call to a Canton, Ohio radio station made by Kellie Baker, a 30 year old with Down Syndrome, was the source of amusement for one disc jockey at WDJQ.

"Can I talk to Kelly Ann Burkhart please," this was the question asked by Kellie on air.

Kellie is admittedly not the easiest person to understand and a DJ, who goes by the name Mo, thought this was the perfect time to let everyone know.

Listeners heard Mo ask Kellie to repeat herself over and over and over again,

"Kelly Ann Burkhart that's my friend," said Kellie.

Listeners of the radio show could hear Kellie repeatedly trying to end the call but Mo keeps her on the air.

At one point he asks her if she knows who Mo is and she says no.

His mocking continues with, "You don't know who Mo is? OK so I can laugh at you and you won't know who to call to say you're offended. Ha Ha. Very good."

When we spoke to Kellie to ask her how she felt, she had this to say, "Yes. I'm sick and tired of it. I don't like it."

Luckily Kellie has a supportive family and their push back at the radio station began almost immediately.

Kellie's sister called the radio station to give Mo a piece of her mind and he responded with, "Well she called the radio station, she should be aware of who she's calling. It's fair game."

We thought that someone from WDJQ might think that a good way to handle this would be to give Kellie a tour of the studios at the radio station or to apologize. So we headed there to ask them.

When 19 Action News showed up at the station, all we got from behind a closed door was a note with the phone number of the station's lawyer.

From the website of WOIO 19 (CBS Cleveland).

The radio station later apologized to Kellie's family. No word yet if the DJ has been fired.

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Old 01-31-2013, 12:26 PM
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I doubt if this Mo idiot knew he was speaking with someone with Down Syndrome.

I'm not sure if he should lose his job for being an inconsiderate schmuck. But, I'm all in favor of some form of public humiliation. Maybe tar and feathers? Followed up with some volunteer work helping people with Down Syndrome.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:27 PM
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A phone call to a Canton, Ohio radio station made by Kellie Baker, a 30 year old with Down Syndrome, was the source of amusement for one disc jockey at WDJQ.

"Can I talk to Kelly Ann Burkhart please," this was the question asked by Kellie on air.

Kellie is admittedly not the easiest person to understand and a DJ, who goes by the name Mo, thought this was the perfect time to let everyone know.

Listeners heard Mo ask Kellie to repeat herself over and over and over again,

"Kelly Ann Burkhart that's my friend," said Kellie.

Listeners of the radio show could hear Kellie repeatedly trying to end the call but Mo keeps her on the air.

At one point he asks her if she knows who Mo is and she says no.

His mocking continues with, "You don't know who Mo is? OK so I can laugh at you and you won't know who to call to say you're offended. Ha Ha. Very good."

When we spoke to Kellie to ask her how she felt, she had this to say, "Yes. I'm sick and tired of it. I don't like it."

Luckily Kellie has a supportive family and their push back at the radio station began almost immediately.

Kellie's sister called the radio station to give Mo a piece of her mind and he responded with, "Well she called the radio station, she should be aware of who she's calling. It's fair game."

We thought that someone from WDJQ might think that a good way to handle this would be to give Kellie a tour of the studios at the radio station or to apologize. So we headed there to ask them.

When 19 Action News showed up at the station, all we got from behind a closed door was a note with the phone number of the station's lawyer.

From the website of WOIO 19 (CBS Cleveland).

The radio station later apologized to Kellie's family. No word yet if the DJ has been fired.
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This is right in my back yard. There is much more to the story as far as the radio station is concerned. Many people dislike Mo to begin with because of a feud between him and another DJ that was let go from the station.

Mo is just a ***** all the way around and this was just a final straw type thing. The story going national had more to do with all of the haters pushing it through more than the incident itself.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:21 PM
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A phone call to a Canton, Ohio radio station made by Kellie Baker, a 30 year old with Down Syndrome, was the source of amusement for one disc jockey at WDJQ.

"Can I talk to Kelly Ann Burkhart please," this was the question asked by Kellie on air.

Kellie is admittedly not the easiest person to understand and a DJ, who goes by the name Mo, thought this was the perfect time to let everyone know.

Listeners heard Mo ask Kellie to repeat herself over and over and over again,

"Kelly Ann Burkhart that's my friend," said Kellie.

Listeners of the radio show could hear Kellie repeatedly trying to end the call but Mo keeps her on the air.

At one point he asks her if she knows who Mo is and she says no.

His mocking continues with, "You don't know who Mo is? OK so I can laugh at you and you won't know who to call to say you're offended. Ha Ha. Very good."

When we spoke to Kellie to ask her how she felt, she had this to say, "Yes. I'm sick and tired of it. I don't like it."

Luckily Kellie has a supportive family and their push back at the radio station began almost immediately.

Kellie's sister called the radio station to give Mo a piece of her mind and he responded with, "Well she called the radio station, she should be aware of who she's calling. It's fair game."

We thought that someone from WDJQ might think that a good way to handle this would be to give Kellie a tour of the studios at the radio station or to apologize. So we headed there to ask them.

When 19 Action News showed up at the station, all we got from behind a closed door was a note with the phone number of the station's lawyer.

From the website of WOIO 19 (CBS Cleveland).

The radio station later apologized to Kellie's family. No word yet if the DJ has been fired.
Lady with downs could easily hang up the phone.... DJs jobs are to get ratings anyone that calls into the station is fair game.
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This is right in my back yard. There is much more to the story as far as the radio station is concerned. Many people dislike Mo to begin with because of a feud between him and another DJ that was let go from the station.

Mo is just a ***** all the way around and this was just a final straw type thing. The story going national had more to do with all of the haters pushing it through more than the incident itself.
if you dont want to be made fun of on the air dont call an F'n radio station.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:26 PM
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I thought it said tased.
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if you dont want to be made fun of on the air dont call an F'n radio station.
She called the number by accident. She did not know it was a radio station.
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She called the number by accident. She did not know it was a radio station.
***** for her... After repeating yourself a few times you usually hang up.

and radio stations have people that screen the calls coming in before they get to the DJ.
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There was a mentally disabled person on one end of that conversation. Kellie Baker was on the other end.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:33 PM
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There was a mentally disabled person on one end of that conversation. Kellie Baker was on the other end.
lol... Is a DJ suppose to know what type of mental disorders the callers have?

WEBN has a slow guy on there almost every morning.
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