A host with the Washington Commanders radio partner was fired after allegedly making disparaging comments about a female newscaster during training camp, according to The Washington Post.
Don Geronimo – whose real name is Michael Sorce – who hosted “The Don Geronimo Show” on BIG 100, referred to WUSA-TV sports anchor Sharla McBride as “Barbie girl” during the Commanders’ second day of training camp. During the broadcast, Geronimo reportedly told his co-host, “Hey look, Barbie’s here. Hi, Barbie girl!”
“I’m guessing she’s a cheerleader,” he also reportedly said.
Aaron Hyland, iHeartMedia’s D.C. regional president, released a statement following Geronimo’s release: “After an internal review, Don Geronimo is no longer an employee of WBIG. We take matters of this nature very seriously and this behavior does not align with our core values.”
The Washington Commanders franchise also issued a statement, saying they were happy with the response from their media partner.
“We were confident that iHeart would address this swiftly and are pleased that they did,” the statement read.
Don Geronimo provided a rather vague response to his departure on social media:
“At this time I will not be providing comment on the events of the last few days. I am consulting with my advisors as to my options moving forward, including an accurate reflection of the situation. Thx -d.”
Geronimo, a longtime ‘shock jock’ rose to prominence as co-host of The Morning Zoo with Don and Mike from 1985 through early 2008 on WAVA-FM in 1985. The duo would then move to other locations on the dial before Geronimo eventually forged out on his own. He had been the host of ‘The Don Geronimo Show” for iHeart affiliate WBIG beginning in 2021 before his termination this week.
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