An Ohio radio disc jockey is apologizing after publicly ridiculing a woman with Down syndrome who mistakenly called his station.
Kellie Christine Baker, who has Down syndrome, was trying to reach a friend when she misdialed and reached the DJ known as “Mo” at WDJQ in Alliance, Ohio. Rather than tell Baker, 30, that she had the wrong number, Mo made fun of her speech and laughed at the woman. He subsequently played the conversation on air.
Outraged, Baker’s family blogged about the incident and speaking out appears to have made a difference. Mo made an on-air apology late last week and said his station will be working with local developmental disabilities organizations on an awareness campaign.
“At the time of the call I honestly believed it was a prank,” he said. “However that doesn’t excuse what happened or what I did. I take full responsibility.”
Over the weekend, Mo visited Baker in person and reportedly choked up when they hugged.
“She told him, ‘Don’t ever make fun of me again. This is my real voice. And I don’t want this to happen ever again,’” Baker’s mother told The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch of her daughter’s meeting with the DJ. To read more click here.