DJ Suspended for Kidnap Remark

By | July 29, 2002 at 12:00 AM

A San Jose radio personality was suspended after joking about the kidnapping of a 7-year-old Philadelphia girl who escaped her kidnappers by chewing through duct tape.

After a sidekick read the news item Wednesday about the girl, shock jock “Mikey” Esparza of KSJO-FM said, “That’s why I don’t use duct tape. That’s why I use nylon rope.”

Esparza also suggested that kidnappers buy tarps and use lye to dispose of murder victims.

The station suspended Esparza on Thursday for a week and broadcast a formal apology. His show, “The Mikey Show” is also heard in San Diego and Dallas.

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