Damian to return to local airwaves

October 05, 1990|By Randi Henderson

Disc jockey Damian Einstein, who sued radio station WHFS (99.1 FM) for discrimination for removing him from his regular broadcasting position 18 months ago, will return to a regular DJ position beginning Oct. 22.

According to a joint statement issued yesterday by WHFS and the Maryland Commis-ion on Human Relations, which has beeninvestigating the case, Mr. Einstein will be on the air from 9 a.m. until noon Mondays through Fridays and host a two-hour blues show Sunday nights.

"I'm very excited that I can move forward with my career and be a part of this station," Mr. Einstein -- who is known on the air simply as Damian -- said yesterday.

Mr. Einstein, who has been with WHFS since 1970, suffered severe head injuries in a 1975 traffic accident and was off the air until 1978. He returned to full-time broadcasting despite halting speech patterns that were a result of the accident. When he was relieved of his regular duties in 1989 and named assistant program director, he charged his employer with discrimination, a charge the commission upheld. The case was scheduled to go to public hearings later this month.

"I'm glad it's happened," Alan Hay, general manager of WHFS, said yesterday. In previous comments Mr. Hay denied any discrimination.

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