Radio personalities at gospel station WBGR resign

August 30, 1991|By Eric Siegel

The morning and afternoon drive personalities of gospel station WBGR-AM (860), who were taken off the air two weeks ago for undisclosed reasons, resigned yesterday, the station announced.

In separate statements, station management said that morning personality and program director Naomi DuRant resigned to devote more time to her duties as pastor of the New Refuge Deliverance Holiness Church in East Baltimore and that afternoon announcer Calvin Hackett resigned to "pursue other interests and opportunities."

Alvin Augustus Jones, vice president and general manager of WBGR, declined yesterday to elaborate on the statements. Efforts to reach Ms. DuRant, a fixture on WBGR for more than eight years, and Mr. Hackett, who had been with the station six years, were unsuccessful.

Mr. Hackett had said last week that the station was looking into the propriety of his acceptance of a $500 fee to emcee an upcoming gospel concert. He said the station wanted "to clarify" that the payment was to emcee the concert and not promote it on the air.

Earlier this week, he said he was questioned by Federal Communications Commission investigators Aug. 23 about his acceptance of fees to emcee concerts and how the station chooses songs for airplay.

FCC officials refused comment on the investigation.

It is a violation of federal law to receive money to broadcast material without revealing that the broadcaster is being paid and the identity of those making payments.

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